If Souvenir Shops are what you’re looking for, Tucson Trolley Tours has your back!
422 N 4th Avenue
Desert themed gifts and souvenirs from T-Shirts to jewelry and artwork can be found at Pop-Cycle Shop on 4th Avenue. The best part about this shop is that when owners DeeDee Koenen, Shannon Riggs and Jennifer Radler founded the store in 2008, they wanted to utilize recycled materials. Their local art is made from re-used products and refurbished goods.
As soon as you enter the door, your eyes scan the room, enamored by the vast array of whimsical art pieces.
You are drawn to the Tucson themed hand-crafted jewelry. From earrings to necklaces, leather bracelets and bolo-ties, each one unique and exquisite. Folks have described the shop as “warm and inviting”. Others have described it as “quirky, fun and cute”.
For folks just moving to Tucson, it’s a great place for handmade treasures for you new home, to ensure it has that “original Tucson charm”.
Its stock is ever rotating, so make sure to revisit whenever you are on 4th Avenue!
Old Town Artisans
201 N Court Avenue
Less than ten minutes from the University of Arizona, you will find an array of shops and restaurants, run by local artisans. They are located on the site of El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, the fort built by the Spanish in 1775.
I don’t know which is more appealing, the goods and wares being sold, or the original structures, including the ceiling made of saguaro cactus ribs, packing crates and whiskey barrel staves.
The shops include:
Open Tuesday through Sunday, this shop is filled with fun, one-of-a-kind treasures. Vintage pottery, furniture, clothing, art pieces and jewelry line the walls and floor of this unique and intriguing treasure.
Local artist created jewelry, new and recycled clothing and accessories fill this shop. You feel as though you have stepped back in time when you walk through the door. LouAnne offers quality goods at extremely reasonable prices.
ART HOUSE Centro
ART HOUSE is a boutique representing local artists from Tucson. The staff is there to help you find the perfect gift or “just the right painting for an empty space in your home or office.
La Zia Native Arts
If you are looking for Native American hand-crafted items, you must visit this shop. A beautiful collection of Navajo rugs, Sand Paintings, Kachina Dolls and handmade Pueblo Pottery adorns the walls and shelves. Showcases display the hand-made jewelry and artworks.
Old Paint Record Shop! In early 2014 Kevin Mayfield and Lana Rebel opened this shop and filled it with used records, underground comix, t-shirts, stickers magnets. Additionally, they offer a fun selection of art related books and posters. The owners are knowledgeable and very “chill”. They even repair turntables!
Why I Love Where I Live
267 S Avenida Del Convento, Building 2
Shat started as an Instagram account has grown into a way to encourage others to love where they live.
Initially located inside a 320 sq. foot shipping container, they have since doubled in size, only a year and a half after opening!
If you are looking for books, resources, apparel and products for all ages, then I encourage you to stop by this wonderful shop. Part of the appeal of Tucson is its great history. This shop gives you the opportunity to learn about that history, the cultures and perspectives only Tucson can offer. This is a fantastic place to “give back” to the community, by investing and engaging in local talents and people.
423 N 4th Ave
549 N 4th Ave
With two stores located on 4th Avenue, you are sure to find that special, unique souvenir you were seeking. These small, local stores specialize in handicrafts and souvenirs from all over the world. They have reasonably priced items which include quite a bit of tie dyed clothing. Not something you typically find at such friendly prices. The owners, Rama and Tank Ojha, are very professional and friendly.