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.
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.
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.
In the midst of today's digital revolution, it is rare and refreshing to still be able to find 33's and cassettes. The excellent selection makes it unlikely that you'll leave the store without an album you've been hankering after in hand. Charley's 33's and CD's is more than just a record store, however; they also carry patches, stickers, t-shirts, posters, music equipment and vintage clothing. The free customer appreciation cards are well worth accepting if you find a lot of things you fancy or if you intend to shop here more than once: when you buy ten used CDs or tapes, you get one free.
This two-story mall is an up-to-date and comfortable place to shop and people-watch. A food court decorated with a lot of neon offers national chains along side a few local fast food eateries. Here you will also find shoe shops, sports and novelty shops, Macy's, JC Penney, Sears and other specialty shops. This has been a favorite shopping center for decades it has been well maintained and has undergone frequent renovations.
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.
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
Founded by Robin Scala, the Fragrant Leaf is a purveyor of artisanal loose-leaf teas and tea accessories from Asia. Scala, who is an Albuquerque resident has lived in China and Taiwan and has traveled extensively to different parts of Asia to source artisan-crafted teas and tea ware. They offer more than 50 types of authentic loose-leaf teas and sell their products through their Albuquerque tea boutique and also online through their website. They also host a variety of events at their boutique such as tea tastings, classes and demonstrations of Asian tea ceremonies. Visitors can buy loose-leaf tea, teapots, teacups, tea accessories or gifts of their choice or simply sip on and try a variety of tea from Asia.
Fay Abrams founded her first crafts gallery in Old Town in 1974 as a showcase for local artists with a flair for taking ideas and materials far beyond the confines of standard application. They have shaped, forged, hammered and woven stone, glass, wood, fabric, clay, and other materials into objects that are as beautiful and sometimes provocative; as they are one-of-a-kind. Owners Liz Dineen and Jennifer Rohrig will answer your questions about each object with the kind of knowledge, pride and enthusiasm that is normally reserved for a parent discussing her child.
Located on Central Avenue just east of the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill Business Association was established on Route 66 in the 1950s. In the 1980s, members of the neighborhoods combined forces to refurbish and reclaim this once run-down area. It is now popular among shoppers with its upscale and trendy stores and restaurants. Here you can dine at Scalo, then admire and purchase some fine jewelry.