TellABQ Small Business Spotlight:

MAZAY CAFE

Mazaya Serves Up Delish Dishes For Takeout

EEach week, TellABQ highlights a local business in the community doing great things and working to build up our local economy and help support our small businesses. This week, we profile Mazaya cafe.

What’s in a name? A lot, it turns out. “Mazaya” in Indonesian means “a gift from God, who is extremely smart, beautiful and has a kind heart.” If you haven’t walked into Mazaya Cafe, located on Harvard Dr. near the university, do yourself a favor and make the trip, or short walk if you’re in the neighborhood. Owner Rojesh “Rocky” Maharjan and his wife have created a peaceful, open space in this cafe. Although COVID changes have definitely brought their hardships, they’ve done well with takeout and curbside pickup. Rocky greets all customers with a warm smile and a warm plate. Buddhist art from their home country of Nepal adorn the walls, and the delectable smells from the kitchen create a wonderful dining experience. 

Mazaya Cafe aims to deliver the very best Mediterranean food in the heart of Albuquerque. Mazaya serves a mix of classic chicken schwerma sandwiches, gyro platters with saffron-infused rice, Napalese momo dumplings and fresh salads. Whether it’s a quick takeaway with your sweetheart or a meal on our patio, we are sure you’ll love our food and be coming back for more! 

TellABQ Small Business Spotlight:

Cafe Istanbul

EEach week, TellABQ highlights a local business in the community doing great things and working to build up our local economy and help support our small businesses. This week, we profile Cafe Istanbul grocery store and cafe. Cafe Istanbul has been serving some of the best Middle Eastern food in ABQ for over 16 years! It started as a small international grocery story by the Aggad family from Palestine, and is now owned and operated by the Akbar family from Afghanistan.

Pick up fresh falafal, chicken schwarma, gyro or a tasty baklava treat! Curbside pick up available, or order through Grubhub and Ubereats. The grocery store carries delicacies, spices, bulk dry goods and halal meats from all over the world. Download the tellabq app on Apple or Google Play to support Cafe Istanbul and other small business in Albuquerque.

TellABQ Small Business Spotlight:

New Mexico Colonics 

EEach week, TellABQ highlights a local business in the community doing great things and working to build up our local economy and help support our small businesses. This week, we profile Gwen Goldsmith of New Mexico Colonics. While this year has been a struggle, as it has for so many other businesses, it has also provided some opportunities for unique growth in certain areas. Goldsmith talks about how the industry has changed, and how New Mexico Colonics has changed with it. 

TellABQ: A lot of people have never heard of a colonic, or if they have, they’re not quite sure what it is. Help us understand. 

Goldsmith: Colonics are not a colonoscopy. It’s also not an enema. It’s a soothing warm procedure that pushes warm water and cleans out, hydrates and detoxes your core and your colon. It’s gentle and doesn’t hurt. It relaxes your colon and large intestine to help them function properly leading to better immunity against diseases. Does this sound like the perfect treatment during COVID? You bet. 

TellABQ: How is NM Colonics different than other operations?

Goldsmith: I have the only spa treatment room operating in NM. 

I also make exceptions for people’s work schedules because I know not everyone is Mon-Fri 9-5 p.m. I really love what I do, and I have been a patient once upon a time. I believe colonics rejuvenated and changed my life and my health. Colonics really help your body work properly. It’s not immediate, but after a few sessions, your body starts to recover and get healthy again. And I’ve never had a client that I couldn’t help. 

People come to be often after going to the hospital if they have constipation, and they’re in agony. What’s in the gut has nowhere to go. Often the ER will tell them to come to me. If you haven’t gone to the bathroom in 2-3 days, you should call me and we can start cleaning out your colon. I do discounts for purchasing packages. 

I’m also an ordained interfaith minister and have a background in spiritual counselor. I get clients who are debilitated by their physical problems. I add nutritional coaching and help people work with their emotional problems as we’re dealing with your physical problems. I’m going to teach people how to eat and deal with their physical issues so they don’t need me more than 4 times a year. 

TellABQ: What is the biggest misconception about your profession? 

Goldsmith: People are transmitting shame around the act of eliminating. Parents should do a better job of making children be ok with natural body functions. People get nervous and uptight, but nothing is more pure than water and it’s a very gentle process. I’ve built my spa room to

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