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Albuquerque's Unique Boutiques



 Albuquerque has its share of large shopping areas, plus plenty of small local businesses selling art and accessories you can only find here. From exquisite Native American pottery to Breaking Bad t-shirts, Albuquerque has you covered for unique gifts and treats for yourself. Shopping malls such as Cottonwood and Coronado will look familiar to most American shoppers, and Old Town, downtown and other pockets of local businesses will send you home with treasures you can only fine in Albuquerque. 


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Camera & Darkroom
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If you're visiting New Mexico, chances are photography is going to play a big part in that vacation. Locally owned Camera & Darkroom in Nob Hill is the place to go for film and digital photography supplies. Camera & Darkroom stocks stock 35mm to 4x5 film, lighting equipment, darkroom supplies, digital camera batteries, filters, memory cards, bags, backdrops, used gear, and--surprise--cameras. Film, you may ask? Many fine art photographers travel to New Mexico to capture its beauty on large format film cameras.


Lilly Barrack
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Lilly Barrack, the daughter of an engineer and artist, has always been surrounded by art. She studied at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas for a degree in Studio Art. After years of painting, she has turned her talent to the creation of Jewelry. Lilly's world travels have resulted in cross-cultural influences with Africa playing a major role. Her designs are geometric and simple yet filled with expression and power. Since her pieces are handmade, only a limited number of each are produced, making every piece unique. Now Living in the southwest, she designs from a small studio with Indian silversmiths as her craftspeople. Using sterling silver, 14kt gold and untreated natural stones, she creates wonderful original works of art.




This gallery specializes in contemporary works on paper, including photography, paintings, and mixed media. Both established and emerging artists are represented, and exhibits change frequently. Past exhibits have included art from Tom Waldron, Louise Bourgeois, Gabi Brandt, Robert ParkeHarrison, Thomas Barrow, Suzanne Caporael, and Stuart Arends.


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Renowned promoter of contemporary New Mexican fine art since 1974. Unique work includes fiber arts, jewelry, clay works, and sculptural glass.




This gallery specializes in contemporary works on paper, including photography, paintings, and mixed media. Both established and emerging artists are represented, and exhibits change frequently. Past exhibits have included art from Tom Waldron, Louise Bourgeois, Gabi Brandt, Robert ParkeHarrison, Thomas Barrow, Suzanne Caporael, and Stuart Arends.


Palms Trading Company
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Quality Native American art store that buys direct from artists. Palms Trading Company originated as a grocery store around 1933. It's evolved into a local meeting place, and finally a trading company specializing in Native American Indian art. It is a local landmark and a true New Mexican treasure.


Skip Maisel's Indian Jewerly
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This historic shop in downtown buys pottery, jewelry, sculpture and paintings directly from Native American artists, so you know the work is authentic and the artists are receiving a fair price for their work. Retail prices are among the best in the state for this level of high-quality art. The staff is very knowledgeable about the artists and work, and are quick to explain the different quality levels available in different price ranges. For instance, cast pottery is separate from hand-coiled pottery, and prices accordingly. You can also see Native American jewelers employed by Skip Maisel working in the shop.




Local boutique shops and restaurants line this stretch of Historic Route 66, east of downtown. Fun and hip clothing stores, jewelry and art galleries, retro toy stores, vintage clothing, upscale specialty stores and edgier shops (tattoo, body piercing) make Nob Hill a favorite shopping area and meeting place for locals. There's also a variety of restaurants, many with sidewalk patios, so you can spend a full day shopping in this unique and historic area. The original Nob Hill Business Center from the 1940's contains the popular Scalo restaurant, the natural food Co-op and other great stores and salons at the intersection of Carlisle and Central.


ABQ Uptown
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ABQ Uptown is a contemporary outdoor shopping mall that makes for a day of shopping for designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, and even boutique pet supplies. Storefronts include Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, BCBG - MAC Cosmetics, Albuquerque, Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor, LOFT, White House | Black Market, Lucky Brand, Anthropologie, Nestle Toll House, Pottery Barn, Bebe, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, YoYo Bliss and Apple Store.


Old Town Shopping District
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This historic heart of Albuquerque is now the place to go to find local shops and restaurants. The area was founded in 1706, and today, scores of shops surround a grassy Plaza and Gazebo, or line the twisting alleyways just off the main square. These shops were homes 200 to 300 years ago, and many are made out of the original adobe. Wares range from t-shirts to fine art and antiques, including antique Native American jewelery and pottery. Old Town is a must-visit for any Albuquerque shopping excursion.


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