Entrance to Old Town
By Nathan Mueller
Diane Powers’ has combined her color-drenched shopping arcade with her beautiful Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant to welcome visitors and locals alike. Fronted with the lush greenery and tiled fountains that San Diegans have come to identify with Old Town, Diane creates a sunny and welcoming entry into the Old Town com-
Formerly across the street in Old Town San Diego State Park, the new Bazaar del Mundo Shops present a visual feast rich in authentic Mexican hand-painted tile, wrought iron, richly decorated walls, tiled staircases and vendor carts overflowing with handcrafted Mexican flowers.
Strolling through the Shops, visitors are greeted with long-time favorites: a deluge of unique artisans’ specialty and internationally - inspired treasures for the home, fashion, arts and crafts and collectibles. Next door to the Shops, on the first floor of The Art Collector building is Design Center Inc specializing in an array of Southwest furniture, décor and unusual gifts and collectibles.
Many of the boutique shops and vendor carts are recognizable by Bazaar devotees: the Gallery; Laurel Burch Gallerita; Ariana; Artes de Mexico; Guatemala Shop; Libros; the popular Kitchen and Dining shop and more.