Black Friday should be a day for everyone to spend time hanging out with family and friends, or hanging out at home in your pajamas! I never shop the big box stores or malls Black Friday. The Friday after Thanksgiving is now dedicated to going to my friend’s house for a fun tradition called “Craft Friday.” We all take a craft to share and we chat, eat, laugh, and make great crafts!
If you must shop on Friday, why not keep it local? Better yet, wait until the Saturday after Thanksgiving which is Small Business Saturday. These are a few of my favorite local places where I always find great gifts!
Spur Line Supply Co.
What a cool surprise to walk into Spurline and find such a wonderful, eclectic, super cool and groovy mix of merchandise! From their website, “A destination for vintage and artisan goods with a focus on the unique – so your home reflects your unique style and your gifts reflect your thoughtfulness.”
I wandered into this shop at the Flying Star Plaza on Rio Grande and was so impressed. What a gorgeous selection of home goods, gifts, and accessories. If you live in the North Valley, and even if you don’t, this is the place for beautiful, contemporary gifts.
Found on 4th
How do I describe this place? Their Facebook place says it best: A destination for vintage and artisan goods with a focus on the unique – so your home reflects your unique style and your gifts reflect your thoughtfulness. I could easily spend all my money there!
La Parada Mercantile
Believed to have once been a stagecoach stop, La Parada is a North Valley treasure! Items from around the world include home and garden decor, jewelry, vintage, gifts and more!
Duran Central Pharmacy
I feel like every store on this list is my favorite place to shop. I can say without a doubt that Duran’s is def at the top of the list! From their Facebook page, “Duran’s offers a wide variety of products from all over the world – from medicinal herbs to imported chocolates and fancy soaps to trendy gadgets. In addition, there is no better place for a genuine New Mexican enchilada or green chile cheeseburger!
Kei and Molly
Everybody that has at least one Kei and Molly dishtowel, raise your hand! That’s pretty much everyone in Albuquerque! Their textiles have such wonderfully playful designs and colors! Now they have their own store and they are carrying a carefully curated mix of great local products. Make sure to check out their store events!
If you haven’t heard of Donovan, or know his story, you need to do so now. He is a social entrepreneur and creates artisan bath & home products. He donates 14% of sales to help the homeless. He now has a store downtown and everyone should support this inspiring young man!
Clear Light The Cedar Company
I’ve been curious about Clear Light • the Cedar Company and have it on good authority that their products are amazing. Clear Light • the Cedar Company brings you the pleasures and benefits of fragrant New Mexico green cedar in unique and aromatic skin-care, hair-care, and home fragrance products.
Vintage Market and Design
Are you a Francophile? If you are, you need to go to Vintage Market and Design. Imagine 7500 square feet of home & garden decor to inspire your own creativity! A great place for home goods, art supplies, soaps and sundries, clothing, cards, paper and posters. I can’t say enough about how much I love this place!
Don’t forget about all the great strolls happening as well!
Nob Hill Shop and Stroll
Let’s face it, Nob Hill has some of the best local shopping in town. Stranger Factory, IMEC, Guitar Vista, Andy and Edie, The Fragrant Leaf, The Chocolate Dude, are just the tip of the iceberg for great shopping!
Old Town Holiday Stroll
Not only great shopping in Old Town, but also great entertainment and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. The giant tree is made up of over 130 different trees will glow at 6:15 p.m. in Plaza Don Luis with a special countdown.
Pueblo Shop and Stroll: A Fireside Tradition
Shop a bazaar featuring Native artists selling handcrafted clay ornaments, nativity sets, jewelry, art, and gifts. Meanwhile, kids will have fun with holiday arts and crafts. At day’s end, enjoy a special nighttime Native dance while sipping hot cocoa beside the bonfire or strolling among hundreds of luminarias.
Where are your favorite places to shop locally in Albuquerque? Let me know!