Art is in bloom at Bazaar Del Mundo as the talented Teresita Garrido brings joy to customers with her beautiful paper flowers. This intricate craft has been passed down many generations as Teresita learned it from her mother as a young girl. Today, Teresita has not only continued her mother’s legacy at Baazar Del Mundo – she’s shared this art with her children and grandchildren as well!
Teresita was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In 1984, she and her mother ventured away from Tijuana and eventually found a home at Bazaar Del Mundo where Teresita made flour tortillas at Casa de Pico while her mother created stunning paper flowers that she sold to passersby. After her mother passed away, Diane Powers – owner and operator of Bazaar Del Mundo – asked Teresita to continue the beautiful tradition of making paper flowers and help her mother’s legacy live on!
As Teresita’s paper flower business became a fan favorite, she knew she had to use high-quality materials to make the most vibrant and detailed flowers possible.
“My favorite paints to create the pollen are from Guadalajara. It’s these extra touches that give my flowers the lifelike quality people love so much,” Garrido said. After making countless flowers, Teresita found the strongest wire was from Tijuana and the most flexible the paper was from Australia.
“I am so grateful and blessed to have been able to raise five children and seven grandchildren with this amazing family tradition,” Garrido said. Her children – and now grandchildren – enjoy the art of paper flower making and the craft of making piñatas!
Just as nature changes with the seasons, Teresita creates the perfect flowers for every occasion. In December, you can find Teresita making bright red poinsettias. For Dia de los Muertos, Teresita has marigolds ready for order. You can also find Teresita’s flowers in the beautiful courtyard at the Bazaar Del Mundo Shops every Thursday through Sunday, as well as on display at each of our Bazaar Del Mundo restaurants including Casa de Bandini, Casa de Pico, Casa Guadalajara and Casa Sol y Mar.
What’s your favorite fiesta? If you’re like us at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Restaurants – Cinco de Mayo tops the list!
For our followers who want to celebrate this festive holiday at home, our “Cinco in a Box” contest will help! One lucky winner will take home a beautiful Cinco-themed package filled with margarita glasses, Cinco décor, salsa and more, plus a $50 dining certificate to Casa Sol y Mar.
To enter, visit our Instagram account (@bazaardelmundo) and tag a friend you’d like to spend Cinco de Mayo with on the official contest post, and be sure you’re both following us.
We will randomly select and announce the winner on Friday, May 4!
Looking to add to your spring and summer wardrobe? Visit Bazaar del Mundo today to shop exotic new pieces, including handbags, earrings and keychains, while supporting Thailand’s local artisans. Each accessory was designed and created in Thailand by disabled women who are part of a free-trade organization.
Scroll through the galleries below to see some of the unique accessories available for purchase.
Keys & Things
From one-of-a-kind folk-art pieces, to delicious authentic cuisine, Bazaar del Mundo has something for everyone. Treat yourself, then treat yourself AGAIN at our Shops and restaurants with two of our favorite promotions!
Love shopping? You’ll love it even more during Shop & Feast. From now until May 24, spend at least $50 at any (or a combination of) our Shops and receive a coupon for a delicious meal at our neighboring sister restaurant, Casa Guadalajara! See below for full details.
REALLY love shopping? Our Frequent Shopper Rewards Card was designed for our most loyal customers. Receive a punch in your card for every $50 you spend at our Shops. Once the card is full, you get a $50 merchandise credit toward your next purchase!
Consuela derives its name from the Spanish verb consolar, meaning “to console, comfort or uplift.” The brand’s collection of handbags and accessories captures the essence of this philosophy, while reflecting each customer’s individual style.
Consuela’s mission is to encourage and uplift you on your journey. Designs are purposefully “unmatched,” combining unexpected colors, textures and patterns. Each product is a work of art, representing the beauty and singularity in each of us. Signature styles include:
Cross Body Bags
This petite purse, with a long cross-body handle, is ideal for your next music festival, coffee date, or when you just want to keep the weight of the world off your shoulders! Keep your keys, wallet and cell phone in one adorable and easily accessible place.
This bag is the most versatile style in the collection. There is one large open compartment and one large zipper compartment – perfect for holding all your essentials and your laptop or favorite books. Use the built-in lanyard to make sure you never lose your keys again!
This incredibly roomy bag is a more compact version of the “Grande” tote. An open slide pocket and a small zippered pocket make for the perfect place to stash your cell phone and keys.
Stop by Bazaar del Mundo today to get your hands on one of these funky and trendy bags!
It’s a new year, new color for 2018. Pantone, the organization that predicts color trends for brands and products, named Ultra Violet as its “Color of the Year.” According to Pantone, shades of purple are known to display artistic brilliance, which is the perfect way to describe the amazing crafts found at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in San Diego who loves vibrant color more than Diane Powers. That love is reflected throughout her Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Restaurants, home and personal style.
At the Shops, you’ll find items for your home, wardrobe and more in this year’s hot purple hue, all supporting artisans from Guatemala, Mexico, India and beyond.
Pieces for the home include hand-woven napkins and table cloths from Guatemala, embroidered table décor from India and hand-painted Mexican crosses. Hand-woven napkins come in colorful striped prints with hints of purple as well as solid purple for those who want to fully embrace the color of the year. Beautiful embroidered table runners from India with hints of gold achieve a royal finish, and the beautiful selection of hand-painted Mexican crosses add pops of color to the wall in all sorts of purple hues.
Liven up your wardrobe with the addition of purple MyWalits, vibrant, two-tone leather wallets from Italy, handwoven backpacks from Guatemala, embroidered Mexican tops for girls and women and hand-painted silk scarves from locally based Dan Dee Silks. Dan Dee Silk’s scarves come in several hues of purple and pair perfectly with simple tops or dresses to make a bold statement.
Ready to embrace 2018’s “Color of the Year?” Come find new inspiration for your home, wardrobe and beyond at Bazaar del Mundo!
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 de Pico
Casa de Bandini
Casa Sol y Mar
At Bazaar del Mundo, thousands of unique treasures from across the globe will add brightness throughout your home to celebrate spring – a colorful time of year!
Throw pillows, rugs and table runners are beautiful ways to add instant splashes of color to your living or dining rooms. Choose from a wide selection of embroidered and handwoven fabrics from Guatemala, Peru, Oaxaca, India and more.
Vibrantly painted talavera vases make wonderful accent pieces that add color in a fun and functional way. Our talavera collections also include plates, platters and pitchers, and can be found throughout our Shops.
Add ambiance to any room with one-of-a-kind Moroccan-inspired lamps. Hang one or display a cluster for a more dramatic effect.
For more inspiration, stop by the Design Center at Bazaar del Mundo and let us guide you in finding the right spring-time accessories for your home!
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.
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!