Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Business feature: Shop returning to roots with addition of Christmas room

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Patsy Liston glues on a piece on a gingerbread house Monday at the Christmas shop she and her daughter Jaqque Johnson built next to the family craft business west of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Just on the edge of Clovis, a small lighted Santa Claus waves to […]

Police raise funds with doughnuts

CNJ staff report The Clovis Police Department will be trading doughnuts for dollars Friday as part of its annual Shop with a Cop fundraising drive. Starting at 6:45 a.m., officers will be at Daylight Doughnuts on North Prince Street collecting donations to fund the Shop with a Cop program. Officers will be giving away doughnuts […]

Business brief: Clovis shop recognized as best in class

Clovis’ Glass Doctor has been recognized by Allstate as a best-in-class auto glass repair shop. Glass Doctor of Clovis was recently listed as a Tier 1 auto glass shop through Allstate’s nationwide Distinguished Performers Program, according to a press release. The distinction of Tier 1 indicates a repair shop meets the best criteria for customer […]

Business feature: Muleshoe store owner retiring after 42 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico You could say that Charles Bratcher got into a little bit of a routine while running an auto parts shop in Muleshoe for the last 42 years. Here’s how Bratcher says it: “After you’ve done something for a while, it becomes a habit. I’m kind of in the habit […]

Fundraising begins for annual Shop with a Cop

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Police Department is kicking off its annual fundraising drive for Shop with a Cop. Each year local police raise money to take area underprivileged children on Christmas shopping trips. More than $11,000 was raised last year, enough to take 111 children shopping, according to a press release from the department. […]

Wholey Cow Deli closes

CNJ staff The Wholey Cow Deli has closed. The sandwich shop at Sixth and Pile streets has “For Rent” and “For Sale” signs on the window, and a note on the door indicating it closed Saturday. The shop opened in 2004 and was a popular downtown lunch location. The restaurant’s ownership transferred from Barbara George, […]

Business feature: State agency helps local man open machine shop

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jim Perry, owner of J & S Machining Shop in Clovis, displays an invention he calls a mini track. Perry said the vehicle might be used by farmers in winter months to haul hay to cattle in the pasture. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He believes eventually he would […]

Thieves nab flowers, stuffed bears from shop

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Courtesy Photo The entrance door to Katie’s Flowerland was smashed to gain entry. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Rose Riley was surprised when burglars struck her shop Thursday night and took only flowers and teddy bears. “They left a glass trail where they shopped,” Riley said Friday morning. “They knew the difference between the […]

Hotel proposal raises hopes

Steve DeLeon is getting set for his 10th anniversary of owning his Sports Angle shop on Main Street. He’s hopeful that Thursday night was a great anniversary present. Count DeLeon among those excited about the possibility of the Hotel Clovis, a few blocks south of DeLeon’s sports collectible business, being converted into an apartment complex. […]

Shop owners: More car owners squeezing out extra miles

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ray Dodge of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service replaces a valve cover gasket Monday on an 1996 Plymouth Neon. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local auto service and repair shops operators said business is up as vehicle owners opt to repair and maintain their rides rather than spend […]

Business feature: Closing up shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jack Lapp, owner of JL’s Automotive Service, said he has worked more than 12,000 work orders since setting up shop 29 years ago. On Oct. 1, Lapp is retiring from the mechanic trade and closing his shop. Jack Lapp said one reason he is closing his auto repair shop after […]

Business feature: Historic shopping plaza demolished

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Courtesy photo Located on Seventh and Main streets, the Village Plaza was on one of the busiest intersections in town during it’s heyday, according to Duffy Sasser who operated the photo shop that fronted the plaza. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Duffy Sasser, 90, has to remember his first business are photographs and […]

Beatlemania hits Tucumcari Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Paul McCartney visited an antique shop and restaurant on Thursday, according to customers and store owners. McCartney and a lady friend visited with Ruth Daniel at her shop, Things, on Route 66. Then he moved on to Del’s Restaurant for lunch, also on Route 66, where he ordered a take-out. According to […]

Handiwork goes into creation of rock ‘n’ roll museum

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Sign Service employees Trace Shealy, front, and Jeremiah Mascarenas work together to glue the bridge to the body of a 9-foot guitar that will be part of the entrance to the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The smell of glue […]

It’s Their Business: Forever Blooms

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Name: Forever Blooms Location: 1212 N. Main What they do: They are a floral and gift shop that sells gift merchandise and gift baskets. Their flower selections include plants, silk and fresh flower arrangements. Who’s in charge: Sharla Bronniman Employees: Four Contact: 763-4242, 799-7786 or email sharmcdonald@yahoo.com Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to […]

Aisle getting steeper

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Lisa Pellegrino, left, event manager for the Clovis Civic Center, goes over wedding plans Thursday with Sasha Guhrke and Jason Zaikowski of Clovis. The couple are planning for a July wedding at the Civic Center. By Keely McDowell: CNJ Staff Writer With the economy putting a strain on spending money, […]

These boots were made for kicking

By Don McAlavay: Local Columnist I t was hot as all get-out on a July 4th in the late 1950s at a Clovis print shop where I worked. There were five other employees and the boss, plus a bindery “queen.” That’s what we called women who cut up paper and package printed material for customers […]

It’s Their Business: Jack’s Key Shop

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Name: Jack’s Key Shop Location: 3916 N. Prince What they do: They make duplicate keys and change lock combinations. They also carry and install commercial burglar alarms and monitor them 24/7. The store also carries padlocks. How long in business: 30 years. Who’s in charge: Roy and Lavelya Doris Employees: Two Hours: Monday through Friday, […]

It’s Their Business: Clovis Brace Shop

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Clovis Brace Shop By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Clovis Brace Shop Location: 128 W. 21st St. What they do: Orthopedic and sport bracing. They also sell various home medical equipment, including ramps, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, bathroom bars, shower chairs and diabetic shoes. Who’s in charge: Cinda Barringer Employees: One How long in business: […]