Holidays

“Day of the Dead” Rises at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, Nov. 1-3

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Spirited Weekend Celebration with Altars, Live Entertainment, Face Painting, Crafts and More

In honor of one of Mexico’s most vibrant holidays, Old Town icons Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara will team up to celebrate Día de los Muertos, Thursday through Saturday, November 1-3.

The entrance to Casa Guadalajara will become a marketplace of artisans and merchandise from Bazaar del Mundo, face painting, a life-size Catrina (a female skeleton figure donning a Mexican folkloric dress and hat) sitting in an Instagrammable1800s carriage, and mouth-watering cuisine for purchase. Inside, Casa Guadalajara’s servers will be in traditionally painted skeleton faces, while the restaurant’s iconic fountains will be turned into elaborate altars to celebrate and remember loved ones. Guests can indulge in holiday-themed specials, such as the Muertos Margarita – a delicious commemoration of Dia de los Muertos, and the authentic Muertos Mole Dinner featuring one of the favorite dishes of Oaxaca, Mexico.

In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Día de los Muertos-themed work and collectables, plus additional altars and opportunities to participate in free family friendly activities – including sugar skull decorating, mask making, coloring and more.

Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class Mariachi band – all in painted skeleton faces – plus Chinelos dancers, will take place. Popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States, Chinelos dancers dress in vibrant, traditional costumes designed to mock Europeans and European mannerisms from the colonial period to the end of the 19th century.

“Día de los Muertos is one of our most beloved holidays,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara Owner Diane Powers. “For those heading to Old Town’s candlelight procession on Friday, be sure to stop by our celebration first to get into the spirit! Our fabulous face painters, flower crowns and masks will complete any Día de los Muertos ensemble.”

Celebrated every November 1 and 2, Día de los Muertos honors loved ones who have died, creating elaborately decorated altars with treasured items from their lives, and traditional elements such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt.

The festivities will begin on Thursday with the Old Town Altar Walk. Beginning at Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara, maps will be given out for the walking tour throughout Old Town to view more than 40 beautifully decorated altars. Then, Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans (after 5 p.m.  Friday and all day weekends), or take the trolley.

Give Dad Something Memorable For Father’s Day This Year!

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Skip the neck ties! At Bazaar del Mundo, we have a wonderful variety of handcrafted, unique gifts that Dad will treasure for years to come. Check out some of our fun Father’s Day gift ideas below.

For the music loving dad, these paper sculpture guitars are sure to impress. One has a Beatles theme and one is a tribute to Gene Autry.

For the ocean loving dad, how about a shark made entirely from recycled car parts? This is perfect for someone who is into re-purposing materials as well! The sculpture below is priced at $169.

For the purrr-fect dad, we love our art glass cats! They come in a variety of colors and two sizes, and their curved shape makes them easy to display. Made in Canada, $119-$179.

For the nature loving dad, we have an incredible assortment of polymer clay, handcrafted critters! They have amazing detail and intricate patterns. Pieces range from $125 to $215.

For the daydreaming dad… He will be mesmerized by this sand art made with nine different weights of sand and glycerine. Get a different scene each time you turn it over! $72-95.

For the tequila loving dad, keep him up to speed on the latest cocktail recipes – just in time for summer barbecues and entertaining! “Viva Mezcal” by Jennifer Boudinot and Lindsey Moore is priced at $17.95.

Thank You for Joining Us at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Home 4 the Holidays Celebration!

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What a fabulous way to celebrate pet-lovers and pet-adoption! Bazaar del Mundo recently hosted Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual Blue Buffalo “Home 4 the Holidays” event, which celebrates HWAC’s global efforts to find forever homes for more than 1 million orphan pets each year.

Our celebration event included photo ops with “Santa Paws,” festive holiday treats, opportunity drawings, adoptable puppies, a huge selection of pet-themed merchandise, and a canine costume contest with pups dressed in their holiday best.

It was a great opportunity for people to find unique holiday gifts for the pet lovers in their lives, while also helping to raise funds for an amazing cause, as portions of our sales that day were donated back to Helen Woodward.

The big winners of the costume contest? First Place went to Sir Ruffles von Vicious as a Christmas Tree (with lots of bark), Snowman Bailey came in Second, and Happy Hanukkah Ruby in Third! It was “paws-itively” adorable!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from this fun holiday event, and we can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

Holiday Home Decorating with Bazaar del Mundo

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‘Tis the season to start decorating for the holidays! Bazaar del Mundo is the perfect shopping spot for unique décor to get your home in the holiday spirit, with each shop filled with seasonal treasures from all over the world, including home accessories, collectibles, ceramics and more.

