Globetrotting: Unique Retail Stores

At almost 91, most people would not attempt a cross-country journey to rural Arizona, but those folks would not be my up-for-any-adventure aunt who traveled to Globe for the holidays.  A gifted shopper, she embraced another thing I love about the Globe-Miami-San Carlos region:  our unique retail opportunities.

Pickle Barrel Trading Post

One day while I worked, Aunt Lorraine spent over 3 hours perusing the aisles of Pickle Barrel Trading Post where she found treasures to take back to Michigan.  Pickle Barrel, located in the historic Old Dominion Commercial Company warehouse, offers 8,000 square feet of retail treasures that include colorful yard art, antiques, opulent Native American jewelry and handcrafts, unique Arizona souvenirs, gems and minerals, artisan foods, books about our area, and so much more.  

On another day, we shopped at the High Desert Humane Society’s thrift store which also offers a large retail space (actually, several spaces around town) and a wide variety of ever-changing items.  We shopped the day after Thanksgiving and walked into a Christmas wonderland of holiday items that the Humane Society volunteers had spent 5 days setting up.  I came away with a vintage Santa, tin boxes for gifts, and a beautiful Christmas candelabra.

High Desert Humane Society Thrift Store & Boutique

Unfortunately, Aunt Lorraine returned home before shopping the newly reopened Simply Sarah women’s boutique.  Located at the former Cody James business, Sarah’s has been a favorite of the region for years and offers sumptuous clothing, beautiful jewelry, luxury household items, upmarket food, and exclusive gifts.  Her current store selections will expand further when she finishes remodeling an even larger retail space next door in the old pallet factory.

My aunt also missed a new and wonderful resource for our area, A Splash of Copper Art Gallery, that sells copper souvenirs and gift items.  Celebrating with a grand opening on December 13th, this store shines a spotlight on our copper-rich region with beautiful items like copper-based art (like copper splash), copper jewelry, and copper home goods like candlesticks, frames, and water bottles.   It is located in the old McKevitt Building where John Stalnecker created an unbelievably beautiful hand-made wood parquet floor that is worth a stop on its own.

Running out of energy, I did not take my aunt to Miami where I usually send visitors to shop the riches of Sullivan Street, an interesting retail area just one block north of Highway 60.  Miami’s many antique stores, art galleries, and specialty stores can fill an entire day for an intrepid explorer and/or shopaholic.  Best visited on the weekend when most stores are open, Miami’s downtown is showing signs of a renaissance with community murals, flowers, and growing activity.  Like the first green buds of spring, I eagerly await the resurgence of the historic downtown.

Pickle Barrel Trading Post is located at 404 S. Broad Street, The High Desert Humane Society primary store is at 150 W. Mequite Street and their furniture store is at 393 N. Broad Street,  Simply Sarah can be found at 661 S. Broad Street, A Splash of Copper is at 656 N. Broad Street, and the primary region for retail activity for Miami is on Sullivan Street.   To read additional Globetrotting stories that highlight the treasures of our region, please visit http://www.acornconsulting.org/blog.