Best of Santa Fe

Best of Santa Fe 2022 - Business Services

Toy Auto Man (Shelby Wyatt)

Best Auto Detailing

1. Elite Auto Detailing

The drivers have spoken. One need not be in the 1% to feel elite when choosing to maintain the investment of a new car or revive an older one from all manner of abuse. Get a basic wash or go for the full detail package where you can expect professionals to get into every nook and cranny. The Midtown location is super convenient, too!

3212 Richards Lane, Unit A, (505) 485-7756

2. Eldorado Auto Detailing

For the folks who live in the subdivision (or just prefer this shop’s work), find all your detailing needs from a staff committed to making you feel like your beloved vehicle is brand new again. It’s gonna feel good.

1 Caliente Road, (505) 919-8043

3. Santa Fe Detail

This innovative detailing business model means you don’t have to drive your vehicle anywhere to make it have that factory-new feel.

(505) 670-2190

Best Bicycle Repair

1. The Broken Spoke

From the best buds at bicycling group Loops to the commuters, mountain bikers and hipster weirdos, Santa Fe is somehow a biking town despite a glaring lack of infrastructure. But where do these people go for their sweet rides, tune-ups, accessories, repairs and so on? The Broken Spoke, duh. Staff is all about community, and with their extensive experience and the sho’s exclusive access to certain brands, it’s clear to see why Santa Fe loves ‘em.

1426 Cerrillos Road, (505) 992-3102

2. rob and charlie’s

They say the classics never go out of style, and rob and charlie’s has proven that year after year since as far back as anyone can remember. Friendly helpful service, new and used bikes and even skateboards—yeah, they’ve got that.

1632 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 471-9119

3. Mellow Velo

The more bike-literate members of SFR’s staff still miss being neighbors with the downtown shop that David Bell and company built. New stuff, used stuff, repairs, e-bikes and knowledgable staff make Mellow Velo a popular stop ‘n’ shop for all those pedal fiends out there.

132 E Marcy St., (505) 995-8356

Best Body Shop

1. Custom Craft Auto Collision

When you’ve got more than 30 years under your belt in a town like Santa Fe, you can bet it’s because you’re all about top-notch work and community. At Custom Craft—being Northern New Mexico’s only collision repair shop that employs nothing but I-Car Gold Class Certified technicians on staff—they’ve got those things in spades. When your whip’s dinged up, banged up or worse, this one’s a no-brainer.

4587-B Hwy. 14, (505) 438-8878

2. Mena’s Coachworks

Drive something European or Japanese? Mena’s got the know-how to get your baby’s body back into tip-top shape. Even if you’ve got a Lamborghini, they’ve got you covered.

3360-B Lopez Lane, (505) 471-9037

3. Don Juan Certified Collision Care

We’ve all driven off from the mechanic to find that weird sound wasn’t actually fixed, but one needn’t worry about that with Don Juan. You’ll love it as much as its namesake loved the ladies, especially when everything comes with a lifetime guarantee.

2855 Rufina St., (505) 471-2121

Best Car Repair

1. Mike’s Garage

Here’s to another year of Mike and his staff topping our list of Santa Fe’s favorite mechanics. Extensive Subaru knowledge doesn’t hurt in a town like Santa Fe, what with its Foresters and Outbacks and such being, like, every third car. But it’s the personal touches and honest service you really rely on, dear readers. Why else would you keep crowning Mike the best?

1501 Fifth St., (505) 983-6577

2. Toy Auto Man

Doesn’t matter when that Lexus or Toyota rolled off the line, this legendary local service stop has been packing them in since as far back as anyone can remember. ‘Tis a small staff, but that makes them all the more serious (and powerful).

4774 Airport Road, (505) 983-9463

3. The Auto Angel

The Auto Angel is an incredibly honest fella named Gabriel Garcia, and when he’s not hosting Rusty Nuts on KSWV or collecting donations for The Food Depot, he’s working with his staff to make your ride run like new.

3140 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-3899

Squeaky Clean Car Wash (Kelli Johansen)

Best Car Wash

1. Squeaky Clean Car Wash

It was super cool of Squeaky Clean owner Jay Ritter to clean and wash with the hospital-grade supplies for some serious car-cleanin’ during the most intense days of the pandemic—and seeing as it’s not quite done yet, keep that in mind for your next washing trip. You can pick up a monthly pass to the wash now, too, with a variety of packages available, and with detailing services, rotating special offers and something literally called the Vegas Shine, we think we get why you love ‘em.

1900 Cerrillos Road, (505) 983-4201; 3931 Cerrillos Road, (505) 474-4320

2. Oilstop Drive Thru Oil Change & Car Wash

It’s weirdly kind of fun to get your oil changed at this locally-owned pitstop, so why wouldn’t it be fun to get your car washed, too? Friendly and knowledgable staff don’t give you the hard sell, either.

