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About Taos Rockers Stores

Taos Rockers Storefront

Taos Rockers has been in business in Taos, New Mexico, since 2011, located in the historic district in an adobe-and-viga storefront. Owned and operated by Cortney Stewart and Anne Brenner (Taos born, raised and current residents), the store has three rooms filled with all things mineral and rock - mineral and fossil specimens, jewelry, decor items, loose crystals and polished pebbles, stoneware, books, maps and more.

 

 

 

Take a look inside...

 

We specialize in the minerals of New Mexico.
 
With our geologic background, all efforts are made to bring our customers an expansive collection of mineral specimens from around the world. Each piece is accompanied by a detailed description card after thorough examination by our specialist and owner Cortney Stewart. 
 

 

Meet the storefront crew

                Annya                  Lauren Helen Briana    Suni Dane

 

A wealth of geologic information at Taos Rockers retail store since 2011, you will find Jesse working at the shop now and then. 

 

Jesse Kline

 

"An avid amateur mineralogist and field collector for over 30 years, Jesse knows more about New Mexico minerals and their geologic occurrence than most university geology professors in that field, and is a total WOW at identifying minerals from hand samples.  And that's just a small piece of it." 

— Excerpt from the newsletter article featuring Jesse's retirement in 2021. Now he assists as an informational resource for the website and newsletters, and swoops in to save the day when needed in the storefront. 

 

  • Since 2000 he’s specialized in creating exhibits for professional regional- and national-level mineralogical symposiums.

  • He took intro-level geology courses at Taos Community College.

  • He’s an artist, particularly enjoying print-making, drawing and sculpture.

  • Many mineralogical specimens at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum (Socorro, NM Tech) were collected by Jesse.

  • He’s still an active collector of mineral specimens, and now particularly enjoys mentoring younger collectors who are willing to learn.

 
"The finest lab for the study of the Earth Sciences is…your own backyard. Take a walk. Be curious." - J

 


Store front hours:

Monday - Sunday   10am - 5pm

We will be welcoming customers inside, while observing all public health mandates in New Mexico regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. 

 

Closed during Fiestas De Taos, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
 
Use the map below to locate our storefront! 

 


Taos Rockers Online store

 

 

The Taos Rockers online store is an extension of the adobe-and-viga storefront. We've picked the best of what's in the Taos store that is reasonable to sell online and made it available to a worldwide audience. 

As our collection has grown into ample volume to stock two stores, we have "opened a new store" online. 

Because the online store is a representation of our warehouse inventory, the physical storefront and the online store may or may not carry the same products. 

 


Behind the Scenes 

 

 

Kyla Cannon (Kai)

 

Kyla was a part of the Taos Rockers' family 2018-2022; she was instrumental in getting the online store up and running, managing the technical side of the website through 2022, ably assisted by her (now) 2 year old son, Theodore. She has now chosen to focus entirely on her family and personal pursuits, and we wish her the best!

 

 

Taos Rockers Newsletters

 

 

Martha Sykes

 

Martha has the fun job of writing newsletters for Taos Rockers, as well as working in the adobe-and-viga store one day a week, and doing a lot of the informational and product work for the website. She has a BS in Geology with Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She took their required 6-week field mapping course in 1975, and that's what got her to New Mexico the first time - it was (and still is) located in Ranchos de Taos, NM. She received her Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University. Later she served as a one-woman geology department at Hawaii Pacific University, finishing her time there as the head of research and grants administration. Martha is also a level IV Reiki Master and has apprenticed with Heather Ash Amara and is a certified Warrior Goddess facilitator.  She has studied extensively with Colette Baron-Reid and is a certified oracle guide.  In Peru she was initiated and attuned with Earthkeeper energy by an Andean q’ero.  And that brings her full circle back into earth “science."

 


Taos Rockers is owned & managed by Cortney Stewart and Anne Brenner ~ In business since '08 

 

Cortney & Anne
 

Who we are...

Cortney Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (and Biology) from NM Tech. He has 35 years of experience as a mineral landman and has traveled extensively across the western US. He is a lifetime member of the New Mexico Geological Society, a Friend of the Mineral Museum (NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources), and a member of the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club and the Los Alamos Geological Society. At an early age in his career, he contracted gold fever – fortunately it remains in remission.

Anne Brenner earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance & Banking from Southern Methodist University (SMU Dallas). She has 38years of experience in private practice as a property manager (Real Estate Broker) and in custodial accounting.  Prior to establishing Taos Rockers with Cortney, Anne thought gemstones came from Tiffany’s. She has since dug her own gemstones, had them cut and set in jewelry and can be seen wearing those stones in the shop.

 

Our way of doing things...

 
"We attend various gem & mineral shows throughout the region as buyers. We have been attending the Denver spring (April) and Denver fall (September) and Albuquerque (March) shows since 2003, and the Tucson show since 2004.
Over the years we have established working relationships with many dealers throughout the world. When possible, we prefer to work with families who are active in the industry - those whose family actively mine or collect, prep, polish, design, manufacture and market minerals, fossils, jewelry, stoneware and related items.

 

We are proud to be friends of a family of three brothers who operate mines in Brazil and whose sons are being groomed for the business. Our friends from Peru employ dozens of artisans polishing, shaping and carving material while operating a warehouse run by mother, daughter and son. There's the father/daughter team that supplies us with jewelry from India and the husband and wife designing jewelry in Canada.

 

The list goes on and on including families from China, Australia, Germany, Madagascar and Morocco.  We also actively purchase from small mining operators and collectors - eliminating middlemen and keeping prices affordable."

 - Anne & Cortney

  Read about Taos Rockers' international mineral collection trips HERE