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


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


‘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


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!

Native American & Southwestern Artists Dazzle at Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace


Authentic Turquoise Jewelry, Fine Art and More at Old Town Event, Sept. 15 & 16

The Southwest is making a comeback, with boho lovers and free spirits across the country presenting bold pieces of turquoise, vibrant hues and Zapotec designs. Here in San Diego, the best of Southwest’s Native American jewelry, art and crafts will be on display and for sale at Bazaar del Mundo’s annual Santa Fe Marketplace, Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Amidst a vibrant outdoor marketplace, exquisite collections of authentic Native American jewelry, art, crafts and décor will be showcased from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their goods.

Visitors can take in dazzling sterling silver and multi-stone inlaid jewelry made with stunning turquoise, coral and other exotic stones, hand-woven Zapotec pillows and rugs, leather accessories, fetishes, storytellers, Pendleton blankets and more.

Returning to this year’s festival, pawn trader Art Quintana will appraise visitors’ fine Indian jewelry and family heirlooms (up to two pieces each). With 30 years in the Native American jewelry business, Quintana’s collection of traditional and contemporary necklaces, bracelets, rings, bolo ties, concho belts, earrings, beadwork and more, offers a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

Other artists include:

  • Federico, a celebrity-favorite jewelry designer whose stunning turquoise creations have been worn by Christie Brinkley, Ali McGraw, Elle McPherson and more.
  • Kim Yubeta uses vintage beads from far-off lands made of turquoise, coral, lapis, spiny oyster, amber, jet and onyx to fashion her necklaces that show in galleries throughout the Southwest.
  • Jesse Hummingbird pursues both Cherokee and other American Indian themes in his acrylic paintings in what he calls “intertribal fantasy.”
  • Anomaly Imports offers a huge selection of hand-woven Zapotec rugs, blankets, runners and more in glorious colors.
  • John Balloue’s vibrant acrylic and mixed media paintings are held in many private and public collections, including the Cherokee Museum in Tahlequah, Oklahoma; the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Veronica Benally, a traditional Navajo artist whose handmade silver and/or gold bracelets with natural stones were awarded “Best in Show” from the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. 

Visitors will also enjoy live musical performances, and mouth-watering cuisine from neighboring Casa Guadalajara.

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Colorful Folk Art & Mata Ortiz Mexican Pottery Resplendent at Latin American Festival


Folk artists from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Peru, El Salvador and more will convene at the Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops, August 4-6 in Old Town.

The annual San Diego event presents one of the nation’s most extensive collections of authentic folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry.

The lively marketplace takes place beneath a colorful array of elaborately decorated handmade booths and umbrellas. Visitors can take in an amazing array of live artist demonstrations, enjoy nonstop entertainment and feast on mouth-watering Mexican cuisine at the free weekend event that runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Bazaar del Mundo, at the corner of Juan and Taylor Streets in Old Town, will overflow with artisans from Chihuahua, Mexico, creating eye-popping Mata Ortiz pottery, a centuries-old art form renowned for its hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols.

Other traditional crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: Otomi textiles, 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 from the farthest regions of Mexico.

This year’s visiting artists include:

  • Jorge Quintana, a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums throughout the world.
  • Jacobo Angeles, from Oaxaca, Mexico, will carve and paint wooden animal figures.
  • Mariano Valadez, a Huichol artist specializing in yarn paintings and detailed glass bead art.
  • Yolanda Ormachea Velasco, a contemporary Peruvian jewelry artist whose work combines silver with semiprecious stones and other natural elements found in Peru.

TINKU, a Latin American folk band, will perform 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, enhancing the cultural aesthetic, completing the feel of a Mexican rural market.

Inside the colorful stores, shelves will be brimming with gifts and goods imported from Mexico and Latin America, as well as a myriad of books on travel, culture, architecture, arts, crafts and food.

Brighten Up for Summer at Mercado del Sol, July 8


Local Artists Present Collections of Summer Fashions, Accessories and Handcrafted Gifts at One-Day Event 

Ready to brighten up your wardrobe and home for summer? Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town are bringing together a dozen local artists and vendors for its “Mercado del Sol” event on July 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Shoppers are invited to explore vibrant collections of handcrafted jewelry, clothing, fashion accessories, home décor and gifts as the artists describe their inspiration and techniques for creating their colorful wares.

Visiting artists include:

  • Kim Yubeta with the latest in her collection of “treasure” necklaces
  • Dan Dee Silk, local silk artists creating scarves, ruanas and jackets
  • Hang Accessories, local traveling bags and accessories company
  • Ilanit Shalev, local artist combining glass and leather into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces
  • Cynthia Rodriguez with a collection of bright, trendy jewelry and other accessories
  • Krista Lee, a popular collection of beautifully embroidered and embellished tunics
  • Mad Art Studios, local glass artists Rina and Michael Maddy creating vibrant vases, paperweights, perfume bottles and more

Delicious summer treats, such as virgin margaritas and Mexican fruit cups, will also be for sale to help guests keep cool in the San Diego sun. 

To join the festivities, visit the Bazaar del Mundo Shops at the north entrance to Old Town on the corner of Juan and Taylor.

Mariachis, Margaritas and More!


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,
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,
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,
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,
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.

Love is a Fiesta!


Win a $50 dining certificate to use this Valentine’s Day, or after, from your favorite Bazaar del Mundo restaurant!


Share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of yourself with the love of your choice eating at your favorite Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group location – Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico, Casa de Bandini or Casa Sol y Mar. Tag the restaurant and use the hashtag #LoveisaFiesta, and you could win a $50 dining certificate to use for a special Valentine’s Day dinner, or any time in 2017!

Submit your entries before Friday, February 10. Two entries will be selected at random to win. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 13.

*One entry per person, per restaurant, please.

Tag us using the following handles:

Casa Guadalajara

Casa de Pico

Casa de Bandini

Casa Sol y Mar

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


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

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



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.

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