ABQ Collective brings 15 businesses under one roof
October 18, 2018 06:04 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—In the Northeast Heights, the ABQ Collective on Eubank Blvd. is one building with 15 different businesses inside.
Most of the shops have been open for a few weeks; the coffee shop has been open for a few months, but the grand opening is expected to kick off on November 2nd-3rd.
The first thing you see when you enter is the Rust is Gold Coffee shop.
“It’s got a homey kind of vibe. It’s kind of like the show Cheers where everybody knows your name, except they know your order as well. Yeah, it’s a nice place…I like it,” said Eddie Brewer, a customer.
The coffee shop is only the first thing you see, but if you keep walking, there are different shops that sell leather goods, jewelry, do vintage Hi-Fi repairs, beauty treatments, a hair salon and more.
The ABQ Collective was the idea of owners Bob and Katherine Riolo and their friend, Thaison Garcia.
The Riolo’s daughter, Sarah Nest, said getting the old building up to code was a hassle and delayed the opening of the ABQ Collective, but it was worth revitalizing the building.
“And there’s really nothing around this area that’s local or has a vibe the way that we do. This is something that this community up here definitely needed,” said Nest.
She also added that the neighborhood has been voicing their excitement for the new business.
The ABQ Collective hosts Americano music concerts and motorcycle meet-ups. The manager of the coffee shop and a vendor, Jimmy Deveney, has high hopes for all business, especially the Rust is Gold Coffee shop. He hopes it will become a center of the community.
Created: October 18, 2018 06:04 AM
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