Mexican Imports Shop: "Something from Everywhere" Top 5 Page for this destination Scottsdale Shopping Tip by starship

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The Mexican Imports store is a jumble of items ranging from t-shirts, mass-produced souvenirs, postcards, Mexican clay pots, and ropes of dried chili peppers, to Southwest keepsakes and lots more. This small store has only 2 narrow aisles but is piled high with mostly inexpensive items. I came here to see if they still carried the tiny "storyteller" clay dolls which I first found here about 10 years ago, and I was not disappointed. I love these very tiny, but intricately painted clay dolls in several styles. They usually depict a grandmother telling stories of the past to her many grandchildren who are sitting on her lap & shoulders. They are so authentic looking that you would never guess they are "made in China" except for the small price. A tag on the bottom indicates that the doll was not made by native American Indians so they are not trying to deceive anyone. Bright but coarse Mexican blankets are a good buy here at less than $10; clay pots are too. I also purchased postcards here, including one that featured this very store. The postcard bills Mexican Imports as the "oldest shop in Scottsdale." However, a website featuring information about Old Scottsdale says the following about this building:

"The Mexican Imports Store occupies a building
originally built in 1923 as a pool hall, which also
doubled as a silent movie theater on Saturday
nights. The white glazed bricks on this building are
the original ones. In 1929, the Song family
acquired the building and opened a grocery store.
In the 1950’s, they turned the grocery store into a
Mexican import shop."

The sign hanging on the front of the store now says "J. Chew" and the owners are definitely still Asian so I guess the business has once again changed hands.

What to buy: constructing

Address: 3933 N. Brown Avenue, Scottsdale
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 23, 2010
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