Southwestern swag

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Your time in Taos has been spent on the mountain, around the Plaza or maybe even in a spa. But it's time to go and you want to take a piece of the mythical, vivd and spiritual Southwest with you. How do you know what gift(s) to buy yourself or someone else?

The following shops have your memories of Taos in hand with unique, individualistic curios and artistic gifts to soothe your soul — or to put a little Southwestern soul into someone else's world — until you return to Taos once again. And if you're looking for paintings, sculptures and even more pottery, there are many outstanding galleries. To help in that quest, pick up a Gallery Guide found on racks in hotels, restaurants and other establishments all around town.

ARROYO SECO MERCANTILE

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; 500 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, (575) 776-8806

Housed in a landmark building built in 1895 in the small 200-yearold village on the road to Taos Ski Valley, the "Mercantile" is one of those shops that you can spend a lot of time looking around in. For sale are antiques, old pawn jewelry, souvenirs and "unusual finds." The wide selection of goods even includes household, hardware and religious items, artwork, candles and candy.

BRYAN'S GALLERY

11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through the end of January, then closed Monday. Open 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. 121 Kit Carson Road, (575) 758-9407, bryansgallery.com

Housed in a brick-and-mortar building on historic Kit Carson Road, just steps from Taos Plaza, since 1982, Bryan’s Gallery has been showcasing quality artistry of the Southwest and eight northern pueblos. They shop has a fine selection of estate and contemporary paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, baskets and rugs. Bryan’s is known for offering some of the finest rare examples of Southwestern American Indian arts and crafts with pieces from about 75 local artists – including about a dozen local jewelry artists. Bryan’s really has a little bit of everything.

CAMINO REAL GALLERY

9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 724 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, (575) 751-7446

One look at the Mexican-style furniture and metal art outside this shop gives you a good idea of the plethora of items inside, where you’ll find all things for home décor with that Mexico and Southwest vibe. There is a large selection of rustic Mexican furniture and some Southwestern pieces made with locally harvested wood. Give yourself time to look around the large inventory.

CAMINO REAL IMPORTS

9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; 1305 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-7999

Talavera dishes, metal yard art, planters, wall hangings, copper sinks, hand-blown glassware, purses, ponchos, custom furniture, chimeneas, tin and ceramic gifts — family-owned Camino Real Imports has everything that is "hecho en México." Items are also imported from Latin America. Be ready to spend some time perusing; this is a big space. There is something for everyone at this cultural gift store.

CASA CRISTAL POTTERY

9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 1306 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-1530, casacristalpottery.com

Southwest décor to the nth degree, family-owned Casa Cristal Pottery offers a large selection of talavera, hand-painted Mexican and Navajo pottery, chimeneas, ristras, tin mirrors, tin light switch covers, Zapotec Indian rugs, ceramic outdoor suns, Mexican glassware and Southwest-style jewelry. The store’s specialty is rustic Mexican furniture. No made in China here.

CASA DEL SOL

9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 1638 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-7496

Family owned and operated, there is a piece of the Southwest around every corner, on every shelf. From ceramics hand-painted by patriarch Rafael Diaz to outdoor planters, decorative wooden ladders and tin switch plates, Casa del Sol is  a lot Mexico and a lot New Mexico.

COUNTRY FURNISHINGS OF TAOS DECOR & GIFTS

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday; 534 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; (575) 758-4633, cftaos.com

A fixture in town, Country Furnishings of Taos has been located in an old adobe building on Paseo del Pueblo Norte since its inception in 1986. A great place to browse — the merchandise is colorful, innovative and fun. Find such gems as artwork made from repurposed materials, jewelry and paintings created by local artists, fun decorative pillows, aromatic candles, cookbooks,cards and a great variety of gift items all presented in a whimsical, artistic, eclectic atmosphere.

COYOTE MOON

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 120-C Bent St., (575) 758-4437, johndunnshops.com

This colorful store in the historic John Dunn Shops leans toward Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) items with intricately made altars and folk art featuring skeletons, angels and devils. You can also find religious-themed art, prints, Mexican masks, tinworks, turquoise jewelry, beaded art and even psychedelicpainted animals.

