Comfort Suites Airport
6935 S. Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 295-4400
Fax: (520) 295-4497
If you couldn't make up your mind what gift or souvenir of Tucson to get (or if you just plain forgot), here's your last chance: the gift shop at the airport, open daily, and late. This is a convenient place to pick up a little something because you won't have to take time out of your vacation. It carries authentic crafts from native tribes, desert foods, rugs, baskets and pottery. One special feature here is the sterling silver jewelry of noted silversmith Robert Shields.
This complex deep in Tucson's Hispanic South is the place to come for bargains. The ambiance is nonexistent, but you can get some real deals here. Apart from distributing the lines of Lee, Wrangler, Vanity Fair, Jantzen and Van Heusen, individual stores offer Rubbermaid and EKCO housewares as well as discontinued lines of cosmetics, vast amounts of liquidated toys and books.
What makes Windwalker Design unusual is the fact that it's housed inside eleven railroad boxcars, located in an industrial environment. Appropriately, the metal art pieces have an industrial touch that is hard to find anywhere else in Tucson. They make for unique gifts and souvenirs, since they are all about Southwestern themes. Some of the works, like the metal light covers, are functional, but you will also find pieces that are strictly decorative.
Owner Tom Philabaum is renowned as one of America's best glass artists, with exhibits throughout the US, Mexico and Europe, and his gallery, Philabaum Glass, reflects his position in the art world, exhibiting more than 100 nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Apart from wandering around and appreciating the exhibits, you can view glassblowing at his studio and learn about the history of the studio glass movement. This place is open from Tuesday to Saturday at 10am.
Located in the historic Broadway Village shopping district, Clues Unlimited is a must for detective story and mystery aficionados. A bookshop that offers mysteries, and nothing but mysteries, from established authors to emerging writers of the genre, old and new, classic and contemporary. The owners are constantly at the service of their customers and will go to great lengths to find just the book you have "no clue" where else to find.
Located in an old warehouse in the Lost Barrio, this large showroom of ethnic antiques features all kinds of unusual art objects from far-flung places around the globe. The focus is on furniture and folk art from India, Africa and Mexico, the diversity of the display will delight the collector of antiques. Among the most impressive is a huge decorated urn from India that had been broken and put together again by a diligent staff. The price tag shows a four-digit number but you certainly won't find anything like it anywhere else in Tucson.
Located near Euclid Avenue, just one and a half blocks South of busy Broadway, Magellan Trading Company offers imports from all the exotic parts of the world. The shop is especially proud of their collection of African masks. In addition, there is jewelry from Indonesia and New Guinea and glassware from Mexico, a product of particular interest for visitors to the Southwest. Collectors of exotic antiques will love this place.
If you are hunting for retablos, those Mexican images of saints painted on wood or clay, don't forget to check out this shop. It also carries a variety of other Latin American antiques such as hacienda doors, wrought iron works and handcrafted Sabino benches made by renowned regional artisans. The staff has traveled widely and is very knowledgeable about the merchandise. The store is located on busy Broadway Boulevard between Tucson and Plummer Streets.
This picturesque shopping plaza on Broadway two blocks west of Country Club, designed in Spanish Colonial-Style, entices visitors to linger in its shaded courtyard before going back into the blazing Tucson summer heat. The area has recently attracted some of the city's finer retailers, as well as a bakery-cafe, Southwestern furniture shops and galleries, a deli, an upscale wine restaurant and a hair salon. This is a nice retreat from the noise and bustle of a major thoroughfare.
This is not just a shopping mall but also an entertainment destination for locals and visitors alike, featuring a multitude of shops and restaurants. Recently renovated, the mall added a new food court and plaza area, plus the new 20-plex Century theater. More changes are under way. Additional stores and exterior renovations in southwestern architecture are likely to make this mall even more popular ever.
Owner Louis Panos takes some pride in having kept this Indian craft store at El Con Mall in business for 33 years, making it one of the oldest and well-respected gift shops in Tucson. Pay special attention to his selection of quality moccasins; not only is it cool comfortable footwear, but also a unique souvenir from the southwest. Check out the Navajo rugs and take a close look at the Zuni, Santo Domingo and Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry; there are some beautiful objects there to give to yourself or someone you care about.
Due to the Hispanic influence, Christmas in Tucson always takes on a specifically Mexican flavor. 'Las Posadas', a reenactment of the Christmas story, 'El Nacimiento', the nativity scene, and tamales are parts of the attractions offered at the annual Mexican Christmas Market downtown, which runs from mid-November into January. Enjoy shopping for your own Christmas celebration while learning about Mexican Christmas traditions and sampling the food from different Hispanic communities. Bring the kids.