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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Curios La Choya: Treasures from all over Mexico

by Gretchen Ellinger
photo credits:
1. AURORA FLORES IN FROM OF HER SHOP
2. JUDY JACOBSON WITH HER GORGOUS DESIGNER PURSE
3. LINO ORIHUEL OWNS LINO'S IN CURIOS LA CHOYA
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Puerto Peñasco is a shopper’s dream, with great shopping in the tourist district, and other areas as well. Curios la Choya, with its three blocks of wonderful shopping, is worth the short trip to get there. Locals have long known about the “Dirt Mall” or “Shacks Fifth Avenue,” but has it ever changed! The streets are now paved, there are sidewalks to stroll, and most of the shacks have made way for attractive shops that offer everything from the finest furniture, sculpture, artwork, and handcrafts from all over Mexico, including items made right in the stores! There is also a liquor store and a pharmacy, so even your spirits and prescription medications can be bought here.

If you want to take home a unique Mexican gift, without spending the whole vacation budget, why not create a gift basket with items from the shops in Curios la Choya? Start with a tortilliera, a covered basket for keeping tortillas warm, handmade in the mountains of Guerrero, then tuck in a bottle of Mexico’s excellent vanilla extract and a lovely hand-painted Varro figurine from Jalisco. Add an exfoliating natural sponge from the Sea of Cortéz, a charming evening purse made locally from, of all things, soap wrappers, then finish the basket with a seashell or two. After you get home, wrap the treasures in tissue paper, and tuck them into the tortilliera . . . who wouldn’t love to receive this unusual gift that is so Mexican?

Curios la Choya can be reached by taking Avenida Constitución north from Blvd. Benito Juarez (the main artery through town). Turn west onto Calle No Re-eleción, cross the railroad tracks, and you are there!

Curios la Choya can be reached by taking Avenida Constitución north from Blvd. Benito Juarez (the main artery through town). Turn west onto Calle No Re-eleción, cross the railroad tracks, and you are there!