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25 ways to “Shop Small” this season
Our top “can’t-live-without-them” Palm Desert businesses
Palm Desert is blessed with a diverse retail environment that includes everything from small boutique stores to the biggest of the national retailers. Small Business Saturday, marked each year on the day following Black Friday, focuses renewed attention on those unique locally owned stores that make up the backbone of Palm Desert’s rich retail climate. Here are a few suggestions contributed by our staff when they were asked to name their favorite “can’t live without-them” Palm Desert businesses. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration here for the shopping season to come.
Apparel and Accessories
Apparel has long been a stalwart in Palm Desert in general, and on El Paseo in particular. Whatever your style, from funky bohemian to classic chic, these stores have you covered.
BG’s El Paseo
73520 El Paseo, #1D
Great shop for bold, graphic, edgy fashions that will make you stand out from the crowd.
73200 El Paseo, #A3
Known for their up-to-date selection of stylish jeans and boho-chic casual clothes. Don’t miss their great selection of unique jewelry.
73750 El Paseo, #2
The spot to visit for highly textured, richly hued womenswear that evokes another era while remaining fresh and contemporary.
73130 El Paseo, Ste. H
Home of a modern collection of specialty separates including embellished tops and dresses, Italian silk printed tunics and exquisitely detailed leather jackets.
73255 El Paseo, Ste. 4
An extensive selection of clothes including suits, sport coats and slacks that are both classic and contemporary, age-appropriate, and stylish
Pompeii’s Men’s Fine Apparel
73655 El Paseo, Ste. K
A beautifully presented, on-trend collection of fine Italian clothing that ranges from Desert Casual to Formal attire.
The Lumpy Bunny
73640 El Paseo
A unique shop for babies and kids up to eight years old, featuring fun and spunky clothing, accessories, shoes, and educational toys.
Cactus Flower Shoes
73640 El Paseo #3
This longtime stalwart on El Paseo is “the busiest little shoe store around,” thanks to their full service and wide selection of brands.
72840 Highway 111, Westfield Mall
This unique boutique features western, Native American and artisan-crafted handbags, gloves, cowboy boots and moccasins as well as hand-crafted jewelry.
73910 El Paseo
The area's largest upscale eyewear retailer for both designer sunglasses and prescription eyewear.
Whether you just need to pick up a bottle of wine as a hostess gift or you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gift, here are a few suggestions to consider.
The Body Deli
73-560 El Paseo Ste. B
73910 Highway 111
Pioneers of fresh and organic face, body and hair care, all lovingly crafted by their Cosmetic Chefs in small batches daily.
Desert Wine Shop on 111
73360 Highway 111
A small wine shop that caters to local tastes with global variety, where you’re like to find big name wines side-by-side with unheard-of gems.
It’s in the Bag
72363 Highway 111, #A2
Home to the widest selection of luggage in the Coachella Valley, plus briefcases, laptop bags, and all manner of travel accessories.
For the Home
Know a “nester”? Sometimes the best gift is something they can use and appreciate in their home.
Palm Desert Ace Hardware
74058 Highway 111
Looking for a unique gadget? Whether it’s for specialty housewares or great garden supplies, this locally owned hardware store is the place to go.
73655 El Paseo
The spot for beautiful and unique home décor including fun pillows and delightful candles, furniture and gifts.
The Upper Crust
73540 El Paseo, Ste. C
A one-stop shop with quality cookware as well as a great selection of special, private label gourmet foods.
There are a myriad of jewelry stores in Palm Desert, so it’s hard to winnow this list down to a few favorites. Here are the suggestions that garnered multiple recommendations from our staff.
El Paseo Jewelers
73520 El Paseo, Ste. E
The place to come for memorable, one-of-a-kind custom pieces and for high carat-weight rings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry items.
73560 El Paseo
A little gem of a store offering jewelry from notable, on-trend designers from Milan, London, Geneva, Sao Paolo and New York.
Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers
73670 El Paseo
A veritable jewelry emporium selling the most exquisite jewelry and elegant timepieces from around the world.
Sports and Recreation
Palm Desert is a recreation-lover’s dream. But no need to simply dream about your next bike, golf clubs or tennis racquet—these stores have you covered.
Pete Carlson Golf and Tennis
73741 Highway 111
At 14,000 square feet, it’s hard to call this store a small business, but for over three decades it’s been the place to go for all your golf and tennis needs.
Palm Desert Cyclery
77750 Country Club Drive
The place to find new bicycles from Electra, Specialized and Trek plus one of the best selections of bike accessories in the area.
44841 San Pablo Ave.
Whether you’re looking for a mountain bike, road bike, cruiser, tandem bike, kids' bike, or an electric bike, experienced biking enthusiasts are ready to help with your questions.
Arts and Crafts
Whether you’re in search of a gift for someone who is crafty, or looking to buy the materials to create your own handmade gift, here are a few of our top suggestions for arts and crafts supplies:
Ralph’s Sewing and Vacuum
73941 Highway 111
Have a seamstress or quilter on your list? Ralph’s offers a huge selection sewing machines and accessories for sale that are sure to delight.
CREATE Center for the Arts
73446 Highway 111
Why not give the gift of an art class or workshop, or buy your artist some studio time?
Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations
77780 Country Club Dr.
A complete quilting and beading store that attracts customers in search of unique and fabulous fabrics, beads, education and inspiration.