Some well-earned aggrandizing...

It’s a rainy day in May and there are mutterings of snow.  No, thank you.  SPRING needs to assert itself already and take its rightful place in the tiny section of the Universe that is Santa Fe.  As a native New Mexican, I know we need precipitation of any kind.  But inclement weather is hard on business here.  We aren’t hardy Mid-Westerners, used to any and all elements coming at us for months on end.  We’re spoiled by nearly 300 days of blue skies.  We’re dependent on sunshine both to make us happy and to accommodate a good hike. 

Gloomy day and mood aside, I’ve decided that the best topic for a new blog is my husband and partner, Robin.  His birthday was this week and our 25-year wedding anniversary is at the end of the month so I can think of no one better to feature. 

Hold on…cuz unabashed, unadulterated, straight up BRAGGING is comin’ at ya!

When he’s working here with me and someone compliments the store, he inevitably responds with, “It’s all CARA!”  But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  There’s simply no way I could do what I do without him.  He’s a creative force, an intuitive problem solver, knows how to do absolutely EVERYTHING, does 100% of the driving on our buying trips, is fantastic with the customers, has excellent ideas on the regular and maybe most importantly, believes in me above anyone else.  Over the years, while I’ve suffered at least a dozen crappy jobs, he’s been relentless in trying to convince me to get back to doing what I love, whatever the cost.   

And, if you know him, you know all these things are true.  But here are some things you may not know:

In our pre-Santa Fe life, Rob has (almost single-handedly) remodeled four homes and two commercial spaces for us.  For our second location in Silver City, he won the New Mexico Mainstreet program’s Historic Renovation of the Year award. 

He’s operated his home remodel & repair company in Santa Fe, for almost 15 years, during which time: he’s done everything from jacking up someone’s sinking house - to completely gutting and rebuilding numerous kitchens and bathrooms - to building custom furniture and lighting.  His skills are limitless, his work ethic is fierce, and everybody likes him. 

So much so that last year, a long-time customer sent him to Amagansett, NY (aka “The Hamptons”) to remodel their beach house. He knew nothing about the climate there: environmentally or socially. He knew nothing about clap-board, shingle-roofed houses a stone’s throw from the ocean. He knew no one, with the exception of a helper he hired and the owners who visited occasionally to check on his progress. And, the job was so remote that it took him an hour and half to get to a real hardware store. But he took it on as a challenge and a learning experience and the results were nothing short of AMAZING. Incidentally, he was gone for 3 months and although I visited twice and he came home once, I thought I was going to die. 

On a personal level, Rob is the kind of person that strives to better himself, every day.  Since achieving sobriety (through spiritual epiphany) some nine years ago, he has continually worked to create practices and habits that ensure happiness is his ultimate goal.  He believes that money comes and goes - as do relationships - but being at peace with yourself and being the best YOU you can be, is what really matters.  It’s a philosophy that I both benefit and learn from, daily.

Robin makes me laugh.  Every. Single. Day.  As with a lot of couples that have been together so long, we’ve grown up together and while we’ve had our share of bumps along the way, above all, it’s been FUN. They say happiness is being married to your best friend.  And, for us, that couldn’t be more accurate.  We are partners in business, partners in parenting and partners in life and I couldn’t ask for a better partner, husband or friend. 

 

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The house in Amagansett.  He got to stay in the one next door while he remodeled this one.

The house in Amagansett. He got to stay in the one next door while he remodeled this one.

Getting to the Hamptons from Santa Fe required one hour by car, 8+ hours on planes/airports and a 2.5 hour train ride but it was worth every second to be reunited!

Getting to the Hamptons from Santa Fe required one hour by car, 8+ hours on planes/airports and a 2.5 hour train ride but it was worth every second to be reunited!

Cara Evans