I really like this store and found myself buying a beautiful handmade weaved rug that actually marked down to a real bargain. They have lots of lovely jewelry, furniture and much more. The ladies were really helpful too!
What to buy: Handmade Indian Rug
What to pay: $35 would you believe:-)
They were so many shops to explore and this one I actually bought some really cool western sandals and a wallet and so did the hubby. The boys picked some neat little gifts for themselves. They has so much to see and explore in this store. A little bit of everything in here!
We stayed at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort for two nights on a weekend and this resort is just beside the Borgata – across the parking lot! It has several local and national specialty shops and restaurant.
The first one that greeted us from our parking lot was the Dolce Salon and Spa. Then, you look into this nice courtyard filled with very classy stores for women, jewelry, home furnishings and restaurants (Blue Wasabi for good sushi, The Good Egg for breakfast, Houstons, the classy Venetto Trattoria for Northern Italian Cuisine…and even Starbucks.
The design of this place, including the cobblestone and fountains, were patterned after the Tuscan village of San Gimignano – Renaissance Italy.
Oct-May Mon-Sat 1000-1900 Sun Noon-1700
Jun-Sep Mon-Sat 1000-1800 Sunday Noon-1700
6166 N Scottsdale Rd
What to buy: Boutique wear for the women, jewelry
What to pay: $$$
The Mexican Imports store is a jumble of items ranging from t-shirts, mass-produced souvenirs, postcards, Mexican clay pots, and ropes of dried chili peppers, to Southwest keepsakes and lots more. This small store has only 2 narrow aisles but is piled high with mostly inexpensive items. I came here to see if they still carried the tiny "storyteller" clay dolls which I first found here about 10 years ago, and I was not disappointed. I love these very tiny, but intricately painted clay dolls in several styles. They usually depict a grandmother telling stories of the past to her many grandchildren who are sitting on her lap & shoulders. They are so authentic looking that you would never guess they are "made in China" except for the small price. A tag on the bottom indicates that the doll was not made by native American Indians so they are not trying to deceive anyone. Bright but coarse Mexican blankets are a good buy here at less than $10; clay pots are too. I also purchased postcards here, including one that featured this very store. The postcard bills Mexican Imports as the "oldest shop in Scottsdale." However, a website featuring information about Old Scottsdale says the following about this building:
"The Mexican Imports Store occupies a building
originally built in 1923 as a pool hall, which also
doubled as a silent movie theater on Saturday
nights. The white glazed bricks on this building are
the original ones. In 1929, the Song family
acquired the building and opened a grocery store.
In the 1950’s, they turned the grocery store into a
Mexican import shop."
The sign hanging on the front of the store now says "J. Chew" and the owners are definitely still Asian so I guess the business has once again changed hands.
What to buy: constructing
A beautiful array of southwestern-flavored items from Indian art to regional books on Southwestern decor. Yet, outside in front of the store and in the garden area they had some wonderful pieces of metal art. You need to take your time and browse around here.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm
The downtown section of Scottsdale is split into a few different areas all nearby to the intersection of Scottsdale Ave and Indian School Road. On one side of Scottsdale Road is the section called the Arts and Antiques District. There you have a bunch of Art galleries and fancier shops. Across Indian School Road ia a section simply named "5th Avenue". The name speaks for itself. (5th Avenue in NYC is known for fancy shopping) Across Scottsdale Ave is a section called "Old Downtown Scottsdale"...well, this is the place to go for your cheesey southwest souveniers!!! Cactus anything is available here from food products to windchimes, whatever kitchy thing you really don't need. It is all a lot of fun to look at though.
What to pay: It's kind of pricey here
This is one of Scottsdale premier shopping mall. I am not much a mall person, but this was really nice. Lots of shops, dinning and theatres. The trolley even drops off and picks up from here. They even have a roving concierge and staff, just called them at this number 480-941-2140 and can assist you.
Restaurant & Department Store Hours May Vary
Soca means South of Camelback and South of the (Arizona) Canal, the gallery includes a boutique store called Vircille. Soca Gallery is a two-level art boutique with jewelry, antiques, rugs and other decorative furnishings to buy. A portion of the sales go to children's charities for the arts. Inside the gallery, gold walls frame such paintings as Philip Curtis's The Ride. An antique couch sits in the center of the studio. "I want a warm space where people wouldn't be afraid to come" the owner Mrs. Rundle says.
Though I'm not that much of that shopping type of person, I did like shopping through those western shops pretty much. Very interesting the days of the Old West. One can find there Native American art/crafts, hats, caps, boots, collectibles, souvenirs, and much, much more. For those interested in "The Finest in Native American Art, Katsina Dolls, Pottery, Sculpture, Native American Books and Magazines, and More" there's a link provided below.
We frequent this gallery every time we
are in the Scottsdale area.
This is a family owned and operated
Indian gallery of great indian crafts.
You can watch Native American artists
design sand paintings, weave rugs,
and create fine jewelry from turquoise
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Store Hours - MST
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
What to buy: ** NOTE **
This is "NOT" one of those indian trinket
shops who peddle junk.
This gallery is a very upscale authentic
indian gallery, so if you are looking for a
$10.00 piece of indian jewelry, this place
is not for you.
You can purchase anything from indian blankets,
to hand made bow and arrows, kachina dolls,
pottery, sculptures, and most of all, great hand
crafted indian jewelry.
If you enjoy indian crafts, this gallery is a must
to visit, even if you like to browse.
We rate it at: 10 out of 10
The Scottsdale mall is large and contains every store you can think of. Generally, I don't spend vacation time in malls because there are usually better things to do, but if you love to shop, check this place out.
What to buy: Visit Nordstroms, especially if you don't have one in your local area.
What to pay: Lots. This is Scottsdale. Bring your credit cards!
It's nice to bring home some Arizona from the shops in Old Town Scottsdale, and to make sure a safe drive home ("slow down, remember the cactus plants in the trunk?").
What to buy:
The usual wide selection of items you would expect in a large mall.
What to pay: You might find a bargain here or there, but its mostly fairly pricey.