The next time you’re looking for a new place to explore, why not make it Ajo?

A visit to our historic downtown will definitely make your trip worthwhile.

Ajo is the heart of the Sonoran Desert and downtown Ajo is the heart of our community. 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. The Catholic Church was built in 1924 and the Federated Church in 1926. The plaza with its beautiful park is truly Ajo’s town center—a place for festivals and celebrations, morning walks, and meeting friends for coffee.

We invite you to stop and shop leisurely, walk about and enjoy 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.

A festive Holiday Show will be in the Plaza Gallery beginning December 6th. The opening reception will be Friday, December 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Any artist wanting to submit work for the show (all work must be for sale) can drop off their work at the gallery on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday 11 AM-3 PM, closed Sunday.

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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 in Ajo.  The building is open 6 days a week and is closed on Sundays.  Hours of operation are 9 AM to 4 PM.  There are extended hours for events and festivals.  Please see the Ajo Chamber of Commerce website for more details at    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.  There is something for everyone available here.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE-SELECT- BRAVO! When you find something special in a place you didn’t expect, it’s fun to share the news. That’s the case with Ajo’s newest shop, Repeat Performance-Select. Find that something special in this beautifully designed shop, offering an intriguing and unique blend of gently used men’s and women’s quality clothing, jewelry, accessories, holistic and metaphysical products and original artwork by local artists. A place that caters to both your inner and outer self. New items arrive weekly. Gift certificates are available for purchase.

Repeat Performance –Select is located in the southeast corner of the plaza. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-3PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.  520-387-4948 See us on FB Ajo Repeat Performance


VASQUEZ NORTH OF THE BORDER is located in the northwest corner of the 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.

Store hours are Wednesday – Saturday 11 AM – 3PM. (520) 834-5167


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.


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 Monday- Friday 10 AM-5 PM (520) 387-7276


AJO RESALE is a non-profit enterprise created to support Ajo community needs.  The shop offers 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 east side of the plaza the shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10AM-5PM and Wednesday 12 Noon -5PM. Sometimes open on

Sunday. (509) 951-4474