Say It With A Basket — specializing in baskets for all occasions — has done well enough in the past four years to move from a home business into a shop located in the Southwest Grill at the north end of Bosque Farms Boulevard.
The move to the boulevard started when basket-maker Estelle Gallegos visited with grill owner Bob Lovato. Lovato had space for Gallegos’ shop, so baskets, candy and Gallegos became part of the grill in February.
On Aug. 9 and 10, Say It With A Basket will hold its grand opening in conjunction with the sixth anniversary of the Southwestern Grill.
“People come in here to eat the good burritos, and they can come and shop for a birthday gift or shower gift,” Gallegos said. “It’s worked out real well.
“We have a unique relationship. Whenever I’m not here, Bob will sell my merchandise. We help each other out quite a bit.”
Snack baskets and baby shower baskets, along with diaper cakes, are the top sellers, but Gallegos can put together a basket for just about any occasion — birthdays, promotions, corporate gifts, bridal showers, graduations and the list goes on.
Say It With A Basket will deliver just about anywhere in Valencia County and even makes Albuquerque deliveries. For those with relatives and friends who live out-of-state, Gallegos can make shipping arrangements for gift baskets. She has moved into the corporate business world by creating “thank you” baskets for businesses that want to show appreciation for promotions, new employees, jobs well done and for business referrals.
“My biggest business in corporate baskets is for employees,” Gallegos said.
She has created gift baskets for guest business speakers and uses all New Mexico products in the process.
When employees or managers want to honor an employee having a new baby, they call Say It With A Basket, and Gallegos starts working on a unique basket just for that individual.
“I enjoy making the baskets,” Gallegos said. “I want my business to grow. I want to make it fun.”
“I’m excited about delivering a basket. I try to make it a surprise,” Gallegos said.
For those wanting to thank someone, Gallegos can make it happen.