Shop Independent Locally-Owned Boutiques For Unique Clothing And Gifts
Historic Fourth Avenue is a great Tucson destination for walking, shopping, dining, and people watching! The entire shopping area is just under one mile.
Whether you live in Tucson and are shopping Small Business Saturday, or you are visiting our fine city for the Gem Show, Rodeo Week, on business or vacation, it’s always a perfect time to visit Fourth Avenue for shopping, food, and drink!
Walk uphill or walk downhill
You can start at the top, and walk downhill towards Downtown Tucson. Or you can walk uphill. Your choice!
Four Women’s Clothing Shops on Fourth Avenue
If you decide to walk uphill on Fourth Avenue, start at Laura Tanzer’s Atelier at the base of Fourth Avenue in the historic train depot. Laura’s award-winning women’s clothing designs are unique and made right here in Tucson with meticulous craftsmanship. Cottons, linens, silks, and wools. Clothing made to fit, targeting women who want to express their individuality. You can park right in front, leave your vehicle, and walk up fourth avenue after playing dress-up at Laura’s Atelier.
Creations, on Fourth Avenue at the corner of 6th Street, carries lots of comfortable year-round easy-to-wear items, most under $50. Target market is young women in teens and early twenties.
Sky And Sand has clothing for women in their 30’s, as well as housewares and gifts. Right next to Brooklyn Pizza.
How Sweet It Was, on 6th Street just a little bit west of Fourth Avenue, has all kinds of vintage clothing for men and women.
Favorite Bookstore on Fourth Avenue
Our absolute all-time favorite place for shopping in Tucson is Antigone Books! Since 1973, this independent, locally-owned gem carries books for all interests, as well as gifts, witty t-shirts, greeting cards, calendars, and more. This is a historically feminist bookstore, and so much more: this is the first (and only) place we go for something meaningful and special for the favorite people in our life. The women who run this place totally rock!
We’ve found and enjoyed many books from their “staff picks” rack over the years, some of which include Unaccustomed Earth, All The Light We Cannot See, and Going Back to Bisbee.
Lock Your Love on Fourth Avenue
Tucson welcomes love locks! We borrowed the idea from Parisians. Parisian sweethearts proclaim their eternal love for each other by affixing a padlock to the metal struts on the Parisian bridge “Pont des Arts”. The keys were discarded into the Seine river below so the love would last forever. But all this love (40+ tons!) was too much for the bridge! The structure became overloaded by “love locks” and at risk of collapsing. So, Paris sadly removed the locks and replaced the metal struts with plexiglass.
On Fourth Avenue you will find eight sidewalk art sculptures of hearts and circles and even a skull – all with love locks. The sculptures feature a nifty opening in which to deposit the key.
Do you have a favorite shopping destination on Fourth Avenue? Tell us in the comments below 🙂