Your guide to the shows and shuttles of the '14 Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T12:18:34Z Your guide to the shows and shuttles of the '14 Gem, Mineral and Fossil ShowcaseBy Chiara Bautista
and Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

THE BEAD LOOP

Runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 to Feb. 10.

1. Showcase concierge tent / downtown west shuttle / parking hub stop

• Where: South Linda Avenue at Cushing Street

2. 2901 S. Fourth Ave. stop Gem and Bead Mall

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 14.

• Where: 2901 S. Fourth Ave.

• Cross streets: South Fourth Avenue and Old Vail Road.

3. Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center / Mulcahy YMCA stop

The Best Bead Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 to Feb. 8.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9.

• Where: Kino Veterans Memorial Community Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way.

• Cross streets: Ajo Way and Forgeus Avenue.

Kino Sports Complex Gem & Fossil Show (not officially served by Bead Loop)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 15.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

• Cross streets: Ajo Way and Kino Parkway.

4. Randolph Avenue / Pennsylvania Street stop

A Bead Carnival

• When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Feb. 15.

• Where: 3301 E. Pennsylvania St.

• Cross streets: South Palo Verde Road and East Michigan Street.

Gem Mall by Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc. (Wholesale only; not officially served by Bead Loop)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 13; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14.

• Where: Gem Mall, 4475 S. Country Club Road.

• Cross streets: Country Club Road and East Michigan Street.

JG&M Expo Michigan Street (Wholesale only; not officially served by Bead Loop)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 15.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: 3300 Michigan St., next to Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (often referred to as the Holidome) in the former John Deere and Frito Lay buildings.

Holidome by Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc. (Wholesale only; not officially served by Bead Loop)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 to Feb. 13; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14.

• Where: Holidome by Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc., 4550 S. Palo Verde Road.

• Cross streets: South Palo Verde Road and Interstate 10.

5. Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park stop

To Bead True Blue

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Feb. 10.

• Where: Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way.

• Cross streets: Alvernon Way and 22nd Street.

6. The Viscount Suite Hotel stop

The Whole Bead Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Feb. 9; except Feb. 7 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m) and Feb. 9 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

• Where: The Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway.

7. The Windmill Inn at St. Philip’s Plaza stop

The Tucson Bead Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Feb. 9.

• Where: The Windmill Inn at St. Philip’s Plaza, 4250 N. Campbell Ave.

• Cross streets: Campbell Avenue and River Road.

DOWNTOWN GEM LOOP

Runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 to Feb. 16.

1. Showcase concierge tent / downtown west shuttle / parking hub stop

• Where: South Linda Avenue at Cushing Street

2. Days Inn stop

GIGM Show-Globex Gem & Mineral Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: Days Inn, 222 S. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Interstate 10, Freeway Avenue and Congress Street.

Rapa River Gem & Mineral Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 292 S. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Freeway Avenue between Congress Street and Starr Pass Boulevard.

3. Riverpark Inn stop

Pueblo Gem & Mineral Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Feb. 12.

• Where: Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Cushing Street and Frontage Road.

4. Farmington Road and 22nd Street stop

GIGM Show-Clarion Gem & Mineral Show (formerly La Quinta)

• When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: Clarion, 750 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

• Cross streets: Starr Pass Boulevard and Farmington Road.

GIGM Show-Howard Johnson Gem and Mineral Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: Howard Johnson, 1010 S. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Interstate 10 and Farmington Road.

African Art Village

• When: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 1134 S. Farmington Road.

• Cross streets: Interstate 10 and Starr Pass Boulevard, behind Waffle House.

Tucson Showplace, L.L.C.

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment, Friday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 1530 S. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Interstate 10 and Starr Pass Boulevard.

5. 22nd Street / Interstate 10 westbound frontage road stop

22nd Street Mineral, Fossil & Gem Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Feb. 16.

• Where: Northeast corner of 22nd Street and Interstate 10.

6. Simpson Street stop

JG&M Expo Simpson Street

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: 601 W. Simpson St.

• Cross streets: East of Interstate 10 along frontage road and Simpson Street, near the Tucson Convention Center.

7. Tucson Convention Center

GJX — Gem & Jewelry Show (Wholesale only)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

• Where: GJX Pavilion, 198 S. Granada Ave.

• Cross streets: Congress Street and Granada Avenue, across from the Tucson Convention Center.

AGTA GemFair Tucson (Wholesale only)

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9.

• Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. (Granada Avenue entrance).

• Cross streets: Congress Street and Granada Avenue.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 to Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: Tucson Convention Center (Granada Street entrance), 260 S. Church Ave.

