We love supporting small businesses — especially those owned by local ladies.
That's why we put together this list to help you shop thoughtfully this Small Business Saturday (or later in the week when braving stores doesn't make you feel like a crazy person).
If you do happen to venture out on Saturday, take advantage of free rides on the Sun Link Streetcar starting 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 and lasting all day. The streetcar connects the University of Arizona to Mercado San Agustín and stops along University Boulevard, Fourth Avenue, Congress Street and Broadway. Here's the route map.
Local First Arizona is also hosting a superhero-themed event at Haggerty Plaza on Fourth Avenue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Small Business Saturday. The party will have superhero games and workshops and costs $5. Kids younger than 5 get in free. Visit localfirstaz.com for more information.
We love the idea of shopping local for your holiday gifts. Many of these shops have unique inventories with more creative offerings than what you'll get in a big box retailer.
And yes, we know this isn't a comprehensive list. Share your favorite Tucson retailers owned by local women. The stores listed below are open for Small Business Saturday, but we suggest checking with individual stores for any modified holiday hours. The store hours below represent regular business hours.
Antigone Books has so many books and gifts for all the creative women in your life. It's an independent book store right on Fourth Avenue that has been in business since 1973.
If you want to go the extra mile, buy the whole store. Its current owners, Trudy Mills and Kate Randall, are looking to hand the keys over to someone who is "the best match."
Where: 411 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 760 S. Stone Ave.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Bra Spa's Margo Hall, the owner of this local lingerie boutique, wants to make bra shopping enjoyable. She specializes in fittings and helping customers find the right fit and style — especially if you're size triple D and beyond.
Where: 6544 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Bravo Boutique, owned by Katrina Anderson, also specializes in lingerie and bras. The Plaza Colonial shop offers a spa-like atmosphere.
Where: 2840 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 140.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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Buffalo Exchange is a higher-end secondhand store selling gently-used items. The national chain is owned by Kerstin Block and was started here in Tucson in 1974.
Where: 2001 E. Speedway.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Desert Vintage sells vintage styles inspired by the Southwest. Salima Boufelfel and Roberto Cowan own the shop and curate its inventory. Pieces span the beginning of the 1900s through the 1970s.
Where: 403 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 119.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Green Things has a Facebook page that will make you want to start gardening. And they'll teach you how. The retail and wholesale plant nursery is known for its poinsettias but also hosts classes on everything from drip irrigation to fairy gardens. They'll also teach you how to do a super cute DIY succulent garden or reuse broken pottery. Jan Westenborg owns the business.
Where: 3384 E. River Road.
When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
How Sweet It Was Vintage has given shoppers a vintage outlet since 1974. Owned by Crissy Burgstaler, the shop came into a collection of vintage lingerie this spring. A perusal of the Etsy shop reveals there are still 1960s- and 1970s-era panties, baby doll sets and gowns for sale. But if that's not your thing, still go. There's so much to sift through at this shop.
Where: 424 E. Sixth Street.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Hydra opened its doors downtown in November 1994. The store specializes in eclectic fashion for men and women, lingerie, shoes and accessories. It was opened by Margo Susco and has survived, even during the economic downturn and streetcar construction. This is the last holiday season you can shop here. Susco, who now owns the store with her brother Joe, recently announced her plans to close the store. Its last day is Dec. 31, 2017. 😢 Shop now to take advantage of the liquidation sale.
Where: 145 E. Congress St.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Little Bird Nesting Company, owned by Charlotte Lasselsberger, sells new, gently-used and handmade gear and clothing for babies and kids up to age 8. You can find expensive baby gear priced at 50 to 60 percent of retail.
Where: 4508 E. Broadway.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Living Rainbow Gift Shop might not make it into your day-to-day shopping. It's in Summerhaven. On Mount Lemmon. But the cute shop owned by Debbie Fagan sells wind chimes, beads and other quirky gift options. Plus it's just fun to browse. The shop has a resilient history — it rebuilt after the Aspen Fire burned the building down in 2003.
Where: 12789 N. Sabino Canyon Park on Mount Lemmon.
Store hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (Most days. Call first).
Mabel's on 4th is a kitchen shop that opened last year in the former space of How Sweet It Was Vintage. Mabel's has a fun assortment of modern and vintage-looking kitchen stuff. Nicole and Johnny Carrillo own the shop.
Where: 419 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
MAST will satisfy your desire for pretty things with its collection of jewelry, decór and artwork.
The three ladies behind the shop at Mercado San Agustín — Sofie Albertsen Gelb, Tasha Bundy and Mellow Dawn Lund — are also the creators of some of the store's jewelry and leather goods.
Where: 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Mildred & Dildred, owned by Autumn Ruhe, sells toys that encourage your kiddos' imaginations. The local toy shop in La Encantada often hosts events geared toward children and doesn't mind if your kids play before you purchase.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mostly Books is a local book store so lovely this couple got married there earlier this year. The indie book store supports local authors and stocks latest releases. Shopping here supports owners and sisters Bobbe Arnett and Tricia Clapp.
Where: 6208 E. Speedway.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The shop was founded in 2008 by Jennifer Radler, Shannon Riggs and DeeDee Koenen, who have been featuring their work made out of recycled and refurbished materials in the space since the day it opened.
The store also has quite the number of items up for sale from local artists.
Where: 422 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Razorz Edge, an alternative fashion shop on North Fourth Avenue, was founded by Lauren Baker and Rachel Balls and opened in March of 2007.
You'll find alternative, punk, goth, rock and rockabilly fashion, as well as makeup, handbags, wallets and accessories for men and women.
Where: 427 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Rosie's Barkét has everything you need to pamper you pooch. Full of dog treats, toys and other specialty items, the shop off of Fourth Avenue also has a self-serve go was station. Nicole and Johnny Carrillo are also the owners of Mabel's On Fourth.
Where: 327 E. Seventh St.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Running Shop is where you go to find running shoes that make the whole running experience slightly less painful. The store sells shoes, clothing and accessories for casual walkers and hardcore marathoners. They'll also help get you fitted correctly. Sharon Bart is the owner. The shop has been open since 1981.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Rustic Candle Company on Fourth Avenue is one of the best places in town to burn some wick without catching your wallet on fire.
There are plenty of pillars and scents to choose from. We're a fan of the Desert Sage candle, but their seasonal items are pretty great too. If you can't make it into the store, check out their online shop. Monica Cota owns the shop.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Silver Sea Jewelry sells handmade jewelry, hair accessories and other fun oddities. The store's owner, Lizzie Mead, creates a good portion of the jewelry and is one of the organizers of the annual Return of the Mermaids event. The shop has been open since 1993.
Where: 330 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Summit Hut, with its two locations, is Tucson's go-to for all things outdoorsy. In 2011, Dana Davis and her husband Jeremy bought the business from the previous owner, Dave Baker. We love this store for finding the gear you need for hiking, camping, birding, climbing and more.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Yikes Toys! has books, old school novelties, candy, toys, puzzles, science kits and local art. From wacky to serious, you'll find something for everyone at this store.
The shop opened in 1989 and is owned by Patricia Katchur.
Where: 2930 E. Broadway
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Zoë Boutique is a women's clothing boutique a tad on the pricey side but not without reasonable offerings. We love their desert-themed tanks and breezy scarves. Lissa Marinaro owns the boutique, which recently moved from its Fourth Avenue location.
Where: 3065 N. Campbell Ave.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.