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.
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.
If you are an avid reader, this store, located just north of Coronado Center, will seem like heaven. Menaul Book Exchange has a large selection of new and used books, audio tapes and out-of-print books. You can exchange or sell your old books here, as well as choose new ones. The inventory is extensive with books from all genres, including a nice selection of children's literature. There seems to be an emphasis on romantic and recreational titles. You can rent audio tapes for up to 30 days if you do not want to buy them.
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.
The Rail Yards Market is a community-driven effort that is aimed at bringing together the city's inhabitants. Organized within the historic Blacksmith Shop, it's a good place to spend some leisurely time with your entire family and sample the best of what Albuquerque has to offer in terms of art, food, music, and culture. The market is open on Sundays from May to October, and for one or two days in December. You can buy locally-grown, organic produce as well as fresh food items, some whipped up on the spot. You will also find local artists selling their handcrafted products here. Make sure to catch the live music demonstrations if you have time to spare. Health-conscious folks can pay a visit to the stalls of local healers and wellness product manufacturers. A round of the entire market can take well over two hours, so make sure you have good sports shoes and a cap on.
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.
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.
Do not let the misspelling of the name fool you (chile, the plant and its products, is spelled with an "e"), there is authentic Chile merchandise inside Chili Patch USA. Salsas run the gamut from mild to hot, hot, hot. You can purchase ristras, and Chile ristra lights, as well as, aprons, T-shirts caps, neckties and bibs. Special New Mexican gifts like Pinon coffee, Chile pistachios and popcorn can be purchased then shipped anywhere in the world.