September 20, 2019

CFT Decor & Gifts Says “I Know Jo, Do You?”

By Jo Mixon

Jo & Franchescca Zoppe, Owner of CFT Decor and Gifts

After retirement from a very stressful high tech position, Franchescca Zoppe, an Angel Fire resident, decided, like many others, she wasn’t ready to totally retire. In 2016 she chose to purchase Country Furnishings of Taos, a well established gift and furniture shop. I asked her what the attraction was to this store and she said, “The ambiance and the employees”. She has a huge amount of respect for her employees. Brenda has been there 25 years, Holly 15 years and Sherry 6 years. I found them friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

The store is an old adobe house, constructed in the 1930’s. It opened as a business in 1986 and has been thoroughly renovated. Plus it has been expanded twice in order to accommodate steady growth. It’s concept has been very successful! Now with Franchescca at the helm, she is adding her own touches and expanding their footprint. She changed the name to CFT Decor and Gifts but remains completely committed to continuing the tradition of providing an eclectic shopping experience for her customers. Her decor and gifts are a mixture of handcrafted and manufactured items. She has twenty+ artists and artisans represented. They are from Taos, Angel Fire, northern New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. She also loves and appreciates her customers. Some of them tell her the store is their destination shopping place when they come to visit Taos, where they find one-of-a-kind treasures!

When you visit her website it says, “Our merchandise is colorful, innovative and fun, and features artwork from local artists. Whether you are searching for a hand-carved headboard with vividly painted poppies, brightly colored pottery, candles, children toys, books or more, we have the perfect addition for your home or the perfect gift for family or friends. Here, besides ensuring our store is stocked with unique, inspiring items, our priority is customer service.”

I couldn’t agree more! As I wandered from room to room I found whimsical, creative items with pops of color here and there that would add perfect accent pieces to any decor. Franchescca calls it a potpourri of color. I could have wandered around browsing and buying for hours. You absolutely must stop in the next time you are in Taos!

Plus CFT Decor and Gifts offers a gift and wedding registry, which is unique to Taos. If they don’t have what you are looking for, they will order it and have it for you as soon as possible. Good thing to know!

CFT Decor and Gifts
534 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico
Open Monday thru Saturday
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

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