The Unexpected in Tombstone
Many people have visited our stores over the years, and have said the following, “ We did not expect to find these stores in Tombstone!” Thus, we have adopted that phrase in our advertising! We are proud, and grateful, to hear those comments about our stores on a daily basis. Our customers say this because of our commitment to quality, unique selection of merchandise, and customer service and satisfaction.
Tombstone was founded in 1879 by Ed Schiefflin, who was stationed at Fort Huachuca. When Ed said he was going to look for silver in the area, many around him said “All you will find there is your tombstone.” That is how the now infamous town got its name. Tombstone was known for having a silver mine at the time. At one time in the early 1880s, the population of Tombstone exceeded 10,000, making it one of the largest cities between St. Louis and San Francisco. Of course on October 26, 1881, the world’s most famous 30 seconds (The Gunfight at the OK Corral) happened 1 block from our current locations.
In business since 1978
Arlene’s opened in 1978 in the “Town Too Tough To Die”, Tombstone, Arizona. Two more locations were opened in Tombstone the early 1980’s. Today, we have 3 Arlene’s locations on historic Allen Street to serve you. In addition, we have a western wear shop, The Branding Iron, at 503 E. Allen Street.
Arlene’s Gallery (415 E. Allen St.)
Our original location since 1978! We have a great selection of both Native American made and non-native American made jewelry. You will find unique gifts and home décor along with art work and sculptures that are made all over the United States and worldwide.
Arlene’s Southwest Trading Company (400 E. Allen St.)
At the corner of 4th and Allen St, you will find an array of Native American made items from the four corners region. We have pottery from many different pueblos, Hopi and Navajo kachinas, replica artifacts, storytellers, Navajo rugs, and much more. Also, we have a nice offering of Mata Ortiz pottery from the famous village of Casas Grandes in Northern Mexico.
Arlene’s Southwest Silver and Gold (402 E. Allen St.)
Right next door to Arlene’s Southwest Trading Company, you will find Native American made jewelry. We mostly carry selections from the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi tribes. This store was the first expansion of Arlene’s in the mid 1980s, shortly followed by the Southwest Trading Company.
Our business has been built on repeat customers. Arlene’s has been very fortunate to have customers that have been shopping with us for 3 generations. We strive to give outstanding service and merchandise selection when you visit our stores. Please come and visit our stores and you too will see what thousands of customers have known for almost 40 years.