3562 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-0066

3. Speedy Shine Car Wash

Speedy Shine’s water-reclamation methods, including sending back a portion of used water to the treatment plant, means you can feel better about sudsing up, and that moniker is no lie. Quick, convenient, affordable—what’s not to love?

3006 Cerrillos Road, (505) 780-5028

Best Commercial Contractor

1. Sarcon Construction

When a company has clients that include The Food Depot, SITE Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Opera and beyond, you know it has the goods. Sarcon’s the contractor the locals choose, be it big jobs for public institutions, custom design for private homes or all those points in between, Santa Feans can relax knowing they’re getting top-tier work from people who really know what they’re doing. That’s called local investment, y’all, and Sarcon clearly loves it local.

2044 Galisteo St., (505) 474-4700

2. Palo Santo Designs

Just take a test drive around the website to see why Santa Feans love this firm. Whether it’s contemporary design, rustic traditionalism or that puro New Mexico flavor, Palo Santo knows what’s up.

1300 Rufina Circle, (505) 988-7230

3. LM Construction and Mechanical

Whatever project you’re hoping to accomplish, the pros at LM can help, and that includes painting, flooring, plumbing and all the “ings” you could possibly want, regardless of size.

3225 Richards Lane, Ste. 2B, (505) 988-4663

Best Computer/IT Services

1. Dotfoil Computers

Well, our readers have now voted Dotfoil tops in the Best of Santa Fe poll so many years in a row that we aren’t even sure they’ve heard of any other places. But that’s cool, man. Find services for PCs, Macs, iPhones and just about anything else, plus take ‘em your e-waste for recycling. Businesses and individuals will also find helpful IT services, which might come in handy the next time your aging dad calls to explain how the printer’s got him all nonplussed.

851 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 954-9955

2. Capitol Computer & Network Solutions

Lost data? Need a repair? Just don’t know what the heck that thing is on your screen? Capitol Computer can help, and if by some weird turn of events your machine is beyond help, they don’t charge.

1807 Second St., Ste. 100, (505) 216-1108

3. Santa Fe Computer Works

Whether you need a fix or a new computer altogether, you’ll find knowledgable computer types with a knack for those pesky online viruses. The question isn’t if, but when—don’t you wanna be prepared?

1214 Camino Carlos Rey, Suite 2, (505) 471-5211

Best Financial Advisor

1. Del Norte Credit Union Investment Services

Once again for the bazillionth year in a row, SFR’s readers say they love Del Norte. And we get it. We’re talking real community people on your same level who can handle anything from college savings, your post-retirement life or even loans during the holidays if that’s what you need. Did we mention it’s a nonprofit? Yup. Think of that next time you start kicking around the idea of investing a few bucks and need guidance.

3286 Cerrillos Road, (505) 988-3628; 510 N Guadalupe St., Ste. A/B, (505) 988-3628

2. State Employees Credit Union

One needn’t even specifically be a state employee to get the same top-notch service and assistance while on their path to financial help. You’ve got questions, they’ve got answers.

813 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 983-7328; 4920 Promenade Blvd., (505) 983-7328

3. Century Bank

With three locations across town, you won’t have to go too far to dig into your finances with experts who pretty much just want to make sure your money’s in good hands.

100 S Federal Place, 498 N Guadalupe St., 1790 St. Michael’s Drive, 4062 Cerrillos Road

(505) 995-1200

Best Financial Institution

1. Del Norte Credit Union

The type of bank that remembers your name and might rightly better be described as an organization. All we’re saying is, you never saw a bunch of hippies and hipsters protesting in front of this community-focused institution. Pick up some tips, feel a little safer and better, maybe even get a lollipop out of the deal.

3286 Cerrillos Road, (505) 988-3628; 510 N Guadalupe St., Ste. A/B, (505) 988-3628

2. State Employees Credit Union

Get your home or auto loans from people with a vested interest in the Santa Fe community and beyond. Remember, you just have to live around here to join.

813 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 983-7328; 4920 Promenade Blvd., (505) 983-7328

3. Century Bank

This bank opened in 1887. The Civil War was still a fresh memory! Stagecoaches probably delivered the money! Get your loans, leave your cash, pick up investment advice and so on.

100 S Federal Place, 498 N Guadalupe St., 1790 St. Michael’s Drive, 4062 Cerrillos Road, (505) 995-1200

Best Insurance Agent

1. Garrett Seawright, State Farm

State Farm runs in the Seawright fam as local agent Garrett becomes a second-gen insurance dynamo. The company has pretty funny commercials, too, but having that local name we know and a friendly face goes much further. Look, you’ve gotta get your stuff insured, why not go with a pro who’ll even remember who the heck you are?

1441 Paseo de Peralta, Ste. C, (505) 982-5433

2. Bryan Doerner, State Farm

Or maybe you’re more of a Bryan fan. You’ll get the same State Farm stuff and the same locally-minded service.

