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Mexican Evolution

Shaun Tolson

Julieta Talamante moved to Los Cabos at a time when the region boasted only one paved road and one stop sign. But that was 20 years ago. The area has evolved significantly since then, and so has Talamante’s business enterprise, Villa Valentina (www.vvalentina.com). “We’ve been growing with the development of Los Cabos,” she says.

Housed in a hacienda-like building with subtle Tuscan accents, the business includes an interior design gallery, an art studio, a bakery, and a restaurant with an extensive wine cellar. Of those four components, the interior design gallery has changed the most of late. Previously known as Villa Valentina Home, the gallery now is called Optimista, and as Talamante explains, it offers more items that span a variety of interior design styles and motifs. Traditional hacienda-styled items—the type that previously made up the majority of Villa Valentina’s offerings—still can be found throughout the showroom, but they now share space with an eclectic mix of various Latin American artifacts. “Each state of Mexico has its own concept, and Optimista is blending all of these different arts with global arts,” Talamante explains.

One thing that has not changed is the method through which Talamante acquires many of the native Mexican wares within her gallery. She and her husband frequently travel across the country, occasionally accompanied by their children, to visit small villages located in rural areas. There she searches for the highest-quality pieces that best represent the local artistic styles. Once those pieces are situated on the shelves of Optimista, they give Talamante’s clients a taste of hard-to-find Mexican culture, though she asserts that Villa Valentina achieves that in a variety of ways. “It’s a complete experience,” she says. “You’ll have all your senses involved shopping and visiting Villa Valentina.”

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