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The Old Town Emporium stocks New Mexican tourist souvenirs in every form. Some items, such as painted pony figurines, Southwestern patterned socks, and slogan tees, hats and sweatshirts, definitely constitute stereotypical tourist fare. But there are also décor accents that can lend a Southwestern touch to your home, plus attractive gifts to be found amidst the tat. Gifts include candles, incense, leatherwork, candies, and fiery foods. Options for your home include punched tin light switchplates, unique Southwestern Christmas ornaments, glassware and coasters. Housed in a beautiful building, the store is worth a stop when you're in the vicinity of the historic Old Town plaza. -Pip Lustgarten
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.
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.
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.
There is a great deal more for sale than sweet-smelling potions in Perfumes of the Desert. There are books, for example, hundreds of them, and each one having to do with the history, geography and/or people of the Southwest. There is also a wide selection of silver and turquoise jewelry, as well as nativity sets, figurines, Native pottery, leather goods, and stained glass. Out of film? This store carries a wide variety of sizes and speeds.
Treasure House Books & Gifts is a charming shop known for its impressive selection of books about New Mexico or by local writers. From regional cookbooks to mystery novels set in Albuquerque to local history books, this bookstore has it all. The collection also contains general books, such as dramas and children's books. There is also an impressive collection of CDs, music, and local souvenirs. Treasure House Books & Gifts even holds events, such as author readings.