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7 Mom-and-Pop Shops in Tempe to Find the Perfect Holiday Gifts


At RISE on Apache, we’re all about supporting small business. There’s no better way to do that than by squeezing as many locally owned stores as possible onto your holiday shopping itinerary. To help you get started, here’s a list of seven amazing local shops near Arizona State University in Tempe.

Want to Take Your Support of Small Business to New Heights?

Local First Arizona is a fantastic resource for finding small, locally owned businesses to support. They need your help now more than ever.

Where to Look for the Literature Lovers on Your List?

Changing Hands Bookstore, an institution in Tempe, stocks thousands of new and used books along with a wide selection of unique gifts. Check out their curated gift boxes for the literature lovers on your list. This gem of an independent bookstore is located on South McClintock Drive, less than 5 miles from RISE.

Looking for Something Unique?

Yucatecan Imports, a hidden treasure on South Mill Avenue, features products from a variety of countries – everything from bags and clothing to blankets and jewelry.

In Search of a Gift That Makes a Statement?

OXDX Clothing, a Native American-owned fashion label based out of downtown Tempe, offers edgy, socially conscious apparel that aims to raise awareness of indigenous issues. You can find their products online.

Shopping for a Sneakerhead?

Daily Rotation is the perfect stop for those on your list with a strong sneaker game. From hard-to-find kicks to high-style apparel, Daily Rotation on South MIll Avenue – about 2 miles from RISE – has your gift list covered.

Have a Crafter on Your List?

Find the perfect gift for the knitters and crocheters in your life at Tempe Yarn on East University Drive – less than 2 miles away from RISE. And make sure they check out Tempe Yarn’s Insta feed for inspiration. For a unique gift, consider a knitting or crocheting class. Check out their calendar to see what’s coming up.

Shopping for a Music Lover?

We all have that one friend or relative who’s super into music and everything vinyl. Enter Zia Records on South Mill! This throwback shop has it all – music (of all mediums), movies, books, video games quirky gifts, and even turntables. It’s just over 2 miles away from RISE.

Where to Go for Fragrance Aficionados?

Lotions & Potions, one of Tempe’s original fragrance shops, stocks essential oils, candles, soaps, and, of course, lotions. You’ll find it on South Mill Avenue, less than 2 miles away from RISE.

Ready to Kick Back & Relax?

After a busy day of shopping, kick back and live the good life at RISE on Apache’s amazing amenity spaces. Elevate your downtime with our unmatched extras – from the rooftop pool and sundeck to our cozy fire pit lounge and high-speed gamer lounge. Live steps from the ASU campus and moments from downtown at RISE.


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