Stop and Shop Ajo for the Holidays

Dec 2, 2014 by Rocky Point Times

The next time you’re looking for a new place to explore, why not stop and shop Ajo?
A visit to our historic downtown and all along Highway 85 will definitely enhance your experience, whether traveling through or making us your destination.
Ajo is the heart of the Sonoran Desert. With its rich tradition as a former copper mining hub, Ajo is a casual town with relaxed charm. Take in the historic Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Sonoran Desert flora and fauna and panoramic views.
Adventure awaits with plentiful outdoor activities year-round – golf, hiking, bicycling, bird watching, festivals and events. The graceful historic plaza was built in 1917 under the direction of Colonel John Greenway’s wife Isabella. The Spanish Colonial Revival style town square features a central park surrounded by retail shops, businesses, a post office, library and restaurants accented with two mission-style churches
We invite you to stop and shop leisurely to enjoy our warm welcome and the discovery of our varied retail businesses.

ART STOP is located in the southeast corner of the Ajo Plaza. The Art Stop gift shop offers a wide variety of jewelry, crafts and fine art by local and regional artists. The shop is filled with gift items including beaded jewelry accented with metal elements, fused glass earrings and pendants, handmade bird houses, copper wire sculptures, small paintings, note cards and more. The shop also features paintings, woodcarvings, and baskets by renowned Tohono O’odham artists Michael Chiago, Felix Juan, Joseph Juan, and Mary Pablo. Prices of items in the shop range from a few dollars up to $200.
Be sure to browse the artwork in the Plaza Gallery, located in the entrance foyer to the gift shop, and check out the Print Shop located in the back of the gift shop, which provides a number of services including printing your favorite photos.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 AM-5 PM, Fri. 10 AM-6 PM. and Sat. 11 AM-3 PM, closed Sunday. (520) 387-6858 www.isdanet.org Email: gallery@isdanet.org

THE AJO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VISITOR CENTER AND GIFT SHOP is located at the end of the Historic Ajo Plaza inside the Train Depot at 1 West Plaza Street. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 4 PM., Mon.- Sat. and closed on Sun. There are extended hours for events and festivals. Please see the Ajo Chamber of Commerce website for more details at www.ajochamber.com. The Visitor Center is fully ADA-accessible with on-site parking, public bathrooms and bicycle facilities.
The gift shop is open and is brimming with trinkets and treasures representative of the surrounding desert environment. A rustic figurine of a javalina with a mischievous grin or a Jackrabbit with long ears and soft whiskers don the many shelves. Take home an original painting with a sprawling desert landscape created by one of the many local artists. Feeling adventurous? Try some of our Prickly Pear cactus candy, or take some home for a friend. (520) 387-7742

aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest- BRAVO! When you find something special in Ajo that you didn’t expect, it’s fun to share the news. That’s the case with Ajo’s newest shop, aVita Boutique (formerly Repeat Performance- Select in the Plaza). Yes, the store has moved to it’s new location and changed it’s name on Highway 85. Find that something special in this beautifully designed shop, offering an intriguing and unique blend of gently used men and women’s quality clothing, jewelry, accessories, holistic and metaphysical products and original artwork by local and regional artists. In the store you can browse the Shaman’s Market, The Gallery, The Boutique and Wardrobe Essentials. A place that caters to both your inner and outer self. New items arrive weekly. Gift certificates are available for purchase.

aVita Boutique is located at 801 No. 2nd Ave. with ample parking. You cannot miss the store when you see the Raven Mural painted on the building’s façade. Open Tues.–Fri. 10 AM-5 PM, and Sat. 10 AM-3PM. Closed Sunday and Monday. (520) 387-4948 See us on FB aVita boutique.

AJO COPPER NEWS BOOKSTORE AND ART GALERY is an independent bookstore located at 10 Pajaro Street, the building with the big blue mural. Store hours are 10 AM- 5 PM Monday through Friday. The closest bookstore to Rocky Point, the Ajo Copper News Bookstore sells used and new books: Science fiction, westerns, romance, and suspense novels, as well as many books about the Southwestern desert. The store also offers basic office supplies, their own line of Ajo postcards, magazines, original art and gift items. (520) 387-7688

AJO FLOWER SHOP AND GIFT SHOP offers a variety of gifts and knick-knacks that you wouldn’t think a flower shop would have. Every season the shop creates different scenarios and gift ideas for every occasion. With the wide variety of fresh flowers, the flower shop can create a beautiful arrangement for any special moment or celebration. Located at 11 Pajaro St. the store is open Mon.- Fri.10 AM-5 PM. 520-387-7276

AJO RESALE is a non-profit enterprise created to support Ajo community needs. The shop gives you a chance to discover unusual collectables and find creative holiday decorations. New items arrive daily including housewares, furniture, clothing and much more. Every Wednesday is Bargain Day! Gift certificates can be purchased for someone
special to have a fun time looking through the inventory of great items on display. Located on the Northwest corner of the Ajo plaza, the shop is open Mon.-Thurs., & Sat. 10AM-5PM and Wed.12 Noon-5PM. (509) 951-4474

VASQUEZ NORTH OF THE BORDER is located in the southeast corner of the Ajo plaza. Vasquez North is owned and operated by Eric Alegria who previously managed Vasquez in Sonoyta, Mexico. The shop sells hand crafted Mexican arts and crafts from all regions of Mexico. “I would love to see some of my friends and customers from Mexico, so stop by and say ‘Hi’.” Shop Vasquez North for quality products and enjoy the beautiful plaza setting. No passport required.

Sue’s Trading Post /Flowers, located at 933 No 2nd Ave., was established in 1989
and has served Ajo for 26 years. This unique shop specializes in fresh and silk flowers and gifts for all occasions, as well as, imported Mexican souvenirs and authentic Indian baskets, pottery, and jewelry, plus locally made jewelry and pottery. Shoppers can also find Ajo hats, magnets, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and much more. Open Mon.–Sat. 10AM- 5PM. (520) 387-7980.

K 5 APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS has been in business since 1987 at 625 No 2nd Ave.
As a small business working hard for the community, K5 offers wonderful customer service. K5 is a Radio Shack dealer, also selling Whirlpool appliances, counter top appliances, ‘Rent the Rug Doctor,’ TV’s, cameras, laptops, tablets and small electronic gadgets and, yes, “Magic Jack.” Copying, fax, UPS package sending and receiving for customers in Mexico are some of the services provided. Open Mon.- Fri. 9AM -5 PM, Sat. 10AM –2 PM. Closed Sun. (520) 387-5115

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