This was the first gun shop I ever visited. But this large store offers much more than guns and revolvers plus ammunition and accesories mainly of the Old West era. From floor to ceiling it's full of various items and gifts which may remind the American Old West: oil lamps, old photographs, yellow name mugs and T-shirts surely signed Tombstone, hunting knives, US national, Confederate and Arizona state flags, various stickers (including for a mailbox), books on Tombstone and the American Old West, old bottles, metal pots and dishes etc. etc. There is also part of a store which I called Victorian.
What to buy: Look at my pictures. I paid attention to yellow name mugs, a funny sign "FIGHT CRIME, SHOOT FIRST", driving plate ARIZONA 2HOT, books, and surely guns, revolvers and knives.
What to pay: It's a very touristy and mostly expensive store. The guns cost from $899 to over $1,000. T-shirts for an adult, I liked, cost $15. Large, yellow name mugs cost $8.99. Add sales tax.
This store is quite large inside and offers various western gifts, T-shirts, hats, silver and turquoise jewelry, rocks and minerals, miniatures, magnets, Christmas ornaments and many more. There is also Old Tyme Photo Parlour (old photo studio) for those visitors who need to proof that they were in Tombstone. They also rent costumes and sell their homemade ice-creams and fudges. I didn't know what fudge was. So, let me explain that fudge is a type of soft candy, usually made with sugar, milk, butter and flavoring, often chocolate. The homemade Madam Mustache's fudges were offered in over 20 flavours.
What to buy: I bought homemade fudges: chocolate walnut and chocolate covered cherry fudges. Both were very good and surely sweet - my recommendation. Well, now I would try chocolate pecan and turtle (carmel & pecans) fudges but that time I didn't know what pecan was.
I also liked some old-fashionable magnets, and some silver-turquoise jewelry.
What to pay: Generally from reasonable to high prices. A pack of fudges (some 0.5 lb) cost about $3 as I remember well.
It's a full line tobacco shop, the first and the only one I have seen in the USA. Well, generally Europe is less friendly for non-smoking folks than the USA and referring to official estimated statisctics smoking is less popular in the USA than in Europe (WHO 2000: 35% men and 22% women smoked cigarettes in the USA while 46% and 25% in Europe).
Smoke Signals offers great choice of pipes, cigars, cigarettes and accessories. It also sells walking canes, bar accessories, steins and flasks, newspapers, Harley Davidson items and many more.
The name of this store originates from a form of visual communication used over a long distance by Native Americans. Tobacco (a plant) is indigenous to the Americas. Native Americans smoked tobacco in pipes long before the arrival of Europeans. Tobacco was introduced to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century and spread around the world rapidly. Native Americans in both North and South America also chewed the leaves of the plant, frequently mixed with lime. Chewing is one of the oldest ways of consuming tobacco leaves.
What to buy: I paid attention to mostly unknown to me smokeless tobacco products once (and maybe still?) used by Native Americans. I've seen round, little tins of snuff (tobacco powder for breaathing into a nose - illegal in most of European Union except Scandinavia as I know). Add chewing tobacco sold in bags as fresh loose leaf chew. A year later, during my trip around 12 southern states, I got to know that chewing tobacco, although less and less common, remains popular in the American South and continues to spark controversy.
I was surprised to see a few tenths brands of cigars including surely Cuban ones but also cigars from Peru, Nicaragua, Honduras and Jamaica. I was also surprised to see flavoured cigarettes of unknown to me flavours like amaretto and coffee. Their offer of US and imported cigarettes is impressive.
What to pay: Tobacco products are generally very expensive in the USA. For budget visitors: lighters cost from a few bucks to over $30.
Dreamwalkers of Tombstone just opened in December 2008. It is a biker shop owned and run by bikers, and is the home of the "Birdman Patches". If you want some biker or rock related flags, patches (including In-Memory Patches), leather vests, posters, etc come check the store out. If you have a design or saying you want on a patch show them and they will customize it for you. This is also a good place to get info on great places to ride in Southeast Arizona. Make sure you say hello to Cesar. The owner, Paul, seemed like a nice guy.
What to buy: I liked the Lynyrd Skynyrd Flag.
Arlene's Southwest Trading at 400-404 East Allen Street (picture 1-3) sold Native American made silver, gold and turquoise jewelry as well as a wide selection of Native American made pottery, sandpaintings, kachinas (Indian dolls - fetishes), artifacts and storytellers.
Arlene's Gallery across a street at 415 East Allen Street (picture 4) sold Native American jewelry, wall art and gifts from all over the world.
Both silver and turquoise are local materials in southern Arizona. Tombstone became a boomtown in 1880' thanks to silver mines. The Southwest United States, including southern Arizona, has been a significant source of turquoise since pre-Columbian times.
What to buy: I liked especially some Native American silver-turquoise jewelry at Arlene's Southwest Silver & Gold. I saw large silver-turquoise rings similar to that, my wife had bought in Tubac a few hours before (see picture 5).
What to pay: Reasonable or expensive, depend on what you look at. Silver-turquoise, Native American jewelry wasn't surely cheap, it was mostly a bit more expensive than in Tubac.
Inside the little gift shop of the Boot Hill cemetery you will find many wonderful mementos of you visit here. You will also fine some very good books and pamphlets on the Boot Hill cemetery and its occupants.
What to buy: I was able to get a Tombstone tee-shirt for a very good price. Better than in Tombstone.
At the Boot Hill site there is a little gift shop which sells local crafts and blankets.
Many of the items found here are made localy and are western in nature.
What to buy: You can get a very nice warm blanket for just under $6.00 which is the cheapest around town from what I found.