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A downtown shopping roundup to get you into that western state of mind

Updated: Sep 16

Come along for a unique shopping experience that will get you into that western state of mind in historic Florence, Arizona. For a town as small as Florence there is quite the collection of shops to spend the day visiting. Browse for that perfect western outfit and accessories, a souvenir, a gift for a loved one or something special to bring a touch of southwest back home.


 

Arizona's Most Unique Hardware Store!
Photo by Michael Baca

To kick off the list we have to mention a True Value like no other. You might be thinking why would a visitor want to go to the local hardware store? The owners of this small town shop have renovated this True Value into more of a museum with antiques and memorabilia on display that will transport you to another time. Between the wood floors and belt driven ceiling fans, you'll find fully stocked aisles. Florence True Value, locally owned and operated since 1991 is a true "Home Town" hardware store. Customers often come through the front door in a hurry but quickly slow down to discuss a memory from their past. Trust us, no other hardware store showcases its public washroom.



Check out this Arizona Highways TV segment on True Value from 2010 to get a peek!


This small town True Value has a huge personality! Perfect for picking up a special gift, souvenir or a western hat. You really don't want to miss checking this out!

True Value's original storefront.

Visit this famed hardware store at 290 North Main Street and for more information including a detailed history visit their website at www.florencetruevalue.com.


 

Soak up the western vibes at Rail Three Ranch

Quality Leather Goods by Sammi Jo Beebe and Pecas Sonora Beebe.


One of the best parts of traveling is being able to soak up that local vibe and dressing the part! Rail Three Ranch makes this easy with their handmade leather goods that they whip up in-house. This mother daughter duo offers quintessential Arizona accessories, t-shirts, hats, purses and more that will be sure to turn heads when you get home! In addition to their storefront you can also find them selling their wares on the rodeo circuit. Stand out from the crowd with one of their uniquely crafted pieces. This is Arizona boutique shopping at its finest!


Visit their storefront at 390 N Main Street or check them out online at www.facebook.com/RailThreeRanch.


 

Score that western look at this boutique consignment shop

Bucks 4 Style carries gently used women's clothing and home decor with a focus on western style. You could easily put together an entire cowgirl outfit to strut your stuff on your southwest adventure. As a local or a tourist its easy to get excited visiting this shop as there is always something fresh!


Located at 440 N. Main Street Suite 102 or you can find them online to get a sample of thier latest offerings at www.facebook.com/bucks4style.


 

Make your home and garden sing a lovely country song

The Happy Adobe is a maze of Mexican imports and southwest goods. Handcrafted by individual families and imported you will find one-of-a-kind items here that will be begging to go home with you. They carry beautiful pots of many styles, colorful and tarnished metal art, rustic furniture and a wide variety of home goods and decor. You will find the perfect souvenir to take home even if you don't have a ton of packing space. The kids will really love this place with all the bright colors and fun animal characters to look at, it's so much fun to just walk around.


Bring something western back home for your garden at the Happy Adobe located at 189 South Main Street or online at thehappyadobe.com.


 

Bring home a piece of western history from the museum gift shop!

If you only have time for one cultural stop on your trip to Florence make sure to check out the Pinal County Historical Museum. Founded in 1958, the museum preserves Florence's rich history with exhibits ranging from pre-contact times to the 1950s. See saguaro cactus furniture, farm equipment, ranch and cowboy displays and prison artifacts. On the way out make sure to check out the gift shops as they carry a large selection of books, t-shirts, hand crafted jewelry, mini-cactus, kids packs, goat milk soap, bookmarks and more! A great place to find a treasured keepsake to remind you of your time in Florence.


Located at 715 South Main Street and online at pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org.


 

An impressive array of locally made gifts at the Visitor Center

Our shopping bonanza continues at the Florence Visitor Center Gift Shop. Located in the same historic building as McFarland State Park which is also worth browsing through and learning more about Florence's storied past. Alongside pertinent information on things to do and places to see in Florence, the gift shop is loaded with an assortment of gifts from local artisans, musicians, authors, photographers, and crafts-people. They also have note cards, postcards, jewelry, pottery, paintings, games, t-shirts, puzzles, books on local history, local hikes and ATV trails. You'll be amazed by the fine craftsmanship produced in such a small town. Florence Visitor Center Gift Shop is located at 24 Ruggles Avenue and can be found online at facebook.com/FlorenceAZVisitorCenter.


 

The ultimate experience to capture yourself in the Western State of Mind
Casa de Baca Studios and Gallery

Last but certainly not least we want to mention a cool opportunity to get your western portrait taken with Casa de Baca Studios. We recommend having this planned out and booked in advance. They can do studio portraits or you can do a location session out in the stunning Sonoran desert landscape. Have fun putting together a western outfit in town and memorialize your western experience with a photo that will last forever. This very well may become your favorite portrait!


Even if you aren't booking a portrait session you should make it a point to stop in the Casa de Baca Gallery. Michael Baca is our favorite Florence photographer as you might notice his photos are featured all throughout this website! Bring some of the magic home that he creates with his fine art photography.


The studio and gallery is located at 315 North Main Street and can be found online at casadebacastudios.com.

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