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Coronado Paint and Decorating

Unique Destinations
By Ken Dettelbach, Advertising Sales/Marketing Director, Gateway Marketing LLC

Coronado Paint and Decorating will celebrate 30 years in Santa Fe from the end of May through the July 4th holiday, 2014. During this period, anniversary values will be offered on many premier products and services. Also offered will be professional workshops, free to all who wish to attend. Everyone at Coronado invites you to visit and help us celebrate our 30th anniversary.

Locally owned, locally operated, and locally committed, Coronado Paint and Decorating continually serves the Santa Fe community. From multiple awards for community service, serving on boards of Santa Fe institutions, and most recently selected as ‘The Business of the Year’ in a district-wide choice awarded by the Downtown Santa Fe Rotary, Coronado Paint and Decorating, and specifically Buddy Roybal, has proven that community involvement is an important component of growing a successful business in Santa Fe.

Cervantes “Buddy” Roybal, a native of Santa Fe, opened the store 30 years ago in a small showroom of 900 square feet on a dead-end street in Santa Fe. Today with over 21,000 square feet of retail and warehouse space at 2929 Cerrillos Road, Coronado Paint & Decorating is known as the premier one-stop shop for finishing products on new construction and remodeling projects for homes and commercial development alike.

With a staff of 25, most with over 10 years of service, Coronado has maintained a home operated atmosphere which over the last three decades has encouraged customers’ comfort, satisfaction, and loyalty, built with honesty, integrity, and fairness.

Over the years, Coronado has become the source in Northern New Mexico for custom and imported tile, floor, wall and window coverings, home accents, and quality paints of every imaginable color. Its website – – allows new and established customers to shop all products and services, including professional design services and free home installation reviews.

Coronado Painting and Decorating is being profiled as part of the All Things Real Estate “Unique Destinations” series.


Santa Fe Corcorso 2014

Unique Destinations
By Denise McCluggage, Honorary Chair, Concorso Advisory Board, Automotive Journalist, First Lady of Sports Car Racing

An event’s fifth year means it has a history, a character, and a reputation. That is true of the Santa Fe Concorso. And it’s all good. No longer are introductions and descriptions needed for the Southwest’s premier gathering of fine vintage cars, selected motorcycles, and bicycles. It’s: “Yes, I’ve heard great things. Wonderful cars, beautiful setting, and a relaxed atmosphere. Time and space to really see all the cars. Even chat with the owners. We’ll be there!”

Lady Susie Moss calls it, “a ‘boutique’ show; excellence in essence.” Lady Susie and her husband Sir Stirling return as special guests for the fifth straight year. They love Santa Fe and Santa Fe loves them.

Also returning is New Mexico’s own Al Unser, bringing sample cars from his wonderful Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque. Joining Al will be Al Unser Jr. and Parnelli Jones, ready with stories of America’s oval tracks. An autograph session has been popular every year. This year Sir Stirling will have a signing of a new paperback edition of his 1962 book All But My Life written with the late Ken Purdy.

The Santa Fe Concorso not only lays out the gleaming machinery of a century of mobility, it opens visitors to the chance to sample Santa Fe’s historic specialness, and to decide to come back often. The Concorso is a 501(c)(3) organization and has donated over $75,000 to support youth organizations in the city and county.

On Friday, September 26 in a private hangar at the Santa Fe Airport, Indy racers will recount their stories of challenges and successes at the Brickyard. The Friday Night Gathering, a VIP event, also held at the private hangar, brings together vintage aircraft and race cars. Add food, spirits, and celebrities to inspire joviality and friendship. Saturday is a day for doing what cars were intended to do. Catch these pieces of rolling art on the Plaza early Saturday morning then motoring up Canyon Road. Wave! They are headed to Cerrillos and on to The Club at Las Campanas to take their places for Sunday’s main event. Nothing’s more fun that catching glimpses of fine old cars just rolling along on everyday roads.

Then Sunday is the concours d’elegance — the contest of beauty and elegance. All cars will be appreciated but some will win their classes and two will take home a unique best in show trophy: one for elegance and one for sport. Among the judges every year has been Sir Stirling Moss, who like so many others, finds Santa Fe special.

September 28, 2014. For more information see: Held on the grounds of The Club at Las Campanas

The Santa Fe Concorso is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization benefitting youth organizations of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, affecting the families of home owners, sellers, and buyers in our real estate community.   The Santa Fe Concorso is being profiled as part of the All Things Real Estate “Unique Destinations” series.


Dave Caldwell and Karen Evans

Unique Destinations
By Lawrence Becerra, Chairman, Las Campanas Compadres

Las Campanas Compadres offers therapeutic riding and swimming lessons to people with special needs at the world class facilities of The Club at Las Campanas. Lessons are free and 100 percent supported by private donations.

Dave Caldwell started the LCC swim program in May of 2009.  He also serves as an LCC board member. Dave’s love and knowledge of aquatics allows him to engage his students in creative ways to help them meet their individual goals.

“My love of the water began right after birth when my mom took me to a water baby’s class.  By the age of 18 months, I was jumping off diving boards and playing under water.  I taught my first swim lesson at the age of 15 and became a swim coach a year later. After college, I took a job teaching in a special needs class room in rural South Carolina.  My perspective on the disabled changed as I realized that people with disabilities are capable of so much more than the opportunities they are given. When Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, founders of LCC, approached me about running the LCC swim program I jumped at the opportunity to continue the work I started 12 years earlier.  Our students range from 3 to 65 years of age.”

“Water therapy has many physical and mental health benefits for all ages, from the very young to the very old. Swimming can help improve your flexibility, strength, circulation, and lung capacity.”

LCC’s riding instructor, Karen Evans, is passionate about all things equine.  “My love affair with horses began in early childhood with my grandfather who raised ponies while operating a large farm in rural North Carolina. In 1998, after 2 months of study at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, I was awarded an Advanced Instructor Certification in Physical and Cognitive Disabilities by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.”

“Equine therapy has so many benefits for our participants. The physical tends to be the most obvious:  increased flexibilities, improvements in both strength and balance, better motor skills.  But there’s more: the self-confidence of a young boy who trots without a leader for the first time, the child who is inspired by the horse to interact with others, the adults for whom horseback riding is one more opportunity to maximize their independence and involvement in the world.”

“Volunteers are the back bone of equine therapy programs and we owe them a great deal of thanks. Volunteers, however, will tell you that the benefit is all theirs! After 15 years as an instructor with over 7,500 therapeutic lesson hours, the magic is as strong as ever.  To paraphrase Winston Churchill, ‘the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person.’”

For the past five years Las Campanas Compadres has held a triathlon fund raising event on the grounds of The Club at Las Campanas. This year’s event will feature a sprint tri for adults and a mini tri for juniors. This is the charity’s only fund raising event and its success ensures the continuation of this worthwhile program. This year’s event will be held on Labor Day, September 1. Expectations are for 200 participants.

To learn more about the event, or the program and how you can help, please visit