by Barb Stillman, Publisher
On a recent trip to Tucson, I was looking forward to visiting one of our newest advertisers—Tucson Antique Gallery. It is located in the Lost Barrio area, a unique neighborhood where old warehouses have been repurposed into high-end retail shops.
This upscale gallery reflects Owners Carl and Debbie Esparza’s wide ranging-interests and passions. From art to antiques, collectibles, Mid-Century Modern, jewelry, furniture and so much more, you will find it all. Every piece has been chosen specifically for their shop since they do not have consignments.
Carl was in the shop and showed me around, explaining that he loves ethnic art—from Native American to African art and all that is in between. Many pieces were on display, most from local artists. Carl also shared the interesting path he and Debbie have taken, ultimately leading to their opening the Tucson Antique Gallery.
The Esparzas started in business in 1989 with an art gallery at St. Phillips Plaza. In 1993 they closed that gallery and broadened their business by adding antiques and high-end collectibles to the art. For more than twenty years they had been dealers in all of the Tucson malls with multiple booths until they finally decided it was time to open a retail business once again. They wanted to personally show their customers the pieces they have collected and love. It is easy to feel the enthusiasm they have for what they do.
Carl and Debbie were delighted to find a high-demand location for Tucson Antique Gallery, which they opened in September 2021. It’s been a very positive move and traffic from neighboring shops has drawn many customers to them in addition to their own following. Since opening the shop over a year ago, they have had a very positive response from the community.
Carl told me, “The longer we are open in this location, the more I love it. I have met so many interesting and fun people who have become friends.”
A well-known comedian/actor visiting friends in Tucson recently stopped by the shop. This man is very tall and was looking for a comfortable chair. After trying every chair, he found one that was comfortable and a good fit. He and his wife fell in love with the shop and he told Carl and Debbie that it had become his favorite of all shops.
With their many years of experience, the Esparzas are very knowledgeable about the merchandise that they carry and are happy to share not only the history and the backgrounds of the pieces, but why they personally love them. Their years of networking also include developing resources for referring customer to crafters who have the ability and talents to make intricate repairs on unique specialty items that require special skills.
It easy to see why the shop has grown in popularity. Carl and Debbie are helpful and show a personal interest in their customers, always ready to greet and assist each person and provide outstanding service. Great merchandise that will enhance any home and friendly customer service is a winning combination. While I was there, a customer commented to me, “There is something here for everyone.”
Tucson Antique Gallery is at 147 S. Park Avenue, Tucson, in the Lost Barrio area. The hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 520-623-7297 or text 520-979-9865. Fine them on Google for more uploaded photos. Be sure to stop by soon and tell them The Antique Register sent you!