Urban Ranch General Store celebrated its opening in April 2011 – bringing proprietor Durette Candito’s long-time dream to life. The store specializes in hand-selected, artful and sustainable details for homes and boutique hospitality projects, including specialty door and cabinet hardware, lighting, custom wine cellars, candelabras, gifts and other decorative accessories – a general store for modern city dwellers.
Urban Ranch customers are also being introduced to Durette’s own unique jewelry and clothing, as well as other local designers’ jewelry, special artist gallery shows and locally-produced gourmet foods. An experienced interior designer, Durette continues to consult on varied projects in addition to advising Urban Ranch shoppers on their home accessories choices.
SHOWROOM HOURS: 12 to 4 PM or by appointment
Durette’s first store in Las Vegas was her Durette Candito Design Studio located on Main Street in downtown Las Vegas. It opened in the fall of 2004 and featured the finest door and cabinet hardware from all over the world. Durette gradually started adding lighting, furniture and accessories. Out of this first venture came the ideas for the unique Urban Ranch style.
Durette Candito grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was heavily influenced by the world-class art galleries and museums. Her studies in architecture and design were furthered by her incredible surroundings of European architecture with Spanish and Moorish details, as well as modern pueblo desert construction styles and techniques.
Durette works toward a goal of “simple elegance” in her design work, always striving to incorporate sustainability in products and installation. Her projects include custom residences in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos, New Mexico, homes in Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California, as well as health food stores and spas in Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada.
Durette opened her architectural design consultation business over twenty years ago after selling her successful clothing design studio. She enjoys the juxtaposition of fashion design and architectural design, and is currently working on a collection of crossover products that are being introduced in her Urban Ranch store.
If we can all work towards less waste, and more recycling, we can decrease our footprint on the Earth. Shopping with a conscience is a great way to start. I like to know the source of the products that I’m buying for the store – and ultimately, my clients. Feeling good about your purchase is an added bonus!
I was raised in a family that that was always involved in volunteering in one form or another. My Mother was extremely active all her life with many charities – and she organized and ran most of them! So giving back is second nature to me. I have been involved in Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe, The Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, and am currently involved with NEWH (the hospitality industry non-profit), on the board of ALS of Nevada, on BLVDS’ (local magazine) advisory board and on the PAC (advisory) board for the Art Institute of Las Vegas.