alibi online

Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 
 V.16 No.50 | December 13 - 19, 2007 

Feature

North Valley

Second Street and Fourth Street, between Candelaria and Osuna

Acequia Booksellers’ innards
Tina Larkin
Acequia Booksellers’ innards

Acequia Booksellers

4019 Fourth Street NW • 890-5365
www.acequiabooksellers.com
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sun. and Mon.

This high-ceilinged adobe is flanked by tall windows and has the feel of a church. Acequia Booksellers' approach to the printed word is indeed reverential, but it's not inaccessible (cued by comfy, crackling jazz piped in from iTunes). The store specializes in rare and out-of-print works, Southwest and Native American subjects, and the humanities, with a large number of French selections. "It's called Acequia because bookstores feed people's minds like an acequia feeds farms," explains owner Gary Wilke. "And it starts with A."

Acequia Booksellers is owned by Gary Wilke
Tina Larkin
Acequia Booksellers is owned by Gary Wilke

Partyline Florist

4200 Fourth Street NW • 344-3538
www.partylineflorist.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed Sun.

Operating continuously since 1959 (though it was called Blank's back then), Partyline endures as a full-service, family-owned flower shop that delivers worldwide. Impeccable care is given to all the flowers and indoor plants here, so the arrangements—designed by award-winning florists—last for weeks, not days. If flowers aren't right for the occasion, there are plenty of darling gifts to chose from, or the doting staff will create a custom gift basket of anything else your heart desires.

French Riviera Bakery

4208 Fourth Street NW • 343-0112
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Closed Sun. and Mon.

The only thing more traditional for Christmas than a bûche de noël is one made by a fifth-generation French baker. For 15 years, boulangère Daniel Reymonenq has turned out more than 100 yule log cakes at his North Valley bakery each holiday season. (The meringue "mushrooms" are almost too adorable to eat—almost. Prices start at $18.50 for a 6-inch cake.) There are also galettes du roi for the new year, napoleons for birthdays and croissants just because.

China Phoenix 2

4210 Fourth Street NW • 884-8217
www.chinaphoenix2.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sun.

When asked how owner Nancy Yashimoto describes a "stamper" (a person who uses rubber stamps for artistic and crafting pursuits), someone’s voice from within the store's workshop area crops up: "Obsessed?" A small galaxy of stamps, along with inks, cardstock and papers, and a stream of project-oriented classes run by "fabulous" teachers, is the calling card of this spotless stamp and embossing supply.

Decor Emporium

6510 Second Street NW • 344-4975
www.decor-emporium.com, www.victorianfences.com
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Sun. and Mon.

Abundant and unique are two words that sum up this home haven. Oversized architectural accents (Victorian wrought-iron fences and fountains in the sculpture yard), furniture (Oriental settees, mink-upholstered armchairs) and period minutia (crazy cookie jars from the ’60s) overflow with irreverent sass everywhere in sight. "We only get the strange things," says owner Andy Sorette. "That's what we like." Best of all, the prices are well below their actual market value.

 
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.