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.