Visit with Aarin Burch at Bazaar del Mundo on Saturday, November 21

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On Saturday, November 21, Aarin Burch, the daughter of art and fashion icon Laurel Burch will visit Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo for the launch of a new collection – reimagined and designed by Aarin – that includes jewelry, scarves, totes and more.

Bazaar del Mundo recently became one of the first recipients of this new line, which launched nationwide in October. As longtime friends of the Burch family, the Bazaar del Mundo team is overjoyed to welcome Aarin to San Diego.

Guests can visit with Aarin and discuss the new line while enjoying delicious refreshments, participating in a few drawings and giveaways, and getting a head start on their holiday shopping. We hope you’ll join us and help celebrate the life, legacy and spirit of our beloved friend, Laurel Burch.

Día de los Muertos: A Three Day Celebration at Bazaar del Mundo


Dia de los Muertos at Bazaar del Mundo

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

Celebrated annually on November 1 and 2, Bazaar del Mundo will continue the tradition of paying homage to the deceased with a three-day event featuring elaborately decorated altars, sugar-skull decorating, face painting and more.

As part of Old Town San Diego’s Annual “Tour of Altars,” produced by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Bazaar del Mundo will transform its shops into a walkable trail of altars, complete with traditional sugar skulls, handmade papier-mâché decorations and guest artists selling Day of the Dead-themed jewelry, handbags, accessories, prints and cards to promote the holiday. Exotic sounds will be provided by Latin American folk group Tinku.

Children and families can enjoy a sugar-skull decorating class on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and face painting both days. Hot chocolate, mini churros and coloring sheets will be available for the children, while historical handouts will be provided to adults.

Next door, sister restaurant Casa Guadalajara will have a spectacular alter of its own, and offer Day of the Dead food and drink specials to help celebrate the holiday.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 2, the Bazaar del Mundo Shops will highlight its alters and offer treats and children’s crafts through closing at 5:30 p.m.

The event is in conjunction with Old Town’s Día de Los Muertos three-day event, from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, which includes “Tour of Altars,” a candlelight procession, face painting and mask decorating throughout Old Town at participating sites.

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

Laurel Burch Fans, Rejoice! New Jewelry Collections Available at Bazaar del Mundo


Laurel Burch has long been embraced by art collectors and kindred spirits throughout the country for her unique and whimsical designs. Inspired by her desire to give and passion to create beauty, Laurel’s art transcends cultures, crosses the boundaries of age and race, and reflects her love for life.

At the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town San Diego, we are huge fans of Laurel Burch and even have a dedicated gallery of her work. As longtime friends of Laurel and her family, we are thrilled to be one of the first locations in the world to showcase the new Laurel Burch jewelry collections.

Laurel passed away in 2007, but her legacy lives on through these new collections designed by her daughter, Aarin Burch. Designs range from “Retrospective” takes on Laurel’s early work, to modernized versions of her “Iconic” designs.

Fans of her fantastical feline designs will fall in love all over again with the debut of Burch’s new “Classic” jewelry collection – featuring her signature cats, as well as brightly colored exotic birds. The enamel is made of brass with either a rhodium or gold finish. These new pieces have arrived at the perfect time – whether you’re hoping to get a head start on the fast approaching gift-giving season, or simply wish to add to your own collection.

The whimsical designs and brightly colored, free spirited creatures in this collection remind you to play, to dream, to laugh and sing, and most of all – to pretend you have wings and use them.

Come visit Bazaar del Mundo’s Laurel Burch Gallerita to see these new collections and help us celebrate the life of a beloved local icon.

Celebrate Native American Culture at Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace


Santa Fe Marketplace - Bazaar del Mundo

Some of the Southwest’s finest artists will come together to celebrate their Native American cultures and showcase their wares during Bazaar del Mundo’s Santa Fe Marketplace, Sept. 18 to 20 in Old Town. Guests will enjoy an unforgettable weekend filled with exquisite collections of fine jewelry, art, hand woven rugs, Pendleton blankets and more.

The annual event, held at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town, is San Diego’s prime destination for stunning and authentic Native American jewelry, colorful collectibles, creative fashions and unique home décor.

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, present a treasure trove of items he has discovered in pawn shops throughout the Southwest.

The festival is a colorful outdoor marketplace featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo creations, presented by tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their wares.

More than 25 artists will be in attendance, including:

  • Circle JW’s Jack Whittaker works with Navajo jewelers to create beautiful silver rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff bracelets and pendants inlaid with turquoise, spiny oyster, sugilite, gaspeite, lapis, onyx and many other gemstones.
  • George Willis incorporates natural elements such as horn, stone and bone into whimsical jewelry and accessories inspired by his Choctaw heritage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bernie Granados, Jr., with roots in both the Apache and Zacatec tribes, is a multi-talented artist who works in a variety of mediums – embossed acrylic paintings, watercolor, Prismacolor pencil, wood carvings, ceramic and bronze. His art features beautiful images of horses, buffalo and ancient ancestral figures.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

Grab Your Tickets for The Taste of Old Town


taste of old town casa guadalajara

Old Town San Diego is rich in history and steeped in tradition – and the best place in San Diego to experience the vibrant beginnings of California, and to enjoy some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the city.

