Bookworks is a bookstore with an excellent selection, but it is also much, much more. Somehow this small independent store manages to sell almost anything you might be after, while remaining cozy and manageable. There are quality notebooks, calendars, diaries, day planners, cards, magazines, fridge magnets, mugs and humorous gifts. A unique selection of CDs are stocked, and concert tickets may be purchased in advance here, often cheaper than at the door. Both famous and unknown authors regularly hold readings, signings and question and answer sessions. A fire burns in the fireplace throughout the winter and store encourages the visitor to linger and browse.
Layer by layer, history unravels itself in the charming Old Town Albuquerque. A locus of the city's cultural, architectural and historic tenor, Old Town has been the focal point of community life since 1706. The winding alleys of this neighborhood are dotted with traditional houses awash in lovely Pueblo-Spanish architectural influences. This quaint quarter was laid out in the quintessential colonial way, and is home to a string of notable landmarks which attest to the quarter's historical and cultural importance, for example the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the historic San Felipe de Neri Church and the Plaza, which is perhaps the cultural and communal nucleus of Old Town. Here, wrought iron and adobe bancos (benches) rest under the shade of the plaza, offering a respite from the usually balmy weather year round. Unique items from around the world, as well as those distinctively Southwestern are sold in an array of quirky shops and boutiques. Soaked in old-world charm, Old Town is a part of the city, which can never be forgotten.
ABQ Uptown brought an upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment experience to Northeastern Albuquerque. This area includes urban loft apartments, several restaurants, a Trader Joe's grocery store, and retail favorites like Anthropologie, Coldwater Creek, MAC Cosmetics, Apple, and Pottery Barn. The pleasant landscaping of the area also makes it a nice place to stroll when the weather is warm, and with an underground parking garage right beneath the shopping area, you shouldn't have to walk far when it's cold out. Moreover, you can spot ABQ Uptown by the big neon "Q" sign at the corner of Uptown and Q Street.
Since 1946 this store has been the leader in men's and women's head wear, offering custom fitting, accessories, cleaning and hat blocking. Choose from straw hats and Greek Fishermen's hats, Kangol Caps and French and English Barrettes, and of course cowboy hats. People in New Mexico know if they are looking for a cowboy hat this is the place to go. This shop is easy to find. Located in downtown Man's Hat Shop sits on the world-renowned Route 66.
Treasure House Books & Gifts is a charming shop known for its impressive selection of books about New Mexico or by local writers. From regional cookbooks to mystery novels set in Albuquerque to local history books, this bookstore has it all. The collection also contains general books, such as dramas and children's books. There is also an impressive collection of CDs, music, and local souvenirs. Treasure House Books & Gifts even holds events, such as author readings.
Give yourself the better portion of a day to visit Cottonwood Mall, New Mexico's largest indoor shopping mall. With as many as three shopping levels, this mall harbors just about everything you need. Anchored on one end by J.C. Penny's and on the other by multi-screen Starport theater, it will take some time to see it all. Strategically positioned in the center of it all is a huge, upstairs food court that looks up at an upside-down landscape and skyscapers of Albuquerque.
The Bikesmiths is a family owned retail outlet that has been supplying bike for generations of cyclists in Albuquerque. In the store you will find, Fuji, Breezer and Terry bikes. In addition to bicycles, they also sell gears, spare parts, accessories and apparel for cyclist. If you are having troubles with your bike, you can avail their repair services program. The Bikesmiths have bike rental facilities where you can rent a bike of your choice whether it is for exploring the streets of Albuquerque or for biking around the local hilly regions. The experienced staff in the store are extremely friendly and help you pick the right bike! On the website you will find the necessary details about their products and facilities, visit now!
Situated behind the ancient church in Old Town, the Christmas Shop lays claim to being the Southwest's largest and best Christmas store. A whitewashed adobe gallery provides an elegant setting for a display of colorful and imaginative Nativity sets. There are numerous varieties of collector's glass; nutcrackers dressed up in modern attire, and Southwestern-themed ornaments. A life-sized desert Santa, looking a bit like Gabby Hayes, greets visitors at the door. It is open all year.
This jewelry store is hard to miss from the street. The retail, service and administrative offices occupy a large three-story Pueblo-style building. Inside you will find a massive, spacious showroom where expertly cut diamonds, and other gemstones are displayed in high-quality, artistic settings. Many of the pieces in Shelton Jewelers were created on premises by experienced in-house jewelers. The store is also an authorized Cartier Watch dealer and repair center. So come and deck yourself with these dazzles!
This small shop is packed full of chocolate, and if they do not have it, they are willing to custom make just about whatever you desire. Gift baskets and buckets loaded with various selections of bite sized chocolates are sure to tempt anyone, but why not go bigger and get the Oreo Espresso Cheesecake? Have all your favorites delivered to your doorstep locally or shipped nationwide. This is a true family owned and operated business, and the Weck's are determined that you leave with a smile.
Beware when you walk into this store, it is full of wild things: cougars, scorpions, lobos, mustangs and bears. Actually, these animals are the mascots of local sports teams and they adorn just about anything you can think of. From college to high school to professional sports teams, nearly every organization in the city is represented here in one way or another. You can even find jars of Lobo Salsa, created in honor of the nationally ranked University of New Mexico basketball team.