Adobe Plaza from fond memories comes a new legacy
<b>Photo courtesy of Natasha of Tooskie Photography</b>
The Adobe Plaza has been serving Ruidoso since the 1950s and is experiencing a rebirth. Many remember Marie and Bernard Rooney’s Deckhouse and the quintessential curio and candy shops. Ask any longtime resident and they’ll likely speak of hand carved doors, the welcoming fireplace and Marie’s Squaw Bread. Even adjacent roads were aptly named “Marie” and “Deck” streets. While those days are fond memories, the Plaza is undergoing revitalization with owners Marianne Mohr and Evan Reed polishing this faded treasure. As superintendent, Evan says “maintaining 8,000 square feet of historical space and grounds keeps me busy and I love it!” Both describe their love for the Plaza “this is not just a building; it is a place of history, of lives shared and a place of community gathering which lives on.”

The Rooney legacy began when Marie Hull (20) of Los Angeles, daughter to Jack and Minnie Hull, and Bernard Rooney (24) of Fort Stockton, son to Jessie and William Patrick Rooney, married in Ruidoso August 25, 1934. The couple operated the Ruidoso Club House renting toboggans in 1940s and later the Deckhouse restaurant at the Adobe Plaza. Marie’s Plaza garden was renowned, but over the years it was pared back by the encroaching roadway. The patio remains, and buds on old plantings and gnarled trees emerge every spring. Soon the garden patio will transform into a Wi-Fi lounge for the public to enjoy.

Longtime businesses thrive at the Plaza: The Stove and Spa Store provide stoves, pellets and fireplace cleaning 575-630-8030. Known for her care of pets and their people, Kelley Rowland owner of All 4 Pets, provides pet grooming and supplies 575-630-0034.

Two new faces, Buddha Yoga and Lion’s Gate Martial Arts, change up the tempo at the Adobe Plaza. Yoga classes are offered six times a week. Mohr, who studied yoga for more than 35 years, said “I wanted to provide a sacred place dedicated to yoga and meditation without the distractions found at gyms or spas. Our students enjoy soothing, mindful and therapeutic effects in an artisan environment dedicated to yoga alone.” The yoga studio occupies “The Deck” where many yoga students enjoyed Marie’s fare.

The new Lion’s Cage Martial Arts Studio will serve children and families by offering achievement, discipline and positive outlet for youthful energy. The Lion’s Cage will also provide workshops for women’s self-defense among others. Opening is anticipated June 1. Owner/instructor Nate Smith represented the USA in the 2004 Olympics and took two gold medals in the youth division. He holds degrees in various martial arts: third Taekwondo, second Karate, first Aikido. 575 802-3365.

To benefit the community Mohr donates the Adobe Plaza for events and to organizations. In June, Democratic Party meetings and workshops will be hosted: June 1 Kundalini Yoga, Dr. Sherry McVean; June 8 Aroma Yoga, Dr. Dawn Browning.

“As we tend our garden with care and mindfulness, the best will blossom from us and for us. I hope to honor Marie’s legacy with our stewardship of this Ruidoso treasure,” says Mohr. For more information call 575-802-3013, located at 200 Mechem Dr.
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