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The Rail Yards Market is a community-driven effort that is aimed at bringing together the city's inhabitants. Organized within the historic Blacksmith Shop, it's a good place to spend some leisurely time with your entire family and sample the best of what Albuquerque has to offer in terms of art, food, music, and culture. The market is open on Sundays from May to October, and for one or two days in December. You can buy locally-grown, organic produce as well as fresh food items, some whipped up on the spot. You will also find local artists selling their handcrafted products here. Make sure to catch the live music demonstrations if you have time to spare. Health-conscious folks can pay a visit to the stalls of local healers and wellness product manufacturers. A round of the entire market can take well over two hours, so make sure you have good sports shoes and a cap on.
Everybody will agree that there is nothing more important than a pair of comfortable shoes. Terra Firma is an upscale shop, in the historic Nob Hill business district which carries a great inventory of comfortable shoes made in a number of styles. Companies like NAOT, Anatech, Birkenstock, Wolky, Ariat and Arcopedico, orthopedically design all the shoes. The staff is well-trained in helping you find just the right fit and style that will meet your needs.
This Albuquerque institution has been owned and operated by the same family for about fifty years. It is the only place in town to get certain hard-to-find foreign wines and spirits, and they also claim to have the largest selection of wine in the state. Finding the choice overwhelming? Visit the store during one of their regular wine and beer tastings to learn about and sample the inventory. If you're in search of a gift, Jubilation can make up a basket for you; if you're just dropping by for dinner, make your bottle look classier by presenting it to your host in one of the many gift bags available. - Pip Lustgarten
First Plaza Galeria is one of Albuquerque's best kept secrets. Discovering this upscale shopping center, while strolling through the underground parking facilities of the Downtown area, can be somewhat of a surprise. Located beneath the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau offices, you can get in some shopping in the fancy art galleries or fine clothiers, dine in one of the restaurants, or plan your next vacation at the travel agency. The atmosphere is bright and elegant, and the shopkeepers' association strives to maintain a reputation of quality service and merchandise.
Located in the heart of downtown Albuquerque, The Gizmo Store is one of the oldest department stores in the state. In this two-story store you will find racks and shelves filled with sports wear, active wear, uniforms, boots and shoes. One level specializes in Army and Navy gear, police uniforms, equipment and work clothes. You will always find a good assortment of accessories, such as fine leather belts. The shop also has a great reputation for carrying the best selection of work boots and comfort shoes.