by Benjamin Eugene
Artist Adrena Joyce at Baja Nueva showing. photo by Rachel Pack
Straight from the pages of Architectural Digest and House Beautiful, Baja Nueva, San Felipe’s newest and most interesting furniture, home decorating and gift store is a must visit when downtown. Located on Mar de Cortez in the Plazita, it is chock full of exciting and colorful items for the home. Original artwork, glass vases and plates, heirloom boxes, wall clocks, candles and holders, decorator shadow boxes and authentic local Indian pottery is just a small amount of the eye candy that keeps you looking from place to place in this wonderfully colorful and well laid out store. Each time you enter the shops—there are now two, one is primarily for custom furniture, the other for gifts and home accessories—you’ll see new and interesting items that you missed on your previous visit.
From the moment you cross the threshold you know that you are in a special environment as the aroma of scented candles, the sound of quiet music and the sight of an exquisite multi-colored glass chandelier greets you, along with the owners, Sherry and Jerry Lankin. Two expatriates from Scottsdale, Arizona, they came to San Felipe to semi-retire and to be a part of the casual Baja lifestyle. They quickly became part of the community by participating in the Rotary and the Zapp Spay/Neuter Program.
Sherry and Jerry built a home on El Dorado Ranch and quickly saw the need for a furniture and accessories source to serve the demand of the new home and condo owners, and so Baja Nueva was born. Within the span of less than one year it became necessary for them to expand their inventory, and a second store was opened in July, also at the Plazita to hold their custom, Mexican-made contemporary furniture line. In addition, they offer complete design and decorating services as well as furniture, window coverings and accessories for the rental market.
Baja Nueva is a great supporter of local artists and each month hosts a mini art show featuring original works in oils, acrylics, watercolors and crafts. Stop in when you’re downtown, share a glass of wine and enjoy the ambiance of this bright and beautiful store.
Baja Nueva, 614 Mar de Cortez (686) 211-4676, open Tuesday - Saturday