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10 Best Shopping Destinations near Scottsdale's Gainey Ranch



When you're in Scottsdale, it's wise to slip into comfortable shoes; you'll need them to make the round on the city's impressive shopping circuit. The village of Gainey Ranch in north-central Scottsdale is convenient to most of the best shopping the city has to offer. 

Of course, you'll want to stop by The Shops at Gainey Village. This sprawling, open-air shopping center is home to dozens of distinctive boutiques and restaurants. The shopping center is a great place to shop for quality women's apparel. It's home to high-end boutiques like A Cool Breeze, which specializes in handcrafted designer clothing for women, handbags, jewelry, furniture and decor. 

Head north a bit on Scottsdale Road, and you'll run into two more of the city's best shopping centers. The Scottsdale Quarter is a posh, two-level shopping center that is home to high-end retailers like Calvin Klein, Free People and Apple. 

Across the way, you'll find the Kierland Commons, home to popular retailers like Barnes & Noble, Sur La Table, Anthropologie and Crate & Barrel. 

If you're looking for some shopping with a side of R&R, head to the nearby Seville Shopping Center. It's home to several independently owned boutiques, along with a hair salon, massage parlor and day spa. 


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Scottsdale Fashion Square


One of the largest malls in the Southwest, this upscale shopping center contains more than 225 stores and restaurants, including 40 that are the sole representatives of their brand in Arizona. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Macy's ably fill anchor store roles; other venues include Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Max Mara, Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, and Sephora. An "Enchanted Kingdom" play area and a seven-screen cinema keep the entire family entertained. Spacious, pleasant, and airy, the mall encourages relaxed shopping. Stop by guest services for a map. The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau also has a Scottsdale Fashion Square's Concierge Desk providing visitor information.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: Scottsdale Fashion Square is the biggest mall in the southwest, located just a few minutes south of Gainey Ranch.

Patricia's expert tip: Scottsdale Fashion Square shoppers can use their cell phones in the center to call Peter, the mall's roving concierge, or Ernie, the concierge supervisor and staff from anywhere in the center for assistance in making their shopping experiences hassle-free. Shoppers can simply look for the phone numbers posted throughout the mall.

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My Sister's Attic is the Phoenix area's favorite local consignment chain, featuring designer furniture, decorative accessories, wall art, china and crystal, lighting, rugs, silver and patio accessories. Since 1991, the store has attracted price-savvy shoppers with high-end tastes. Some of the name brands to make regular appearance on store racks include Louis Vuitton, St. John, Prada, Pucci, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Hermes, Juicy, Vivienne Tam, True Religion, Antik Denim, Milly and Nanette Lepore. Best of all, everything is deeply discounted and hundreds of new items are added to the inventory on a daily basis.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: If you're looking for bargains, My Sister's Closet, with two locations in Scottsdale, is one of the city's top destinations for consignment goods.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for a specific item? My Sister's Attic offers a special Wish List program.

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Paradise Valley Mall
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Paradise Valley Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the Scottsdale area, features 125 stores, including Costco, Dillard's, JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Macy's and Sears. The mall also has a multiplex cinema & food court with free WiFi. This family-friendly shopping destination also features a play area, located in JCPenny Court, for pre-schoolers open during regular mall hours. Children can run beneath the branches of the enchanted tree and slip down one of several slides. The Carousel, located in the Food Court, offers rides to children of all ages. Paradise Valley Mall is convenient to the 51 Freeway and is minutes away from nearly all parts of the city.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: Paradise Valley Mall, located a short drive from Gainey Village, is a family-friendly mall with a Costco and multiplex cinema.

Patricia's expert tip: Paradise Valley Mall offers free wireless internet to guests and is accessible in the Food Court.

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Cosanti Originals


Cosanti, located off busy Doubletree Road, is the working studio of world-renowned architectural innovator Paolo Soleri. Look for the rustic sign along the road that says "Soleri, Visitors Welcome." The rambling desert property features terraced landscaping, hand-made earth-formed structures, and Costanti's works-in-progress. You'll also catch sight of hundreds of Cosanti's famous bronze and ceramic wind-bells clinking in the desert wind. The Cosanti bells are available for sale in the gift shop. Well worth a stop when you are in Scottsdale. Although small, the Cosanti studio provides an interesting glimpse into the working process of one of the world's most innovative living architects and artists.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: For an authentic Arizona souvenir, shop the former studio of legendary architect and designer Paolo Soleri, who is known for his signature wind chime bells.

Patricia's expert tip: Free admission seven days a week.

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The Scottsdale Pavilions is a 1.1 million square foot retail center with open-air shopping, dining and entertainment. A sprawling collection of 100-plus restaurants and shops, the Pavilions offers a family-friendly environment and a plethora of mid-range retailers. Marshalls, Target, and Best Buy are the big draws, but you'll also find Bath & Body Works, Famous Footwear, Ulta, Michaels Arts & Crafts, Home Depot, and The Sports Authority. A fun park, golf club, and movie theater present entertainment options. Wide, quarried-stone walkways connect different parts of the shopping complex. The standard roster of fast food restaurants is on-hand to combat shopping fatigue.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: If you're looking for popular chain retail stores like Target and Best Buy, make the short trip across the 101 freeway to the Scottsdale Pavilions.

