Hollywood costume designer reopens Nambe Trading Post

Nambe Trading Post

Hollywood costume designer Cathy Smith is in for a busy summer — she has taken over the lease for the historic Nambe Trading Post north of Santa Fe on the high road to Taos.

Smith is an Emmy award-winning costume designer whose work has been featured in Dances with Wolves and 35 other Westerns. Some of the Western clothing are now among the items featured at the store, along with the more traditional Navajo rugs, pueblo pottery, Zuni katsinas and anything and everything else the community wants to consign.

She plans a grand reopening for 1 to 5 p.m. May 25, but the business is already up and running, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Monday, and by appointment Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I’m open now, the lights are on, people are coming in to consign,” she said.

Smith lives in the old hacienda that was the Romeros’ home. “I decided to do this because I could not bear to think that it might have to close down,” she said. “I was inspired by the history of the place, the beauty of the location and wanted to bring back some community involvement. It’s all about being local, buying local, supporting our local artists and craftsmen. Creating a local gathering place to share art and ideas and knowledge, especially of indigenous art that is fast becoming a thing of the past.”

It will also be a venue for Smith to teach bead and porcupine quillwork and to bring in local potters, weavers, painters and even writers to Nambé to teach, she said.

To get to the trading post, go north on U.S. 84/285 and then right on N.M. 503 toward Nambé/Chimayó and 1.5 miles to Summer Road. Turn right there and look for the building.

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Another historic property closer to downtown also is seeing some changes. While the ownership of La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa transferred in 2013 to 1754 Properties, the management of La Posada will now be handed over to Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Starwood manages more than 200 properties all over the world, and La Posada will become the first Starwood hotel in New Mexico. La Posada is another Santa Fe property that has just seen upgrades and renovations.

To celebrate the new management, La Posada will host a ceremonial flag raising and traditional blessings at 2 p.m. Thursday by Ramos Romero, elder and former governor of the Tesuque Pueblo and the Rev. Ken Semon, rector of the Church of the Holy Faith.

“The Luxury Collection affiliation gives guests visiting Santa Fe a distinctive lodging option within the Starwood family of brands. Santa Fe’s art hotel has long been recognized for its distinctive adobe casitas and historic, Victorian-era mansion that give visitors a one-of-a-kind glimpse into Santa Fe’s evolution as an arts destination,” the hotel said in a news release.

Also expected are Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson and Joseph Smith, founder of 1754 Properties, a financial firm that specializes in apartment and hotel properties in urban centers.

Contact Bruce Krasnow at brucek@sfnewmexican.com.