On September 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to experience the delicious food and drink options Old Town has to offer during the second annual Taste of Old Town.

As one of the most popular dining destinations in Old Town, and an event sponsor, Casa Guadalajara is the first stop along the Taste of Old Town trail. We’ll be serving up our “Carnitas Fabuloso” street tacos: carnitas with grilled onions, cilantro and Serrano chiles in a mini tortilla topped with our homemade smoky salsa quemada and avocado salsa.

In addition to the delicious eats, the event will feature special tequila tastings and cocktail pairings, music and live entertainment. A designated Trolley will run throughout the event to help move you along the trail.

Pre-tickets are $35, and bound to go fast! Purchase yours at Taste of Old Town or at the Old Town Chamber Visitor Center.

Genuine Latin American Folk Art, Mata Ortiz Pottery and More – July 31 to Aug. 2


Bazaar del Mundo Shops’ annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market returns to Old Town, July 31 – Aug. 2,  to showcase one of the most extensive collections of genuine Latin American folk art, traditional clothing and textiles, colorful collectibles and dazzling jewelry this side of the border.

Mata Ortiz pottery, based on a centuries-old art form renowned for its detailed process and hand-painted geometric and ancestral symbols, will be the highlight of the event with several skilled potters showcasing their wares, including returning artist Jorge Quintana – a principal Mata Ortiz artist whose work has been displayed in museums all over the world.

Live demonstrations will be performed for eager festival-goers, as artists hack away at wooden stumps to reveal life-like animal figures, weave hand-pulled wool into intricate textiles and skillfully paint delicate designs onto hand-formed clay pots.

Other traditional crafts and sought-after handmade goods include: San Antonino embroidery, 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.

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, completing the cultural aesthetic, making visitors feel as though they’ve stepped into one of Mexico’s rural markets.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A History and Celebration of Casa Guadalajara


Casa Guadalajara is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week! While many San Diegan’s have come to call the restaurant their favorite San Diego Mexican dining destination, we bet few remember how Casa Guadalajara came to be. In honor of the milestone, here’s a little history behind the Old Town icon:

Casa Guadalajara was once known as Romaine’s Guadalajara Grill. Upon discovering that Romaine’s former owner intended to cut down a majestic, 250-year-old California Pepper tree on the property to make way for a parking lot, Diane Powers purchased the land and transformed the restaurant into Casa Guadalajara – saving the tree and making it the focal point of the restaurant’s festive courtyard. Casa Guadalajara officially re-opened for business on June 12, 1995.

To celebrate the occasion, Powers and Casa Guadalajara will be throwing a week-long fiesta, with special entertainment including Folklorico dancers, strolling troubadours and mariachis, and special promotions. Starting Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., a special “Happier Hour” will take place in the Garden Room with tequila vendors on hand to present a special seminar. Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26, will feature a special “throwback” menu with five favorite dishes that date back to the original menu, each with a 20 percent discount, and a commemorative T-shirt giveaway provided by Casamigos Tequila.

Come join the party and see why Casa Guadalajara has been a San Diego favorite for the last 20 years!

It’s Margarita Month!


Calling all margarita lovers! Throughout the month of May, Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Bandini and Casa Sol y Mar are competing in Margarita Month and need your help to win! Visit any one of these locations and order their specialty drink:

  • Casa Guadalajara:La Milagrosa Rosa” margarita – a delicious blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar with a splash of pomegranate juice.
  • Casa de Bandini:Milagro Mexican Belini” margarita – a refreshing blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, white peach syrup, sweet and sour mix, and organic sliced white peaches, shaken and served on the rocks.
  • Casa Sol y Mar:Milagro Mercado” margarita – a fresh and spicy blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Azucar Morena syrup, fresh-squeezed lime juice, muddled cucumber, cilantro and jalapeño served over ice in a glass rimmed with Chamoy and Tajín.

Then, upload a photo of your margartia on Instagram using the hashtags #MargaritaMonth and #CasaGuadalajara, #CasadeBandini or #CasaSolyMar. You can also rate the drinks HERE. Cast your vote for a chance to win $1,000 in gift certificates from participating venues!

Making Mother’s Day Memories


Handbags for Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Why not show mom a little shopping-spree lovin’ to make her feel extra special this year? Diane Powers invites all mothers to come spoil themselves, while dads and kids shop for the perfect present, at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for a “Mother Lovin’ Shopping Spree,” May 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Whether she’s a fashionista, foodie, free spirit, or a little bit of it all, this Mother’s Day shopping party will host artists creating special gifts fitting the taste of all kinds of mothers. From themed cookbooks to handcrafted necklaces, there is sure to be the perfect gift for every mom.

Come enjoy this colorful family affair filled with beautiful gifts, delicious appetizers and Mother’s Day activities for the children. Recently voted the “Best Place to Buy a Gift in San Diego,” the Bazaar del Mundo Shops are the perfect choice in making this Mother’s Day a little more memorable!

It’s a Mother Lovin’ Shopping Spree!


Save the Date! A Mother Lovin' Shopping Spree

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