We Love Books about Arizona!

Singing Winds Bookstore

This article is from Ms. Karen, on the eve of the Tucson Festival of Books 2015,  March 14th & 15th. We love books about Arizona and its quirky little bookstores. I am not talking about the Amazons and Barnes and Nobles of the world. I am talking about bookstores that … Continue reading

Oro Valley Farmers Market: Farm Fresh History!

Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch

Not long ago, Oro Valley Farmers Market moved to historic Steam Pump Ranch on North Oracle Road. The ranch was started in 1874 by German immigrants George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. In order to make the ranch viable, they needed a lot of water.  So the partners purchased a steam … Continue reading

Green Valley Pecan Company

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We like local and the Green Valley Pecan Company is as local as they come.The Green Valley Pecan Company is located on 7,000 acres in the Santa Cruz River Valley in southern Arizona. It is the largest irrigated/integrated pecan orchard in the world. These fresh and delicious pecans are perfect … Continue reading

Unique Shopping Experiences in Tucson and Vicinity

Santa Cruz Chili Company Inc

Ms. Karen has an aversion to Malls and strip shopping centers. She also likes to shop local. So here is a list of out of the way spots offering unique gifts, shopping and an adventure along the way. Take a trip down the I-19 to the Santa Cruz Spice Company. … Continue reading

Seafood In Tucson: What’s The Big Deal?

Boys and Touch Tank

Not too long ago I posted an article about our Behind The Scenes Tour of the new Warden Aquarium at the Desert Museum. In that piece I included a photograph of two young gentlemen, perhaps 5 and 7 years of age, with their hands in the Touch Tank learning about sea life up close and […]

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Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Inc.

Santa Cruz Chili Company Inc

Add the Santa Cruz Chili & Spice, Inc.to your Christmas Shopping List either by mail order or drive down to Tumacacori just for the wonderful smell of it. The Santa Cruz Chili Company should be on everyone’s list. There is something for everyone’s list here, Chili’s, sauces, herbs and spices, jams, jellies and lots more. Family owned for more than 60 years, these Southwestern products is famous for its unique items.

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Farmers Markets in Tucson and Vicinity

Farmers market

We have numerous Farmers’ Markets around Tucson. Here you will find a lot more than just farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. The list of goodies ranges widely from market to market, but I know you can find free-range, grass-fed Angus beef…

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Shopping at the Lost Barrio

Lost Barrio. 200 S. Park Ave.; Tucson. – This is an import district with 14 stores about a mile south of downtown Tucson. Some stores offer extraordinary wood and iron works by serious craftsmen. Some are European Import stores. We have purchased 3 beautifully carved doors for our home from … Continue reading

Artisan Studios

First on my list of last minute Christmas shopping ideas is the Old Town Artisan Studios. Much overlooked, it is full of great little stocking stuffers as well as just the right Christmas gift, be it art, jewelry, or a one of a kind tooth brush holder. Hand Made in … Continue reading