Palm Desert's 10 best retailers and places to shop

There's no doubt that Palm Desert is a haven for shoppers. With retail centers like The Shops on El Paseo and Westfield Palm Desert, you could spend hours digging through racks, shelves and aisles for the perfect finds to fill your suitcase with. If you're short on time, though, we've narrowed down Palm Desert's 10 best shops.

For fashionable finds for ladies, it's hard to do better than She She Clothing Boutique on El Paseo. This trendy shop is filled with the latest fashions, cutting-edge styles and cute accessories. You'll find the clothing at She She Boutique is also perfect for hot desert days, so be sure to stop in if you mis-packed for the desert heat.

On the other end of the spectrum, Randy Willard, Inc. on the opposite end of El Paseo offers high-end, custom-tailored men's suits. Willard has dressed the likes of NBA star Grant Hill and sports personality Phil Simms, so you know you'll be in good hands.

If you're looking for the perfect gifts for loved ones back home, you'll find something for everyone at Savory Spice Shop. This boutique specializes in a wide range of seasonings and spice blends, from rare peppercorns to chicken rubs and dried herbs. You can even pick up a gift set to take back home.

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If you're in need of a stylish outfit to wear around Palm Springs, put BB ONE at the top of your shopping list. This trendy women's boutique at The Gardens on El Paseo is best known for its desert-appropriate styles that don't sacrifice cuteness for the comfort factor. The fashions at BB ONE are always in step with the seasons, incorporating the latest trends with a dash of desert lifestyle for the perfect Palm Springs look. BB ONE is also a regular participant in Fashion Week El Paseo, held in March. You'll find special promotions and runway styles during this high-fashion annual event.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: BB ONE sells trendy and comfortable clothing that's a perfect fit for those looking for an injection of desert style.

Marissa's expert tip: If you're looking for a gift for Mom or another special lady in your life, you'll find it at BB ONE.

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If you think CDs are so last decade, one trip to the Record Alley at Westfield Palm Desert will have you singing a different tune. The desert's only independently owned and operated record store offers aisles filled with new and used CDs, DVDs and vinyls. The racks are definitely worth a look if you've been searching for a hard-to-find record or long-lost CD. You'll also find a fun collection of movie and music memorabilia, ranging from t-shirts and accessories to lunch boxes and figurines. If you're looking for anything related to movies or music, you're sure to stumble upon it at the Record Alley.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Record Alley is the desert's only independently owned and operated record store, offering an impressive collection of new and used CDs, DVDs and vinyls.

Marissa's expert tip: If you need to unload some CDs to lighten your travel load, bring them to Record Alley for a trade-in credit.

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Remember Necco candy buttons or Abba Zabbas? How about candy cigarettes or jawbreakers? Thanks to Rocket Fizz at Westfield Palm Desert, you can take a nostalgic trip back in time to enjoy all of your favorite childhood treats. After browsing the candy selections, take a look at the massive and quirky soda collection. Yes, that's a bacon-flavored soda sitting next to another soda named "Kitty Piddle." Rocket Fizz specializes in odd sodas, including flavors like hot wings, nachos and coffee. Another extensive collection at Rocket Fizz is the taffy selection, which comes in at more than 150 varieties. And if you've ever been a fan of Japanese sweets like Pocky, rest assured you can get your fix here.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Rocket Fizz is a nostalgic candy shop serving sweets and sodas that people from all generations can enjoy.

Marissa's expert tip: Ask for a soda card if you plan on returning â€" with a few purchases, you'll work your way to a free novelty pop.

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If the extent of your relationship with olive oil ends at the simple extra virgin variety, it's time to expand your palette with a trip to Olive A'Sudden. This olive oil and vinegar shop features international oils and vinegars and a tasting room where you can sample them all. You'll find specialty bends like white truffle oil and roasted almond oil, as well as olive oil variations like blood orange, wild mushroom and sage, basil and butter. The shop also boasts an impressive balsamic vinegar collection with selections like aged cinnamon and pear, aged dark chocolate, black currant and cranberry pear. For a real treat, mix a balsamic vinegar with an olive oil for a whole new spin on the classic balsamic vinaigrette.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Olive A'Sudden offers an impressive range of custom-blended olive oils and balsamic vinegars, which are great to take home for yourself or as gifts.

Marissa's expert tip: See something you like? Ask to try it!

