By Mike Cook
The Emporium, 106 S. Water St. Downtown, has changed its telephone number and has added Tuesdays to the days it’s open to the public, selling a wide range of unique antiques.
The new telephone number is 575-523-8078, said volunteer Heather Pollard. The change to a new number, with a new phone system that includes an answering machine, will allow all The Emporium volunteers to hear the phone no matter where they are in the store, Pollard said.
The Emporium’s old phone number will continue to work as the new number comes online, she said.
Additionally, The Emporium is now open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 2 pm Saturday.
The Emporium is staffed entirely by volunteers and offers antiques and unique items, including furniture, dishes, jewelry and collectibles.
Pollard was involved from day one in the capital campaign that led to the creation of the Mesilla Valley Hospice in 1982. More than 30 years later, Pollard became part of a group looking for a way to support Hospice financially without creating competition for other nonprofits. She had seen a high-end, second-hand store supporting hospice in Phoenix, and suggested the same for Las Cruces. The Emporium opened its doors June 30, 2015 at 106 S. Water St. in a building owned by former Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith, who provides generous support. It welcomes donations of antiques, collectibles and mint-condition furniture.