Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free People

The store first began in 1970’s in West Philadelphia by Dick Hayne.  His store was named Free People and catered to the younger crowd that lived in the area.  He observed that they wanted individuality and provided clothes that would suit their needs.  When the demand increased for his merchandise, he opened another store and changed the name to Urban Outfitters.  When the requests for his clothing became enormous, Dick started a wholesale line with names such as Bulldog, Ecote, Cooperative, and Anthropologie.  By 1984, he saw a need to energize and renew the Free People moniker.

The Free People’s look evolved from offering clothes for just the young generation to more of an older and fashionable aspect.  The hippy-girly-plucky-essence and individual look became their persona.  Not only did they go for a certain image and great distinction, but their prices are reasonable too.

For more information and a catalog of their merchandise, check out their website:

Monday, April 27, 2015

Merchant Square Antique Marketplace

Picture is from their website.
The Merchant Square Antique Marketplace is located in Chandler, AZ.  Inside the 58,000 square foot facility you will find over 200 wholesalers with items in either 130 booths or one of the 104 glass cabinets.  They have an array of things such as furniture, lighting, jewelry, vintage/antique items, and much more.  They also have over 18,000 square feet of outdoor space too with lots more stuff.  We were informed that in the near future, they will have a restaurant for shoppers to relax and grab something to eat or drink, before or after shopping at the marketplace.

Check out their website to check out more of what they are all about:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Mojave Maiden

I know you have heard the saying, “it’s a small world”, and have been in a situation where those four little words have proven to be true.  This just happened to me on my trip to Tubac at the end of March.  My sister-in-law, Debra, and I were staying at the Poston House Inn enjoying our breakfast.  We started talking to an elderly couple and their daughter who also decided to take a trip to Tubac the same weekend.  We began the conversation by talking with them about turquoise because we were all wearing at least one piece.  The man knew every little thing about the mineral from the type to where they were mined.  The entire time while chatting with them, I kept thinking that their daughter looked so familiar.  I found out later why.

I was telling them about my Arizona travel book and offered them a copy.  When I brought it back, and after seeing my name, their daughter asked if I worked at SRP many years ago.  Bazinga!  Over 30 years ago, I worked for SRP (Salt River Project) in the mapping department.  Rejeanna worked there with me.  We remembered many of the same people.  Our conversation about working together, turned into another interesting story about her parents, John and Angelina.

Rejeanna’s mother, Angelina is Native American and part of the Mojave tribe.  She is actually the last of her tribe and granddaughter of the chief.  She is a Mojave maiden and from one of the Colorado River tribes.  The Colorado River Indian Reservation is located in parts of California and Arizona with mutual associates such as the Chemehuevi, Hopi, and Navajo peoples.  The Mojave or Mohave people are native to the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert.  What a fascinating family we met.

For more information and history of the Mojave people, check out these sites:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mexican Piloncillo

This was given to me by Mary at the Poston House Inn in Tubac, AZ.

What is Mexican Piloncillo?  Basically it is raw, unrefined, non-processed sugar that is pressed into a cone shape.  The name Piloncillo means "little pylon" because of its shape.  It has a brown sugar with molasses flavor to it, but does not contain any molasses.  You can find them in 2 ounce or 8 ounce cones and use it in any recipe that calls for brown sugar.  You can buy each cone in either light or dark.  There are many types of Mexican recipes where Piloncillo is used. You can find them online.

I love the way Mary displayed her collection of Piloncillo.  At first I thought they were candles and was wondering why they didn't have wicks.  She told me that they were raw sugar cones.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Between the years 1687 to 1711, the Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, founded missions in and around the Tubac area in Arizona.  His thought was to manipulate the local Native Americans into becoming Christians.  Tumacacori, which it 4 miles south of Tubac, was constructed in 1691, and the tiny settlement of Piman was used as a mission hacienda.  By the 1730’s, Spanish migrants inhabited the area, farming and cattle ranching.  In 1751 a gory rebellion devastated the town of Tubac, and a year later in June, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was initiated.  Around 50 armed men were assigned to protect the presidio, and those living in the area.