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Here's one for the guys. If you're in the market for a hand-tailored suit that turns heads as you walk by, make an appointment at Randy Willard on El Paseo. Willard has created custom suits for sports figures like Grant Hill and Phil Simms, and you'll be sure to leave with an unbelievable suit. If you're in the market for something a little more casual than a full suit, Randy Willard, Inc. also offers more than 150 denim jean choices, which can be custom-tailored for the best possible fit. You'll also find an assortment of quality button-ups to finish off your look.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Randy Willard, Inc. is one of the top places in the desert to purchase a high-end, custom-tailored men's suit.

Marissa's expert tip: Stop in at Randy Willard, Inc. as early as possible during your stay to allow ample time for alterations.

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As one of the best vintage stores in America according to Elle magazine, The Fine Art of Design doesn't disappoint. Racks upon racks of vintage dresses, blouses, pants and shoes fill this rustic store on Highway 111, all color coded for easy browsing. Feel free to take your time rummaging through the history held within the racks before digging out that one treasured piece. The shop focuses on American and European designers, but if there's a specific designer or style you're after, be sure to ask the staff for help â€" they know the store like the back of their hands.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: The Fine Art of Design is one of the desert's top vintage shops, offering one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories and books.

Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the side room filled with vintage books, known as Stacked Bookstore.

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Need to add a little kick to your spice cabinet back home? Then be sure to stop in at Savory Spice Shop on El Paseo. This cute boutique specializes in every seasoning and spice blend you can think of, from handfuls of pepper varieties to barbecue rubs and gourmet cheese blends. Not sure what you're looking for? The staff can recommend new seasoning blends for you to try, or you can dig right in and sample the spices yourself. If you're looking for a gift for a special chef in your life, you can even create a customized gift box of handpicked spices at Savory Spice Shop.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Savory Spice Shop is filled with walls of gourmets seasonings and spice blends, as well as accessories like pepper mills.

Marissa's expert tip: Want to try a spice? Use the tester and feel free to spill the excess on the hardwood floor - really! The staff sweeps up spices throughout the day.

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If you've ever felt that there just aren't enough accessories out there for your furry friends, it's time to pop into Cold Nose, Warm Heart. This dog-friendly boutique sells everything you could possibly need to make sure Fido is as comfortable as possible, from high-quality grooming products to cute clothing and even cuter accessories. If your fur baby is in need of a little bling, you'll find just the right amount of sparkle in Cold Nose, Warm Heart's collection of dog collars. You can also spoil your dogs with the array of baked treats and fun toys that will keep them entertained for hours on end. Outside, you'll find fresh water bowls to keep your pup hydrated in the warm desert weather.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Cold Nose, Warm Heart offers one of the desert's most extensive selections of pet accessories.

Marissa's expert tip: Traveling with Fido? Bring your furry friend in â€" they're more than welcome!

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Whether you need a new pair of stylish flip flops to wear around the pool or a cute pair of wedges to match a new dress, you'll find all the footwear you're looking for at Cactus Flower Shoe Salon on El Paseo. The boutique carries brands like Onex, Born, Dezario and Magdesian, offering all the cute you could ask for with comfort to boot. With an extensive collection of sandals, pumps and platforms, Cactus Flower Shoe Salon is sure to have you walking out with a new pair of shoes â€" or three. The boutique also focuses on American-made products.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: Cactus Flower Shoe Salon carries a variety of cute shoes, ranging from resort-wear sandals and wedges to high-class heels.

Marissa's expert tip: No room in your suitcase for that cute pair of heels? Ask Cactus Flower Shoe Salon about their free shipping, and have your shoes delivered back home.

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Ladies, listen up. At She She Clothing Boutique on El Paseo, you'll find an outfit for any desert occasion, whether you're getting ready for a night out on the town or need resort wear as you lounge around the pool and soak up the sun. This is also a great spot to hit if you're looking to get ahead of the trends. She She Clothing Boutique specializes in one-of-a-kind items, so you can rest assured you won't see another fashionista wearing your threads. If you're searching for cute and trendy clothing for your desert vacation or to take back home, be sure to stop in at She She Clothing Boutique.

Recommended for Palm Desert's Best Shopping because: She She Clothing Boutique offers trendy and fashionable clothing, as well as personalized service.

Marissa's expert tip: Not sure what style to go with? Ask Amy and Cara to help you pick out the perfect outfit for the occasion.

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Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa