Comfort Inn & Suites
8425 N. Cracker Barrel Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743-8582
Phone: (520) 579-1099
Fax: (520) 579-6938
Air-conditioned shopping malls are the main centers for entertainment and social activities for locals, particularly during the hot summer months. The Foothills Mall is no exception. This is definitely the mall for Foothills residents, especially after its recent face-lift and expansion. Major department stores and bookstores are represented alongside specialty boutiques, restaurants, and a Cineplex Odeon Cinemas.
Here is the place to get souvenirs from Mexico if you're looking for authentic things but don't have the time to go South of the Border. It's a beautiful art and crafts store offering Mexican pottery, jewelry, wrought iron, and folk art. The specialty is custom made pigskin furniture, which will make a very special souvenir indeed. The staff is always available to tell you whatever you want to know about Mexican crafts and their origins.
Since 1982, Alan's has sold quality shoes to both Tucsonans and international visitors. Starting as a small business, it has now grown to two spacious stores covering both the east and the west side of town. All shelves feature the big international brand names in shoe design such as Rocco, Mephisto, Rockport and Birkenstock. Alan's is famous for its excellent customer service, which is one reason to prefer it to the big retailers.
Take advantage of the clear southern Arizona skies and do some stargazing at this astronomy store during nighttime hours. Discover the delights of stars, moons and galaxies, or observe solar bursts during daytime hours. This place offers a good selection of telescopes and binoculars in all price ranges, including opticals for bird watchers and nature lovers, as well as a variety of books and magazines on the subject. It's a fun thing to do with the kids.
This gift shop in Tucson's biggest shopping mall contains shelves stacked to the top with typical gifts from the Southwest, all for children. There is a pretty good selection of T-shirts with desert animal motifs, clothing and rows of stuffed desert animals, notably rattlesnakes and coyotes. One trip to this store will take care of all your children's souvenir needs and give them some reprieve from the sizzling summer heat outside the air-conditioned mall.
This gift store inside Tucson Mall has traditionally offered some of the largest selections of Indian crafts in town. The jewelry on display of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni origin is quite impressive and a new line of decorative watches with silver bracelets has been added recently. There is a small array of authentic Navajo sand paintings too, but the biggest asset of this gallery are the prints by famed American-Indian painter Gorman, whose works have become sought-after collector's items
The name says it all: nowhere in Tucson will you find such a large variety of coyotes printed on cloth, stone or wood. This gift store on Tucson Mall's 'Arizona Avenue' carries an impressive array of T-shirts with motifs that are strictly Arizonan, featuring almost the entire fauna of the Sonoran desert. This shop houses the ideal gift or souvenir for the kids back home. Of course, no Southwestern gift store would be complete without a selection of Indian jewelry. Check it out.
Santa Fe Lady, as the name implies, this apparel store in Tucson Mall is strictly for ladies. It's not just cowgirl stuff but all clothing associated with the Southwestern style, in all sizes from small to extra large and all fashion levels from casual to classic. Other than regional designers, the shop also carries the Brighton line of women's apparel, a very good name in the fashion industry. Southwest-style shoes and boots are available as well.
When locals say they're going to "The Mall," they don't mean the strip mall down at the corner. Rather, they're referring to the biggest shopping center in the city, the Tucson Mall. With more than 200 specialty stores, a large food court serving cuisine from all over the world and a great merry-go-round, this place has got everything. Of special interest for visitors from out of town is Arizona Avenue, a large section of the mall completely devoted to things southwestern including pottery, silver, turquoise, Native American art, you name it. Chances are you will find that special piece of Arizona you want to take home with you right here.
If you feel that you don't need to pay top dollars for new golf equipment, or if you intend to sell some sporting goods that are in good condition, this is the place for you. The store will give you cash for your used equipment, and lets you apply that money towards any purchase. This is a big shop with a huge variety of merchandise, new and used, carrying hockey gear, treadmills, snowboards and, indispensably for Tucson, golfing equipment. New items are sold at discount prices. Trade-ins are available, and some merchandise is sold on consignment.
Here's Tucson largest assembly of Western wear, a store you do not want to miss if you're looking to find hats, boots and apparel for you and your family. This place will even have the right size Western-style outfit for your baby boy or girl. Dressing up has never been so easy. Come here to get all of your western ensemble needs.
If you've come out West this far, you will most certainly need a cowboy hat and this is the place to find one. This store carries its own labels as well as Stetson, Bailey and Resistol brands. To make your outfit complete, choose from the large selection of Western shirts, belts, hat-bands and blankets. The store also carries a wide selection of hats to wear at formal occasions, and children's' sizes; just don't look for baseball caps here.