This trendy boutique is owned by local artists and all of the products are created by local artists and designers, including cute clothing, funky accessories, and interesting nicknacks. You'll find colorful eccentric products that have a youthful edge. Along with handmade creations, you'll also find a selection of vintage items. If you really like their designs sign up for one of their classes where you can learn to create handmade items.
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.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better cycle store than Two Wheel Drive. Established in 1982, they offer excellent range of bikes, suitable for all occasions. The award-winning store is known for stashing top notch brands like Kona, Bianchi, Surly, Seven and Wiz Wheelz among many others. Apart from specializing in sales, they also offer services and repairs for your cycles. The staff is quite knowledgeable and helpful. The shop has been garnered with lavish accolades and has won the prestigious Best Bicycle Shop award from Best of Burque in 2013.
Established in 1972, The Bike Coop is a cycle shop located in the Midtown neighborhood. They have a host of cycles for various occasions; be it a recreational tour or a mountain biking activity, they have cycles for everyone. Apart from the bikes, they also have a good collection of accessories like tubes, lights, helmets and apparel for cycling enthusiasts. They also offer repair and maintenance services.
The narrow aisles and hodgepodge stacks of used books in this store may seem cluttered but if you are looking for a particular title, author or subject, the owner can walk you straight to it. The store has been in the same location across from the University of New Mexico for over 30 years and regular customers bring in boxes of books to trade for others. The shop has acquired hundreds of collectors' books and some valuable antiques.
Have a blast here putting together and enhancing your own distinctive style. Buffalo Exchange is a bright store, great for browsing through the shelves, walls and cases full of eclectic merchandise where customers can buy, sell and trade goods. Old Route 66 is the perfect location for this clean and friendly emporium. Vintage clothing and foot wear for men, women and children is available. You can get clogs and Beatle boots to high top sneakers, waffle-stompers and smart wing-tips. Soaps, incense, candles, games and gadgets fill the storefront tables in addition to chic, inexpensive jewelry.
Feeling creatively inspired by the beautiful southwestern landscapes? Artisan Santa Fe Art Supplies can put all the materials you need at your fingertips. Indeed, the Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos-based store, operational since 1975, goes so far as to call itself “The Art Supply Source of the Southwest”. The store's owners strive to be a community resource as well, offering an e-newsletter, links to artists' web pages and a community board online, and demos, expos and workshops in-store. You can even submit a request for a demo to be organized featuring a particular material or method in which you have an interest. - Pip Lustgarten