101 W. Marcy St., Plaza
In a town that's known for antiques and handmade furniture, Design Warehouse occupies a unique niche in modern, mid-century, and Scandinavian design. The showroom on Marcy Street has some great furniture, but it's also a worthy stop for gifts—they've got a great little selection of books, kitchen tools, and office supplies.
57 Old Santa Fe Trail, Plaza
Lucchese was started by a pair of Sicilian brothers who applied their Italian leather shoemaking training to cowboy boots in Texas back in the 1800's. They still make the best luxury cowboy boots on the market, with only two stores outside of Texas—in Santa Fe and Nashville. At the back of the store, you'll find rows and rows of every conceivable variation.
Serets & Sons
224 Galisteo St., Plaza
Founder Ira Seret spent more than fifteen years living in Afghanistan, buying and designing for everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Bloomingdales, and amassing a huge collection of stunning rugs and textiles. The store he runs with his wife is filled with the kinds of upholstered furniture, carpets, and home accessories you won't find anywhere else. Their most accessible showroom is really the Inn of Five Graces, which they decorated for the opening in 1996.
Shiprock Santa Fe
53 Old Santa Fe Trail, Plaza
Shiprock Gallery was inspired by the New Mexican town of the same name, which is located on the Navajo reservation where founder and fifth-generation art dealer Jed Foutz was raised. Foutz specializes in the work of Native American artists, with cases and cases of turquoise jewelry and a much-photographed "rug room" with a huge selection of original weavings (in addition to historic pieces, he shows new exhibitions of work by living artists, which often include painting, photography, and sculpture). Pieces of this quality don't come cheap—beginner collectors might want to spend some time in the trading post section, which features cases of jewelry and weavings that all come in under $1,000. If you've got a bit of time to spare, ask the salespeople about the provenance of the building itself, which has a history that's just as fascinating as the works on display.
The Hive Market (Closed)
101 W. Marcy St., Plaza
Hive Market is a modern, food-centric souvenir shop. Passionate about the honey bees that pollinate Northern New Mexico, the founders built their business around bee-centric products like honeycomb, beeswax candles, and, of course, honey itself. The shop carries other locally made goods, too, like lavender soaps, red and green salsas, teas, dried white sage, and even locally milled pancake mix. Their gift boxes make great housewarming gifts if you're staying with friends.
Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St., Plaza
Fireplaces seem to be everywhere in Santa Fe, and the local bookstore is no exception—theirs is surrounded by a circle of couches and overstuffed chairs perfect for settling in with something from the shelves. The kids' section is particularly well stocked, and poetry buffs will want to keep a close watch on the website since readings happen every week or so.
Santa Fe Vintage Outpost
202 E. Palace Ave., Plaza
What used to be an appointment-only showroom on the outskirts of town is now a large shop just blocks away from the Plaza. And it was worth the wait: Scott Corey’s carefully curated shop, filled with vintage American menswear, is a dream selection of flannels, jean jackets, and leather goods. You’ll also find a selection of vintage jewelry in addition to pieces by the Outpost’s co-owner, designer Julienne Barth.
Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail, Plaza
The spa at the Loretto Inn (next door to the Loretto chapel) has a homespun vibe—starting with the massage oils, which the spa director makes herself. All the standard treatments are on offer, from facials and milk baths to couples' massage, plus a room outfitted with a Vichy shower for water therapy. If you only have time for one treatment, get a pedicure in one of their profoundly comfortable (if not a little strange-looking) zero-gravity chairs.
Christa J. Obuchowski
Christa distils the most beautifully aromatic essential oils from materials she finds locally in Santa Fe (her piñon oil is a local favorite), making her the herbalist of choice for the area's best naturopaths. She also finds great uses for hydrosols, the less potent cast-off of the distillation process.
Hotel St. Francis
210 Don Gaspar Ave., Plaza
Named for the city's patron saint, and holding the all-important distinction of being Santa Fe's oldest hotel, the St. Francis (which is conveniently located just a block off the plaza) is one of Santa Fe's many historic landmarks. The design here takes great pains to honor the style of early Franciscan missionary settlers, with features like an antique baptismal font in the lobby, candles along the walkways, and iron crosses hung in the stairwells. The rooms themselves, while small and simply decorated, are decked out with luxury details like Frette sheets, pillowtop mattresses, and marble bathrooms.
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