Honoring a collection of shops, stores, and galleries in the West that exceeds the dreams of the most avid shopaholic and pleasantly surprises those who typically shun shopping.

WINNER & FINALISTS

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    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Santa Fe is a UNESCO Creative City that's home to more artists than any other American community its size. Artisan goods abound in galleries, at festivals and art markets, in museum shops, and in indie boutiques. Wander stalls in the charmingly dusty four-century-old town square at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, held every August, now with 95 years under its belt. Find hand-carved katsinas, basket weavers, potters, quilters, and jewelry makers like Navajo-Pueblo artist Wayne Nez Gaussoin (whose bracelets were in the Heard Museum), one of more than 1,000 artisans from 100 tribes. Also worth your souvenir dollars? Patterned ponchos, shawls, and wraps woven by local artisans at Handwoven Originals; a perfect pair of cowboy boots at Back at the Ranch; and Origins' design duos: handmade necklaces and dresses that pair with them.