When the owner of Gypsies Well-Traveled Treasures suddenly left town for personal reasons after the business had been open for only eight days the sisters saw an opportunity.
Doyle returned to San Juan County after earning a master's degree at New Mexico State University, while Archibeque was a stay-at-home mother of three. They took only a few days to discuss the matter before agreeing to buy Gypsies from Lisa Hicks.
"It was actually a whim," Doyle said. "This kind of fell in our laps so we couldn't say no."
Gypsies, located in Hillside Plaza at 30th and Main streets, offers a mix of new and consignment items. Doyle said Gypsies aims to be a "high-end thrift store."
Doyle and Archibeque took over the shop Jan. 16. Customers are likely to be greeted by a pair of shop dogs, Paislee and Marlee.
The shop sells home decor, clothing, lingerie, purses, antiques and more. A visitor to the 1,750-square-foot store might find jeans, a drawer of antique silverware or a preserved butterfly encased in a glass dome.
"We want high-end luxury with thrift store prices," Doyle said.
Doyle hopes for a broad customer base.
"We want to bring in men and women both," she said. "We have every age covered from children to adults."
Doyle and Archibeque grew up in San Juan County. Doyle attended Aztec High, while Stacy is a Bloomfield High graduate. They plan to
"We're here for the community," Doyle said.
Gypsies' location was most recently Panache, a women's clothing store. The area is among the busiest in Farmington, with several small shops, big box stores, restaurants and Animas Valley Mall nearby.
"It's a good location for them," said Dorothy Nobis, president and CEO of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.
Retail operations like Gypsies tend to depend on the health of the broader local economy. Some positive economic signs are tempered by tough times in San Juan County's oil and gas industry and uncertainty surrounding the area's coal mines.
Doyle faced some difficulties in Farmington before taking over Gypsies.
"I was looking for a job," Doyle said. "It's not a very good economy to have your master's (degree) in Farmington right now."
Doyle and Archibeque are working to grow their business. They're trying to capitalize on Valentine's Day with a line of lingerie. They've also invited business leaders to a ribbon cutting Feb. 8 and a grand opening Feb. 9.
Gypsies, 4250 E. Main St., Suite 201, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Gypsies also has a website, www.gypsiestreasures.com.