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.
The historic Nob Hill area along Central Avenue (Route 66) in Albuquerque's university area is home to a recently revitalized community of local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Some local favorites include Papers!, a stationary and art supply store, Beeps, a novelty gift store, and the Flying Saucer, one of the city's best coffee shop cafes. Visitors to the area will also find plenty of antique shopping, bookstores, and specialty shops selling everything from yarn to groceries. Many of the local restaurants and bars host live music events, and each year in December, the district puts on a Shop & Stroll holiday entertainment event.
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.
You will find a treasure chest full of traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry at Bien Mur Indian Market Center store. Owned by the Sandia Pueblo, this shop is full of exquisite works of art that comes directly from the Indian artists to this market. The pottery, Kachinas, rugs and fetishes are masterfully created and designed with respect to the rich, traditional pueblo influence. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful in insuring customer's satisfaction in quality and service.
Located behind San Felipe de Neri Church, this delightful shop is five connected rooms filled with beautifully crafted gift items, all made by senior citizens. The non-profit Assistance League of Albuquerque operates the Blue Portal, which has generated over a million dollars for community programs since it opened in 1985. It is not charity, however, that prompts the visitor to buy, but the beauty and craftsmanship of the pottery, wood sculptures, quilts and other products on display. A warm and enthusiastic welcome from the volunteer sales associate is part of the package.
At D'Anz Ltd. few items are as readily recognizable as New Mexican as turquoise and silver jewelry. This is a good place to look if you are shopping for Native American jewelry. A great selection of sterling silver bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces are showcased. The prices are reasonable and the personal customer service offers assistance in locating that perfect keepsake. Jewelry can be custom made to suit your taste and style and a selection of arts and crafts is available.
Housed in the first public school building in Albuquerque (1881) this co-op gallery in Old Town is an outlet for some exceptional local talent. Joy Easton creates watercolors of almost touchable terrain. Mary Madsen uses oil and watercolor to take Southwestern scenery a step beyond the usual. It is well worth a visit to Yucca Art Gallery, just to view the colorful stoneware of Pat Stolgren or the oil miniatures of New Mexico's ancient churches by George Hight.
If you have a teenager in the house who is nearing graduation, this highly specialized shop in Scottsdale Village is the place to shop for gifts. High school class rings can be custom designed to your specifications, creating a family heirloom. Graduation gifts, supplies and caps and gowns are popular in the spring. You can also find classic cotton t-shirts, sportswear and sunglasses that will be just the thing for the college-bound graduate.
Established in 1987, Serafian's Oriental Rugs was founded by Geof and Connie Uhle. Currently, the store is owned by Joseph and Elizabeth Gabel and is a purveyor of premium quality oriental rugs. Fantastic designs, excellent material, and great quality rugs are available at Serifans's. Perfect for your living room or to deck up your office space as well, these rugs will surely bring a different charm to your place. Apart from rugs, they also have a good stock of Chinese furniture, copper vessels, brass items, and tribal decor.