Magazine article Sunset

Baca Street Santa Fe. (Shopping)

Magazine article Sunset

Baca Street Santa Fe. (Shopping)

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A NEIGHBORHOOD OF ARTISTS PUTS OUT THE WELCOME MAT. If you want to see a fashionable artist haven after it has become established, go to Canyon Road. If the "before" version interests you, head for Baca Street near Cerrillos Road. Still rough around the edges, this westside district has attracted a flock of artists, art suppliers, and a cafe. Garrick Beck of Natural Stones says, "I'm really happy surrounded by working artists in this older, funkier neighborhood. I hope it doesn't grow too fast."

Jason Aufrichtig's Counter Culture Cafe (930 Baca St.; 505/995-1105) is a good place to start. If you go on a Saturday morning, be sure to stop in around 10, when cinnamon buns (the weekly special) come out of the oven. Otherwise, keep it in mind for lunch. Satisfying, honest fare--from spring rolls to a grilled prosciutto sandwich--will set you back about $6.

Next door you'll find red-hot ovens, molten glass, and glassblowers at work, all visible from the parking area in front of Liquid Light Glass (926 Baca; 505/820-2222). …

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