Mesa Arts Center
Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea, and Gallery
Jarrod’s is such a fun place to hang out. It’s spacious with lots of quaint areas to feel comfy and cozy. Of course there is a delightful drink menu, but you’ll also find a large selection of handmade art, jewelry, and wearables. The venue also hosts music performances and I noticed game boards for playtime. They practice social distancing, and the staff is happily masked up. And yes – you can meet Jarrod, he is there to welcome you!
Atomic Age Modern
My parents used to have an oil painting like this in our living room. When I entered AMA and my jaw dropped. All things vintage modern and I was there for it! I was supposed to be shooting footage but I shopped! Next thing I knew, I stood at the counter ringing up a vintage Mexican purse and wood carved Mexican bookends. EVERYTHING is one-of-a-kind, so if you see it and like it, buy because chances are it’ll be gone soon and there’s little chance to find another. That was my thinking anyway. So I had no regrets about making my purchases.
And um, dang. I shopped a lot here too. I scored some retro Catholic figurines that I plan to makeover in my studio. You can also find all kinds of old school threads, killer handbags and heels, and lots of framed art. Perfect for upping the vibe on your collage wall!
Moon Dust Farms
Moon Dust Farms is cool because it’s a bunch of smaller stores under one roof. You can find custom built furniture along with small. wood items that are great for crafts. As you stroll through, you’ll find vendors selling Arizona-themed T-shirts and other southwest style home decor items.
So that was the shopping portion of my day, we also took time to wander around downtown to take in all the artful statues.
Mesa is also known for statement murals painted by local artists. Did I mention the colorful neon signs that light up the area at night?
Those were just some of the sights I took in. Seriously, if you visit Arizona, you have to take out a day for downtown Mesa. Everything is close together so you can cover a lot of territory (and steps!) in an afternoon. From fine art to coffee to shopping and eating, you’ll love. Right now in Phoenix (Feb) the weather is gorgeous.
Thank you to Visit Mesa for inviting me to be a part of this series, it means so much. Check out their web site to see even more details about the area. My Nana Jauregui would be super impressed at how far her city has come. She would have LOVED all of these spots and I kept thinking of her all day.
For the love of Mesa, make it a good one!Love & light,