Casa de Benavidez waiter Freddie Chavez wants you to try the fajitas.
Like Austin, Michelle McFadden wanted her art-supply business, the Art Barn (closed Mon; 8833 Fourth; 505/899-4441), to be a gathering place for creative types from Albuquerque's semirural North Valley, hosting crafts classes, workspace, and displays of local art.
At nearby Kelly Jo Designs (closed Sun; 6829 Fourth; 800/844-5060), browse among shelves teeming with brightly colored, whimsical pottery. Or sniff the selection of bath products at old-fashioned Moses Kountry Health Food Store (closed Sun; 7115 Fourth; 505/898-9763).
Dan's Boots & Saddles (closed Sun; 6903 Fourth; 505/345-2220) is the place to go to pick up a supply of wild birdseed as well as the latest in Western chic. After, stop for coffee at El Camino Dining Room ($; closed Mon; 6800 Fourth; 505/344-0448), a diner with '50s-vintage style that evokes the days when Fourth Street was a stretch of Old Route 66. And if you're in the mood for traditional New Mexican fare, many consider the fajitas at Casa de Benavidez ($; 8032 Fourth; 505/898-3311) the best in town.