The Best ‘Shopping City’ In New Mexico
By Sherah Janay Ndjongo
November 21, 2023
It’s the holiday season! For many of us, it’s also giving season, and that typically means soon we’re going to be shopping ‘til we drop.
Just in time to grab gifts for friends and family, Cheapism has created a listicle highlighting the best "main street" shopping districts in all 50 states.
Although digital shops have an edge over traditional, brick-and-mortar shops when it comes to convenience, in-person shopping is an experience unlike any other for unique reasons.
There are few things more personal than shopping for oneself or for someone close to you. It’s an opportunity to get to purchase a present that means more than a monetary value. It has the potential to create memories that could be embraced for a lifetime and even beyond if the special item passed down as an heirloom. In a sense, physically shopping for the perfect gifts is like choosing on your own terms who you want to remember you and what they want to remember you by.
“With big-box stores, megamalls, and online sellers dominating the retail landscape, the pleasure of shopping at mom-and-pop stores in a quaint, small-town Main Street shopping district is getting harder to find. But every state has a few such homespun settings left. Here are some of the best downtown shopping districts in the country — each in a town with fewer than 90,000 residents. (More than half are home to fewer than 10,000 people, and some claim populations in the triple digits.)”
The best place in town for shopping in New Mexico is Roswell:
“Roswell has long been synonymous with alien landings, and its shops have embraced the reputation. UFO-themed stores, museums, activities, and events fill the town, which even has alien-themed streetlights.”