Patricia's expert tip: McDonald's hosts a Rock 'n' Roll Classic Car Show in the shopping center parking lot every Saturday from 4-8 pm.

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The Seville Shopping Center, conveniently located in north-central Scottsdale, is a casually upscale shopping mall featuring an array of stores. You'll find apparel, jewelry & home-decor retailers, plus a dayspa and eateries. Some of the stores include Azadi Fine Rugs, Betteridge Jewelers, Draper's & Damons, Gifted Hands Boutique, Duxiana, Leopard's Spot Boutique, Crease Liberty, Nove Annex, Sole Sports Running Zone and Wild Birds Unlimited. Dining options include Terroir Wine Pub, La Petite France Bistro, ShinBay, The Cove Trattoria and 21 Cakes. Want to relax? The shopping center has a Massage Envy, Rumors Hair and Nail Salon, and the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: The Seville Shopping Center offers a unique and eclectic selection of apparel, day spa facilities and dining options.

Patricia's expert tip: Check out Gifted Hand's Boutique for an excellent selection of seasonal gift items.

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The Hilton Village is located on Scottsdale Road, just a stone's throw away from the Hilton Resort. This busy, upscale casual shopping destination features a fun mix of specialty boutiques and popular big-name retailers. Some of the highlights here include the popular Cupcakes, Lindsay Lou's Boutique, the Diva Plus Size shop, the Chocolate Shop, Houston's, The Linen Tree, and more. Newer additions include Chico's, Urbayn, Slyvia's Designer Shop, and a new consignment shop is expected to open soon. The village is also a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. Bink's Scottsdale is an organic cafe dishing out gourmet treats. And Veneto Trattoria is a popular cafe specializing in the traditional dishes of Northern Italy.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: Hilton Village, convenient to Gainey Village, is a good option for shoppers looking for upscale women's apparel and home decor

Patricia's expert tip: In the spring, the village hosts a farmer's market from 9am to 1pm every Tuesday. Look for the umbrellas.

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The Scottsdale Quarter is a mixed-use shopping center in north central Scottsdale that's urban, chic and decidedly hip. Towering palm trees, water features and more than 370,000 square feet of retail space. Upscale boutiques make this a destination for fashionistas and serious shoppers. Some of the retail shops at the Quarter include Apple, Calvin Klein, Bath & Body Works, Express, Free People, Kendra Scott, Drybar, Calypso St. Barth, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Elan Style, Dr. Martens, Swimspot, Verde Maison, and West Elm. The Scottsdale Quarter is also home to some of the hippest eateries in town, including True Food Kitchen, Brio Tuscan Grille, TK's Urban Tavern, Eddie V's, Stingray Sushi, and Zinburger. There's also a spa (Dolce Salon & Spa), so you can treat yourself to some pampering in between browsing.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: The Scottsdale Quarter, located a short drive north of Gainey Ranch, is a mixed-use shopping center with boutiques and some of the city's best restaurants.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't forget to check out The Quad, a park-like space featuring the largest pop-jet fountain in the region.

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Incorporated into a planned community, this impressive shopping center was designed to have a Main Street feel, complete with sidewalks, a plaza, and buildings of varied appearance, all linked by a unity of design. Along with shops are residences, office space, and more. Some of the name brand retailers you'll find here include Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, Anthropologie, and Sur la Table. Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's, and Morton's, The Steakhouse. Kierland Commons plays host to fun community events throughout the year, such as workshops and classes. There is also a popular weekly outdoor summer concert series.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: Located a short drive north of Gainey Ranch, Kierland Commons is home to popular brands like Anthropologies and Crate & Barrel.

Patricia's expert tip: Guests staying at the nearby Westin Kierland Resort & Spa enjoy exclusive discounts at Kierland Commons via the Key to Kierland program.

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The Shops Gainey Village


A one-time ranch, this site is now home to a rambling complex of shops and restaurants, all beautifully landscaped. The Old West lives on in the center's general decor, and its aesthetic adorns the impressive collection of upscale, exclusive boutiques. Art, women's apparel, home furnishings, and bath and beauty products can all be had. This is a great spot if you want to sample the city's high-end specialty shops and locally owned boutiques. Tempting dining options include the New American eatery Bloom, Pei Wei, and Paradise Bakery & Cafe. You'll enjoy browsing the manicured grounds almost as much as patronizing the shops.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping because: The Shops at Gainey Village is a modern, upscale shopping center featuring an impressively eclectic roster of boutiques and restaurants.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop by The Shops at Gainey Village for a great selection of specialty shops and locally-owned boutiques.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.

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