SEDONA LIFESTYLE
Tlaquepaque Shopping and Art
Features Editor, Awesome Sedona Villa
09 August 2016
One of the many entrances to Tlaquepaque.

One of the many entrances to Tlaquepaque.  Photo © Dan Turner.

Abe P. Miller, a successful Nevada businessman and real estate developer, originally envisioned a living arts community modeled after the charm and mood of Old Mexico. In the 1970s he acquired a distinctive sycamore grove on several acres of land, right on the banks of Oak Creek — the perfect site for his dream. He named his village Tlaquepaque (pronounced tuh-LAH-kuh-PAH-kee) after the colorful Mexican city near Guadalajara. It means “the best of everything” in the ancient language of the Aztecs.

Tlaquepaque Architecture and Art.

Tlaquepaque Architecture and Art.  Photos © Dan Turner.

Tlaquepaque is filled with Old World charm.

Tlaquepaque is filled with Old World charm.  Photo © Dan Turner.

The center’s Old World architecture incorporates grand courtyard fountains, colorful tiles, overhanging balconies, intricate ironwork, carved doors and arched entryways, all carefully constructed to leave the enormous sycamore trees untouched. As a result, Tlaquepaque has a charming, centuries-old organic feel.

It would be challenging to find a more attractive location anywhere to create such an exceptional shopping and art experience. Tlaquepaque is visited by more than one million tourists each year and has become a cherished favorite among residents. Fabulous art treasures and distinctive gifts are around every corner, and skilled artisans work on their latest creations right in the Tlaquepaque galleries.

The shops are filled with original art in every medium; including contemporary and Southwestern fine art paintings, functional and traditional ceramics, Western and eclectic bronze sculpture, architectural accent pieces, weavings, ornamental arts, delightful blown glass creations and magnificent large format photography. Fine contemporary jewelry, designer silk and leather casual wear, and remarkable gift items all welcome the Tlaquepaque visitor.

Shops Open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Restaurant Hours Vary
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving

Located at 336 Highway 179, Sedona, Arizona 86339
Information: 928-282-4838
Website: www.tlaq.com

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