Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Triple threat: New ABQ shop offers plants, coffee, creative space

Do you want a new plant? Do you want to satisfy your coffee craving? Do you need a studio to rent for a photo shoot?

A new store in Albuquerque can help with that.

Located at 3719 Fourth NW, The Power Plant aims to not only provide a caffeine hit, but also a place for local creatives to gather and express themselves through art.

Co-operated by Tytianna Harris and Juan Jimenez, the power plant opened on January 15.

Harris said she found the building before she knew exactly what she wanted to turn it into, but the opportunity was too good to pass up, so she made the decision to rent it.

At first, Harris said she used the 2,500-square-foot space primarily as a studio that could be rented out at an affordable rate.

But after meeting Jimenez that fall, the two began working together and Power Plant was born.

Customers can choose from a menu of coffee drinks or freshly made juices.

Harris said the space is community-focused and both she and Jimenez drew inspiration from trips to different cities, such as Los Angeles.

Jimenez said concepts like Power Plant can be found in other larger cities, but Albuquerque didn’t have anything similar, so it felt like a niche that could be filled.

“If you think about it, there really isn’t a space that does this in the city,” he said.

Though the space functions primarily as a café and studio, Harris and Jimenez said they plan to use the space for events, concerts, and art exhibitions.

“I think both myself and Ty are really focused on bringing the community together and just creating a different environment where … younger people can participate,” Jimenez said.

The power station is open Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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