Our large collection of adorable Santas and seasonal accents will give any space holiday cheer. Our beautiful poinsettia candle holders and sparkling miniature Christmas trees help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Discover holiday treasures from Mexico and Guatemala when you visit our second floor! Our festive Christmas trees are adorned with hand-crafted metal and wood ornaments that would make Santa and his elves proud.

Planning a Christmas dinner or party? Create a table setting that guests will adore with our gorgeous and colorful Italian cut crystal and beautiful red poinsettia table runners. If you’re searching for home decorations with an authentic Mexican feel, we also have a wide selection of artisan painted Talavera plates and ceramic tree and reindeer mantel decorations and more!

From home goods to folk art, Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town offers plenty of options to transform your home during the holidays. Visit our website or call 619-296-3161 for more information on any of the items in this post.

Decorating for Day of the Dead? Find Unique Treasures at Bazaar del Mundo

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Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican celebration to remember family and loved ones. Despite its title, the holiday is a vibrant and colorful tribute to the lives of those who have passed.

Celebrated every November 1 and 2, the festival originated in ancient Mexico and is still practiced in many North, Central and South American countries. It is believed that the dead come from beyond to visit the living, so loved ones create altars to honor and delight their dearly departed, elaborately decorating the altars with treasured items of that family member or friend, and traditional elements such as marigold flowers, candles, water, bread and salt.

At Bazaar del Mundo, we have a vast collection of Day of the Dead-themed items, whether you’re looking to decorate your own altar, home or wardrobe.

Visit our Artes de Mexico Shop to find a large collection of papier-mâché decorations, hand-painted Catrina figures and tiles, traditional sugar skulls and decorating kits, paper flags and more. Upstairs you’ll also find a collection of beautifully embroidered Day of the Dead-themed pillows, kitchenware, beaded jewelry and other authentic Mexican items. Or, head into Ariana for a fun selection of enamel skull earrings and bracelets, sugar skull candles and designer handbags.

We also invite you to join us in our own Día de los Muertos celebration on Thursday, November 2. Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class and traditional face painting (small fee applicable) from 4:30-8 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.

Our celebration is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de los Muertos event on November 2, which includes the “Tour of Altars” at more than 40 altars throughout Old Town, counting several altars at Bazaar del Mundo and neighboring Casa Guadalajara, which will also offer authentic Mexican specials for the holiday.

Come visit Bazaar del Mundo for all your Día de los Muertos decorating and celebrating needs!

Mariachis, Margaritas and More!

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Join the Cinco de Mayo Fiestas at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants

Enjoy live mariachi music, folkloric dancers, authentic Mexican cuisine and frothy margaritas during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Diane Powers Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants: Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico, Casa de Bandini and Casa Sol y Mar.

Through her restaurants and Bazaar del Mundo Shops, Diane Powers continues her dedication to the exposition of Mexican cultures. Now the embodiments of all things “fiesta!”, her award-winning San Diego restaurants will feature the “Cincorita,” a delicious strawberry and kiwi margarita decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag, plus ­inspired “Cinco” fare and other festive specials to celebrate the occasion.

Offerings and entertainment vary by location:

Casa Guadalajara, Old Town:
4105 Taylor Street, San Diego, 619-295-5111, www.casaguadalajara.com
May 5–6: Guests will receive discounts on two Mexican food favorites – Chile Verde and Chile Colorado – as strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers perform throughout the day. The restaurant will also host promotional giveaways from favorite tequila brands such as Casa Amigos, Hornitos, Partida and Gran Centenario.

Casa de Pico, Grossmont Center, La Mesa:
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, 619-463-3267, www.casadepico.com
May 5–6: For true “Cinco” style, enjoy the “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces – rojas, verde and blanca (red, green and white). Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the day as well as promotional giveaways from Dos Equis, Corona, Hornitos, Cabo Wabo, Grand Marnier, Puerto Vallarta Tequila and more.

Casa de Bandini, The Forum, Carlsbad:
1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760-634-3443, www.casadebandini.com
May 5–6: Celebrate with music, folkloric dancing and hourly specials on select margaritas and tequilas, including Casamigos, Casa Noble, Hornitos, Clase Azul and more. Guests will also meet representatives from their favorite tequila brands and receive festive giveaways and souvenirs.

