In the years that our family has been spending time in Bucerias, there has been only one true boutique store, Jan Marie’s. It will get a dedicated post of it’s own soon but for now I’m talking about Mesitiza and Milagros, two of the newest boutique stores on the scene here in Bucerias. Sisters, Marta and Hildelisa, are the owners of each.
Mestiza opened first on Lazaro Cardenas, the main street running parallel to the beach, and immediately became a must-stop place for me, particularly for the jewelry. Marta travels all over Mexico; San Miguel de Allende, Taxco, Oaxaca, Mexico City and beyond to hand pick items to bring back to her shop. I have seen a lot of silver and other jewelry, from the typical repetitive “silver” you see in the stalls and up. Ironically, I used to find the most unique rings from a vender on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, bearing the same stamp, “Mem.” (I never figured out where this jewelry maker was from and I haven’t seen it since anywhere).
Marta, the owner of Mestiza, takes great pride the quality and uniqueness of the items she offers. She is kind, speaks English and is interesting. She carries jewelry other than silver too. Mestiza has upscale clothing for a night out (albeit dressing up in this town is not really needed anywhere but some prefer to spruce it up in the evening) as well as clutches.
Hildelisa is Marta’s sister and she owns Milagros, very recently opened and only a block or so closer to town than Mestiza. She carries unique things she’s also procured all over Mexico but slightly different like handbags, men’s shirts, art and other interesting items. Hildelisa also carries jewelry but with with a more ethnic flair, making a bold statement with bright colors and interesting designs. She is also lovely and speaks English well.
The growth and change in Bucerias recently has definitely been reflected in the shops. There is much to find in traditional Mexico stall action, of course. And there is a middle ground to be found in places like David’s (see my prior post about his shop). But the uptick in boutique shops is a reflection of the increase in tourism. There is truly something for everyone here.
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