This month is huge for retail – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday will rake in millions if not billions from consumers with all of the sales offered. Some of us will take advantage of sales offered a week early and also seek out great gift items in unlikely places.
The downtown shopping district is dense with foot traffic on a daily basis. Some consumers travel from across the border and even from other states to purchase some of the merchandise found in downtown, such as the handmade cowboy hats at Starr Western wear.
For some of us “in the know,” these shops are not hidden, but well known. Frankly, however, downtown itself can be an unknown to some of us. With revitalization still on the upswing, introducing the general public to the plethora of commercial offerings is a process as the area continues to grow.
Below are 11 retail shops we encourage you to seek out. Not only for the great savings but the experience itself. There is no polish on rustic. The evidence of wear is what rustic is, but that wear is history. Street art, culture, open air and great shops are what it’s about!
Krystal Jeans – Family owned and operated Krystal Jeans makes every effort to carry the latest in jeans that fit as if they were tailored just for her but have become part of the downtown identity itself with their consistency and ties to the community. 620 S. El Paso St.
Starr Western Wear – Providing western wear since 1964, the merchandise is durable and stylish. With customers traveling from great distances to acquire the quality they expect like handmade cowboy hats, created in-store. 112 E. Overland
Manchot – This shop is perfect for gift giving. Ironic gifts that remind of us Spencer’s but less risqué, the shop carries a multitude of local merchandise that make us proud to be an El Pasoan. 518 W. San Antonio Ave. Ste. D
Mercado Paisano – This indoor market houses several shops that offer cowboy boots, Mexican inspired apparel and jewelry, for example – perfect for both locals and tourists. You can eat while you shop with an open-air Mexican restaurant and Pizza eatery in the facility. 400 S. Oregon St.
AQS Jeans – Stanton Street is home to a few hidden gems but this shop is worth visiting if you’re in the shopping district for great deals on name brand apparel like Express and Hollister. 409 S. Stanton St.
Holland’s Department store – A family owned and run department store with a vast sales floor that carries name brand apparel for the working man and woman like, Chaps, Polo and Levi’s. 402 S. El Paso St.
La Casa Del Puro Cigar Lounge – Small business owner Pastor hails from New York. With him, he brings the love for the urban lifestyle and a deep knowledge of cigar culture. His walk-in humidor keeps the wide array of cigars in perfect condition. Your purchase may come with a free education on cigar etiquette if you are just starting out. 216 W. Franklin Ave.
Continental Dry Goods – Carrying everything from sneakers to Levi jackets, this apparel shop has a colorful assortment of merchandise. With the upcoming Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the retailer plans to make it worth your while to visit in the form of sales. 305 S. El Paso St.
Dave’s, A Pawn Shop – Dave’s cannot be described with any kind of adequacy. This pawn shop simply has to be experienced. Dave’s has everything from a life-size Elvis to a shrunken head so make it a stop if you’re visiting downtown El Paso for the first time. 216 S. El Paso St.