Cosanti features handcrafted wind-bells and sculptures by artist Paolo Soleri. Ceramic, blended from Arizona clay, stoneware and water, form pieces that are cast-molded from a slip, hand carved with designs and finally kiln fired. Bronze bells have also been produced since 1959, using a sand-casting method. Purchase of any of these unusual and beautiful pieces helps support the resident artist. The building, an architectural wonder in itself, is a designated Arizona Historic Site making it a must visit attraction in Scottsdale.
Power shop at this exclusive destination mall. If you are looking for something specific, you will most certainly find it amongst the 225 retailers and food vendors here. The concierge desk offers personalized friendly service. Mall anchors Neiman Marcus, Dillard's and Nordstrom ensure an unparalleled shopping experience. Dine at the fabulous Kona Grill or, if you prefer, try Z Tejas Grill which offers a casual, Southwestern menu.
Dress like a millionaire but spend a tiny fraction of what they do at this high-quality recycled fashion center. One hundred percent cashmere sweaters, knee-high leather boots, and gleaming gold jewelry are just a taste of the treasures within. Indulge your senses with silk lingerie or sleek, velvet cocktail dresses. All items sold at High Society Resale Boutique are priced at rates lower than retail. The shop features a section on fine home decor as well with dishes, tableware, silver and crystal from some of the finest homes in the valley.
Gilbert Ortega's fine silver jewelry glitters in the hot Arizona sun. Turquoise and silver jewelry, kachinas and sand paintings are among the items included in this sprawling facility in Scottsdale. Being such a huge place, it attracts a lot of tourists visiting the city. If you have any particular item of jewelry on your mind, chances are you will find it here. Although the prices are a bit steep, all the native American pieces are original and also make nice souvenirs.
Frances has been one of Phoenix's favorite boutiques for years, having won the "best of" award several times since 2006. This fabulous little store carries all kinds of precious things, from jewelry and home decor to great fashion pieces. The boutique uses alot of its shelf space to stock goods from local artists and designers, so you can always know what you've selected is truly unique and not just off the rack of some big box store. A shopping trip to Frances is truly a unique experience, and thanks to the helpful and passionate staff, a personalized one as well!
Since 1974, Changing Hands has been providing the Phoenix Metro area with as many books as they could cram into their space. Having grown from the original store's 500 square feet, today's store is over 15,000 square feet of books, greeting cards and even a cafe/bar. The store also hosts events like book signings, readings and all kinds of other community events.
This three-tiered shop features current fad styles for today's hippies. From New York City to the Streets of San Francisco, this trendy chain of stores clothes the cool crowd. Silk trimmed jeans, tie-dyed T-shirts and accessories for making your own grunge statement. Besides the clothing, you can find all manner of knick-knacks, candle holders, picture frames, and mugs, all with the urban feel of today's youth. It even sells some furniture to deck out your new digs, like stylish chairs and streamlined lamps. The staff is young, hip, and helpful.
This fascinating gift shop stocks items handpicked and purchased by its globe-hopping owner, Clay Poulson. Brightly colored clothing, intricately woven bags and delightfully different purses make up the bulk of the items, interspersed with an occasional colorful tapestry. Rare jewelry imported from 15 countries is also on display, as well as handmade hemp products. This is a great place to browse for that unique gift. Note that this merchant does not accept credit cards. If you are hungry after shopping, check out the nearby In Season Deli!
Immediately upon entering Old Town Books, you are greeted with the scent of musty paper, you know the kind that lets you know you're in a bookstore. On the shelves you will find all types of genres, from romance and architecture to travel and English literature, there is something for everyone. Old Town has been at this location for decades and despite the lineup of bars and restaurants that come and go, it still remains a fixture on Mill.
Step into this compact store, located among the famous shops of Tempe's Mill Avenue, for a great selection of quality name brand shoes. Featuring German designed Birkenstock sandals, Mephisto ultra-comfortable walking shoes and a variety of other famous brands like A.R.T. and Doc Martens, the store carries a large line of both men's and women's footwear. Designer handbags and specialty socks are also available. The friendly and helpful staff adds much to a pleasant shopping experience.
Tucked inside a historic bakery built in 1888, is a quaint shop of handmade collectibles. Filled with dolls, ornaments and knick-knacks, all proceeds from this "volunteer only" store go to support the Sister City Fund. This organization sends Tempe high school students abroad each year to experience new cultures, and it funds the teacher exchange with its sister cities. In return, the students then host visitors from other countries shopping here. It supports a worthwhile cause, so stop by and browse and help "bring the world together...one friendship at a time."
Hayden Square is an attraction in Tempe and is named after late U.S. Senator Carl Hayden. The square is surrounded by buildings that house various offices and homes. The square has a large number of businesses, restaurants, shops and a popular night club, all surrounding the open air amphitheater and fountain located here. The place is venue to Oktoberfest, the Festival of Lights, concerts and Super Bowl festivities. It is located less than than half a mile from Arizona State University.