‘Of course’ we visited Sedona’s shopping landmark ‘Tlaquepaque’ (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh) not far away from Uptown Sedona. (We walked to the shopping center – avoiding parking problems and returned by a free shuttle bus).
Tlaquepaque is built in Mexican style with shaded courtyards, fountains, tiles staircases, flowers, trees and cobble stoned plazas. And the most important it offers about 40 shops, restaurants and one café. As a matter of fact most of the ‘shops’ are art galleries; others are really upscale shops selling jewellery, crafts and wearable’s. Don’t expect cheap knickknacks in Tlaquepaque and don’t forget your credit card.
To be honest we loved it strolling around and having a drink watching the visitors, but didn’t buy anything (not really our taste and most of the stuff was just too expensive).
Opening hours of the shops: 10 am -5 pm; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day.
What to buy: Artwork, jewellery, clothing and gifts
It isn’t a shopping mall, it isn't a shop, it isn’t even a booth, no there are just some tables in the open air along the Chinle Wash in the shadow of some trees just beneath the White House Ruin, were local Navajo craftsmen try to sell their craft.
Most of it - at least during our visit - was jewellery. They told us it was made of silver, but with these very cheap prices, I really doubt if it is the truth.
What to buy: My wife bought a Navajo bracelet for just USD 5,- and when it didn’t fit too well a friendly Navajo woman changed it on the spot.
On other places along the South Rim Drive Navajo were also selling pottery, carvings, rock art and music.
What to pay: From USD 5,-
On our way north to Holbrook) we made a stop at the Scottsdale Fashion Square, more or less expecting a lot (or only) fashion shops. But we were rather surprised by the variety of shops (some with elite brands), department stores, and restaurants in this huge mall.
Did read there should be about 225 shops and is the largest shopping mall of Arizona !! Amazing to see there were even constructions to add more shops to the Fashion Square.
We even didn’t have time enough to stroll along all the shops on the three floors. Just time to see some of them and to buy a couple of clothes (they were so cheap for us) and some food for our lunch.
Shopping is not our favourite holiday occupation, but this visit was worth the time and money.
Openinghours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm / Sun 11am-6pm
The San Xavier Plaza is a small area of shops and a cafe near the mission, located by the parking area.
What to buy: Native American Crafts, religious materials, books, postcards, etc. Check out the world famous Tohono O'odham baskets with the man in the maze designs.
If you are in the area and want to find some cheap books, look no further than the Friends of the Library Bookstore. The prices are dirt cheap, the selection fairly good and profits help the local library.
What to buy: They have differnt rooms for different types of books.
What to pay: They had some paperbacks for 10 cents and hardbacks for as low as a quarter.
Also housed in the Patagonia Arts Gifts Cafe is the Mariposa Bookstore with a nice selection of books about the local area and history, nature books, and other selections. The bookstore is also a good stopping point for information on local attractions. Annie is a real sweet lady, too. Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. They also have the Creative Spirit Artisits' Cooperative Gallery which houses a collection of works from local artists. Open Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM.
What to buy: Books, Art and get area info too.
The Global Arts Gallery has a nice collection of art and treasures from local artists and from locations all around the world. Adrienne, the owner is nice and friendly and interesting to talk to. She is also intelligent and well-traveled. She is constantly looking for new acquisitions for the store so the stock changes from time to time. Worth a stop. Open daily from 10AM to 5PM.
What to buy: Art, statues etc from around the corner or around the world.
What to pay: Prices vary.
The Quatro Casitas is four homes/shops (not including the outhouse) housing a group of local artisans. The main shop is the Soap Fetsih, which sells candles, soaps, butters, dashikis and various items from around the world with an emphasis on Africa. A unique shop that you would not expect to see in the middle of the desert. Stop and shop.
The Dragoon What-Not Shoppe has a variety of antiques and "gently used" furniture. It also sells art and jewelry made by local artisans. The owner is a nice lady and she won't steer you wrong.
What to buy: Antiques at a decent price.
St David also has an upscale art gallery. The Gallery of Dreams is a family run concern which has a variety of art works for sale. They take consignments and have a number of rather impressive bronze works by the owner, Tim Trask. Be aware, however, most items in the gallery are not cheap. One of the bronze statues was $9500.00. They are open Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. The gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
What to buy: Bronze statues, southwestern art, various other styles of art and sculpture.
Great consignment store with excellent deals on name brand clothing. Located in Tempe, Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales.
730 E. Missouri
Phoenix, AZ 85014
2001 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85719
6170 E. Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85712
441 N. Grand Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621
What to buy: everyday clothes, theme and halloween items.
What to pay: depends on what you buy
At many of the stops along the Canyon De Chelly you will find Native Americans selling Native American art jewelry, etc.
What to buy: Native American artifacts. They may even be authentic.
What to pay: Bargin, bargin, bargin. You can probably get it cheaper if you try.
I've always wanted to stop here and look around, this time I did! It's a fun diversion from a long drive, and totally worth the stop :)
The decor is fun, the scoots are beautiful, and the folks are friendly.
If you ride, this is a must activity ... if you don't, it's a should activity :)
If you need a real excuse to stop - check out the Route 66 Bar and Grille off the same parking lot ... info in my Restaurant tips sections [wink-wink].
What to buy: Well, this IS a Harley shop .. so bikes, gear, jewelry, clothing, etc. should be on your idea list in this shop ...
What to pay: I have a gift for finding the sale rack in under 15 minutes in any store .... and this was no different.
I bought gifts for friends: Tops of various Harley styles/designs - each for about $12.00 [50% off sale items]
The little town of Jerome is not particularly picturesque, but is worthwhile to look at, since it was built on the side of the mountain. As a result, the town streets are twisted, steep, and narrow, as well as the road up the Jerome.
You do get a flavor of the old west, looking at some of the historic buildings. Amongst the boutiques which are housed in mostly historic, renovated buildings, you can still find old abandoned building shells, left as is. I thought this was probably the most interesting feature of Jerome.
It's claim to fame is that it was a mining town in the late 1800's, then virtually abandoned in the late 1950's. Hippies and artists moved in the 60's, and now the main draw here is it's stupendous views and the SHOPPING.
Most of the stores here sell jewellery, arts, or crafts, and this is the perfect destination for a girl's road trip. Or guys, if you know any guys who are into shopping.
What to buy: There are an overwhelming amount of boutiques here, and items range from weird and tacky to gorgeous and tres expensive! I think the best items to look at here are the wide range of locally made crafts, which are great for gift items to bring back to friends at home.
What to pay: Prices range from reasonable to expensive, depending on what you want to buy.
The Hopi House at the Grand Canyon was originally designed by Mary Colter, and was completed in 1905 by Hopi builders. It is designed to look like a tradtional Hopi dwelling, complete with old wooden pull doors and very low entrance ways -- I'm 5'2" and I had to duck slightly.
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