Unique Holiday Shopping in Cochise County

The frenzy of holiday shopping is coming. Visitors can head to Cochise County to get away from cookie cutter stores and shop at local merchants and galleries. Here’s a taste of just some of Cochise County’s unique gifts and shopping experiences.

Amerind MuseumAmerind Museum Store (c) Amerind Museum
After touring the exhibits at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, stop in the museum store (pictured at right). The staff prides itself on its collection of authentic, museum-quality American Indian made arts and crafts. Their selection of Native American art and handcrafted items includes Tohono O'odham and Tarahumara baskets, Navajo weavings, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, and Pueblo and Mata Ortiz pottery.

Visit the Amerind Museum website for more information and directions. http://www.amerind.org/

Singing Wind Bookshop, Benson, Arizona
It was her granddaughter’s bedroom. She had always wanted a book shop, and this was how it all started. Today, shelves and shelves of books have almost taken over her home – or a good part of it – which is located on a working ranch.

Owner Winifred “Winn” Bundy opens her home on a daily basis and welcomes strangers into her Singing Wind Bookshop. She has a vast collection of books including history of Arizona and the Southwest. If you’re looking for something special, ask Winn where it is. She knows every detail of every shelf.

In the middle of a working ranch, the Singing Wind is a book lover’s dream. But it’s more than just books that make this shop unique. Ask Winn or Kathy a question, and you’ll find good conversation too.

Singing Wind Bookshop rocks it old school. They don’t take credit cards, so be prepared with cash or a check. They also don’t have a website, but you can find plenty of stories about her on the internet, all with loads of praise about the can-do spirit of this Western woman and her literary sanctuary.

To reach Singing Wind Bookshop, take Exit 304 off Interstate 10 to Benson. Drive north on Ocotillo Road about 2.5 miles and you’ll see Singing Wind Road on the right. Follow the dirt road about half a mile east to the shop.

Phone: 520-586-2425; Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily. Visit the Benson Visitor Center for more information. http://www.bensonvisitorcenter.com/

Bisbee Artisans and Art Galleries

Bisbee’s streets are active with shoppers most days of the year. During the holiday season, streets are supercharged with people looking for unique Arizona Optimo Hatworks Shelves photo credit Jennifer McGibbongifts. Shoppers will be rewarded with the work of artists and artisans throughout Bisbee.

More than 40 shops line the streets in Old Bisbee with all sorts of creative types. Visitors can buy custom-made hats from Óptimo Hatworks. Grant Sergot has been measuring heads and shaping hats that fit like gloves for years. Shelves of his work can be seen at his shop (shown right)

You’ll also find gold and silver jewelry with beautiful turquoise and other Bisbee stones at Czar Jewelry. And then there’s the whimsy of metal art sculptures at Metallum Creations, plus honey butters and mustards at the tiny Killer Bee Honey store.

More ideas can be found on the shopping page of the Bisbee website: http://www.discoverbisbee.com/shopping.htm

Douglas: Quality Leather Goods
As a center of cattle trading between Mexico and the U.S., Douglas was the place to go for ranchers. Today you can still find plenty of authentic Western wear in the town. Durazo's Saddle Shop & Shoe Repair caters to ranchers in the area. Visit the store for authentic cowboy duds and marvel at the wide selection of tack, saddles, shoes and Western keepsakes.

Visit: 536 E. 11th Street, Douglas, Ariz. 520-364-4856 

For more info on visiting Douglas attractions, contact the Douglas Visitor Center at 520-417-7344.

Shop local artworks – at Sierra Vista mall
Okay, we are sneaking in a mall on you. But it’s not a national or a regional chain you’ll find. Area artists from the Huachuca Art Association Gallery showcase their artworks at the Mall Sierra Vista. If you’re in the mall, you can still shop for a one-of-a-kind work. More than 300 works are on display each month, and the artists who create the works help run the gallery. Stop in to chat with the artists and see what kind of works you can find!

Find more information on the Huachuca ARt Association at http://huachuca-art.com/. Visit http://www.visitsierravista.com/ more information on things to see and do while you're in Sierra Vista.

Tombstone: Western Wear from the “town too tough to die”
What better gift than a period outfit from Tombstone? Heck, maybe you can even shop for yourself! You’ll find all you need to dress the part in Tombstone. Bronco Trading Co. specializes in modern day western wear as well as styles of the 1880s. If you want to dress head-to-toe like one of the Earp brothers or like the cowboys, find it here. Locally owned and operated for 23 years. Spur Western Wear has 3 Cochise County locations: in Tombstone, Benson, and Sierra Vista. If you’re looking for clothing that real ranchers wear, Spur Western Wear is the place to be. Looking for Stetson hats, moccasins, or Southwest jewelry? Look no further than Russell’s Roadrunner. Head over to The Shady Lady’s Closet to find clothes for “the discriminating woman.”

For more shops, visit the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce’s shopping page. http://www.tombstonechamber.com/Shopping

Shop for Flavor: Willcox Wine, Art & Food
Get a taste of the region’s flavor when you visit any number of Willcox Wine Country’s tasting rooms. The wines come from the Willcox “bench,” the Chiricahua foothills, and other areas nearby. If you’re looking for something with no calories, just take a look at the wine tasting rooms’ walls. TRUST Art & Design hosts galleries at most wine location within the area. They feature art works from Cochise County artists – oil on canvas, acrylic on birch panels, mixed metal sculptures, and more.

For more information about the tasting rooms, visit Willcox Wine Country. http://www.willcoxwines.com/  For info about the artworks, visit Trust Art & Design. http://trustartanddesign.com/. For more information on things to see and do in the Willcox area, visit http://www.willcoxchamber.com/.

Photos:
Amerind Museum Store courtesy of the Amerind Museum
Optimo Hatworks courtesy of Jennifer McGibbon