Our Story at Puzzled®

In the heart of historic Old Town, Albuquerque, lies Puzzled®, a haven of creativity, curiosity, and connection. Born from the vision of Dan Janelle and Melanie Kintigh, Puzzled® is not just a store; it's a testament to the timeless joy of hands-on play and the enduring magic of puzzles. Our journey is one of passion, resilience, and community, crafted piece by piece into the vibrant tapestry that is Puzzled® today.

The Genesis

The story of Puzzled® began with a simple, yet powerful realization: in an increasingly digital world, the tangible joy of puzzles and the communal experience of shared problem-solving were becoming lost arts. We envisioned a place where these joys could be rekindled—a place where individuals of all ages could gather to challenge their minds, explore their creativity, and reconnect with their inner child. This vision was fueled by our roots in Creative Crafthouse®, a family business established by Dan’s cousin, Dave Janelle, known for its diverse selection of handcrafted wood puzzles and games.

The Journey

Our path took its first steps in Southern California, where Dan began selling Dave’s puzzles at local markets. It was here that the seeds of Puzzled® were sown. Dan moved to Florida to learn the craftsmanship and help in the production of these items. Melanie, moving from Albuquerque to Florida, joined Dan, and together, they immersed themselves in the craft and community of puzzle-making. Their shared passion for puzzles and the joy they brought to people solidified their dream.

A Dream Realized

In 2019, longing to be closer to their roots and driven by a desire to share their passion with a broader audience, Dan and Melanie relocated to New Mexico. They found success at local markets and began to dream bigger. The pandemic of 2020, while challenging, could not dampen their spirits. Instead, it served as a catalyst, prompting them to establish a permanent home for their vision. The Poco a Poco Courtyard in Old Town Albuquerque became the cradle of Puzzled®, marking the beginning of a new chapter.

Today and Tomorrow

Puzzled® stands as a beacon of creativity, community, and connection. Our doors are open to all—children searching for fun, adults seeking a challenge, and elders looking to keep their minds sharp. Each puzzle and game in our collection, whether a product of our own design or a unique historical creation, is chosen with care, crafted to inspire and delight.

Our shop is more than a destination; it's a community hub where laughter fills the air, friendships are forged, and the joy of play is infectious.

As we look to the future, we are driven by the same values and passions that inspired our beginnings. We are committed to enriching lives through play, fostering a sense of wonder, and building a community where everyone belongs. Our journey continues, and we invite you to be a part of it.

Come get puzzled with us in Old Town, and together, let's rediscover the joy of play.

Dan and Melanie

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