Whatever you’re looking for in Southwest style, you can probably find it while shopping in Old Town Albuquerque. A block from the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, the Plaza is surrounded by wonderful boutiques, specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants. The shops listed below are not only business owners, they are our friends and take great care of our guests. You can count on them to give you expert advice and quality merchandise. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they can tell you who does.
For jewelry, we recommend Naranjo’s Arts, where you’ll find both traditional and contemporary jewelry. Stella Naranjo is also an acknowledged expert in jewelry appraisal. She also carries a variety of other merchandise, such as art, sculpture, and music CD’s.
Pottery is a huge part of New Mexico’s culture. Andrews Pueblo Pottery carries pottery from many of the pueblos, made by established artists as well as up-and-coming potters. Andrews can also appraise that pot your aunt bought in the 1960’s—it may be worth more than you would ever have believed! Agape Southwest Pueblo Pottery is also a good resource for pottery, and they have smaller and more affordable pots as well. They even have tiny pottery ornaments for your Christmas tree!
Our favorite art gallery is Weems Gallery, displaying paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and just about everything else by New Mexico artists. Contemporary art holds more sway here rather than traditional Native American art. A different artist is featured monthly in their main exhibit space, so there’s always something new. The gallery also sponsors an annual International Artfest.
For Native American arts, be sure to visit Painted Sky Gallery, owned and operated by artist David Behrens.
Treasure House Books specializes in New Mexico literature, fiction, poetry, guide books and children’s stories, as well as music CDs by New Mexico artists and other New Mexico gift items. John frequently has books autographed by the author. And if you’re lucky, you just might happen to stop by when an author is holding a book-signing at Treasure House Books.
Need to take back gifts for others but don’t know what they’d like? You can find plenty of items and ideas at the Old Town Emporium, from rugs to hats, mugs to New Mexico pinion coffee, wind chimes and music CDs, clothing, and gifts with your name on them. Whatever you need, they probably have it!