Quality Inn University
2015 Menaul Blvd. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 881-3210
Fax: (505) 888-1196
If you can look beyond the decidedly unromantic name, you'll find to your pleasant surpise that Savon Cash and Carry Flowers can meet all your bouquet needs. Why go to an expensive boutique florist when you can get a beautiful arrangement here at a fraction of the price? Skip the low-end greeting cards, chocolates, balloons and seasonal paraphernalia and opt instead for the potted plants, or for roses by the stem. Most importantly, Savon maintains environmentally-sound business practices, recycling vases and purchasing from sustainable growers. There is an additional location in the Northeast heights at 1313 Eubank Boulevard Northeast. - 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.
It's a mystery how the Thai House Restaurant stays in business, given that it is always far from bursting with customers, but it does provide good food at reasonable prices in the pedestrian-friendly University area. So if you don't fancy making the trek up to the Southeast Heights where most of the competition is located, or if you want to take away rather than to linger over a romantic meal, this is a decent option. Thai House also sells cards, incense, soap, tea cups, jewelry, hair accessories, and handicrafts. - Pip Lustgarten
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.
Stop in this simply angelic shop located in the historic Nob Hill neighborhood on Old Route 66. Just as the name of the store suggests, angels are the main attraction here, with a diverse collection of rare and precious angel accessories and decorative ornaments. Take your time looking through the great selection of items, all meant to address the angel collector's interest including over 200 types of incense and over 75 varieties of essential oils. A large array of eclectic gift items and jewelry are sold in addition to an amazing inventory of stickers and decals.
This trendy boutique is owned by local artists and all of the products are created by local artists and designers, including cute clothing, funky accessories, and interesting nicknacks. You'll find colorful eccentric products that have a youthful edge. Along with handmade creations, you'll also find a selection of vintage items. If you really like their designs sign up for one of their classes where you can learn to create handmade items.
The Mexican Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, is a celebration in which the living honor the departed. Skulls are its characteristic imagery, most commonly in the form of folk art figurines such as the Novia (Bride), or made of sugar and brightly decorated. Masks Y Mas store and gallery is a truly one of a kind entity in the United States, importing Day of the Dead artwork, masks and figurines, and displaying them beside all sorts of locally-themed kitsch, including t-shirts and jewelery. It successfully combines cultural education, humor and a serious social commitment; the latter evident in the frequent exhibitions of work by incarcerated artists. - Pip Lustgarten
Stone Mountain Bead Gallery is a treasure chest full of beads, bangles and bows. Unique jewelry is displayed and various handicrafts from around the world are available. Here is your chance to design your own jewelry, with a huge inventory of everything you need to make good looking and stylish embellishments. Crystals, lapis, stones and gems, plus sterling silver are among the line of goods sold. Unusual sculptures and various pieces of art are for sale in addition to a wide array of tools.
This upscale little boutique prides itself on staying on top of fashion trends, and by doing so it has become one of the top high-fashion stores in the state. The store is owned and operated by a mother/daughter team, Elsa and Emma Ross, and their close attention to detail ensures that service here is top notch. Clothing by designers like Trina Turk, Tocca, Katayone Adeli and Betsey Johnson will have you looking great.
You can not miss this eye-catching storefront complete with a flying saucer that sticks out of the front red brick wall. This shop will bring out the kid in you as you stroll through state of the art games and toys, wind-up tin cars and creatures. Take a load off as you sit in the coffee shop area and enjoy a freshly blended and roasted cup of high quality coffee. The best beans available are ground routinely to ensure satisfaction. Other hot and cold beverages are offered as well as good-looking desserts like tortes, cakes and cookies.
If you want to have fun while you shop for that one-of-a-kind gift, Beeps is the place for you. Known as a retail theater, the store offers gadgets, gift wrapping, candy, pens and pencils, watches, jewelry, pet treats and novelties and two huge walls stocked with unique cards and stationery. Located in the Nob Hill Shopping Center, the store is a local favorite for funky gifts as well as hard to find trinkets.