WOW! Look What Mar Wrote About Hillside!
We have a “regular” here, Mar Reddy-Hjelmfelt, who has The Red Elm, a technology and communications consultancy with a fabulous on-line presence, http://theredelm.wordpress.com/ Mar spends time here at Hillside a couple times a week working on wild fire emergency management social media coordination. She wrote this beautiful blog. Thank you Mar!!
I have mentioned Hillside Market and its cafe in one of my Stuff in the News posts and hadn’t gotten around to blogging about it. Yesterday, I was catching up on some social media stuff in what I refer to as “my office” there.
Alcove at Hillside Market
Regina Ress happened in for her shift as barista in the café, when I was in yesterday.
Regina Ress at Hillside’s Café
If you haven’t met Regina, you ought to (all the ladies over there are wonderful, though). She is a storyteller from Lower Manhattan and here in Santa Fe. She does storytelling events at Hillside and has a CD of stories available there (or online), as well. She was also kind enough to mention me in a blog post the other day, and came over to tell me about it. Fun to see VOSTing mentioned in a totally out of the ordinary context:
Our “children’s corner” has morphed into a comfortable table-for-two semi-private space. As I write this, a woman who volunteers coordinating information for firefighters is bent over her laptop in there, working with teams dealing with the many wild fires in the region. She said to me that the café is a real “refuge.”
It is true – the café is a refuge. It’s pretty quiet, with an indoor fountain and a lovely courtyard outside.
Courtyard at Hillside Market
If you live in the Santa Fe area or are passing through for a visit, it’s a great place to stop and have a cup of coffee (regular or snobby available) and do some shopping for items by local artists. Pretty much all the stuff you see in the pictures is for sale. There’s also a greenhouse, where they are going to grow local food and Oasis Café is soon to be Hillside Café with restaurant food.
Also be sure to check out the events calendar, that has yoga classes, writing workshops, and other happenings. And they don’t mind if you just hang out and have coffee. This place actually WANTS to be a community hub. This is what the 285 corridor needs. I’m rooting for them. I hope you will, too!