While on my mini-vacation to Albuquerque, I took some time to walk part of the historic Route 66, which runs through the city. The famous stretch of road is now an interesting combination of the old (Kimo theatre, malt shops, vintage clothing stores) and the new (Starbucks, Urban Outfitters, Staples).
The weather was beautiful, so I walked several miles, stopping at interesting looking stores and just enjoying myself. One of the more fascinating shops I found was called Lifestyle Accessories located in the Nob Hill neighborhood. The store features the work of many local artists, each of which has their own particular style (whether it be animal rights clothing, formal men’s ties or punk-like jewelry), giving the overall store a very urban, contemporary and funky vibe. I was drawn to a particular section of the shop that sold jewelry made out of musically-related items, and ended up purchasing a ring made of a twisted metal rod and guitar pick that says “Pick for Jesus”. I’m normally not a ring or bracelet kinda girl, but it was just hip and unusual enough to get my attention.
Just a few blocks from Lifestyle Accessories is a small pizza joint called the Slice Parlor. As the name suggests, you can order pizza by the slice or by the pie. Not only are the prices affordable, but the individual slices are the largest I have ever seen. I was starving when I went in, ordered a slice of spinach, fetta and garlic, and almost wasn’t able to finish it! Add to that the sports pub feel it has with the wall of tvs covering everything from March Madness to European football, I found it a great place to grab a bite and rest in between window shopping excursions 🙂
I spent a couple of hours walking Route 66 and didn’t even make a dent in all the places to go and see. I guess I’ll just have to go back sometime soon!