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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.
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.
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.