March 2019. Are you looking for dinnerware that is uniquely Tucson and you love the idea of Made in America? HF Coors may be the place. I had been wanting to check out this Tucson dinnerware manufacturer for many years but never quite got there. It is located in a part of Tucson that you have to intend to go to. One does not just pass by this place on the way to somewhere else and decide to stop. It is located off 22nd and the I-10.
Several times a year, HF Coors has an Open House, selling overruns, "slightly off" seconds, and discounted HF Coors dinnerware. They also open their manufacturing facility and give tours. There will be repeats on the first Saturday's of April and May.
So, on this 1st Saturday of March, I heard that this Open House was taking place from 8:30am - 4pm or so. When Jim, Wendy, and I, Ms. Karen, arrived at 9:15am boxes were flying out the door, and the parking lot was full. Luckily, someone had just left, and we parked right up front.
Wendy ran in to check out the warehouse to see if it was Zippy accessible (Jim's Scooter) and I took a quick peek into the store. It was small and crowded with bargain shoppers. If I had not already had a set of dinnerware, I may have been tempted by their discounts on their exhibited sets.
While Jim and Wendy checked out the store, I ran into the warehouse to see if there were any seconds that I could not live without. There were bowls, platters and cups, colorful and affordable. Nothing at this time that I could not live without. Perhaps next 1st Saturday in April. I will be there by 8:30 am.
While checking out the HF Coors website I saw something that looked interesting and did not break the bank. It was an Olive Oil dipping dish, not flat, but terraced, layers if you will, that perfectly displays oil and balsamic's rich colors. It was white, smaller than a salad plate, with a leaf in the center. There are different centers, like a heart. Wendy bought three. I may get one next month. There is nothing better than the taste of Barrio Bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Pic from the website shown here. Most likely I will return next month to purchase one of these at a discount. OR get it now on the website.
As you can see by the pics, HF Coors is not fancy. Like many shops in Tucson, attention is paid to the quality of items on sale, not the "Curb Appeal". If you are shopping for beautiful, unique dinnerware, this may be the place. Lovely stuff with a Southwestern touch, not inexpensive, but worth it if you give dinner parties or if you are a restauranteur looking for a unique look. This is hearty dinnerware, up to constant use.
There are tours of the manufacturing facility. While you are there you can get an inside look at how they make this wonderful stuff. OR Watch this video on making HF Coors pottery. It is labor intensive but worth the price, Even better if you can get it at a discount.
Be sure to check out the HF Coors website. You can order online, of course.