A heartwarming amalgam of nature and culture, the antiquated Flagstaff Historic Downtown is the soul of Arizona. The inextricable traces of Flagstaff's rich railroad heritage still remain intact at this historic quarter. Having aged seamlessly through centuries, it stands strong as a brimming destination of quirky boutiques, quaint coffee shops and a smattering of historical treasures today. Some of the many historic sites include the 1888 Babbitt Brothers Trading Company building, the 1889 Santa Fe Depot, the Spanish Colonial Hotel Monte Vista and the 1920's Weatherford Hotel. A couple of local spots in and around include Flagstaff Brewing Company and Beaver Street Brewery.
The Old Town Shops are located in historic downtown Flagstaff and they offer a varied array of wares, entertainment and restaurants. Each one of the stores is unique, independently-owned and a cool place to buy a gift or trinket for the home. The Sage Brush Trading Co. sells travel gear and accessories, P.J. Chilcottage has toiletries and soaps, Black Hound Gallerie vends books and art, Basement Marketplace plies clothes and Flagstaff Chocolate bakes cocoa. The restaurants include Diablo Burger, Uptown Pubhouse and Bigfoot Bar-B-Q, each one is just like the shops, unique and local.
Translating into "the best of everything," Tlaquepaque is a picturesque recreated Mexican Village offering a unique collection of galleries, restaurants, shops, and a quaint chapel. Named for a particularly beautiful suburb of Mexico's Guadalajara, the open-air market built in the '70s exudes the flavor and charm of Mexico. Fine dining is available at several on-site restaurants, including El Rincon or Rene at Tlaquepaque. Lovely galleries abound, such as the Mountain Trails Gallery with wildlife paintings and sculptures. You will also find spiritual artwork at the Andrea Smith Gallery.
Hill Side Sedona is a premium shopping center located centrally in Sedona, Arizona. It is an inviting destination with red rock landscapes, water features and entertainment elements intact for a perfect fun filled day. The shopping arena at the Hill Side has the best of designer boutiques, home décor stores, trendy salons and local grocery stores. After shopping, pamper yourself with an assortment of delicious meals and desserts available in American, Mexican and Irish flavors. Those interested in art can explore the fine art galleries to view master pieces of renowned artists from around the world. This hillside destination is also one of the favorite venues to create memorable private events.
Westcor's bright and trendy mall is Northern Arizona's only completely indoor shopping center and features more than 60 retailers beneath one roof. Anchored by JC Penney, Dillard's and Sears, the mall offers everything from boutique clothiers to toy stores, gift shops, salons, electronics retailers, shoe and sporting goods stores and jewelers. You'll also find tasty snacks and full meals at the mall's food court and a two-screen theater playing the latest releases. A stacked stone fireplace in the center court adds a cozy welcome to the otherwise bright and spacious mall.
Get your little ones the best quality products and unique toys at Babies to Kids. On offer at this well stashed, attractively laid out store is a variety of comfortable clothing, liners, detergents, wet bags, shoes, toys, books, carriers, nursing items, bathing supplies, and other accessories for your kids. Pick up the safest and possibly the cutest things for your bundle of joy.
Starrlight Books isn't your typical bookstore that has contemporary items for you to read, here you'll find classic tomes in all types of genres. From retro science fiction to beat poetry, the selection is definitely from yesteryear, but since this is an old-fashioned bookstore, the prices are always reasonable. So come inside, smell the musty paper and curl up with a book from Bukowski or Burroughs.
This kitschy, eclectic shop sells all types of wares, from Batik print t-shirts to stationery. Almost everything on the shelves is handmade and the jewelry is definitely one-of-a-kind. Check out the timepieces made from coconut or the Kalimbas (thumb pianos), direct from Kenya. Whatever you find, it will make a good conversation piece or unique gift.
Aspen Avenue has two of the best candy shops in Northern Arizona, the Flagstaff Nut House is one and the other is the Sweet Shoppe. At the latter, the shelves are stocked with gourmet candy and treats; the customized caramel apples and fudge are two of the best sellers while the fancy chocolate confections are melt-in-your-mouth heavenly. During the holidays, the shop churns out seasonal favorites, but it's always a excellent choice any time of year, especially after you pick up a cup of coffee in one of the many nearby coffeehouses.
Flagstaff Chocolate Company is located in the heart of historic downtown Flagstaff, where the vendors ply a variety of different chocolates, candies and sweets. All of the products are made with the finest ingredients and some of the cool ones include the Mocha Peak and Chocolate Caramel Peak truffles, both are apropos considering the mountainous locale. In addition to chocolate, the shop also has gummi-bears, licorice, hard candy and sugar-free treats.