The puppets and small toys attract youngsters, adults seek out the books and homemade candy, and the teens head for the back room in Dewey-Humboldt's new business, Gifts & Games, at the west end of Humboldt Station on Main Street. Shoppers can finish their duties in one fell swoop here with a complete line of holiday gifts.
Owner Denise Rogers celebrated Gifts & Games' grand opening this past month. She is focused on connecting local merchandise with local buyers.
"Keeping it local is good for the artists and others who can make money, it's good for me running a business, and it's good for the customers," Rogers said, putting on one of her favorite items, a bright red clown nose.
The store offers merchandise made by local artists, such as the Jalapeno Peanut Brittle prepared by Bonnie Coulter, and Donya Marie's Dark Chocolate Salsa or Double Chocolate Meat Rub.
"It's nice to find something made in Arizona when you visit Arizona," she said.
Many of the items for sale are recycled or green products. She carries books of regional interest such as field and trail guides, day trips, and local history; puzzles, games and stuffed animals; goat soap and lotions; and notecards and artwork. Proceeds from the sale of mouse pads with a photo of the Humboldt smelter stack go directly towards upkeep of the Dewey-Humboldt cemetery, Rogers said.
The back room has one arcade game for teens and shelves of video games and DVD movies for sale and for trade. She hopes to add another arcade machine soon.
Glow-in-the-dark marbles are part of a game called Wall Coaster created by a 12-year-old boy. Players create roller-coaster-like tracks by sticking tunnels and buckets to the wall using basic laws of physics and gravity to propel marbles across the wall. An additional bonus is that the toy is made in the U.S. and more than 90 percent of the product and packaging is from recycled materials.
Gifts & Games is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, please call 928-227-2775.