Your Guide to Shopping In Rancho Mirage
Guests flock to the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage to relax — and there are so very many ways to relax. Indulging in the on-site amenities soothes the mind and replenishes the spirit.
But the Coachella Valley is about a lot more than just lounging by the pool soaking up rays or getting a world-class massage at the spa. The surrounding area is chock full of activities to explore.
While the famous golf courses and legendary dining experiences are well-known to most visitors, there’s also an amazing and unique shopping culture close to the hotel, offering hard-to-find gifts and stunning treasures to display back home or hold onto as a keepsake. Stylish offerings abound as well, from the finery of quality menswear to eclectic art pieces which can be found nowhere else in the world. Shopping in the Rancho Mirage area is all about discovery and class, just as distinguishing an element of the Desert Cities as the pleasant dry heat and laid-back lifestyle.
Handcrafted Jewelery & Accessories
Possibly the single most unique inventory to fill all of the shops in the Rancho Mirage area may well be Zense at 73255 El Paseo #20, Palm Desert. Billing itself as “a gallery of local, national and global emerging artisans,” this is the place to find fashion adornments which will literally be found nowhere else. Expert crafters use natural and recycled resources to make jewelry unlike any other. It’s a desert boutique catering to the owner’s own New York shopping sensibilities, while maintaining its singular artistic veneer. Rather than following jewelry fashion, Zense seeks to create it on its own terms, curating items purchasers are not likely to find anyone else wearing.
If timelessness, dedication to craftsmanship, and an old world shop ethos is what you are after then you will find it at the heart of Emerson & Farrar Fine Jewelry at 125 South Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Their desire to house and handcraft a unique and extraordinary collection gives them a distinct aesthetic that sets them apart from any other boutique jewelry experience.
At the forefront of fashion as well as masters of the classics, Gail Jewelers, 73525 El Paseo, #1500, strive to create fine pieces of jewelry for buyers who want something unique with impeccable quality and value. They believe a great design is timeless and becomes an heirloom to hand down to your children and create a legacy.
Vintage and Antiques
If you enjoy antiquing, we have some very good news for you. The greater Palm Springs area, encompassing Rancho Mirage and other nearby cities, boasts a robust amount of shops selling vintage furniture and housewares. And it’s not just about rummaging through second-hand thrift stores. There is an accent on restored pieces stretching back to mid-century and further. Stunning craftsmanship, preserved and rehabilitated, graces the many galleries at hand for guests to gander upon and possibly take home.
A great place to start would be the high-end Phyllis Washington Antiques at 73960 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Prepare for a museum-like experience as the store’s 25,000 square feet of beautiful furniture unfolds before you. Art deco is well-represented, but some of the collection harkens all the way back to the 18th century. More than just furniture and fixtures, what one will find is a space loaded with individual works of art, fit to adorn the homes of royalty.
For those seeking a more scaled-back type of vintage product outlet, sporting items from more recent decades, the place to check out is Victoria’s Attic at 69930 CA-111, Rancho Mirage. Here you will not only find furniture, but dishware, clothing, tchotchkes, and lots and lots of kitsch. There are plenty of mid-century pieces on hand. But also, there are fabulous ‘60s and ‘70s patterned dresses and men’s shirts. Recovered framed art hangs proudly on the wall for sale, antique memorabilia sits on shelves, and yes, there’s even a collection of porcelain angel statues.
Victoria’s Attic truly has something for everyone be they fashion-minded or seeking a campy memento to live with as a memory of their trip. It’s a perfect place to pick up gifts for folks back home or to find that perfect knickknack to satisfy the eccentric collector within.
Over at 68929 Perez Road in Cathedral City is yet another twist on the desert antiquing culture. At Hom is a store which not only buys, sells, and trades vintage furniture, but also specialize in classic vinyl records. This mix of chairs, end tables, and groovy tunes is a perfect cross-pollination for groups seeking different types of items. But it’s not just about antiques. Modern pieces are also a specialty at the store, accenting not only a hankering for the past, but rather, a love for all that is pleasing to the eyes and the ears. It’s the ideal place for mom and dad to seek out an addition to the living room while the kids geek out on adding rare records to their collection.
While Zense may be more popular with the ladies, there is another fashion destination which the men visiting Rancho Mirage may well want to step into. Mares Menswear at 73255 El Paseo #4, Palm Desert proudly offers stylish selections for the discerning gentlemen. Any fellow looking for a full range of raiment from casual desert gear to formal attire for those special evening get-togethers will not be disappointed. Mares has secured collections from exclusive designers who don’t offer their fashions anywhere else in the Coachella Valley. Their dedication to helping men look their best while strutting in comfort makes this a must-visit for guys who are seriously into looking sharp.
These locations aren’t the end of the shopping experience in the Rancho Mirage area, but the beginning of it. There are plenty more establishments to explore while out and about between spa treatments and swimming sessions. The perfect weather makes such journeys of discovery highly enjoyable, while the local culture ensures just about everyone will be in for a nice surprise in their shopping experience. Complimenting the wonderful outdoor activities with a little regional commerce is the perfect way to balance your trip to the valley.