• Cross streets: Granada Avenue and Congress Street.

8. Fifth Avenue at Hotel Congress parking stop

• Where: Centro Garage, 345 E. Congress Street; Depot Plaza Garage, 45 N. Fifth Ave.

9. Sixth Avenue and Pennington Street parking stop

• Where: Pennington Street Garage, 110 E. Pennington St.

10. Hotel Tucson City Center stop

Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

• Where: Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly InnSuites Hotel), 475 N. Granada Ave.

• Cross streets: St. Mary’s Road and Granada Avenue.

Fine Minerals International Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Feb. 15.

• Where: 450 N. Granada Ave.

• Cross streets: Granada Avenue and St. Mary’s Road (next to Hotel Tucson City Center).

Granada Avenue Mineral Show

• When: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 350 N. Granada Ave., next to Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort.

• Cross streets: St. Mary’s Road and Granada Avenue.

Granada Gallery and Exclusives

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 338 N. Granada Ave., south of Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort.

11. State of Arizona Complex parking

• Where: City/State Garage, 498 W. Congress St.

MINERAL AND FOSSIL LOOP

Runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 to Feb. 16.

1. Hotel Tucson City Center stop

Overlaps with same stop in Downtown Gem Loop.

2. Main Avenue, north of Speedway (Sun Tran bus stop)

Main Avenue Gem Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: 1202 N. Main Ave.

• Cross streets: Main Avenue and Drachman Street.

Main Avenue Mineral Faire

(Wholesale only)

• When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 1027 N. Main Ave.

• Cross streets: Speedway and Main Avenue.

3. Executive Inn stop

Executive Inn Mineral and Fossil Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to Feb. 16.

• Where: Executive Inn, 333 W. Drachman St.

• Cross streets: Corner of Drachman Street and Main Avenue.

4. Quality Inn Flamingo Downtown stop

American Indian Exposition

• When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16.

• Where: Flamingo Quality Hotel Ballroom, 1300 N. Stone Ave.

• Cross streets: Stone Avenue and Drachman Street.

5. Lester Street and 10th Avenue stop

Madagascar Minerals Gem Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Feb. 17.

• Where: 201 W. Lester St.

• Cross streets: Southwest corner of Lester Street and 10th Avenue.

6. Main Avenue and Adams Street stop (Sun Tran bus stop)

Mineral & Fossil Co-op LLC. (Wholesale only)

• When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 1635 N. Oracle Road, next to the College Place property.

• Cross streets: Elm and Drachman streets.

Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

• Where: Mineral & Fossil Marketplace, 1333 N. Oracle Road.

• Cross streets: Oracle Road and Drachman Street.

7. Grant Inn stop

GIGM Show-Grant Inn Gem & Mineral Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 16.

• Where: Grant Inn, 1365 W. Grant Road.

• Cross streets: Grant Road and Interstate 10.

8. Ramada Limited Tucson West stop

Arizona Mineral & Fossil Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

• Where: Ramada Limited Tucson West, 665 N. Freeway Ave.

• Cross streets: Freeway Avenue and St. Mary’s Road.

TCC EXPRESS

Runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 to Feb. 16.

1. Showcase concierge tent / downtown west shuttle / parking hub stop

2. Tucson Convention Center

• Where: 260 S. Church Ave.

THE REST

1. Arizona Independent Warehouse Show (Wholesale only)

• When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today to Feb. 15.

• Where: 1500 E. Apache Park Place.

2. J.O.G.S. International Exhibits/Tucson Expo Center

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to Feb. 10.

• Where: Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road.

• Cross streets: Irvington Road and Interstate 10.

3. Miners Co-op Rock Show

• When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday to Feb. 16.

• Where: 6107 N. Travel Center Drive.

• Cross streets: Orange Grove Road and Interstate 10.

4. JCK Tucson (Wholesale only)

• When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Feb. 8.

• Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. There is shuttle service.

• Cross streets: 22nd Street and Interstate 10.

5. Westward Look Mineral Show

• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7 to Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

• Where: Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road.

• Cross streets: East of Oracle and Ina roads.

6. 1820 Oracle Wholesale Show (Wholesale only)

• When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Feb. 17. Opens 10 a.m. today.

• Where: 1835 N. 11th Ave.

• Cross streets: Oracle Road and Plata Street.

Note: Visit Tucson, the former Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, recommends that visitors confirm show hours and locations with individual shows, as changes can occur.

SOURCES: ParkWise; Visit Tucson.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau and ParkWise

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