November 10, 2016
by Mary Jo Tesitor
RATON — Martha Phelps grew up in Tennessee and traveled with her family through New Mexico when she was nine. Knowing she was determined to move west some day, her dad encouraged her, saying, ”Get an education, find a job, and I’ll help you get there.” When the time came, he helped her buy a car to achieve her dream. She’s been here ever since.
She came to Raton in 1965 as a field advisor for the Sangre de Cristo council of Girl Scouts and directed the camp in Moreno Valley near Angel Fire. Later, she changed hats and worked for ten years at International Bank. As Martha tells it, her husband, James, decided she just didn’t have enough to do so, in June of 1989, Santa Fe Trail Traders came into being.
Santa Fe Trail Traders offers only the finest traditional and contemporary Native American handcrafted articles. Santa Fe Trail Traders has developed close ties with dozens of Navajo, Hopi and New Mexico Pueblo artisans who create the finest Native American art in the Southwest. With a breathtaking variety of competitively priced merchandise, Santa Fe Trail Traders is an excellent source of unique, authentic Southwestern collectibles.
With the holidays coming up, Santa Fe Trail Traders is running a Pre-Christmas sale, November 18-20; 20% off of all items in the store, including already discounted items. They are open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, November 20, they will be open 10 am to 4 pm.
Be sure to find “Tonks” in the World Journal ads this month, (see page 10) for a chance to win 500 “Tonks Bucks” to spend at Santa Fe Trail Traders. Stop in at 100 South 2nd Street in Raton. Call 575-445-2888.