“Juan Bautista de Anza II, second commander of the presidio, led two overland expeditions to the Pacific, resulting in the founding of San Francisco, in 1776. Several hundred colonists from the provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora, along with sixty from Tubac, made the trip. Over 1,000 head of cattle, horses and mules were also gathered to transport food supplies and tools, provide food on the journey and establish new herds once the colonists settled at their new home on the Pacific.  Following Anza's return to Tubac, military authorities moved the garrison from Tubac to Tucson in 1776, and the unprotected settlers abandoned their homes.”  (

Tubac suffered many decades of attacks from the Apache because of no defense provided by any forces.  Because things got so bad, the presidio was reenergized in 1787 with Pima Indian troops and Spanish officers.  In 1821, after Mexico gained its sovereignty from Spain, another severe attack from the Apache left Tubac a ghost town once more.  This small town wouldn’t see life again until 1853 when it became an element of the Gadsden Purchase.  Thanks to Charles D. Poston buying the leader’s house and using it as his command center, many more followed.  He started Arizona’s original newspaper and it went to print for the first time in 1859.  Even though Tubac enjoyed being the most prevalent town in Arizona in 1860, the American Civil War needed the armies protecting the town to fight the war.  Once again, the Apache took advantage of the vulnerable settlement, attacked and left the place empty without a single soul around.  It tried to bounce back after the war, but the popularity and mines of Tombstone prevented that from happening.

“In 1974, archaeologists from the University of Arizona excavated portions of the presidio. In 1976, an underground archaeological display was finished and visitors can now view portions of the original foundation, walls, and plaza floor of the 1752 Commandant's quarters, as well as artifacts representing the various periods of Tubac's unique history.”


Territorial School House (1885)

Headquarters and Commander's Residence

Headquarters and Commander's Residence Ruins

Underground Archaeological Exhibit

Presidio Museum

Otero Hall (1914)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hozhoni: The Gathering Place

This picture was retrieved from their Facebook page.

The Hozhoni in Tubac, AZ, is known as the Gathering Place.  What exactly can you find in this establishment?  A variety of things from a coffee bar, ice cream parlor, bookstore, and reading room.  It is "an indie bookstore/spiritual center/art gallery serving Savagery coffee, Screamery ice cream & simply sensational home-baked goods" as stated on their Facebook page.  They even host a variety of events as well.  I gave them one of my travel books, a card, and purchased a delicious iced coffee.  It is a great place to hang out while in Tubac.

Check out their website and Facebook page:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Historic Old Tubac

What is found in historic old Tubac?  I walked along the street and took pictures for all too see.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sole Leather and Shoe Studio

The Sole Studio showcases the talents of  designer James Culver.  His "working leather studio" can be found in Tubac, AZ and has an online shop as well.  You will find an array of handbags, belts, wallets and shoes.  All the buckles are handmade with each handbag and belt designed with many creative patterns.  You will also find lots of boots, and other types of footwear.  They even have various types of gifts, jewelry, and other miscellaneous goodies.

Check out their website for more information and items for sale: and

These are the Taos turquoise leather sandals I bought.  They are protected by Aegis microbe shield which controls odor, staining and deterioration.  Check it their website:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lone Mountain Turquoise Company

Owned by the Winfield Family for three generations, this store is a Winfield Gallery triumph. The Lone Mountain Turquoise Company is a collection of over 3,000 artist works, featuring a colonnade of premium turquoise jewelry, rugs, pottery, paintings, baskets and sculptures.  Other Native American works of art are also highlighted.

Read about the Winfield family, how they began their business, and see their gallery of gorgeous items at their website:

Inside the gallery.

The fire red opal ring with black stone inlay I bought for myself.