Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.
Downtown Glendale has been a long term holiday staple for those living in and around Phoenix because of Glendale Glitters and it has many great independently owned shops to spoil everyone on your list. This city is under an hour from Phoenix depending on where you live, 2 hours from Flagstaff, and 2 hours from Tucson.
Historic Downtown Glendale has been named by USA Today & Sunset Magazine as one of the country's ten best places for shopping. Historic Downtown Glendale is actually two neighborhoods - Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and mature shade trees welcoming visitors to the bungalows-turned-specialty shops, Old Towne boasting brick-trimmed sidewalks and glowing gaslights leading the way to the famous antique stores and ethnic eateries and hometown festivals.
What is more synonymous with the magic of holiday lights in the Valley of the Sun than Glendale Glitters? Glendale’s award-winning holiday festival has become a family tradition across the Valley and state, and this year the 22nd annual celebration kicks off Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28, from 5-10 p.m. each evening. Glendale Glitters holiday light display concludes with a rockin’ block party, Glendale Glitter and Glow, on Jan. 9, from 4-10 p.m. The dazzling scene of vibrant glowing colors and twinkling lights, combined with more than 20 glowing hot air balloons, musical performances and delicious food and beverages, will be a feast for the senses!
A great way to explore Historic Downtown Glendale is with a personalized tour with Arizona Ron. Ron Brewster grew up in Glendale and has called Glendale home for 60 years. His childhood home is now the famous Spicery Tearoom! Take a trip back in time to the early beginnings of Glendale, with someone who can tell you the stories! Call the Glendale Visitor Center for tour times.
With so much to see and do this time of year in Glendale, you may need some help. That’s what we’re here for! Reach out to Visit Glendale and let us help you with itineraries, directions and much more. INFO: www.visitglendale.com or 623-930-4500.
Local Glendale Shopping Options
Bears & More
7146 N. 58th Drive Glendale, AZ 85301 623-931-0339 www.bearsandmore.com For the most beary special shop in town, check out Bears & More , a charming shop full of teddy bears and friends from Steiff, Artists, Boyds, Bund, Breyer and more.
Cerreta Candy Company 5345 W. Glendale Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-930-9000 www.cerreta.com The sweetest stop in Glendale – Cerreta’s, a hometown candy factory and retail store – the largest in Arizona! For more than 40 years, the Cerreta family has prepared their candy the old fashioned way--by hand.
The Cottage Garden I & II 7142 N. 58th Ave. / 623-847-3232 7162 N. 58th Ave. / 623-847-5262 Glendale, AZ 85301 www.cottagegarden2.blogspot.com The Cottage Garden I & II features a wonderful mix of unique and eclectic wears for you and your home. Jewelry and unique accessories, with your style in mind.
The Country Maiden 7146 N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-930-7303 www.thecountrymaiden.com/ The Country Maiden is a primitive country store nestled in the heart of downtown Glendale. Maple flooring and cozy room settings add to the charm of our country store. Featured products include unique one-of-a-kinds from American Folk artists.
The Open Door 5836 W. Palmaire Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-451-9107 www.opendooraz.com The Open Door features One-of-a-Kind Jewelry, Wood Art, Hand-Made Glass Art, Hand-Made Soaps, Wearable Art Clothing, Wickless Candles and much more.
Pink House Boutique 7009 N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-298-4766 www.PinkHouseBoutique.com Pink House Boutique has become a preferred shopping destination for fashionista's around the valley who define their own style. It's not just a boutique; it's also a co-op that features local female designers & artists.
The Talented Tortoise 5890 W. Palmaire Glendale, AZ 85301 623-377-8177 www.TheTalentedTortoise.com The Talented Tortoise is a gift boutique located in Historic Downtown Glendale. Specializing in high-quality, unique, handmade gifts created by local artisans - you are sure to find the perfect gift for every woman in your life.
Bitz-ee Mama's 7023 N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-931-0562 www.Bitz-eeMamas.com Bitz-ee Mama's, located in historic downtown Glendale, is a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Mexican food since 1972. The friendly staff, great food, and awesome prices are one of the best kept secrets in Glendale.
Papa Ed’s Ice Cream Old Fashioned Family Fun 7146-B N. 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-915-4438 www.papaedsicecream.com Papa Ed’s serves premium ice cream served in a variety of 16 flavors.
The Spicery in our 1895 Home 7141 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 623-937-6534 www.1895spicery.com This unique and charming restaurant is located in one of the oldest homes in the Historic Catlin Court area of Downtown Glendale. The chefs prepare the flavors of yesteryear, just like our mothers and grandmothers made.
A Touch of European Café 7146 N. 57th Drive Glendale, AZ 85301 623-847-7119 www.atouchofeuropeancafe.com Experience a taste a Poland at A Touch of European Café, where the self-made chef Waldemar Okula (Owner), uses his taste buds, imagination, touch of love to create home cooked meals.