by Riverann Polinard, Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village
Arriving in Sedona is like walking into a beautiful postcard. In the center of town is Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. This artistic village reflects the romance of Sedona. Here, art and nature embrace one another in a story of beauty and perfection.
Abe Miller, its founder, fashioned the architecture after small villages he visited in Mexico. Struck by the natural beauty of those thriving artistic communities, he named it Tlaquepaque. Which means the “best of everything.”
The design elements show in the details. Arched entryways and cobblestone streets echo a feeling of Old World charm. Hand-painted murals, courtyard fountains and colorful gardens nestled among giant sycamores provide an inspiring casual elegance.
Visitors encounter life-size and monument wildlife sculptures along the south entrance galleries and tall wind sculptures on the north. A collection of realistic bronzes like Amelia Earhart, an Indian Maiden, Ganesh, or a whimsical abstract — add a dazzling charm to the ambiance.
Everything on site is eye candy.
Tlaquepaque showcases fine art across all genres featuring local, national and international renowned artists. Explore its sacred art, authentic Native American, contemporary, eclectic and impressionist works throughout 15 fine art galleries.
With 30 small specialty shops featuring distinctive gifts, Tlaquepaque keeps it original. There’s folk art, a kid’s boutique and Toy Town, kitchen inspirations, jewelry shops, natural wonders, outdoor gear, raku pottery and much more. This immaculate and dog-friendly venue even has a shop for your four-legged friend.
Listen to the bell tower chime. Turn a corner and hear the soothing melodies of a flamenco guitar or native flute. Or visit the small nondenominational chapel for quiet meditation in the midst of Tlaquepaque’s liveliness.
Five on-site restaurants provide a variety of dining experiences offering exceptional cuisines. Four smaller eateries specialize in sweet treats, chai, coffee and spirits.
An extensive schedule of community events from flamenco music, productions by Red Earth Theatre, educational events for children and a Farmers Market from May to October add an air of celebration.
Tlaquepaque also produces extraordinary special events. Enjoy the Howl-o-ween Costume Parade of Pets, Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead and the Christmas Festival of Lights. These fabulous productions are captivating to locals and patrons alike.
The treasures you’ll find here may be some of the most memorable in Sedona!