Old Town Artisans – Tucson, Arizona
in 1775 there was a fort built by the Spanish called El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson where they staked their claim to the northern frontier of New Spain. Where Old Town Artisans is located was the site of the stables and the north wall of the fort area assisted in repelling Apache attacks. The other adobe buildings construction began in the 1850’s. The buildings have the original ceilings made of saguaro cactus ribs, packing crates, and whiskey barrel staves with remnants of imported wallpaper and gold-leaf moldings.
There are special events going on in the area offering you the opportunity on certain dates to hear bluegrass, jazz or blues music and other entertainment for your enjoyment.
The shops are a wide array of offerings from pottery to chili peppers, jewelers and fine arts to native arts and crafts as well as world imports. There is a restaurant with an outdoor seating area under the trees to break you from shopping and the heat (or go inside for air conditioning). They have a 1890’s cantina with live music for your enjoyment too. There is wireless internet access available in the courtyard and the cantina.
The shops are close together so you can roam from one to the other with ease. It’s only a block long, but well worth your visit.
Hours: Shops: September – May Monday – Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm with Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. June – August Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 11 – 4.
Restaurant: September – May Monday – Sunday 11 am – 3 pm. From June – August Monday – Sunday 11 am – 2 pm. They are closed on all major holidays.
Location: 201 N Court Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: 520-623-6024 or 800-782-8072