Downtown card shop moving to Canyon Road

The Marcy Street Card Shop, pictured at what was its downtown Santa Fe location for decades. The business moved to Canyon Road in 2019 and is set to close for good on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve will spell the end for Marcy Gifts & Cards on Canyon Road, a Santa Fe independent greeting card fixture since 1978.

Owners Rick and Roberta Remington, who have owned the shop since 2005, moved the store in April 2019 from its Marcy Street location after their lease was not renewed.

“We were planning to put it for sale the day we moved in,” Rick Remington said.

They first had to prove the new location viable and were finally able to list the business in January. There have been several inquiries but nobody has proceeded with the purchase, he said.

“We had a deal with the broker that if we didn’t have an interested party that we were going to start a going-out-of-business sale in October,” Remington said.

Marcy Gifts & Cards has rooms of greeting cards as well as stationery, candles, lotions, costume jewelry, toys and even shaving equipment.

The Remingtons thought they were going to retire when they had to leave their old location. Tesoros Trading Company owners Jonathan Williams and Kisla Jimenez then offered them a discounted lease to move the gift card shop to 202 Canyon Road, next to the Tesoros shop.

The store had been on Marcy Street for 41 years.

“We were down the first year,” Remington said of business at the new location. “It took a while for people to find us. Some people thought we had closed.”

The second year fell square into the coronavirus pandemic.

“We paid the rent and [the business] supported us,” he said.

The Remingtons kept going because they didn’t want to give up what they think of as a “community asset.”

“Everything tied up in here is our retirement,” Remington said.

The store will be open every day until Dec. 24. The Remingtons might try to open a pop-up store in Albuquerque, where they live, for items that don’t sell.

Fixtures are for sale, too.

“The day after Christmas we will be in here packing everything up,” he said.

(8) comments

Dash Hamblin

Best of luck! I missed you on Marcy ST...You have been a Santa Fe institution...so sorry that this is happening....

Lee Vigil

Forgot to say ... Enjoy your retirement and thanks!

Lee Vigil

They had a great run. Card shop was the best! Will miss it.

Carolyn DM

How unfortunate that they have become yet another victim of corporate greed after that Marcy St. building was sold.

Lorene Mills

Thank you, Marcy Street Card Shop, for years of delight! For decades I have loved finding the "perfect" card and discovering fun treasures in your amazing store. I will miss your offerings and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You made our lives richer, and like ripples in the water, everyone to whom we sent your beautiful cards was also made happier. You will be very much missed! Thank you!

PS I'll be in before Christmas Eve to say farewell

Leonard Winters

I'm very sad about this. This has been one of my "go to" shops since moving to Santa Fe. It was always a favorite of guests when they visited here too. Plus, they gave the best dog treats (chicken jerky) in town. I wish for the owners a happy, healthy, and secure retirement. We'll miss you.

Margit Pearson

very sad...the best card shop even,,,not sure what I will do without it...and a lovely couple that has run it ever since I went there for thefirst time in 1984

Carls Lee

Aww..I'm sorry :(

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