We’ve always known that local merchants are an important part of what makes Tempe unique. But, in 2020, the importance of supporting our retailers, artists and small businesses has become vital and we really want to help. Below, we’ve gathered information about some local Tempe merchants, who sell everything from ASU gear to flowers to skateboards, who will really benefit from your patronage. Arizona retailers were allowed to re-open to the public on May 8th, following CDC guidelines. Some stores still remain closed to walk-in traffic, but are continuing to offer shipping and curbside pick-up. Contact individual merchants for more details.
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. Tempe’s annual art festival and many festivals and events were cancelled this spring and that really hurts the income stream for these talented artists. Consider making a purchase from them so they can keep creating for years to come. Use the list below as you’re looking for gifts for loved ones (or just for you) and consider buying a gift card, or two, or lots of them, that can be used at a later date.
Some of the retailers and services have re-opened at Tempe Marketplace. Visit the Tempe Marketplace website for updates about the stores that are open to the public, including their hours of operation.
Several retailers at Arizona Mills are now open as well. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium has re-opened. Please visit business websites to learn which retailers are open. Arizona Mills center hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Don’t forget to order meals from the delicious restaurants around Tempe. Check out our blog post for a comprehensive list of Tempe restaurants that are offering take out, curbside pick-up and delivery. We have also indicated what restaurants have opened their dining rooms.
And, make sure to check out the City of Tempe website where you’ll find a list of Tempe-based businesses with gift cards and other offers. You can purchase them right from the website, or for a better experience download the MyHownd app from your favorite app store.
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 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 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for curbside pickup. Call in your order (480) 858-9447 to check availability as the store is not open for browsing. Delivery is also available, inquire within for more information about delivery rules. You can also follow along on their Instagram page for store updates.
Burst of Butterflies
1835 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 559-8025
The studio is open again so you can create in their inspiring space, six feet apart from other guests. They are continuing to offer pottery-to-go and canvas-to-go packages. Choose your pottery piece and up to 5 paint colors or a canvas design that includes everything that you need to make a masterpiece at home. Pay for your items online. Your package will be ready for pick up in 24 hours. For pottery, return it to the store and they’ll fire it and have it ready within 7 days.
514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 894-1278
Buy everything that an ASU fan has to have at Cactus Sports. Their store reopened to the public on May 8th and they are currently having a store wide 20% off sale. Also, all online orders are 20% off, no code needed and that includes an extra 20% off of their clearance items.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 730-0205
The Tempe location is currently closed to shoppers, but they can still process online orders that will be delivered to your door or picked up curbside. You can also send a customized Booklover Care Package to friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who needs a little lift right now. You can also help by buying a gift card on their website. Curbside pickup hours: Mon.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check Instagram for updates on when they will reopen to the public.
215 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 379-3605
Buy all the skateboard gear that you need (and just want). Order online and get free shipping for Arizona residents on orders over $25. Curbside pickup is also available.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 448-1687
Place your order online and receive free shipping with code “FREESHIPPING” at checkout.
2180 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 839-9383
1006 E. Warner Rd. #106, Tempe, Az 85284 | (480) 730-1081
Open for online orders, bike repairs and curbside pick-up and drop-off. Open Mon.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need help picking out a bike and riding gear, call the store or email [email protected] for personal recommendations from their experts.
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 522-2475
Their store is now open to the public and they will continue curbside pickup for customers who are more comfortable with that option. Their staff can help you select the best product for you over the phone or in person.
3201 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 829-1967
Stay entertained with the best music money can buy at Zia Records. The store is now open but you can still continue shopping on their website and having items shipped to you! Curbside pickup is also offered. You can stay up to date on what’s new to their site by following along on their Instagram page.
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 open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are resuming tours and cocktail service but they will limit the number of people in their shop. They are selling hand sanitizer that was made in house for $8 a bottle (or sold in bulk to companies). You can also purchase their whiskey and spirits, such as Peralta Bourbon and Papago Dark Rum, during business hours.
CaskWerks Distilling Co.
1920 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 247-2825⠀
Because their tasting room in Tempe is closed, CaskWerks is offering curbside pick-up for their spirits: Vodka, Gin, CW Tea, and Apple Pie Liqueur.
Every other week, CaskWerks creates a fun drink you can make at home featuring a local mixer. The cocktail kits include all ingredients you need to make the drink at home. Cocktail kits have included:
- Gin Buck featuring CaskWerks’ Gin and Gosling’s Ginger Beer
- Apple & Ginger Beer featuring CaskWerks’ Apple Pie Liqueur and Gosling’s Ginger Beer
- “Arnold Balmer” featuring CaskWerks’ CW Tea and Iconic Cocktail Co‘s Meyer Lemon Balm
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. If you need to send something for Mother’s Day, don’t delay. 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