La Bohemia Natural▸
La Bohemia Natural specializes in locally made, organic, and all natural beauty and health care products, such as toners, oils, soaps, and herbal mixtures. They have been in business for six years, but moved their physical location to Barelas about a year ago. With the Covid-19 business restrictions currently in place, their physical business is closed; however, they are still selling their products online.
One unique group that utilizes the space on a weekly basis is a Ballet Folklorico group called Ballet Xallitic, led by Barelas resident, Cesar Velazquez Martinez. Ballet Folklorico, or “folkloric dance” is a collective term for traditional Mexican dances that emphasize local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Ballet Xallitic stands out because Cesar teaches the class free to anyone interested and donates his free time, 3 evenings a week to teach Ballet Folklorico. I met up with Cesar at the Ruppe before his class to talk about the origins of Ballet Xallitic.
When Flamenco dancer Jesus Muñoz was looking for a space for his new project in Albuquerque, he wanted something big. “Ambitious” is the best way to describe Jesus, as he has been instrumental in the founding of many Flamenco organizations throughout Albuquerque.
Red Ball Café▸
In anticipation of the opening of the Orpheum Community Hub, Homewise’s new Homeownership Center and collaborative community/art space, we’re having a great time getting to know our new neighbors!