Nob Hill, Albuquerque
Peacecraft specializes in products from around the world that are sustainable in nature, and empower the makers ...... the contents of this business are quirky, fun, and beautiful.
As stated on their website:
To assist the poor and disadvantaged through the promotion of fair trade, focusing primarily on the countries of the "Developing World".
To encourage cooperative efforts among the poor to improve their living conditions, and insure that production or working conditions are safe.
To provide education about the root causes of poverty and injustice, and to demonstrate alternatives for trade that promote an equitable and just economic exchange between all people.
What to buy: Tiki idols, lamps, sari's, sarongs, incense, and all sorts of crafts from many regions around the world ....
They currently import fair trade products from Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Thailand and Zimbabwe - so if you have a yen to see what they have to offer, stroll on in!
Or, if you can't make it to Albuquerque, feel free to shop on line ;)
Evolution is definitely not the cheapest piercing studio in town, but to me, it's the best. They follow strict infection control practices, their artists are skilled and knowledgeable, and they have been politically active to ensure proper regultion of all body art studios in the area.... assisting in writing the current regs in place in our city.
The employees are some of the best artists in the nation, and have a wonderful knowledge base.
They have a huge selection of body hardware ... from simple jewelry, to large plugs and organics. You will enjoy this shop, even if it is just to browse :)
What to buy: Body jewelry, organics, etc.
You can get pierced, or even branded, right here in the studio :)
If ever in Albuquerque make sure you visit the Nob Hill area. Here you will find trendy and eccentric shops and eateries. Located just East of the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill is an historic neighborhood in Albuquerque.
What to pay: Varies
As the tagline up above hints, Birdland specializes in all things groovy and psychadelic. They have everything from wigs for parties to tye-dye T-shirts to peace sign necklaces, pendants and even Venetian masks. This place gets lots of business around Halloween, when they roll out even more costumes and other items. If you're looking for a store in Albuquerque that specializes in all things hippie or eccentric, look no further then Birdland. The business has been around for little over a decade.
What to pay: As with any store, prices vary (duh!) You can expect wigs to range from 26-40 dollars. Speciality glasses from 6.95 to 12.00 dollars and full costumes from 40-100 dollars.
I don't know anyone who received their piercings at this shop .... but I love their sign! So here it is :)
From a glance through the window, they seem to have a large jewelry selection, and are clean so .... make up your own mind.
If you are looking to get a piercing while in town, I still reccomend Evolution located about a mile further down Central just outside of the Nob Hill district :)