Looking to find some unique gifts from the area? Here are some shops we recommend checking out.
MazAmar Art Pottery: Thomas and Amara Alban became potters when the moved to the Mojave in 2000. MazAmar moved to its present Mane Street location in December of 2010. Desert forms and colors have naturally come to be represented in their work; like, the erosive forces of sun and wind on wood as in the 'Faux Bois Series' that compels people to ask, ‘How did you manage to fire glaze on wood?’ Layers of reds and rich browns emerging from old pieces of metal decaying in the sun over decades, contrasted with open blue skies, also inform our palate.
Jessie Keylon art studio: Just across from the Pioneertown General Store on Mane street. Jessie moved to the California high desert in 2016 as a step towards connecting more with the external peace and quiet in order to reach deeper into her own internal peace and quiet. She cites our community of people as an added bonus, giving her the support and sense of belonging she never thought possible. In August of 2017 she moved her studio into a tiny wooden studio in Pioneertown. It has become her working studio and shop, open most Thursdays through Mondays from 11- dark.
While on Mane Street in Pioneertown, be sure to check out The Chaparrosa Saddle Shop for handmade leather goods and saddles, General Merchantile for locally made and sourced gifts, Arrow and Bear gift shop, and the Soap Goats for handmade soaps, lotions and hand-spun wool products.
Old Town Yucca Valley has a variety of wonderful shops worth seeing. Desert locals Jen and Adam opened Hoof and the Horn over 5 years ago with clothing, accessories, and gifts which fully embrace our hi-desert culture. Each product is inspired by the long views, sunsets and sunrises, joshua trees, boulders, dirt roads, starry night skies, rolling hills and mountain peaks, the dust and sand, the smell of creosote when it rains.
The Blooming' Gypsy offers plants and gifts out of Veronica Lowe's florist studio. Having been raised in a wildly creative home and working amongst many talented artists over the years, her aesthetics are heavily influenced by the unusual. She finds herself entranced by the unique, inspired by the juxtaposition of dissimilar elements, colors, and textures that mother nature has created.
For vintage clothes, be sure not to miss The End and Funky and Darn Near New.
A bit further out of town in Flamingo Heights, check out Moon Wind Trading Co. where you can shop for carefully curated products that are made from natural, and organic ingredients, or re-purposed, and natural materials. The intention for their shop is to inspire healthier consumption for families, community, and our environment. It is important that every item in their shop is handcrafted and that they help support people fueling their passions while living their dreams.
For antiques, we feel obliged to mention The Mother Lode Antiques, which will soon be a second retail location for Sarah Tabbush in the hi-desert. This store features a wide-variety of well restored antiques and a small section of vintage clothing. You can find more antiques at Pioneer Crossing and Route 62.
Looking for good eateries while in the hi-desert? Check out these local favorites!
PAPPY AND HARRIET'S
Now-legendary Pioneertown music venue Pappy & Harriet's began as the “cantina” set for numerous western films in the 1940's and 50's. In 1972, Harriet’s mother, Francis Aleba, and her husband, John, purchased the building and opened “The Cantina”, an outlaw biker burrito bar. In 1982, Harriet and her husband, Claude “Pappy” Allen, opened “Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace”. Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz bought Pappy's in 2003 well after Pappy passed away and brought it back to its glory days. You can feel all this history and more while sitting at the bar eating great food and listening to some of the best music in the world every night of the week.
KITCHEN IN THE DESERT
A modern twist on Caribbean Classics, and Caribbean twists on comfort food favorties, their food might be informed by tradition, but it’s never defined by it. Everything from the tortillas to jerk chicken and hot sauce to pickles is made in house. Located in 29 Palms.
Coffee, tasty breakfast and lunch (with Vegan options!), and beer and wine to top it all off! Live music many evenings. Open Daily 7am - 7pm • 55844 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA
C&S COFFEE SHOP
And old tradition for breakfast- a greasy spoon with turquoise colored booths and friendly servers. We heard the biscuits and gravy are a pretty big hit.
Japanese grill, sushi, and poke bar. In an unexpected location at the Travel Lodge Hotel. Trust us... it's good.
Espresso and beer/wine make it the perfect spot day to night! Crossroads is certainly a popular breakfast spot for locals. Vegan and gluten/grain free options available.
Our local 25,500-acre Pioneertown Mountains Preserve descends from the high piney 7,800-foot ridges into the Pioneertown Valley. The small community of Pioneertown is surrounded by conservancy-owned volcanic mesas, the Sawtooth Mountains, and preserve lands leading to the San Bernardino National Forest. The preserve has year-round riparian corridors in Pipes Canyon and Little Morongo Canyons. It is an important landscape linkage between Joshua Tree National Park, San Bernardino National Forest, and the Big Horn Mountains Bureau of Land Management Wilderness.
In 2006, the vast majority of the Joshua trees, pinyon pines and junipers at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve were killed in a 70,000-acre lightning-caused fire of unprecedented magnitude. Today, much of the preserve is going through natural vegetation succession. Some scientists predict that fire succession and climate change will favor scrub oak and Joshua tree plant communities that may replace the pinyon forests. The fire laid bare the region’s rich geological backbone.
The preserve is open daily from dawn to dusk for hiking the region’s diverse geology. Visitor facilities include trailhead parking, a kiosk, a shade ramada and restrooms.
We're incredibly lucky to have access to this amazing nature preserve. If you'd like to visit the preserve: 51010 Pipes Canyon Road, Pioneertown, CA 92268 (760) 369-7105
If you'd like to help with a donation, you can learn more here: http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/donate.html
Pioneertown was originally created a living Old West motion-picture set, built in the 1940s. The set was designed to provide a place for the actors to live while using their homes in the movie. A number of Westerns and early television shows were filmed in Pioneertown, including The Cisco Kid, Judge Roy Bean, Annie Oakley and the Gene Autry Show. Take a stroll down Mane street to see some of the old buildings used in the movie sets- some are now retail shops and others are private residences. Be sure to stop by MazAmar Art Pottery, Jessie Keylon's art studio, The Saddle Shop, General Merchantile, and Arrow and Bear.
Also not to be missed is the world-famous Pappy and Harriet's restaurant/bar. Pappy & Harriet's began as the “cantina” set for numerous western films in the 1940's and 50's. In 1972, Harriet’s mother, Francis Aleba, and her husband, John, purchased the building and opened “The Cantina”, an outlaw biker burrito bar. In 1982, Harriet and her husband, Claude “Pappy” Allen, opened “Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace”. Robyn Celia and Linda Krantz bought Pappy's in 2003 well after Pappy passed away and brought it back to its glory days. You can feel all this history and more while sitting at the bar eating great food and listening to some of the best music in the world every night of the week.
If you're looking for a place to stay, check out the Pioneertown Motel just steps from Pappy's. The Motel was originally built for the movie stars to stay while filming in the 1940's, and they've restored it with the original motel in mind. Since acquiring the motel in 2014, their team spent 2 years dreaming, designing & restoring this historical property.
If you'd like to learn more about Pioneertown, pick up this newly published comprehensive book - you can find it at the General Merchantile (across the street from us) or on Amazon.