Your Guide to a Downtown Holiday Shopping Experience

December 17, 2015

No matter how obscure you might think your musical need might be, Chicago Music Store has probably thought of it first.

No matter how obscure you might think your musical need might be, Chicago Music Store has probably thought of it first.

by Mariana Colín

Most of us are well into the holiday season, and if you’re like most of the country, you still have a lot of gift-buying to do. Fortunately, Downtown is here with a community of stores as varied as your gifting needs. Here are a few of Downtown’s best places to get your holiday shopping done quickly and support great local businesses at the same time.

Chicago Music Store

If you’re looking to give the gift of music this season there’s no better place than Chicago Music Store. A community staple, this store has been in the same spot on Congress and Sixth Ave. for decades due to its status as Tucson’s one-stop shop for every music need you could possibly have. From your garden-variety guitar and piano gear to more obscure instruments (maybe your Mariachi band could use a new accordion?), Chicago Store is sure to meet your holiday music gear needs. Does a loved one have a broken instrument she’s been meaning to repair? Looking to gift some music lessons this season? Chicago’s knowledgeable staff can help you with both.

A Perfect Pantry has everything your favorite cook needs for a perfectly outfitted kitchen.

A Perfect Pantry has everything your favorite cook needs for a perfectly outfitted kitchen.

A Perfect Pantry

Almost everyone has a talented cook in their life, and what better present to give them than a helpful kitchen implement? A Perfect Pantry is full of useful, fun kitchen items to surprise and inspire your family cook with. Along with all the common kitchen equipment you would expect, you can buy your loved one a set of tiny spatulas (great for mixing small amounts of spices or sauce, or getting all the peanut butter out of the jar). Or a dicing machine, a small and nonelectric way to get your produce chopped quickly and easily, no knives required. A Perfect Pantry also offers  clothing and home items, making it a great place to get a lot of shopping done at once.

Krikawa has a huge stock of jewelry for sale right out of the case, or will craft something special just for your loved one.

Krikawa has a huge stock of jewelry for sale right out of the case, or will craft something special just for your loved one.

Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery

If you’re looking to add some sparkle to someone’s holiday, Krikawa is the place to go. This family-owned jewelry store and art gallery specializes in custom jewelry for all occasions; so whether you’re planning a proposal or just looking for something shiny to surprise a loved one, Krikawa is the place to go. Their staff includes expert metalsmiths whose work is in demand around the world. Perhaps most impressive, though, is their dedication to ethics as well as excellence. They are committed to providing fair trade, conflict-free, and eco-friendly gemstones and metals, and are LGBT-friendly. So when you buy your jewelry from Krikawa you know you’re being responsible as well as buying the most beautifully-made shiny things in town.

Tucson has been known to get cold occasionally, so why not get that Wilbur hat so your favorite fan's head can be as warm as his U of A spirit?

Tucson has been known to get cold occasionally, so why not get that Wilbur hat so your favorite fan’s head can be as warm as his U of A spirit?

The A Store

Maybe you’ve got a family member or friend who never misses a U of A ball game, who dutifully wear the same gross socks every game day, who has his tailgating routine down to an art. Such a person can never have enough spirit gear, which is where the A Store comes in. A Downtown extension of the U of A bookstore, the A Store sells everything your football fanatic never knew she needed. T-shirts, obviously, but what about banners? Face paint? Towels, foam fingers doing the “Wildcat” hand sign, U of A duct tape, binoculars, ponchos? Everyone knows a sports fan is only as good as his gear, so help your U of A aficionado be the best fan possible, in the stadium and at home.

 

forsSHOP

FORS Architecture is known mainly for designing some of Tucson’s most attractive and iconic interiors, so it stands to reason that the small shop inside their main office on Congress would be as quirky and elegant as their architectural style. What forsSHOP lacks in space it more than makes up for in quality and the variety of gift options it offers, which would seem at home in a store three times the size. Buy a cute realistic animal pillow for someone who wants a pet but can’t have one, a double-sided picture frame, or an awesome-smelling candle. In a way they’re simple gifts, but when it comes to forsSHOP something as basic as a coffee mug can pack a surprising amount of both style and humor, perfect for a holiday gift.

For a store that's so small, forsSHOP has a surprising variety of gift-worthy knick-knacks.

For a store that’s so small, forsSHOP has a surprising variety of gift-worthy knick-knacks.

Many, Many More

These are only a few highlights of what Downtown has to offer. For more information about the Downtown Tucson Gift Card, redeemable at over 70 locations all around Downtown, visitwww.downtowntucson.org. And for an even greater shopping experience, check out the following stores:

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