Scottsdale shopping has evolved from Western-themed tchotchkes to high-end designer labels. You can find everything from Western apparel at Saba’s in Old Town Scottsdale to high style at Barneys New York at Scottsdale Fashion Square—which recently finished a $130 million expansion—and the Scottsdale Quarter, a new center that brought Arizona its first H&M and opened across the street from the Main Street-inspired Kierland Commons. For regional and independent boutiques, check out downtown’s two newest districts, SouthBridge and the Scottsdale Waterfront. The highlight of Scottsdale’s retail therapy is Scottsdale Fashion Week. The event takes place every fall in downtown, complete with an 85-foot New York-style tented runway, luxury lifestyle pavilion, musical entertainment and the Milan-inspired “Wearable ArtWalk,” where models draped in wearable art transform the arts district into an outdoor catwalk.
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The Southwest’s largest shopping destination got even larger in October 2009, with the completion of a $130 million expansion that brought its store count to more than 225. It’s all about upscale shopping and entertainment at Scottsdale Fashion Square, with shops including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and, the granddaddy of them all, Barneys New York that was the most anticipated grand opening of its expansion.
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Kierland Commons is a main street-style development with close to 70 high-end specialty retailers, such as 42 Saint, Juicy Couture and, most recently, Michael Kors. The outdoor promenade blends shopping, dining and entertainment. If you visit during the summer, you’ll want to keep your shopping to the morning or late-evening hours to avoid the heat, but it’s really one of the best places to get your retail fix during the winter months when you can enjoy the mild temperatures and seasonal decorations.
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Lining the banks of the historic Arizona Canal, the Scottsdale Waterfront is a 1.1 million-square-foot, $250 million project with a variety of restaurants and retail shops, such as Urban Outfitters, Sur La Table and Estilo Boutique. After you’ve explored the Scottsdale Waterfront, jump across the Arizona Canal via the pedestrian-friendly Marshall Way Bridge to SouthBridge, a no-chains-allowed retail development that houses one of the cutest children’s boutiques in town, The Garage. The $41 million borough features European-style courtyards, and was designed to look like four different buildings each with their own architectural feel.
Old Town Scottsdale is the place to fulfill your childhood cowboy dreams, with Western wear and Native American artifacts. Don’t miss Saba’s Western Wear Store, with its collection of handcrafted leather books, and Shades of the West, located on the site of Scottsdale’s original general store. Then there’s Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop, which has been pounding out metal goods since 1910.