On the north side of Scottsdale, Arizona, you will find a charming town called Carefree. Dating back to the 1950’s, Carefree is home to about 4,000 residents and some of the best-named roads in Arizona, Carefree is truly a delight to visit and/or reside in.
One of the focal points of Carefree is the Carefree Town Center. The Carefree Town Center is a collection of shops, galleries and restaurants and is host to many events throughout the year. Its main focal point is the 90 foot Sundial, which appears to be the 3rd largest sundial in the western hemisphere. There is the main central area and just down the way, there are more shops and dining options in the Spanish Village section.
Although I have yet to discover all of the stores and various vendors, here are some of the places we like to support and things we like to do at Carefree Town Center:
– The English Rose Tea Room – Experience traditional High Tea and escape for a little while in charming tea room. They serve my favorite scones here and I always love to try a new blend of tea. In addition to tea and food, there is a store area where you can purchase many tea-related items and items from the U.K.
– Friday Farmer’s Markets – Come support local vendors as they sell their specialty products. Thinks salsas, spices, fresh vegetables and baked goods and treats.
–AZ Wine Company – AZ Wine has been a staple of Carefree Town Center for many years. They offer a huge selection of wines and spirits for all tastes and budgets. Customer service is friendly and knowledgeable and they are happy to locate a wine for you if they do not have it in stock. They also offer lots of wine tastings and events.
– Easy Street Shoe Repair – This is the place I head when I need some shoe and heel repairs. The owner is great at his craft and works hard. He also does handbag and luggage repair on top of many other items.
– Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festivals – Taking place a few times a year, this is a great way to enjoy the Town Center with lots of amazing art as the backdrop. Grab a glass of wine and peruse the various artists’ work.
These are just a few of the large number of shops and events at Carefree Town Center. If you have not had a chance to visit, make sure to take a day to go and explore. And, if you have some favorites of your own, please feel free to share them in the comments section.