Downtown Merchants Spotlight 2017

Downtown Merchant Spotlight

March 2017

Morning Star

Owners:  Rocky & Lynn Mondello

Celebrating 25 years in Downtown Silver City!


On Saturday, February 25th, Silver City’s own Morning Star celebrated its 25th Anniversary with sales, tours of the facility, hot dogs, raffled prizes and music.  The family owned sports and outdoor recreation store began as a screen printing shop in a different location on Bullard, where a former business had gone into bankruptcy.  Lynn and Rocky Mondello had been travelling back and forth from New York, where Rocky worked as a Union electrician, to Silver City where they owned land and hoped to settle.  With help, they were able to purchase the equipment left from the old screen printing store on Bullard (Hullan’s), and start their own business.  “We didn’t know what we’d gotten into,” says Lynn.  There was high demand from the community, and she mentioned that it was it was overwhelming at first, and a lot of work.  However, the business did well, established a solid customer base in the community, and began to deepen its roots.  Over time, they developed their inventory, introducing sports and outdoor equipment and apparel, and embroidery, as well as trophy and plaque equipment.  After twelve years, they moved to their current location, and continued to evolve into the store we know and love today. 

The Silver City MainStreet Project would like to congratulate Rocky and Lynn and their family and staff for 25 years of business in downtown Silver City.  Thank you for your time and efforts and all that you do for the community!

For more information about Morning Star visit the store at: 809 N. Bullard St. (575) 388-3191, or online at



January 2017

Leyba & Ingalls Arts-Supplies & Gallery

315 N. Bullard St.

Owners- Diana Ingalls Leyba & Bob Leyba

Open since November 1, 1996

This month, MainStreet would like to spotlight Diana Ingalls Leyba, co-owner of Leyba & Ingalls Arts.  The business recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, having been in downtown Silver City since November 1, 1996.   Originally, the store opened its doors on Texas Street (where Diana now keeps a studio space) then moved to the current location, after receiving requests for the business to be closer to Main Street.

Diana hails from Philadelphia, where she received a B.F.A. Magna Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Philadelphia.  She also opened and ran a craft and art supply store there.  Since moving to Silver City, she has been an essential part of the art scene, having directed the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) Youth Mural Program since 2003, and overseeing the completion of over 60 murals.  (  She is also a key coordinator for the Dia de los Muertos celebration, held at the end of October. 

MainStreet would like to congratulate Diana and Bob for 20 years of successful downtown business, and extend a warm “thank you” for their great contribution to the downtown community and to Silver City as a whole.

 If you would like to know more about Leyba & Ingalls Arts or Diana Ingalls Leyba, please visit:




2017 Tour of the Gila