Bookworks maintains its, ahem, title year after year for its cozy, tightly packed and yet somehow easily navigable interior, as well as its intense community involvement. Bringing authors to town and hosting events is just a day in Bookworks’ life, and we’re a better city for it.
For more than three decades, Page One has been a go-to source for recycled tomes (not to mention a wide selection of newer titles, as well). Its vast shelves are a great place to get lost in imaginary worlds—just picture yourself as a Lewis Carroll or C.S. Lewis character and get whisked away.
While magazines are available for purchase at all Flying Star locations, what really makes the restaurant’s selection a winner is the fact that you can leisurely flip through all that glossy text while having your cake and eating it, too. It’s a cheapskate Condé Nast lover’s dream come true.
Steven Keator's shop next to Hotel Andaluz boasts some of the most swank and current styles in the 505. Frequented by visiting film actors and fashion hounds, a visit to DKC is how readers step up their red carpet swagger.
Free Radicals is the reigning queen of punk rock, goth and rockabilly clothing. It’s also the only place in town where you can pick up all your steampunk essentials, like boots emblazoned with cogs, jewelry embedded with cogs and, of course, button-up shirts embroidered with cogs. (There’s tons men’s stuff too—with and without cogs.)
Sometimes the search involves a little more sifting, but the payoff is that much bigger. At Thrift Town, you can unearth an overlooked pair of Ferragamo boots for the same price you’d dish out for lunch.
We love that Self Serve won this category. Rightfully so, since parents deserve a little pleasure, too. In addition to all the obvious ways to show your baby mama how much you care, Self Serve also suggests giving her some loving with massage-oil candles and bars of gourmet chocolate.
Looking for a wall-to-wall statement carpet? An effete apartment-size leather couch? Or are you happy to throw a mattress on the floor and call it a day? American has everything you need to furnish your particular breed of palace, and it delivers right to your doorstep.
2) Nob Hill Furniture 3) TEMA Contemporary Furniture
Open, airy and surprisingly tidy for a comic book store, this Nob Hill institution supplements Burque's best selection of new and old comics with a wall-to-wall offering of collectable action figures and vintage toys.
This relaxed, educational and totally fun sex shop is run by powerhouse business owners Matie Fricker and Molly Adler. Around to answer your quasi-scandalous questions, these two ladies and their store have made Albuquerque a better-informed and friendlier place to get your groove on.
From blacklight posters of Bob Marley to an assortment of pipe and glass wear, our readers are stoked about the Gas Pipe. It also boasts a decent cigar selection, unlike blunt-only headshops.
2) The Zone 3) M&M Smoke Shop
Best Music Store
Charley's 33s and CDs
7602 Menaul NE 296-3685
This store could also call itself Charley's New & Pre-Owned CDs, Records, Tapes. Posters, Stickers, Collector's Box Sets, Vintage Clothing & That Smiths Peel Sessions Vinyl Reissue You Didn't Even Know Existed but NOW YOU MUST OWN.
Clark’s has got it all, from parakeet paraphernalia to reptile requirements. And, unlike those mega-chain pet stores, it’s got a laid-back but highly informed staff able to answer all of your questions about tarantula care.
2) Long Leash On Life 3) Jack & Rascals
Best Plant Nursery
501 Osuna NE 345-6644
Now that spring has sprung, you should probably be making weekly pit stops at Osuna, where you can find the fillers for your beds, the trees for your groves and the cacti for your xeriscapes.