Amarillo’s stretch of Route 66, also known as 6th Street, is home to The Nat, Amarillo’s most unique antique shopping experience. The Nat has over 14,000 square feet of shopping, both downstairs and up, and is tastefully packed with over 100 vendors. Shoppers will find all sorts of antiques and vintage goods, along with new and handmade treasures.
The Nat is not only a cool building with two floors of got to have finds, but it’s chock full of history as well. The Nat was originally built in the 1920s as Amarillo’s Natatorium where locals could come cool off in the swimming pool to escape the heat of the Panhandle sun.
A few years later The Nat, which kept its name, became a booming dance hall filled with big-band music and couples swinging across the dance floor, which was strategically built on top of the original pool. Beginning with its dance hall heyday, The Nat has hosted musicians from the likes of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, to Elvis Presley to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. If only its walls could talk. The Nat has lived lots of lives and has lots of stories to tell.
Today visitors can still see much of the old architecture and can get a look at several photos of The Nat’s bygone days.
So next time you find yourself driving along I-40, veer off for a drive along Route 66 and pull into The Nat and go exploring. Maybe you’ll end up with that special piece of furniture to set off your dining room or you’ll find that little kitchen gadget reminiscent of baking with your grandmother. But, you could also score some new clothes or vintage cowboy boots, or an antique Bible and other priceless collectibles.
Like The Nat’s Facebook page to keep up with the their special events. There’s usually something special going on as the seasons change. For example on Saturday, September 6th from 10AM-6PM The Nat is celebrating with a So Long Summer Open House where there will be discounts, drinks, and door prizes. RSVP on their Facebook Event and be entered an extra time for the door prizes.
From Dallas, The Nat is 362 miles away making it a great spot to stop, stretch, and do some shopping. Take the Georgia Street exit once in town, drive north then take a left on 6th Street. Parking can be a little tricky on a busy Saturday, but be patient, it’s worth it.
Open Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM, Call for holiday hours