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FIFTH AVENUE SHOPS
5th Avenue and Scottsdale Road
Whether you’re looking to pick up a fine-art painting for your bedroom or a shiny diamond for your finger, the Fifth Avenue Shops in downtown Scottsdale, at the foot of Camelback Mountain, provide street after street of options. Locals and tourists can't get enough of this hip spot, and the free trolley service, the bicycle taxis and the shaded sidewalks make it easy to navigate the historic district's many galleries, shops, restaurants and clubs. Two shops worth seeking out for their jewelry are Superstition Mountain Trading Post (7158 E. 5th Ave.; 480-425-0777) and Gilbert Ortega Gallery (7155 E. 5th Ave.; 480-941-9281).
Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road
A magnificent park with benches, fountains, lush landscaping and well-placed mini gardens is just one of the elements that lends Kierland Commons its upscale Main Street feel. This is a place you'll come to for the shopping but stay for the comforting, vaguely nostalgic atmosphere. The shops here—among them Coach, White House/Black Market, Tommy Bahama and Lucky Brand Dungarees—are located on manicured streets in multistory buildings that also house a dozen or so cafes and restaurants.
MILL AVENUE SHOPPING
If your wanderings bring you near Tempe, be sure to stop by Mill Avenue. The heart of this college town near Phoenix, Mill Avenue lights up at night with an eclectic mix of fab-to-funky shops and clubs. Street fairs, festivals and concerts often take place on this historic street. American Apparel, Urban Outfitters and other retail chains mix with small bookstores and boutiques, drawing a diverse group of shoppers. Stop at the Bamboo Club for superlative city views and some fine grub before catching an indie movie at the historic Harkins Valley Art Theatre or strolling the shores of Tempe Town Lake. The intersection of Mill Avenue and University Drive is a good place to start your exploration of this lively area.
15816 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 300
If you dream of sleeping on pillows made from vegan silk or using stemware made from postindustrial recycled glass, then you'll want to make an expedition into Natural Territory. The green-living shop has made home decor nature-friendly with products like bedding manufactured using organic cotton and natural dyes. The store even sells nontoxic paint. All around you’ll find posters and pamphlets describing the origins of the products used and explaining why they are environmentally sensitive. In some cases you'll learn more than you need to know, but it certainly will make you feel better if you end up splurging in here.
Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St.
This playful little shop in the atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is a hidden gem stocked with books, jewelry, home decor items from around the world, whimsical artwork and novelties, and loads of music-related merchandise. If you’re buying souvenirs for little ones, the books, puppets and toys here are a cut above what you might find at Target or other generic vendors. All purchases support the performing-arts center.