10 best places to shop in Glendale

Glendale is one of Phoenix's biggest suburbs and also one of the city's most popular shopping destinations.

One of the newest places to shop 'til you drop in Glendale is Tanger Outlets. This huge shopping center features high-end designer names like Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, plus a diverse array of specialty shops.

For a fun day of shopping in one of the west side's liveliest settings, nothing beats Westgate City Center. This sleek, sprawling entertainment and shopping complex features a number of boutiques and restaurants.

If malls are your thing, head over to Arrowhead Towne Center, a modern shopping center that boasts a Macy's, Apple Store, JCPenney's and much more.

When you're in Glendale, you won't want to miss the historic downtown area. It's one of the best place to antique in the state. For unique home decor, stop by The Cottage Garden in the charming Caitlin Court block of shops. Fashionistas gather at the Pink House Boutique, a fun shop specializing in locally made women's apparel, accessories and home decor items.

Finally, don't miss the Cerreta Candy Company, Glendale's hometown candy company. Stop by for a free factory tour and sample the homemade goodies in the factory gift shop.


This hip boutique opened in 2005 in Glendale's historic downtown district. Ever since then, Pink House Boutique has become a destination for local fashinonistas in the know. The boutique operates as a co-op where local female designers and artists show off their creative wares, including stylish apparel, hand-crafted jewelry, home decor and fashion accessories. There's also a consignment room known as the Backroom Resale Shop where you can sell and buy gently-used women's apparel. Pink House Boutique is definitely a youth-oriented boutique, but the assortment of locally made accessories makes it worth checking out when you're in exploring downtown Glendale shopping.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Pink House Boutique in downtown Glendale is your destination for hip, ultra-stylish women's apparel and accessories.

Patricia's expert tip: Come here for the huge selection of locally made fashion accessories, especially jewelry.

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Roka Boutique in Glendale offers the latest in men's and women's contemporary designer clothing, accessories and shoes in an urban loft-style setting. The store gets its style inspiration from late 60's and 70's design and fashion. You'll find spy globes, tufted lounge box chairs and other hip design flourishes throughout the store, as well as a massive chandelier near the shop's entrance. The store's hip ambiance reflects the apparel on the racks, which manages to reflect the store's retro style while offering the latest in fashion-forward pieces.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Roka Boutique is the place to go for the latest fashion finds in Glendale.

Patricia's expert tip: New arrivals are stocked weekly, and most items can also be purchased on the store's online boutique.

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Treasures is the place to go in Glendale when you're looking for unique jewelry gifts. The store is known for its vast selection of high quality diamonds, as well as rare colored gems. The store is also known for its custom design jewelry work. If you're looking for a special treasure or a one-of-a-kind gift, the shop's jewelers can design a ring, necklace or bracelet in any style, using any metal, or any gem of your choice. If you need anything repaired, the shop also offers jewelry repair. Come here for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that you will treasure for years to come.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Treasures carries a huge selection of unique and custom jewelry pieces.

Patricia's expert tip: Come to Treasures when you want to discover or create customized jewelry.

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy perusing the wares at Bears & More, a specialty boutique in downtown historic Glendale that specializes in--what else--teddy bears. Located in the beautiful historic Catlin Court Shop distrinct in Glendale, Bears& More carries a wide selection of high quality, plush teady bears from well-respected manufacturers like STeiff, Gund, Deb Canham, and Boyds. You will also find an assortment of puzzles, toys, games, charms, books, dress-up play accessories, educational games and toys made especially for babies. Whether you're looking for a classic Raggedy Ann doll or the latest teddy bear sensation, you'll find it at Bears & More.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Bears & More in historic downtown Glendale brings back the charm of an old-fashioned toy shop to modern day shoppers.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for a fun, kid-friendly activity, ask the staff at Bears & More about their large selection of Needle Felting kits and supplies.

