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Native American art, jewelry and crafts, fine photography and art, Route 66 memorabilia, western wear, clothing, antiques, hiking and outdoors supplies—you’ll find it all in downtown Flagstaff. Small mom-and-pop-type shops carry all sorts of souvenirs to remember your travels to Flagstaff. You can find a Target and Wal-Mart on the west side of Flagstaff near NAU. On the east side of town, you’ll find the mall with lots more chain stores, from Dillard’s to Best Buy. If you want an old-fashioned shopping experience and some cool Route 66 and Old West stuff, a trip to nearby Williams is in order. Serious art buyers should drive down Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona.
Main Street Williams
If you’re looking for not only Route 66 memorabilia but also want to feel like you’ve stepped back in time for your shopping, head to downtown Williams, about 35 miles west of Flagstaff. Here Route 66 is Main Street. It isn’t a busy four-lane road. It’s a two-lane street with stop signs and lots of on-street parking. Many of the stores look somewhat alike, filled with treasures of the Old West and the “Mother Road.” You’ll also find all sorts of train-related stuff at the Grand Canyon Railway shops just north of the train tracks downtown. While you’re shopping, stop in at Pine Country Restaurant to rest your feet and grab a piece of some of the best pie in northern Arizona.
Neighborhood: East/4th Street
The Old Highway Trading Post has a collection of good times gone by on Route 66 just east of downtown. As you drive (or walk) up, you’ll notice an old big green John Deere wagon out front, as well as a collection of furnishings. The Trading Post has antique furniture, books and collectibles. You’ll find one-of-a kind cool Old Western stuff like wagon wheels, metal sculptures and wood lamps, plus vintage advertisements. Also look for Native American art, jewelry, baskets, rugs and pottery. Be sure to browse the display case for cool trinkets, too. The Trading Post is open Monday to Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM.
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While tiny, the Pioneer Museum has a great little gift shop with wooden toys for kids of all ages, as well as other northern Arizona themed souvenirs. You’ll find wooden stick ponies, wooden slingshots, kits for making your own cloth doll, hand-crafted flowers, train caps, cowboy hats and more. The prices are very reasonable and the proceeds benefit the museum and preservation of Flagstaff history. Visit the museum while you’re there for a slice of pioneer history. Walk through old cabins, even hop aboard an old train as part of the museum’s hands-on learning. All Arizona residents can get in for free on the first weekday of each month.
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Neighborhood: Gallery District
If you’re looking to add to your fine-art collection, head down to Sedona where you’ll find well over a dozen interesting and unique galleries. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has seven galleries. Uptown Sedona along Arizona Highway 89A has three galleries. Many more are in what’s known as the Gallery District on Arizona Highway 179. You’ll find paintings and photography of Sedona’s beauty and western landscapes, plus statues and other works along these lines. But you’ll also find a gallery dedicated to animals (Lark Art) and one of the finest art galleries in the Southwest—The Gallery of Modern Masters, with works of arts of all types and including famed artists like Picasso and Chagall. The first Friday evening of each month is the best time to explore Sedona’s galleries, if your itinerary is flexible, as there are special trolley stops and refreshments to enjoy while you browse. But even if you can’t make it that day, there’s never a bad time to enjoy Sedona and its eclectic art scene.
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Downtown Flagstaff is an independent shopper’s mecca for everything from fine art to Native American goods to clothing and outdoor gear. Head to the Old Town Shops at Leroux Street and Birch Avenue for higher-end clothing, shoes, hats and such at the Sage Brush Trading Co., as well as fun, pop-culture novelties at Black Hound Gallerie or Vino Loco for Arizona-made (and other) wines. Stop at the locally-owned Brookside Chocolate Company for a sweet pick me up. Then head down Leroux with a stop at Gene’s Western Wear, which has been doing business “the cowboy way since 1948.” They’ve got a coupon on their website for your western wear and gift needs. Next stroll along Aspen Avenue into Animas Trading Company for hemp and organic fashions. Down the street you’ll find Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters with outdoor clothing and gear galore. Turn south on San Francisco and head into Echo Canyon Art to enjoy (or buy) fine works of photography, paintings, furniture, sculpture and other art forms. There are many more small independent shops around the corner with jewelry, crystals, art, personal goods and more. You really can’t go wrong with money in your pockets to spend downtown. There really is something for everyone.
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