The Mesilla Valley Store has a one of kind exterior on the Old Mesilla Plaza, not typical of the usual adobe buildings in the area. Large glass windows and stamped metal make up the storefront. It’s said that the stamped metal storefront was bought from a mail order catalog and shipped to Mesilla by railroad. After the arrival of the railroad in 1881, the county had access to a number of products not available in the area at the time including building materials.
Come inside through the double doors, across the wooden floors towards the back of the store and you will find a wooden staircase, stained and smoothed by time. The split staircase leads up to a U-shaped balcony, now used for light storage and office space.
At one time the store was joined to the southern building which is now the Mesilla Book Center. The large arched opening between the two is walled off at present.
Now some history on how the store came to be…
Group on Mesilla Plaza, photo taken looking north with group in front of what is now Thunderbird de La Mesilla, ca.
L-R: Katy Griggs, Mary Louise Woodworth, Jenny Griggs and 2 Unidentified Women, pictured on the steps of Mesilla Valley Store, ca. 1890.
Inside Mesilla Valley Store, then Joseph Reynolds Co., a notions and dry goods store, prior to remodel and addition of staircase and balcony.
William Charles Reynolds, Postmaster of Mesilla, NM from 1905 to 1916 after the death of previous postmaster Demetrio Chavez.
L-R: butcher (name unknown), Albert Fountain Jr., Father Juan Grange, Henry Fountain. Photograph taken in what is today Mesilla Valley Store, ca. 1914.
Leonard Nimoy on the steps of Mesilla Valley Store in 1966. Pictured with Mrs. Mary Taylor (right).
Street view of Mesilla Valley Store, then Pot O’ Gifts, ca. 1974. The dirt street has since been replaced with brick as well as a brick sidewalk.
Cornice of Mesilla Valley Store ca. 1974. “J ALIDIB PROP” barely visible. Mrs. Alidib inhereted the store from Father Juan Grange in 1937.
Mesilla Valley Store brings together unique home-grown foods and flavors from the local market and across New Mexico. Taste New Mexico!