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Locals in the know get their massages at the NM School of Natural Therapeutics. The treatments are with students and therefore inexpensive, although they also therefore vary in standard depending on the individual and their level of training. The facility is not as luxurious as a spa but is attractive and pleasant. One hour treatments are $28 with a student or $40 with a recent graduate collect the cute hand-shaped stamps on their punch cards and your seventh massage is a free hot stone. You can also browse through or solicit advice at the Natural Remedy Store, which stocks herbal, homeopathic and flower remedies.
Stone Mountain Bead Gallery is a treasure chest full of beads, bangles and bows. Unique jewelry is displayed and various handicrafts from around the world are available. Here is your chance to design your own jewelry, with a huge inventory of everything you need to make good looking and stylish embellishments. Crystals, lapis, stones and gems, plus sterling silver are among the line of goods sold. Unusual sculptures and various pieces of art are for sale in addition to a wide array of tools.
If you are looking for a book with which to pass some leisure time, you can certainly find one at this wonderful little store. Although the store is small, the inventory is not. You can find used titles from every genre. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee, espresso, and cappuccino permeates the air and you can enjoy a cup with your book.
If you acquired a taste for New Mexico cuisine, this is the place to buy some to take home with you. Just inside the front doors of this warehouse is a retail market where you can get freshly-made products. The Baca family began packaging and selling their foods in 1946 from their grocery store, and now sell over 150 products to restaurants, stores and individuals all over the U.S. The trademark and specialty of the house is green chile. You can get it in mild, medium or hot. Other products include flour and corn tortillas, salsa, posole and sopaipilla mix. Cookbooks and recipes are also available.
New Mexico Tea Company on Mountain Road Northwest is a great place to visit for tea lovers. This store was originally established in 2006. Here you will find an extensive selection of tea blends that are imported from different parts of the world. Some of the varieties sold here are green, white, oolong, rooibos, herbal and black. They also sell a selection of tea ware like teacups, tumblers, spoons and teapots.
Support small indie stores by shopping for your used and new vinyl, CDs, cassettes and books at Mecca Music and Books. Jazz, hip-hop, indie rock and country are the specialties, and you can take advantage of the cozy seating area while browsing the excellent collections. Debates rage among locals as to whether this is the best used record store in New Mexico or a place to avoid due to the notoriously unfriendly demeanor of the owner, who is also renown for opening at whatever hours he sees fit from one day to the next. If you can handle these factors, you might just find the place lives up to its name. - Pip Lustgarten