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Vintage Green Old Town Treasures, located in a historic bungalow in Glendale's charming and pedestrian-friendly Catlin Court District, is home to a large inventory of vintage housewares and apparel, hand crafted lotions, skin care products, soaps, unique upcycled furniture, art, fashion accessories and other handmade treasures. This is a great destination for finding one of kind items made by local artists and designers, as well as hard to find vintage home decor accessories. Vintage Green Old Town Treasures also hosts regular classes and events. Come here to find the perfect gift for that friend or family member who has everything.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Vintage Green Old Town Treasures, housed in a historic bungalow in downtown Glendale offers a charming respite from big box stores.

Patricia's expert tip: Vintage Green is a great source for handmade soaps, lotions and skin care products.

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The Cottage Garden is a Glendale specialty shop featuring an eclectic mix of new and used items. You'll find home decor and garden accessories, women's apparel, jewelry, paper gifts and other personal items. If you are drawn to quicky and charming stores, you'll want to plan a stop at The Cottage Garden, located in Glendale's historic Caitlin Court. Owner Carol Migray has a sixth sense for finding unusual products that you won't find at shopping malls or chain stores. A second adjoining location called The Cottage Garden features an inventory with a focus on apparel and jewelry. A good place to visit when you're looking for gifts with a touch of whimsy.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: The Cottage Garden is one of downtown Glendale's most venerable and popular specialty boutiques.

Patricia's expert tip: Come here for hand-crafted jewelry and gifts made by local artists.

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Glendale's hometown candy company boasts a large gift shop stocked with all kinds of chocolate and sugary delights. The Cerreta Candy Company was started 40 years ago and has remained a family-owned business specializing in hand-crafted candy items. Stop by for a free factory tour, which winds up eventually in the gift shop. Create your own assortment of candy and chocolate treats, or choose from the shop's full line of prepackaged, seasonal and gift boxes. You'll find brittle, sugar free, nuts, and seasonal specialties. You can also choose from a selection of gift baskets, holiday items, corporate gifts, and traditional boxed chocolates.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Cerreta Candy Company offers a unique selection of hand-crafted chocolate and candies.

Patricia's expert tip: Free tours of Cerreta Candy Company are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am and 1pm.

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Catering to residents in the west metro area, this refurbished shopping center creates a welcoming atmosphere with sleek wood accents, tiled floors, and plenty of seating. It's also ideal for a quick errand or wandering about for a while, looking for bargains. Anchor stores include Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's, and Macy's; other retailers range from Charlotte Russe to Claire's Boutique. A movie theater, a kids' play area, a food court, and several full-service restaurants complete the picture. The food court even has a colorful carousel. Outside, you'll find a sprawling greenbelt area, perfect for taking a relaxing shopping break with the whole family.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Arrowhead Towne Center on Phoenix's west side offers upscale shopping in a fun, family-friendly setting.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop by the popular Lego's shop--fun for the whole family.

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Westgate City Center is the Westside's premier entertainment district, offering a lively outdoor setting with unique water features. Restaurants, boutiques, nightlife spots, and a movie theatre make this one of the most vibrant attractions in town. The entertainment complex is anchored by Arena, home of the Phoenix Coyotes, and right next door is the massive University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals. Popular restaurants include Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Calico Jack's Cantina, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant and The Yard House, to name a few.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: Westgate City Center is one of the city's most lively entertainment districts, featuring dining, shopping and entertainment options for visitors of all ages.

Patricia's expert tip: Free live music in the Fountain Park on the weekends. Check the Westgate City Center website for details.

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The Tanger Outlet Center in west Phoenix offers shoppers a vast selection of brand name factory outlet stores, including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Levi's Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew and many more. Tanger Outlet malls are known for their first quality, in-season name-brand stores, so if you're looking for the latest in fashion, home decor, jewelry and gifts, you are likely to find it at this Wega-outlet shopping destination. The Tanger Outlets are located next to the Westgate Entertainment District at the 101 and Glendale.

Recommended for Glendale's Best Shopping because: The Tanger Outlets in Phoenix are one of the newest and most comprehensive outlet shopping destinations in the Valley of the Sun.

Patricia's expert tip: Check in at the Tanger Customer Service center for discount coupons and a center brochure which provides a handy map of the store locations.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.