We had the good fortune of connecting with Edwin Canfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edwin, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Since I was a child, I’ve always enjoyed visiting unique places and shops while traveling. Places off the beaten path with their own special feel and vibe that gave the visitor a uncommon experience. So having a place like that has always appealed to me. After many years of working a “regular” job, I decided to pursue that dream. I didn’t really know how I would exactly make it happen, but was determined to give it a shot. While traveling for my “regular” job from Phoenix to Las Vegas, I made a stop in the old mining town of Chloride, AZ one evening. I was immediately smitten with the “living ghost town” and began looking into how I could a open my own shop there.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I see Cactus Breath Mercantile Eclectica & Desert Art Gallery as a place for the expression of the things that I find fascinating and worthy of sharing with others, whether it’s a book, an artwork, or a souvenir. I also hope that it inspires others to pursue their creative desires,in whatever form that is, and if that happens (which it has) then I have achieved what I intended. I’ve had many creative pursuits including writing, music, visual art, photography, and film making, and becoming a “professional” in any creative pursuit is always challenging. But, I think that if the pursuit gives a person a purpose and sense of personal accomplishment, is should be considered a success, even if they are not considered a paid professional.
I have been fortunate to have family and friends that of been supportive of my chasing the creative muse in whatever form it was at the time and that has certainly been helpful in meeting and overcoming certain challenges.
I have learned many lessons along the way and probably the most important is to keep leaning those lessons and use them to keep gaining knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the arts districts, Roosevelt and Grand Ave. areas, hopefully on a First Friday. I’d plan some downtown bicycling and also some mountain hiking.
As far as dining and drinking, one of the things I love about PHX is the diversity of establishments and I would share that from Harvey’s Wineburgers to Octillo to Undertow to Filibertos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The townspeople of Chloride of have some of the most helpful and generous folks I have come across and particularly the members of the Chloride Historical Society.