***DEC 2012: unfortunately, Tio's Tienda remains closed for past couple yrs, due to the downturn of tourist traffic.
Tio's Tienda was added several years after the Restaurant and has a little of everything, including books, paper/stationery items, jewelry, clothing AND very importantly, FISHING items--rods, reels, etc., ice chests. You can also get your visa photo taken here.........
What to pay: US$5 and up.
Charlie has just opened a new shop in December, where he hand-makes his chocolates, and takes special orders.
Most of them are dark chocolate, but also white, and with various nuts, or plain.
He was providing chocolates thru another local outlet the past couple years, but due to a falling out with that owner, now has his own store.
They are DIVINE!! such a luxury in a small town!!
Business Hrs Mon-Sat 8am - 8pm; Sun 9am-6pm
What to buy: Charlie's Chocolates has added a few new flavors worth checking out!!
All pieces are still the same low price of 5 pesos each
Try the new flavors: Bailey's Cream, Kahlua Pecan Cranberry & Rum Coconut cream centers!!
Local Artists are welcome to display their artwork in the Chocolate shop on a 3 month rotating basis.
AND you can get a free sample!
What to pay: 5 pesos a piece; by current exchange rates is about 40cents US.
Just next to Caleb's Cafe in Los Barriles is a small art shop run by Sara De La Vos a local artist. In addition to her own art she has paintings and carving of other artists from all over Mexico.
What to buy: Paintings, carvings, handcrafts; Most are one of a kind.
What to pay: Prices range from very inexpensive (a few pesos) to very expensive for original works.
Sarah lives part time in Los Barriles and the rest of the year in OAXACA and is an artist herself and has many Mexican artist friends. She imports unique, wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces as well as paintings and other artifacts as you can see from the photos.
What to buy: She specializes in dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) pieces and copies of FRIDA KAHLO paintings and period photos of the Mexican Revolution; also some textiles.
What to pay: US$20 on up
Actually, it is a small 'mercado'; several small stores under one roof; each specializing in different items. A couple mostly sell authentic TALAVERA pottery from mainland Mexico, as well as some tin art, Mexican silver, local clothing and jewelry.
What to buy: Mexican pottery and silver.
What to pay: all ranges, US$10 on up.
There are many great little shops all over town, but the hotel's gift shop has a different selection of Mexican artifacts of higher quality than the others, and, at GREAT prices!
They also have items such as suntan lotion and things one might need when staying at the hotel.
What to buy: Mexican hand-made pottery and ceramic items.
What to pay: $5.00 US, on up.