Ready, Set, Shop!
Golf courses, spas and resorts may steal the headlines, but Scottsdale is undoubtedly a shopper’s paradise. The city is home to the largest mall in the Southwest, an ardent and carefully curated array of boutiques, plus specialty stores slinging everything from artist-crafted goods to homegrown wines. What more does a shopaholic need?
The Centers of It All
Luxe label-lovers flock to Scottsdale Fashion Square – the largest shopping center in the Southwest – for all things top-tier designer. There’s PRADA, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach and DVF, too. In summer 2015, the high-end mall added an additional 141,600 square feet to its sprawling space with Lorna Jane, Ivivva and others bringing the total store count to more than 250. And if you look closely, you may spot a celebrity or two at this see-to-be-seen destination.
Perfectly suited for Scottsdale’s sunny, al fresco lifestyle, Kierland Commons blends Main Street style with city living and specialty retail. Well-known fashion favorites like 7 For All Mankind and Michael Kors are nestled alongside locally-grown dining spots including Chloe’s Corner, Postino WineCafe and Zinc Bistro. The Mission, a modern Mexican eatery from famed local chef Matt Carter, opened its second location here in fall 2016.
Just across the street from Kierland Commons is the 28-acre Scottsdale Quarter. An open-air center that’s constantly evolving and adding new shops to its existing lineup, it already features a flagship NIKE store, Warby Parker, Free People, Intermix, Kendra Scott, Restoration Hardware and more. Besides the shopping, “the Quarter” is a must for plush movie theater/bar iPic Theaters and its series of outdoor concerts and events.
One of the area’s original retail all-stars, Biltmore Fashion Park draws shoppers in with everything from fresh, trendy looks to classic styles at boutiques like BCBG, Jonathan Adler and Saks 5th Avenue. It’s the place to go for local tastes and trinkets, too. Retailers like Citrine Natural Beauty Bar (cosmetics) and Framed Ewe (eyewear), and restaurants Wink 24, Short Leash Hotdogs, Stingray Sushi and Zinburger are all Arizona homegrown.
The Shops Gainey Village hosts one-off, local stores like Oliver Smith Jeweler, designer denim at LOOP Jean Company and interior design boutique The Collector’s House – all wrapped up in a pretty, palm tree-lined package. And el Pedregal at The Boulders is a Moroccan-influenced outdoor plaza with upscale stores and restaurants, a tranquil courtyard and live entertainment on an outdoor stage.
Where’s the best place to go for one-of-a-kind shopping? Downtown Scottsdale! A cluster of unique boutiques is grouped together between two districts, Southbridge and Scottsdale Waterfront. There’s Amy, Inc. and STUDIO by Joy Li for women’s fashion, The Garage for stylish little ones, and J. Gilbert Footwear and High Point for boots and kicks.
Arizona’s largest collection of handcrafted leather boots and threads can be found at the 86-year-old, family-owned Saba’s Western Store, while Shades of the West is the go-to for Southwestern décor like Pendleton blankets, hand-woven Native American baskets and patina hardware. Meanwhile, authentic Indian concha belts and turquoise jewelry fly off the shelves at Gilbert Ortega Museum & Galleries.
Vintage by Misty’s carefully curated mix of classic designer duds are the result of the owner’s jaunts through Europe: ‘60s Emilio Pucci silk scarves, ‘90s Chanel quilted shoulder bags and ‘70s Rikma Bohemian maxi dresses all grace the racks at this downtown destination. Fashion by Robert Black is all about vintage red carpet treasures from Oscar de la Renta, Nathan Strong, Alfred Shaheen and more.
Scottsdale’s museums have some of the best keepsakes – ones worthy of valuable luggage real estate: Quirky toys and Arizona-made goods at Shop@SMoCA; architectural journals and tchotchkes at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West; American Indian pottery, paintings and sculptures at Heard Museum; and mini flutes, ukuleles or drum sets from the Musical Instrument Museum. Handmade bronze and ceramic bells come directly from the creator at Paolo Soleri’s studio, Cosanti, while the Scottsdale Arts District’s roster of galleries has mementos for every type of collector.
Downtown Scottsdale’s fresh crop of Arizona-only wine tasting rooms include bottles-to-buy of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier at LDV Wine Gallery; Chardonnay, Zin and Malbec from Aridus Wine Company; Chenin Blanc at Carlson Creek and Barbera at Salvatore Vineyards. Bodgega at FnB has the best Grand Canyon State varietals plus local organic produce, flour and sweet treats. Speaking of sweets, the handcrafted desserts are practically an art form at Super Chunk. And no visit is complete without a visit to Outrageous Olive Oils, Sphinx Date Company and the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market, all of which feature myriad tasty take-home treasures.