Although Ajo might look like just another small desert town, if you take time to stop and explore, you might be surprised by what you find. One of the best discoveries, for those who enjoy a special shopping experience, is aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest.
This lovely shop is the inspiration of its owner, Jovita Wallace, who arrived here about five years ago from the New York City area.
Beautifully designed, aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest is an intriguing blend of new and gently used quality clothing for men and women, accessories, holistic and metaphysical products, and a broad collection of original art.
Before you even enter the shop you’re treated to a dazzling outdoor mural on the storefront. Designed and painted by local artist Mike (DaWolf) Baker, it’s a tantalizing glimpse of what waits inside.
Once you enter, you’re greeted by soft music, subtle aromatic scents and a warm welcome. Jovita will set you at ease — there’s no pressure to buy. Take your time and browse. And if you need assistance, she’ll offer you one-on-one service to find just the right item.
“I’m here to help you,” says Jovita, “and I promise that you won’t get this much attention in your favorite department store!”
One of the appealing aspects for many shoppers is the variety of big name brands. There’s a diverse array from Liz Claiborne, Ann Klein and Ralph Lauren to L.L. Bean, Tommy Hilfiger, Jamaica Jaxx and Victoria’s Secret and more.
“The boutique offers impeccably displayed unique, contemporary clothing,” she says. (All clothing is washed, ironed and inspected before going on the racks so you’re assured of the quality.)
Vintage clothing is a hot new addition to the shop. “If you want vintage thrift-store chic,” says Jovita, “you can cash in on the appeal of yesterday’s styles.” The pieces are varied and beautiful and definitely make a fashion statement.
Can’t find anything that appeals to you? Want a different color or style? Jovita has contact with buyers around the country and is happy to bring in clothing that suits your style.
aVita boutique also has a dedicated fine art gallery. “I’m so excited to present the works of established local, regional and national artists, working in various media,” she says.
“You can invest and enjoy great creative works without straining your budget, yet have the quality you desire and personal pride in your choice.”
In addition to paintings, prints and photographs, Jovita has assembled a striking collection of vintage and contemporary silver and turquoise jewelry created (and signed) by Navajo and Zuni artisans.
You’ll see stunning hand blown glass from Poland and the Czech Republic, horsehair pottery, pewter and copper creations, whimsical mobiles and handmade Tohono O’Odham basketry. And for sparkle, check out the collection of Swarovski and Egyptian crystals.
Two works that always attract attention are the large Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) dolls created by April Stewart and the colorful marionettes by Mari Kaestle.
An artist herself, Jovita brings a sense of color and design to everything in her shop. Although many art pieces are located in The Gallery, you’ll find wearable art in the boutique as well.
You’ll discover unique silk tie purses by Joyce Chaney, custom leatherwork by Robert Sorrell, handcrafted copper jewelry by Mari Zimmermann, and Catherine Lacewell’s purses and pouches. In addition to these local artists you also find clothing designs by national artists Janie Smith, Lisa Behr and Ellen Greenblum.
The Market focuses on holistic products to enhance and support mind, body and spirit.
Here you’ll find an array of skin care products, several of which are produced in Ajo. Desert Lily Botanicals is owned and operated by Ajoite Marie Reilly. She makes a delightful and popular line of herbal lotions, salves, after-bath oils, soaps and lip balms.
You’ll also find Native Touch, a line of all natural herbal body care products from North Carolina as well as Young Living high-grade therapeutic essential oils.
If you want to pamper your inner self perhaps the chakra candles, sage, incense or sweet grass bundles will catch your fancy. There are also Crystal Bowls and Crystal Bowl CDs for chakra balancing, meditation and healing arts.
Nestled in among these you’ll see singing bird clay whistles and Amazon gourd rattles from Peru. Jovita also supports Andes Fair Trade, which supplies several items including Ocarina whistles, gourd rain stick rattles, worry doll headbands and large metal crosses.
This corner of the store features a selection of wardrobe basics, casual clothing and accessories like shoulder bags and clutch purses, belts, flats, high heels, boots and sandals, sweaters, hats and caps.
There is also a good selection of men’s clothing. “Men like to dress well and comfortably,” Jovita says. “Our male shoppers return regularly to add essentials to their wardrobe and to see what’s new.”
aVita boutique has a loyal clientele of both women and men who have discovered the delight of shopping here.
The next time you’re looking for a special place to explore, why not make it Ajo? A visit to aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest will definitely make your trip worthwhile.
SHOP LOCATION & HOURS
aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest is located at 801 No. 2nd Ave. Look for the Raven! The shop is open 5 days a week (closed Sunday and Monday). Visa, MasterCard and Debit accepted.
Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
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