We’ve always known that local merchants are an important part of what makes Tempe unique. We encourage you to shop local whenever possible. Below, we’ve gathered information about some locally owned Tempe merchants, who sell everything from ASU gear to flowers to skateboards, who will really benefit from your patronage. And, selfishly, you’ll be able to pick up one of a kind gifts for your friends, your family, or just for you. Gift cards are also a great option if you just can’t decide what to buy.
We’ve also included info below on how to purchase from artisans who sold their beautiful work at 6th Street Market in Downtown Tempe, as well as explore the artwork that would have been sold at the Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts. Consider making a purchase from them so they can keep creating for years to come.
As You Wish Pottery at Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-9100
The studio space at As You Wish Pottery is open with limited seating. Reservations are highly recommended, since they might not have space for walk-ins. If you’d rather paint at home, you can also order pottery and canvas to go packs that will be ready the next day.
Ash Avenue Comics
806 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 858-9447
Tempe’s best comic shop, Ash Avenue Comics is open daily at 11 a.m. You can also follow along on their Facebook page for store updates and info about new arrivals.
514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 894-1278
Buy everything that an ASU fan has to have at Cactus Sports. They’re located in Downtown Tempe and you can also purchase gifts from their website.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 730-0205
Perennial favorite Changing Hands Bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. You can also still order online and have items delivered to your door or pick up curbside. If you can’t decide what to buy, a gift card is always a good option.
215 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 379-3605
Buy all the skateboard gear that you need (and just want). Their store is open at 11 a.m. daily. Online ordering is available.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 448-1687
Creations Boutique is a beautiful store that is based right here in Tempe. Shop for Boho-chic inspired clothing items, hats, jewelry and more. Their store is located at Tempe Marketplace. Online ordering is available.
1705 W. Ruby Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (855) 538-4376
You’ll be a fan as soon as you try Kettle Heroes popcorn for the first time. Buy bags of popcorn at their Tempe shop, or order gift tins with custom labels. Flavors include Hatch Green Chile Cheddar, Porcini Truffle Cheddar and Cinnamon Sugar Churros Kettle Corn.
Krazy 3 Cotton Candy
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282
Satisfy your sweet tooth with cotton candy (and caramel popcorn too) at this local shop inside Arizona Mills. It’s located in neighborhood 1.
2180 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 839-9383
1006 E. Warner Rd. #106, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 730-1081
Landis is the place for bicycle enthusiasts, whether you’re a casual rider or you take your two wheels very seriously. It’s a great place to pick out a bike and get great advice on which one is right for you. They also offer bike repairs and sell all kinds of accessories.
Pop Hunt Thrills
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 343-3090
This local shop sells a large assortment of pop culture collectibles, toys and action figures. You can shop in person at their Arizona Mills location, near entrance 1 by LEGOLAND Discovery Center. They also ship items purchased from their website. Visit their website for current hours of operation.
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 522-2475
This is a destination shop for runners. They sell clothing, shoes (sold with their expert advice) and all kinds of related items from foam rollers to protein bars.
Woops! Macarons & Gifts
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 330-3463
You’ll think you’re in Paris when you taste the delicious macarons from this Arizona Mills shop. It’s located in between entrances 2 and 3. Honey Lavender, Dark Chocolate and Blueberry Cheesecake are some of our favorites. They also ship.
3201 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 829-1967
Stay entertained with the best music money can buy at Zia Records. They also sell movies, vinyl records, turntables and gift items. It’s like the store in the movie “High Fidelity” with a much better selection!
The spring Tempe Festival of the Arts was cancelled this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t purchase works from the talented artists. You can browse through art by category on the Tempe Festival of the Arts website and purchase directly from the artists’ websites.
Downtown Tempe’s 6th Street Market provided an opportunity to purchase food, art, clothing and other items created by local makers. In an effort to help these artists, the Downtown Tempe Authority has listed all of the artists who participated in the market this season so you can visit their websites, follow them on social media, and hopefully, purchase a few of your new favorite things.
Here are a few of our favorite Tempe-based artists who could also use your support right now.
Lace, Grace & Peonies – hand stamped and painted marble coasters
Phoenix Supply Co. – art prints, greeting cards, stickers and home goods with an Arizona theme
Paige Reesor – Paintings, including miniature size scenes of Arizona and Tempe buildings and custom pet portraits
JayArrArt – prints and t-shirts with the Soul of Arbor and You Are Amazing themes
In addition, find artwork and gifts with a Tempe theme from these artists on Etsy.
2125 E. 5th St., Ste. 102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 292-8770
This local distillery is known for spirits made right here in Tempe, including Peralta Bourbon and Papago Dark Rum. They are open for tours and cocktail service. Tours are held on Friday and Saturdays every hour on the hour with the last tour one hour before close. No need to reserve in advance – just show up a few minutes ahead of time and join the next tour. The cost is $14 per person.
Arizona Distilling Co.
601 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-2487
Arizona Distilling Co. has the distinction of making the first whiskey in Arizona after prohibition. In 2013! Visit their tasting room for cocktails, small bites and pizza. Tours are available on Saturdays and include 3 0.5 oz. pours for $10 per person. Visit their website to schedule your tour at least 24 hours in advance.
Wild Hare Distillery
5869 S. Kyrene Rd., Ste. 18, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (602) 402-2329
Wild Hare is known for DROVE, a premium spirits line made with agave nectar. They’re open for bottle pickup and tours by appointment only. Call or text their number for availability.
Flowers are sure to brighten anyone’s day, especially in times like these! Order a bouquet online and have it delivered to your special someone. Here are a few local florists who would love your support. Order online or call with any questions.
1435 E. University Dr. #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-0389
5801 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 968-7961
God’s Garden Treasures
2219 S. 48th St., Ste. G, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 603-7673
Rowan Tree Flowers
107 E. Baseline Rd., Ste. A104, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 686-8965