For Easter, Pick a Local Basket

 

Easter Sunday is quickly approaching and some local entrepreneurs are offering some unique baskets to make this holiday and others falling under quarantine a bit cheerier. Here’s another chance to support the local businesses that make T-town special:

W Boutique has three luxe baskets to choose from for the fashionista or stylish bunny in your life. The baskets, which range in price from $175 to $250, include different compilations of favorites from the St. Philip’s Plaza boutique. You can also add a gift card. For more information and doorstep delivery options, you can DM the store on FB or insta or email at wboutiquetucson@gmail.com.

Basket Butler, run by local businessman Mark Ballis, offers custom gift baskets that can be perfect for Easter but also for any local healthcare heroes you’d like to honor. His website notes a surge in business lately for just that. You can peruse his gallery here.

Scout & Cellar organic wines has one of its most hardworking reps in Kelly Medvec. After Easter, she mentioned several appreciation weeks on the calendar for April and May, for teachers, administrative professionals and especially, nurses and hospitals. Her company offers clean-crafted, delicious wines and now, cute new cans and minis. You can reach Kelly at www.scoutandcellar.com/kellymedvec or phone 520-331-4289.

Stay well everyone! xo

A Luxe Candle for Quarantine

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Challenging Covid-19 quarantines call for a luxe candle. And this one is it! Les Ruches, a Los Angeles candle company, makes luxurious, pure organic beeswax candles that are as beautiful to look at as they are to smell. The candles have lead-free wicks and are infused with essential oils. But the reason I even found out about them is because I follow Shayna Taylor, an organic chef on Instagram, and she did a collaboration with Les Ruches – the Noir Amethyste line. Now, it’s impossible to pick a candle scent online but I trusted her because her entire mission is organic healthy living and I thought she would surely create a beautiful scent. And SHE DID. The Noir Amethyste is a must buy. The candles range in price from $52 to $550 and they arrive in elegant black and gold packaging with long-stemmed matches to boot. Due to the coronavirus crisis, be patient on the shipping right now. Stay well!

MSA Annex: Cool Shops in Shipping Containers

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In the shadow of A Mountain and next to Caterpillar’s new digs lies a hip shopping destination that’s another true example of Tucson low-key cool: MSA Annex.

The annex is a cluster of shops and eateries housed in repurposed shipping containers, just down the street from Mercado San Agustin in what is shaping up to be a popular market district on Tucson’s west side.

Stores include novelty Tucson items (Why I Love Where I Live); minimalist women’s vintage (Luca Ryann); home accessories and global skin care brands (Now or Never); and a destination bar and bottle shop (Westbound) among several others.

MSA Annex has been hosting Summer Night Markets throughout the past few months and is gearing up for Mercado Flea next month, in which vendors will be selling vintage items, antiques and collectibles along the sidewalks and parking lots between the annex and Mercado San Agustin.

A definite desert destination as the temps drop!