INSIDE : Must See Retail Shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico – Spurline Supply Co. The hottest shop featuring local artisans and makers from around the Southwest.
If you have spent much time in Albuquerque recently, then you have probably heard of the new lifestyle retail store called Spur Line Supply Co. Created by Tess Coats in 2017, her idea was for a shop that would bring together the best crafted goods from around the Southwest. And this year, Spur Line will be one of eight tastemakers at the new NM Artisan Market event this Thanksgiving weekend.
Spur Line Supply Co. is hands down one of my favorite places to spend time in Albuquerque. Not only is Spurline a mecca for all different types of creative goods, but upon entering it has an immediate calm and cool environment.
Spur Line Supply Co. has great hours for locals to enjoy their shop with Monday through Saturday 10am – 6pm and then they are open Sunday 11am – 4pm.
Along their huge floor to ceiling wall of windows live some of the most gorgeous plants (all for sale, might I add) and an enormous long wooden table that I often like to sit right down at and do some work. Between that and the freshly baked donut shop just a few steps away, there really is no need to leave Spur Line – ever.
Centered in the heart of the historic Sawmill District in Old Town Albuquerque. Spur Line Supply Co. carries some of the most unique handcrafted items in New Mexico.
I had the honor of spending some time at Spur Line chatting with Tess Coats and Chris O’Donnell, Director of NM Artisan Market to discuss the growth of the Sawmill District, all things Spur Line Supply Co and the role they are playing in the exciting new Thanksgiving weekend event, the NM Artisan Market.
WHO RUNS SPUR LINE SUPPLY CO?
Tess studied Visual Communications in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in Los Angeles. And since has spent much of her time back in Albuquerque in retail and wholesale, both designing and curating shops for other brands and companies like Anthropologie, Betty’s Bath and Day Spa, Marble Brewery and the Grove.
Her next career step was starting a mobile store, running Spectacle Caravan in 2015, to 2017 from her crowd funded Air Stream. She loved getting out in the local scene with local goods and being able to directly connect with people.
WHAT IS THE SMALLMILL DISCTRICT IN OLD TOWN, ALBUQUERQUE?
Meanwhile, the Sawmill District in Old Town Albuquerque which is the premier Urban Destination was getting ready for some changes. Chris O’Donnell had been brought on to oversee the concept development of the Sawmill District experiences as the Brand Director.
The Sawmill District is a community development plan that will promote a popular live, work, and play lifestyle for current and future residents, business owners, and out of town visitors.
Sawmill was interested in the concept of a boutique/retail space that celebrated the High Desert chic aesthetic combined with local designers and artisans in New Mexico. Chris and Tess’ paths crossed and together along with Jim Long, the CEO of Heritage Hotels and Resorts, helped spearhead and create Spur Line Supply Co.
WHAT SETS SPUR LINE SUPPLY CO APART?
A year later now and I believe one of the many things that sets Spur Line Supply Co apart from so many other retail stores is that they are bringing in new vendors on a weekly basis. There are always a handful of mainstay local or New Mexican vendors and remainder of the shop has a fresh new feel each time you visit.
Tess thinks of Spur Line Supply Co. as a platform for the local artisan and staying connected to the pulse of the city is important to keep her store vibrant. Being part of the Tastemaker jury for the NM Artisan Market has been another essential component to finding a new wave of all different types of local artisan makers.
The NM Artisan Market is a 3 day event at Hotel Albuquerque where over 100 local artisans will be gathered together to showcase their custom crafted heirloom quality products and goods. The mission is to expand and build the creative economy of New Mexico by supporting and promoting the local creative talent.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now, as well as 3 day VIP passes (which include early access shopping, free parking, discounts at local participating dining, retail and entertainment and free admission to the Artisan Cocktail Party + one free cocktail).
This inaugural shopping event is the only market that exclusively curates the best New Mexican artisans from all across the state. Be ready to attend as this event brings an amazing selection of high quality and handcrafted goods from incredible artisans all across the state.
The NM Artisan Market is partnering with Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a statewide leader in promoting New Mexico’s culture and heritage throughout its hotels and with its artist collaborations.
Thank you to NM Artisan Market for partnering with me on this post. All opinions were 100% mine.
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