8.23.2013

The Turquoise Butterfly -



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I did and it was wonderful.

This charming artisans store on E. Alameda across from the Santa Fe River is the brainchild of Barbara Rice.  Barbara  had a similar store in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, but when it burned to the ground three years ago, the search began for a new home and a new store location. She and her husband Ken decided to move to Santa Fe and the quest for the perfect place to re-launch the Turquoise Butterfly began. 

"Everyday I'd search Canyon Road and the Plaza area, " explains Barbara, "and then one day we spotted this intriguing empty  adobe building. There was no For Sale sign, but when I peeked in a window, it was love at first sight!" She found the owner - Ira Seret of Seret & Sons - and convinced him to sell her the historic building. The deal closed last October and they had a soft opening December 13,  the three-year anniversary of the fire. "It was like I was finally back to where I should be," recalls Rice.

The space is amazing, filled to the brim with handsome clothing, furniture, jewelry, and art,  all one-of-a-kind created by talented artists from New Mexico and all over the country. As you walk from room to room you'll see many of the elegant architectural touches created by the former owners.









Barbara has filled all the beautiful rooms and spaces, making it an oasis of shopping delight.






















And then when you climb the stairs to the
second floor, you see two magnificent pool tables. One was just purchased for a 'Man Cave' in Texas!


Burled Mesquite with turquoise inlays


There's more...now we come to the EAT & DRINK part of the Turquoise Butterfly.  In addition to the store proper, there is a lovely courtyard  filled with sculpture...



a fountain and tables...


and charming 'grottoes' - 3 for private dining 


and the others showcasing vignettes from TURQUOISE BUTTERFLY.


Upstairs is an open deck where you can sit and enjoy lunch, dinner or evening cocktails served by the charming restaurant just next door - TANTI LUCE 221. It's a delicious collaboration between the restaurant and TURQUOISE BUTTERFLY.  






There's a separate courtyard entrance so even after store hours you can take advantage of the courtyard and upper deck and do a bit of 'window' shopping in the charming grottoes. There's also access from the restaurant.



If you're driving along E. Alameda between  the Inn of the Loretto
and the Inn of the Governors - just at Shelby St. - LOOK UP, you'll see LUCKY the wooden horse welcoming you. 

T U R Q U O I S E   B U T T E R F L Y

149 E. Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM 
505.9829277



T A N T I  L U C E  221

221 Shelby St.
Santa Fe, NM
505.988.2355


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