Casa Sol y Mar, Del Mar Highlands Town Center, Del Mar:
12865 El Camino Real, 858-792-4100, www.casasolymar.com
May 5: Get in the spirit with a build-your-own nachos bar on Casa Sol y Mar’s beautiful outdoor patio, or take a tour of Mexico with $20 beer buckets and $15 Patron flights in the lively Cantina. Strolling mariachis and folkloric dancers will perform in the dining room as guests enjoy $5 house margaritas and Mexican beers. Representatives from Corona and top tequila brands will also liven up the party with giveaways and souvenirs.

Sometimes confused with Mexican Independence Day (September 16), the Cinco de Mayo holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army on May 5, 1862.

Barking Great Gifts! Holiday Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers from Bazaar del Mundo

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Check Out These Paw-sitively Adorable Canine Creations

Searching for the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life? Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo Shops are full of fun and whimsical holiday gift ideas inspired by man’s best friend.

Celebrate a canine companion with a hand-sewn doggy doll, an expressive throw pillow, or fashion accessories from beloved artist Laurel Burch. The Shops also offer an array of Christmas tree ornaments featuring dog lovers’ favorite breeds: bulldogs, Chihuahuas, poodles, Scotties, pugs and more! Or, help Fido really feel like one of the family with his own handcrafted stocking.

Gifting is made even easier with Bazaar del Mundo’s signature gift wrap – completed onsite and free with any purchase of $30 or more. 

Owned and operated by Diane Powers, Bazaar del Mundo has been one of San Diego’s favorite places to buy a gift for more than 40 years with its selection of unique merchandise from all over the world, including home accessories and collectibles, handcrafted artisan jewelry, plus creative fashion, quality crafts and folk art. 

For more gift ideas, visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets at the north entrance to Old Town.

For directions or to learn more, visit www.bazaardelmundo.com.

The Tradition is Alive! Crafts, Altars and More at Bazaar del Mundo’s Día de los Muertos Event, Saturday, October 29

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Old Town San Diego’s beloved Bazaar del Mundo Shops will pay homage to the dead with a Día de los Muertos event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating and face painting on Saturday, October 29.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s annual Day of the Dead celebration, 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, including Lacey Waddell, Annette Fussell and Asia Bur-Min, will sell jewelry, accessories, books, clothing, candles, prints and cards, and other crafts promoting the holiday. Music will be performed by Latin American folk band Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class and face painting on Saturday (small fee applicable) from 12–6 p.m. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults. Neighboring Casa Guadalajara ­will have its own beautifully decorated altar to accompany its authentic Mexican cuisine and event “specials.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bazaar del Mundo, located at the north entrance to Old Town, on the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets.

The celebration will continue on Wednesday, November 2, in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos event, which includes the “Tour of Altars” at more than 40 altars throughout Old Town, a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites. Bazaar del Mundo will have its own face painter, and will transform its courtyard into a marketplace of vibrant Día de los Muertos merchandise, with treats and crafts for the family. 

Parking tips: park for free across the street at Caltrans all day or take the trolley.

Bazaar del Mundo’s Unique Gifts for Mother’s Day

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What do you get the mom who has (and does!) everything? At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of unique gifts from all over the world, and hundreds more made locally here in San Diego.

Whether she’s a foodie, artsy or a fashionista – we’d love to help you find the perfect gift. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

  • Help her relax with beautifully fragrant and luxurious soups and lotions from England, France and more.
  • Keep her warm AND fashionable at the office with our large selection of colorful, luscious scarves from India.
  • Spark her creativity in our Libros Shop – whether she’s into cooking, home design or coloring.
  • Build a bouquet of handmade paper flowers that will never lose their beauty.
  • When in doubt, jewelry is the way to go! From fun and chunky to sparkly and elegant, you’ll find something to fit her unique style.

Visit our Facebook page for more ideas, or stop by our Shops at the corner of Juan and Taylor in Old Town. Don’t forget to ask about our signature gift wrapping!

Bazaar del Mundo’s His & Hers Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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At Bazaar del Mundo, we have thousands of treasures from all around the world. While many would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, here are two ideas sure to be a home run this year:

For Her

Our new collection of Laurel Burch jewelry includes sterling silver designs with beautiful, whimsical hearts. These unique pieces are sure to delight the woman in your life. The collection includes various necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

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For Him

Daniel Wellington watches are a must-have for guys this spring! Available in leather or NATO straps, these sleek timepieces will make your guy feel like a million bucks. As one of the few stores in San Diego to carry the line, we’ll show you how easy it is to switch back and forth between straps to have a stylish component for every outfit.

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We know you want your gift to be a wonderful surprise. Our signature gift-wrapping adds a vibrant, festive touch.

For more Valentine’s Day gift ideas, visit our Facebook page, or come in to the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor in Old Town, San Diego.

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