We’d like to thank our wonderful customers with a day dedicated especially to them. Please join us at the Shops for Customer Appreciation Day, a celebratory shopping party, this Thursday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s the perfect time to escape the crowded malls and enjoy some holiday shopping!
As always, shoppers can find one-of-a-kind creations and unique designs that are distinct, beautiful and creative. There will be live music, delicious food and beverages, prize drawings, and a special meet-and-greet opportunity with artist John August Swanson, who will be displaying his newest work.
We know San Diegans love their pets – maybe it’s the ideal all-year-around weather, perfect for morning walks and park visits. When you can’t get enough of your furry companions, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops is the place to visit, featuring a large assortment of colorful, unique animal-themed items.
From bright, eclectic throw pillows, to one-of-a-kind art pieces made of wine bottles, our selection is bounding with variety and whimsical style. New items are regularly being added, so you are sure to find exceptional, intriguing pieces with each subsequent visit. With the holidays quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to see what’s in store – and to find the perfect gift for that animal-lover in your life!
On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, American Express is reminding us to shop locally with its Small Business Saturday campaign.
Join us at Bazaar del Mundo on Nov. 30th for music, treats and a merry environment to get an early start on your holiday shopping. Browse our collection of handcrafted artisan jewelry, home accessories and collectibles from all around the world, creative fashion, arts and crafts, hundreds of cookbooks and whimsical ornaments in all different styles and colors to adorn your Christmas tree!
For a shopping break, dine locally at Casa Guadalajara next door. Sip a frosty margarita, nibble on the Antojitos Platter and indulge in the Carne Asada Tampiqueña – and when you do, know that you are supporting a local business in your neighborhood.
Small Business Saturday is a national campaign that rewards American Express users when they shop and dine at local businesses, making a contribution back to their communities. AmEx users who have pre-registered their card, will receive a credit back on their statement. For more info about the campaign, visit: www.smallbusinesssaturday.com.
Bazaar del Mundo’s second annual “Saints, Souls and Style” will pay homage to the dead with a Dia de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting.
As the first stop on Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and special Day of the Dead-inspired clothing and crafts.
Guest artists will sell jewelry, accessories, prints and cards promoting the holiday. Music will be performed by Latin American folk band Tinku.
Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class as well as a face painter (Saturday only; noon to 7 p.m., small fee applicable). Drinks, snacks and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara will have authentic Mexican cuisine for sale as well as event “specials,” and serve as the second stop on the tour.
The event will take place Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.
“Saints, Souls & Style” is in conjunction with Old Town’s Dia de Los Muertos two-day event, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face-painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.
Collectors of fine Native American jewelry, art, hand woven rugs and Pendleton blankets will enjoy an unforgettable weekend among some of the Southwest’s finest Native American artists at Bazaar del Mundo’s “Santa Fe Market,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 to 22 in Old Town.
Diane Powers’ “Santa Fe Market” is San Diego’s prime destination for stunning and authentic Native American jewelry and home décor in bold shades of turquoise, coral, terracotta and orange.
The festival, at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares.
The collections include: sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry of turquoise and coral, sculptures, Pendleton blankets, Native American graphic art, paintings and more.
More than 25artists will be in attendance; new artists include:
- Jewelry aficionados will recognize Navajo jeweler and “movie star” Ray Tracey, who has appeared in “Seems Like Old Times” with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase and the 1980’s TV series “Lou Grant.” His colorful pieces include gold, turquoise and lapis stones, as well as feather, bear and horse motifs.
- Cherokee artist John Balloue will present his colorful giclées (fine art digital prints made on an inkjet printer). His work appears in public collections throughout the country including the Cherokee Museum in Oklahoma. In 1992, he was named Artist of the Year from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.
- Multi-talented Bernie Granados, Jr. will present his paintings, masks, sculptures and miniatures featuring beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures inspired by visions and cave art throughout America.
Santa Fe Market visitors can take in this dazzling showcase while enjoying live musical entertainment. Neighboring restaurant Casa Guadalajara will offer Southwest-inspired lunch and dinner selections.
The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
There is no need to travel to the deepest regions of Mexico in order to experience some of the world’s most vibrant Latin American folk art and Mexican pottery – just visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market, August 2 to 4, in OldTown, San Diego.
The colorful marketplace hidden beneath a colorful array of umbrellas with artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and other Latin American countries, showcases one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles and colorful collectibles and radiant jewelry this side of the border. Guests can peruse authentic, hand-painted Mata Ortiz Pottery, colorful Mexican folk art and vibrant artisan jewelry.
The Festival exhibits San Diego’s largest collection of authentic Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including Jorge Quintana – a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.
Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.
Other custom crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonio embroidery, tinwork, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wooden animal carvings, Guatemalan weaving, various colorful and symbolic wall art and sculptures, Huichol yarn and bead paintings and one-of-a-kind pottery.
Musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, a Latin American Folk band performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments. Mouth-watering Mexican cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara restaurant will be for sale.
Admission is free. The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Help us welcome Casa Sol y Mar to Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant family!
