Most stores, fortunately for shoppers, are located within a fairly easy walking distance, just simply park at the Visitor Center, cross one of the bridges into downtown, go up one side of the street and then down the other, just don’t forget to hit the side streets, too!
What do visitors shop for in the Silver City/Grant County area?
Due to the host of galleries not only in the art corridor of Yankie and Texas streets, Broadway and Bull streets, but also on Cooper, Market and College streets as well as in Pinos Altos and Hurley’s noted JW gallery, art immediately comes to mind.
A quick way to find out which galleries carry a specific artist’s works, and where they are located, is to pick up a copy of San Vincente Arists of Silver City brochure, available in the Visitors Center. While not all the artists and galleries are listed, just ask one of our knowledgeable volunteers for help.
Works in every media from oils and acrylics to watercolor and photography to ceramics, jewelry, bronze sculptures and fiber arts all have artists here ranging from realistic to funky to abstract styles can be seen in one gallery or another downtown. Those wishing to purchase or just admire works of art are best served by exploring galleries and studios and looking for what catches the eye.
At least three bookstores in town carry new and used books, along with area published authors; one of who runs their own gallery. Looking for a certain title? Most stores can order them for you, if they don’t already have them on hand.
Antiques, from knickknacks to furniture, can be found, sometimes hidden away in smaller shops.
Gifts for that perfect pet-sitter you left back at home or for mom and dad can be found at several shops throughout the county.
Looking for clothes? You can find them in stores along with way!
After walking around and working up and appetite stop for lunch or dinner at Diane’s, Shevek & Mi or Vicki’s Deli, just to name a few, for some delicious homemade meals. Ask anyone around town and they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
What would the Southwest be without good Mexican food? If you are looking for a quick lunch head downtown to Nancy’s Café or Jalisco’s for dinner. If you don’t mind driving a few miles, Buckhorn in Pinos Altos lets you feast on a succulent steak.
After dinner, a cooling ice cream treat is calling your name at Pretty Sweet Emporium or Alotta Gelato in town, or head up the road to the Pinos Altos ice cream parlor. If homemade chocolates and candies help lessen that sweet tooth craving stop by the Hester House. If you want gourmet food to snack on while you are traveling or to take to a new friend’s house as a hostess gift make a stop at The Curious Kumquat, featuring delicacies from all over the world. The Silver City Food Co-op, open to the public, offers organic and fresh foods that are always plentiful. The farmers’ market on Saturday mornings will treat the visitor to “fresh from the fields, gardens and homes” produce and homemade goodies.
Folks in Grant County are friendly. They’ll be happy to suggest where they like to shop or dine. Half the fun is finding that unexpected treasure of a delicious meal in an unusual location, isn’t it?
Happy shopping and bon appetit!