The section of 4th Avenue between 4th and Seventh Streets has many ethnic restaurants and a variety of craft, thrift, and antique shops. Big street fairs take place here in late March and early December. Food Conspiracy Co-op (412 N. 4th Ave. between 6th and 7th Sts., 520/624-4821) has been selling organic and bulk foods since 1971. Old Pueblo Trolley (520/792-1802, www.oldpueblotrolley.org) runs a historic trolley Fri.-Sun. along 4th Avenue and University Boulevard. You can find out more about 4th Avenue activities and businesses at 520/624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org.
Tucson has four giant malls, all enclosed, air-conditioned, and open daily with department stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and movie theaters (either inside or adjacent). Tucson Mall (4500 N. Oracle and Wetmore Rds., 4.5 miles north of downtown, 520/293-7330) is one of the largest in the state, with 5 anchor stores and more than other 200 shops. Foothills Mall (7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. and W. Ina Rd., 10 miles north of downtown, 520/219-0650) includes outlet stores. El Con Mall (3601 E. Broadway Blvd., 520/795-9958) is three miles east of downtown between Country Club Rd. and Alvernon Way. Park Place (5870 E. Broadway Blvd., 520/748-1222) is six miles east of downtown between Craycroft and Wilmot Roads.
Be sure to see DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun (see Northeast of Downtown above). Etherton Gallery (upstairs at 135 S. 6th Ave., 520/624-7370, www.ethertongallery.com, Tues.-Sat.) displays top contemporary art along with contemporary and historic photo exhibitions. Head upstairs in the 1927 Temple of Music and Art for shows in the Temple Gallery (330 Scott Ave., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). Old Town Artisans (186 N. Meyer Ave., 520/623-6024 or 800/782-8072, www.oldtownartisans.com) offers a large selection of crafts and art produced by local, Native American, Mexican, and international artists in the downtown El Presidio District, near the Tucson Museum of Art. The Visitors Bureau has many listings for arts, crafts, and antiques in its Tucson Official Visitors Guide.
Changing Hands Bookstore (6428 S. McClintock Dr. #C-101, 480/730-0205, www.changinghands.com) has an excellent selection of new and used books; the store hosts many events.
Bookman (1930 E. Grant Rd. at Campbell, 520/325-5767, at 6230 E. Speedway Blvd., 520/748-9555, and at 3733 W. Ina Rd., 520/579-0303) claims to be Arizona's largest used-book store, with some music, video, software, games, and new titles too; there's free wireless Internet as well.
You'll find huge selections of new books at Borders Books & Music (4235 N. Oracle Rd., 520/292-1331 and in Park Place at 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., 520/584-0111).
Audubon Nature Shop (300 E. University Blvd., 520/629-0510, closed Sun.) offers books on nature and birdwatching along with binoculars and other supplies.
Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave., 520/792-3715) has a good selection, plus many books by and about women.
The University of Arizona Bookstore (in the west building of the Student Union, 520/621-2428, www.uofabookstores.com) sells Arizona and Southwest books, University of Arizona Press titles, U of A clothing, and student supplies, along with a fine selection of general reading material. Textbooks and a computer store are downstairs.
Outdoor Supplies and Maps
For hiking, camping, and climbing gear, try Summit Hut (5045 E. Speedway Blvd. at Rosemont, 520/325-1554 and at 605 E. Wetmore Rd. at 1st Ave., www.summithut.com).
B&B Cactus Farm (11550 E. Speedway Blvd., 520/721-4687, closed Sun-Mon.) sells a great variety of cacti and succulents from tiny potted arrangements to huge saguaro on the east edge of town. Also in far eastern Tucson, Tanque Verde Greenhouses (10810 E. Tanque Verde Rd., 520/749-4414, closed Sun.) has thousands of cacti of many sizes from many lands.
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