1341 Pacheco St., (505) 930-5210

3. Stephen Gillespie, State Farm

Oh, dang, another State Farm winner? Guess it just goes to show you that agents like this are ready to go if and when you find yourself looking to drive safe.

730 St. Michael’s Drive, (505) 982-3604

Best Law Firm

1. Sommer, Udall, Hardwick & Jones, PA

With nearly 70 years lawyering it up across things like tax law, real estate and estate planning, this-here firm of local champs knows what it takes when you need the law on your side. State? Federal? You bet!

200 W Marcy St., Ste. 129, (505) 982-4676

2. Egolf + Ferlic + Martinez + Harwood LLC

It’s a small but mighty firm with specializations in personal injury, sexual abuse, family law, whistleblower and water.

123 W San Francisco St., Ste. 200, (505) 986-9641

3. Catron, Catron & Glassman

According to the firm’s website, they pride themselves on being a small firm with attorneys who have a thorough understanding of New Mexico, the land and its diverse population.

2006 Botulph Road, (505) 982-1947

Best Lodging

1. La Fonda on the Plaza

Whether you’re catching Bill Hearne belt out country in the La Fiesta Lounge, quaffing a quality cocktail on the rooftop bar, grabbing a killer breakfast at La Plazuela or even just using La Fonda as a place to sleep and leave your bags, you’re gonna find history. Adjacent to our beloved Plaza, we’re talking so many years of history it’s not even funny, plus world-class service and some amazing dining options. Lodge well.

100 E San Francisco St., (505) 982-5511

2. El Rey Court

OK, sure, it’s a little bit about hispter minamlism, but with the La Reina bar, a picturesque swimming pool and pop-up dining options like pizza from Tender Fire Kitchen and, we heard, a new soft-serve ice cream truck, no wonder the locals love it as much as the tourists. Oh, live music, too!

1862 Cerrillos Road, (505) 982-1931

3. Hotel Santa Fe

Suites and single rooms in this hotel have a Santa Fe flair, owing in no small part to the establishment being owned by Picuris Pueblo. Find lectures, easy meeting rooms and more.

1501 Paseo de Peralta, (888) 358-5971

Best Movers

1. Delancey Street Foundation

We know firsthand from when we moved our office that this nationwide program, which helps people coming out of prison or struggling with drug addiction find new hope, is awesome. Whether it’s relocating from one street to another or across country, you’ll get careful help moving your stuff, while the proceeds from the job go directly toward Delancey Street Foundation and all that great stuff it does. Honestly? More than worth it.

Hwy. 94, Ohkay Owingeh, (505) 852-4291

2. Two Men and a Truck

Meanwhile, in best business names of all time news, these dudes (and their truck) totally want to help you move, and SFR staffers who’ve shuffled your stuff around town year after year want to remind you to consider how much more convenient that would be.

(505) 273-3628

3. Zen Movers LLC

Since Santa Fe is a never-ending moving nightmare, why not breathe deep and get zen about it? The name says it all when it comes to this company, friends. Don’t you feel better already?

875 1, 2 W San Mateo Road, (505) 690-1995

Best Storage Facility

1. A-1 Self Storage

In most cases, companies choose the name “A-1″to appear first in the phonebook. These days, though, with the phonebook gone, they’ve got to live up to the name. In the hearts of Santa Feans, this particular A-1 does just that. Did we mention they’re solar-powered, too? .

1591 San Mateo Lane, 983-8038; 2000 Pinon St., (505) 988-2985; 1311 Clark Road, (505) 471-8911; 3902 Rodeo Road, (505) 310-6271; 1224 Rodeo Road, (505) 474-0921

2. Santa Fe Self Storage

With three locations across town it doesn’t matter where you live when storage needs arise.

1501 Third St., (505) 983-6600; 3064 Agua Fria St., (505) 473-2222; 7521 Old Airport Road, (505) 471-2004

3. St. Michael’s Self Storage

Locally owned with onsite managers plus surveillance and maintained lightning? Your stuff might be safer here than at home!

1935 Aspen Drive, (505) 445-6964

Best Tire Shop

1. Big O Tires

True story: There’s at least one SFR staffer whose mother is so down with Big O Tires that if one were to even suggest visiting another shop, she’d likely blow a fuse. We’re talking affordable rubber here, folks, and the kind of warranty that lets you drive with confidence. You ever had brand new tires? It’s weirdly the most amazing feeling.

3153 Cerrillos Road, (505) 424-2220

2. Garcia Tires

Get some sick new tires while the crew handles your needs. Locally owned? You bet—and that’s the Santa Fe siren song.

5984 Airport Road, (505) 473-9715

3. Amigo Tire and Auto

More than three decades in business means you can trust that the family at Amigo Tire are actually your friends. Community matters here, dear readers, and you can be sure safe tires do, too.

1901 Cerrillos Road, (505) 984-0900

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