When driving through Cuba, New Mexico you will run into a gem of a place called Theresa's RV Park and Beauty Shop. You wouldn't expect these two businesses under one roof. However, in this case, combining these two services allows weary travelers passing through this small community to get a haircut and park their rig overnight.
Theresa Duran, who owned Theresa's RV Park and Beauty Shop for 25 years, recently received RDC Micro-Grant funding to pave her RV parking lot, creating a level pad and allowing RV’s to get to their hook-ups without having to tread through pooled water and mud. The funds also paid the cost for a local youth organization to make her billboard sign more visible for travelers.
The RDC funding investment came at just the right time. The grant award was signed a few weeks before the pandemic. “It seems that more people are traveling in RV’s right now because of the pandemic,” said Theresa. Theresa was assisted by Sandoval Economic Alliance-based VISTA volunteer Carey Beam, who helped her apply for the funding. Beam also helped the business build a website that includes an online reservation portal. Theresa's RV Park and Beauty Shop, located on New Mexico Highway 550, offers beauty shop discounts for truckers and hikers who are hiking the continental divide, free wi-fi for everyone, and both short and long-term RV stays. The RDC's investment in Theresa's RV Park and Beauty Shop is making a significant positive impact on a small business in a rural area. The business has received many positive Tripadvisor reviews in the past 5 months, including this one:
Great overnight stop on 550! We were driving through and needed a place to stop for the night. Theresa's was perfect! Full hookups, pull-through with 50 and 30 amp. Enough space on her property to walk the dogs. Theresa was super sweet!