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.
The Bazaar del Mundo Shops have long been a signature enterprise for owner and entrepreneur Diane Powers. Diane also owns and operates three award winning Mexican restaurants in San Diego County: Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad and Casa Guadalajara in Old Town (located directly next door to the Bazaar del Mundo Shops).
One of Diane’s shops, “Ariana”, has been part of her portfolio of unique shops since 1985. Jessica Avedoy has been with Diane and Bazaar del Mundo since 1986 and is the manager of Ariana. Jessica’s love for Ariana and its uniqueness is readily apparent as she talked about what Ariana offers and why it is so unique.
Here are some of Jessica’s observations on Ariana, followed by a pictorial of just a fraction of the beautiful clothing, jewelry and accessories you’ll find at Ariana. Enjoy!
When asked to talk about Ariana Jessica absolutely lights up. She loves her job and she loves Ariana and what is available there. Jessica’s main points of emphasis were:
- People come to Ariana for the unusual and colorful, but they also want, and get, apparel that is very wearable. Ariana’s look is one that never goes out of style so it can be worn year after year and always look contemporary.
- Some items have an “ethnic flair”, but their look is more contemporary than traditional.
- The “Sweet Romance” Jewelry collection by California based Shelly Cooper is very popular and unique.
- Ariana feature a complete line of accessories. Jessica said that colorful scarves are very popular now and Ariana has a very wide selection.
- Ariana’s section of aquas and teals look good on everyone.
- Ariana prides itself not only on it’s merchandise but the 1 on 1 serviced provided. Jessica said it’s like having your very own “personal shopper” and that many customers from outside of the San Diego area come back year after year because of the selection and service.
- There is a seamstress on site and all alterations are done by her.
Come and experience Ariana if you haven’t already. The shop is located in Bazaar del Mundo at 4133 Taylor St. in the historic Old Town district of San Diego. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM and Sunday – Monday 10 AM – 5:30 PM. The phone number is 619-296-3161 and more information on Ariana and other Bazaar del Mundo shops is available on our website.
Here are a few images that don’t do justice to the true beauty of the selection at Ariana, so come visit us and you’ll understand why so many of our customers love our selection and come back year after year since 1985:
Winter will be here soon in San Diego, and though the days may be sunny they can still be chilly, as the evenings certainly can be. Visit our Bazaar del Mundo Facebook page and get your coupon for 20% off at Ariana. Come in today and pick out something special for yourself or get an early start on your holiday shopping! It’s valid only through November 23rd so hurry on over!!