Casa Sol y Mar – the fourth restaurant in a family of fine Mexican eateries dispersed throughout San Diego – opened in May. The restaurant is located in the bustling Del Mar Highlands Town Center at 12865 El Camino Real, and is elaborately designed to reflect the true spirit of Mexico.
“Our philosophy is to offer great value and a delightful Mexican dining experience,” said Powers. “This includes memorable flavors, abundant selections, high quality and fresh ingredients, and a spirited, authentic environment that captures the essence of Mexican traditions.”
Guests will sense the warmth and enchantment of Mexico as they enter through the beautiful wood and glass doors and find themselves standing beneath a high glowing ceiling and breathtaking iron chandelier. The interior of the restaurant is artfully painted in a fiesta of gold, crimson, and orange jewel tones, sparkling from wall to wall with Mexican folk art, festive embellishments, and glazed Mexican accent tiles in red, emerald, and orange hues.
The delicious menu is comprised of traditional Mexican dishes with an emphasis on flavor and freshness, including a large selection of regional entrees made from scratch, and award-winning seafood recipes that have been in the Bazaar del Mundo family for decades. The menu also features newly created small plates and appetizers, as well as entrees with a contemporary twist. Homemade dressings, salsas, guacamole and sauces are made fresh daily, along with hot corn and flour tortillas. There is also an extensive children’s menu, appetizing entrée salads and countless gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections.
In the lively cantina, guests enjoy giant frosty margaritas, sip fine Mexican beers and consume tasty appetizers and entrees. The cantina features flat screen TVs and reclaimed wood tables framed with black hammered iron and custom bar stools upholstered with bright wool fabrics hand woven by artisans in Oaxara, Mexico. In addition, Casa Sol y Mar offers a collection of top shelf, premium and specialty tequilas including Reposado and Anejo-aged in white oak casts for more than a year. Check out the Cantina menu here.
The Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants are famous for cheerful, strolling Mariachis who serenade guests Wednesday through Sunday evenings – completing the cultural experience.
We won! The California Restaurant Association has awarded the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants – Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini – the 2013 Gold Medallion Award for the Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego.
What do women love most? Chocolate and jewelry! For the first time, Diane Powers invites beloved chocolatiers and talented jewelry artists to the Bazaar del Mundo Shops for “Chocolate + Jewelry: A Purely Decadent Event,” May 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
During the two-day affair, the Shops will offer complimentary chocolate tastings and showcase cookbooks, recipes and other chocolate-inspired items. Local chocolatiers – including Eclipse Chocolate, The Elegant Truffle and Chuao Chocolatier – will sell chocolate treats while discussing their unique techniques.
On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., author Mara Price will do a book signing of her “Grandma’s Chocolate/El Chocolate De Abuelita.” The book has won awards including: “Best Children’s Picture Book” from the 2011 San Diego Book Awards and “Best Children’s Picture Book Bilingual” from the 2011 International Latino Book Awards.
For those with an appetite for style, several guest artists will be on hand to showcase wildly creative handcrafted jewelry in a variety of styles and bright colors. Shoppers can peruse collections of necklaces, bracelets and earrings made from metals, dichroic glass, and sparkling jewels. With so many artists to choose from, there’s no doubt each woman will find the perfect piece to add to her personal collection.
Local artist Maryann Luera will also be creating chocolate-themed paintings for the event.
To add a little “fiesta” to the event, musical entertainment will be provided by TINKU, a Latin American Folk band performing over 19 musical rhythms from throughout Latin America on authentic native instruments.
To celebrate Mexico’s Mother’s Day, Diane Powers’ family of restaurants – Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and Casa de Pico in La Mesa – will hold a week-long celebration with savory chocolate dishes and beverage specials, May 10 to 19.
Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day can be a daunting task. While flowers are always nice, they don’t exactly scream unique. At Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town, hundreds of feminine and creative Mother’s Day gifts – from handbags to hand soaps – at varying price points are waiting to be wrapped up and given to a special mom on her day.
Some of this year’s most exciting gifts for mom include:
Every mom needs a bit of bling for spring! Mary Frances makes fabulous beaded and embellished collectable purses in bright spring colors and fun shapes – like guitars and owls! – that are absolutely splurge-worthy Mother’s Day gifts. $200- $300
Watch Me Colors
Once featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “O list,” of favorite things, Time Will Tell’s collection of fashionable watches hit our list of Mother’s Day musts! $79-$89
Papaya has a new line of whimsical totes and wallets in faux leather, along with decorative greeting cards to match. These pieces are bursting with personality, just like mom! Cards $4; Totes and wallets $34-$69
And no, we don’t mean the capris! These handmade, painted clay earrings come in all sorts of adorable floral designs that are sure to brighten any Mother’s day. $40-$45
Dan Dee Silk scarves are perfect for brisk afternoons. Since they come in deep purples, cheery yellows and bright blues, Mom needs one in every color! $26-$36
Shopping on a budget?
Spruce up the powder room! A new lovely collection of Hydrangea-scented soaps and bubble baths have recently stocked our shelves, along with matching soap dishes and linen tea towels.
To find more chic Mother’s Day gifts and hidden gems from all around the globe, visit Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor.