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Shopping Locally in Tucson: 4th Avenue Charm

The Savvy Reeder

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Tucson Arizona may not be thought of as a shopping hot-spot. After putting this short list together, I think that could be totally wrong! In an effort to find some local shops to support, I spent some time this past week visiting the shops on 4th Avenue. While there have been a few store closures, I found 4th Avenue to be anything but dreary. It is bustling with fun print shops, bookstores, and even some funky thrift stores.

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(Images shot by The Savvy Reeder, products from The Rustic Candle Company)

The first store I checked out was The Rustic Candle Company. As a candle hoarder, I was instantly drawn to this cute shop with little skull candles in the window. The store had way more than candles! They have all sorts of fragranced soaps, candles, bath bombs, and other home fragrance products. I picked myself up a few delicious smelling bath bombs, and an adorable cactus-shaped plate. It’s the perfect store to pick up a thoughtful gift or something for a little self-care. After spending way too much time smelling candles and mulling over which bath bombs to try, I headed onward.

Just a short walk north you’ll find the Silver Sea Jewelry shop. This store is full of reasonably priced jewelry, with a wide range of gorgeous styles and colors. There is everything from pearls to amethyst and more. They were closed while I was visiting the area, but the store’s website is a great way to shop local without having to leave home!

Up the block, you can find all the nostalgia you need at Generation Cool. Geared towards mostly a male shopper, I still found this little spot to be super charming. It’s full of vintage toys (think action figures, pop-culture memorabilia, and even a Grimace cookie jar) and t-shirts galore. If there’s a concert tee you’ve been searching for, I bet you’d find it here. They carry racks and racks of shirts inspiring waves of 90’s nostalgia.

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(Image from Tiny Town Gallery, Art by Joe Marshall)

If vintage tees aren’t your thing, the Tiny Town Gallery is a great next stop. It has a small gallery located inside this spot, highlighting local artists. The shop is full of art prints, hilarious stickers, and unique t-shirts. I found a great shirt that had a print of local bats featured on it. The artist, Joe Marshall, was actually in the shop that day and we had a great chat about the shop, and the artists featured in it. I love supporting local artists and this shop is a great way to find some really cool printed t-shirts and other art for your home.

Venturing northwards is one of the most eclectic stores I’ve ever set foot in. Popcyle is full of pop-culture, vintage-inspired, repurposed goods, and plenty of unique charm. There are art prints that speak to the desert culture, mixed with some whimsy. If you’re one who is always searching for the most unique gift to give, this store is where you’ll find it. There are t-shirts with local artists' prints on them, handcrafted jewelry, books, and more. I strongly suggest giving this store a try. It is loads of fun to peruse.

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(Images by The Savvy Reeder, Products featured by Eastland Alley Design Co)

Now, when I walked into the Eastland Alley Design Co. I was blown away. This modern, rustic, charming store has been open for only a year, but it was one of my favorite stops on 4th Avenue. This shop features small-batch, locally created products that have a special Arizona charm. They also do flower arrangements! I was enamored with this store. There are candles, home fragrances, apparel, and home goods, all featuring a distinctive charm that made me want to buy one of everything!

The store also had these adorable prints on the wall, and while they’re not for sale yet, the owner I spoke to said they were going to be getting them in stock in a few weeks. This one is my favorite!

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(Image shot by The Savvy Reeder, Print by Eastland Alley Design Co)

Isn’t that such a wonderful sentiment? I hope you enjoyed my little jaunt down 4th Avenue. Follow my page for more articles. I haven’t even scratched the surface of all the great local shops on 4th Avenue, let alone all of Tucson. Part two to follow soon!

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