Cafe aims to provide a ‘safe and sober’ space ”Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – At a time when many community spaces are closed or inaccessible, the recently opened Ancora Cafe & Bakery is stepping in to fill that void.
Ancora, which opened in December at 148 Quincy NE, is a non-profit café that is part coffee, café and safe space, according to general manager Victoria Gonzales.
As a non-profit organization, the cafe operates as a ‘sister project’ of two outpatient treatment and therapy centers that work with adults and children struggling with substance abuse or other health needs. mental.
Gonzales said that once restrictions on coronaviruses are lifted, ambulatory clients will participate in coffeehouse internships.
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“What we do is provide a safe and sober space for clients to come and practice their business and communication skills through a job in our café similar to an internship where it would be integrated into the framework. of their therapy, ”she said.
Gonzales said the program will allow clients to gain experience and build their resumes while being enrolled in a treatment program.
As a cafe founded on a therapeutic mission, she said the menu is also designed around the idea of healing through ingredients.
“We wanted to have a therapeutic approach to our menu so that when people indulge in our food, they feel intention and they feel positive bodily responses both emotionally and mentally through our products,” she said. .
Even though the client side of the business is on hold for the time being, the cafe is focusing on its cultivation as a community space through regular weekly events.
“We try to base a lot of our events on giving local artists and designers (the) the opportunity to share their talents and their offerings,” she said.
The cafe hosts weekly live music, vendor pop-ups, open mics, and “Self-Care Sundays.”
Gonzales said the cafe was initially slow to grow in part because of its opening in December, but has since gained more traffic and activity through the events it hosts.
She said having a place dedicated to being a low-key space also helps attract some people who wouldn’t feel comfortable in the bar scene.
“We hope the COVID restrictions will ease that this will truly become a community space,” Gonzales said. “We want children, families, adults and especially adults who are trying to avoid bar / club life to take refuge in our space to still have a good weekend, an evening, a lively afternoons. “
Imperial Inn Motel to be redeveloped
The Imperial Inn Motel in East Downtown will be getting an update soon thanks to a redevelopment plan supported by the city and a private developer.
The motel, located at 701 Central NE, is expected to be remodeled into a mixed-use project consisting of hotel rooms, residential suites and commercial space, according to a statement from the City of Albuquerque announcing the project.
When complete, the $ 7.6 million project will include a restoration of the existing property and two newly constructed buildings.
The project is led by Palindrome Communities, the developer of El Vado.
The project is funded in part by a loan of $ 700,000 from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency, the statement said. The MRA focuses on revitalizing city neighborhoods through public-private partnerships that use bonds to partially fund projects.
The agency’s 2020 report cited the Albuquerque High and El Vado Lofts as examples of successful developments that had previously been considered run down or in poor condition before being restored.
Construction is scheduled to start at the end of June and is expected to be completed within a year.
Pilar Martinez covers retail and commercial real estate for the Journal. She can be reached at [email protected]