DWELLINGS REVISITED

10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; 107-B Bent St., (575) 758-3377

More than a place to pick up a souvenir, this diverse Taos shop offers a large selection of unusual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) items, milagros and retablos, folk art masks, architectural salvage and American Indian glass Christmas ornaments. There is not enough room here to adequately list all of the primitives and oddities.

El Rincón Trading Post

3-10 p.m. daily, 114 Kit Carson Road, (575) 758-9188

Taos was once an important trade center. The first official trading post in town was El Rincón (“The Corner”), which opened more than 100 years ago. On the site that was once one of the most popular gathering spots in Taos, you will find a museum and gift shop.

Kimosabe

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. 108 Teresina Lane (575) 758-8826, kimosabetaos.com

If historic, old pawn and vintage items are what your heart desires, Kimosabe is another stop you need to make. Located in an 1860s adobe along a charming brick-lined alley just off the northwest corner of Taos Plaza, the shop exudes the charm of old Taos. Sophisticated eyes will note the selection of old pawn Navajo and pueblo jewelry among other historic American Indian and Western art, artifacts and memorabilia.

Made in New Mexico

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Taos Plaza, (575) 758-7709, madeinnewmexico.com

Variety is the key word here. Salsa, refrigerator magnets, sage and T-shirts are all in the same place. Since 2005, Made in New Mexico has been the "official home of real New Mexico products," where you can find all of the very best things the Land of Enchantment has to offer. Located in historic Taos Plaza, you will also find classic New Mexican gifts like chile ristras and wreaths, piñón coffee, turquoise jewelry, clothing, Southwestern décor and much more. With great reverence for authenticity, everything the shop carries is made exclusively by artisans, craftspeople and micro-businesses that call New Mexico home.

magpie

11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado, (781) 248-0166, magpietaos.com

Part art gallery, part crafts, works by some of Taos’ most versatile and talented artisans are beautifully displayed here. All told, since its opening in 2014, warm-and-welcoming owner Georgia Gersh has grown magpie's collection to more than 60 artists. Magpie is located on the northern end of Taos in the beautiful Overland Ranch Complex.

Millicent Rogers Museum

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. 1 through March 31. The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

1504 Millicent Rogers Road, (575) 758-2462, millicentrogers.org

For more than 30 years, the Millicent Rogers Museum Store has been selling authentic contemporary and vintage American Indian and Hispanic art and other gifts. Most items are purchased directly from the artists and their authenticity is guaranteed.

Taos Mountain Candles

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Taos Plaza, (575) 758-2009, taosmountaincandles.com

For all things Southwest from candles to jewelry to home décor to Taos T-shirts and a little bit of everything in between, a mainstay in town is Taos Mountain Candles on the west side of Taos Plaza. This is a souvenir super store.

Taos Pueblo

120 Veterans Highway. (575) 758-1028, taospueblo.com

Each shop showcases authentic, handcrafted arts and crafts. Many of the artists are on-site and have direct interaction with visitors – a rare and unique aspect of the shopping experience at Taos Pueblo. Plus, many of the shops are family owned and operated. "Each piece of handmade pottery and jewelry, every sculpture, every painting and photograph tell of the history and culture of this special place the Red Willow people call home," wrote local art writer and Two Graces Gallery owner Robert Cafazzo. Be aware that for tradition purposes, the Pueblo will be closed to the public from March to April. If you do go, please remember that there are certain buildings and areas designated as closed to visitors. Similarly, do not enter residences unless they are also marked as businesses. Please respect these restrictions and the privacy of Pueblo residents. To make sure Taos Pueblo is open, call (575) 758-1028.

Taos Tin Works

Call for hours/ 1204-D Paseo del Pueblo Norte, (575) 758-9724, taostinworks.com

Artist Marion Moore has been perfecting her "mad metal skills" in tin and copper for nearly 30 years. Her most common creations are light sconces, pendants, mirror frames and retablos. Her work was featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum and her "Río Grande Jeweled Cross" was a centerpiece on QVC Home Shopping network. All of the fine tin and copper works are made in her studio behind the storefront.

Taos Trading Company

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Taos Plaza, (575) 758-3012

The best way to describe this Taos Plaza landmark is to say it's a soda counter with knickknacks. There are lots and lots of souvenirs, especially for kids. The exterior and interior are reminiscent of an old-fashioned dime store.

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