Econo Lodge University
1136 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 622-6714
Fax: (520) 617-0505
Audubon Nature Shop is a must stop for nature lovers and dedicated bird watchers during any stay in Tucson! The enthusiastic, friendly volunteers here will tell you all about the 450 species of birds traveling through the area every year. (And it's not just cactus wrens, buzzards and vultures!) The staff will also point you to the best bird-watching areas and provide you with a multitude of books and maps to safely guide you there. Or, sign up for one of the guided field trips. The staff is happy to ship materials anywhere in the U.S.
If you are searching for the latest trends in women's clothing and accessories, look no further than ZOË Boutique. But don't think that the latest trends are just for supermodels and the rich. ZOË Boutique is dedicated to finding clothing that fits all different body types and budgets, all while looking super-stylish. They also offer a selection of one-of-a-kind accessories, including jewelry like earrings and bracelets and purses.
This place fits right into its funky Fourth Street environment as a small store with a large selection of post-hippie clothing for both adults and children, as well as a selection of textiles and linens. By the owners' definition, "vintage" includes a wide range from Nehru jackets to Victorian dresses. So, if you're in need of a flapper dress during your Tucson vacation, this is where to come. There are also hats, ties and other accessories.
Located on funky Fourth Avenue surrounded by coffee houses and retro-clothing stores, Fourth Avenue Jeans Co. store carries one of the largest collections of denim apparel in town. The emphasis here is on European brands such as Diesel, Mavi and Buffalo; all of which you're not likely find at the mall. Other than men's and women's jeans, there's a huge selection of denim shirts, vests and other accessories, as well as footwear to match. Western apparel of European origin is the main attraction here.
Located in downtown Tucson, just across from the Outback, Zee's offers just about everything the Southwest and the rest of the world have to offer in rocks, artifacts and minerals. It's a large space filled with fossils, Asian stone sculptures, wood carvings, meteorites, and gold and silver jewelry. If you can't be here for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, check out this business instead to get an idea of what it's like.
Visit Pop-Cycle to find goods that are truly unique. That is because this shop sells goods made by local designers and artists that have been created by recycled and repurposed materials. Part secondhand shop and part gift shop, the staff here handpicks all of the items on the shelves, meaning that there is no junk that you have to sort through to get to the good stuff. The inventory constantly changes, meaning you never know what you might find when you visit.
A rich source of regional arts and crafts, this shop carries retablos, those sought-after Mexican religious icons painted on wood, metal or clay. It also features pottery, handmade home furnishings, wind chimes and different types of Southwestern paraphernalia, plus a wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable staff. Most of the products are sold at bargain prices compared to other Tucson souvenir shops of the same kind.
Here's a store offering period costume rentals. If you need an appropriate outfit for a 50s party during your stay in Tucson, this is the place to come. The shop can provide you with period clothing from the Renaissance, Victorian, and 20s all the way through to the 70s, covering virtually all clothing styles of Western history, plus matching shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories are available. This store is one of the most colorful ones in town; just browsing is a feast for the eyes!
Situated in the funky but hip environment of Fourth Avenue, this bookstore specializes in books by and for women, inspired by the tradition of the ancient Greek heroine who lent her name to the establishment. Feminist essays, women's studies and lesbian material are represented along with the works of the famous women writers of all ages and nationalities. Recently, the store has expanded to include cards, calendars, jewelry and gifts; but books are still at the core of the business.
Owner John Finkelstein's shop has been a fixture on University Boulevard for 40 years, serving both college students and the general public with fine clothing. Most of the merchandise on the shelves is for casual use (such as denim shirts and pants) and it's mostly for men, though there is a small section for women's clothes. There is also a large selection of very sturdy-looking leather shoes and boots. The personal attention you'll be getting from the owner and the staff is of the kind you're not likely to find in any department store any more.
This store on funky Fourth Avenue offers a vast display of provincial Mexican and Southwest gifts and curios and is just the place to do your souvenir shopping. La Hormiga Blanca, (The White Ant in English), invites you to furnish your home in Southwest/Mexican style. The array of decorative mirrors from Mexico is impressive and you can choose from a selection of copper Kokopellis in all shapes and sizes or choose to decorate your walls with one of those scary-looking Mexican masks.
The area around Fourth Avenue is probably the best place in Tucson to go look for souvenirs and Barbara Robinson's shop fits right in. She carries a great selection of art prints, some made by local artists showing Southwestern motifs, as well as other art posters of general interest. You may bring in your own poster for framing or pick one from her racks. Trust Barbara to give you advice on what frame would look best on your poster, she's been in this business for many years.