Movers and Shakers — Taos businesswomen to know

'Mattress Mary' Domito

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OWNER TAOS LIFESTYLE

INDUSTRY: RETAIL

Mary Domito opened her second furniture/mattress store (Alamosa Home) in Alamosa, Colorado, in May of 2005 and recently partnered with a longtime colleague to start a new luxury mattress store, Sleep & Dream, which opened in January in the Trader Joe’s shopping center in Santa Fe.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE HELM?

“I have owned Taos Lifestyle and its previous name, Sleep Sanctuary, for 13 years.”

WHAT IS THE TOWN OF TAOS DOING RIGHT FOR BUSINESS? “I appreciate that the town of Taos is not overzealous in its enforcement of the sign code, which lets businesses use signage to attract customers.”

WHAT MORE COULD THE TOWN BE DOING TO HELP GROW BUSINESS?

“To maintain a solid infrastructure. Case in point, the empty Graham’s Grille location is a terrible eyesore in the heart of town along with several buildings across the street in one of the most prime commercial retail areas in

town. I scratch my head at all the empty buildings. Are landlords greedy? Asking over current market value for rent? I always was taught that 50 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing.”

WHO ARE YOUR HEROES IN REAL LIFE?

“Georgia O’Keeffe for her staunch individualism and breaking the mold to find her own personal vision and meaning in her art and life. Gloria Steinem for her lifetime of work championing equality for women. Susan B. Anthony and all the members of the suffrage movement who fought for women’s right to vote. Helen Keller, because when I feel life is too hard, I only need to think of her and I am reminded of just how lucky I am. And my biggest hero of all ... my mom.”

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