*Update! Due to those terrible winds on December 1st, there will be a make-up of sorts: the Nob Hill Park and Shop on Thursday, December 15th. Lots of merchants will have great one-day sales and parking up and down Central is free. Please see the Nob Hill Facebook page for more information. Cheers!
The annual Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll is upon us! On Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 5pm to 10pm Central Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Girard to Montclaire (5 blocks east of Carlisle). Central will fill with shoppers, fire jugglers, carolers, old world/vaudeville entertainment, gift wrappers, cuddly dogs and cats available for adoption, food trucks, and of course all the unique shops in Nob Hill. It’s a chance to get out of the stuffy malls, walk around in the fresh air, and enjoy the vibrant holiday atmosphere that is Nob Hill.
This is a lively event where you can people watch with a cup of joe from Satellite Coffee, stroll with a Boba Tea, dog watch with a pint on the patio at Tractor Brewing Co., or work on your shopping list at places like the A Store, Zap Oh!, Getrude Zachary, Dawg Gone Good, Masks y Mas, Tres Boutique, and Beeps!
The only downside is that navigating the area to find parking can get a little hairy. I suggest parking on streets north of Central because of the construction going on with the Lead/Coal streets south of Central. (Also, a couple of blocks on Silver will be closed.) You can also take the ABQ Trolley to get to Nob Hill. Last year, and likely this year, the pick-up/drop-off locations are:
Central & Girard
Central & Kelly’s Brew Pub area
Central & Serafin’s Restaurant area
Central & Desert Fish area
Central & Washington
By the way, throughout the evening of the Shop & Stroll many shops will be collecting canned goods for the Storehouse. So bundle up, bring some canned goods, and get into the Christmas spirit!
I hope to see some of you out there this year!