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The story of MEW + Company Boutique began when Las Cruces artist Mary Ellen Wunderlich started selling hand-made cards at the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market in 2017.
Wunderlich opened the boutique – her initials give the store its name – in the two-story La Esquina Plaza, 300 N. Main St., on the corner of Main Street and Las Cruces Avenue in Downtown, in 2018. The business expanded in July with the addition of MEW + Company Children in La Esquina’s courtyard, directly behind the boutique.
The boutique includes unique handmade gifts, jewelry, handbags, home goods, posters, calendars and paper goods. The children’s store has handmade clothing, bedding and toys.
“Mary is huge into art and she loves children,” said MEW + Company website division manager Kasse Pappas.
There’s even a craft corner for children in the boutique where kids can do their own artwork while their parents and caregivers shop. It includes all the tools needed to paint, draw or do a craft.
MEW + Company also began craft nights in August. Held on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday afternoons or evenings, the events include everything from watercolor workshops and making a wall hanging and paper flowers to children’s storytime. There is a charge to attend the workshops; storytime is free.
Both the adult and children’s shops include items made by Wunderlich, like cloth food items – sausages, sardines, bacon, eggs (“felt fresh”), carrots, pasta and a wide range of colorful dessert items (doughnuts, cake, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, macaroons) that kids love to play with or adults can use in china cabinets or decorative arrangements.
There are crocheted dolls and animals – everything from ducks, bunnies, lambs and hippos to dragons and unicorns. There are also crocheted finger puppets, key fobs, teapots and flower vases, bath salts and hand soaps, journals, small potted flowers and refrigerator magnets.
In the children’s boutique, there is handmade clothing, including crocheted cardigans and leather shoes, along with wooden toys made from recycled sawdust, and crib sets of quilts, bedding and pillows. There are even “Mama and Me” matching coffee cups and sippy cups, along with Wunderlich’s handmade pacifier clips, and bow ties in a rainbow of colors for both boys and girls.
“Wow! I haven’t seen that before,” is something boutique staff often hear from visitors, Pappas said.
You will also find kits to cut out and make paper puppets of artists like Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. There are greeting cards for children and adults featuring Wunderlich’s artwork. Ask Pappas or Danitza Lopez about joining the boutique’s free art print club.
The furniture in both stores features Wunderlich’s artwork, and the restroom includes a stunning mural by the artist.
MEW + Company is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The business is closed Sunday and Monday (except when it hosts a craft night).