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First News Spring 2009

The Pack Rat is Back

   The Pack Rat, a gift shop, has returned to Raton. Janet and LeRoy Valencia originally opened the store in 2003 and then took a few years off. They have returned to reopen the store at its original location on historic First Street in downtown Raton. Although the store looks different from the original, you'll still find the same friendly service that has always been their trademark. The couple's goal is to have a variety of affordable and unusual gift items that will suit the tastes of just about anyone.

   You will find many items made by the owners including, but not limited to, handmade soaps, candles and wood furniture. One-of-a-kind gift baskets (pre-made or custom made), religious items, kitchenware, cookbooks, and walking sticks are some of the things you will find. Items made in New Mexico, along with a variety of other gifts and collectibles make this a well-rounded place to shop for all your gift-giving needs. A year-round Christmas shop, which will feature unusual ornaments, nativity sets and other pieces, is in the planning stages. Some items are already in stock and others will be added.

   Since The Pack Rat is located just a couple of blocks from the Amtrak and Greyhound stations, amenities such as cold drinks and snacks, as well as a complimentary baggage holding area, are offered for travelers passing through Raton. Special requests and suggestions are always welcome. LeRoy and Janet will do their best to accommodate your needs. We want customers to leave our shop happy. New merchandise is added constantly, so stop in often to see what's new. We're delighted to be back and invite you to stop in and say hello. Our hours of operations are posted on the door, but if you come by and the lights are on, ignore the sign and come on in.

The Pack Rat
132 N. First Street
Raton, NM 87740
(575) 445-3242


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