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Diane Von Furstenberg fuchsia strapless silk dress from She She on El Paseo. Gold cuff from Fe Zandi on El Paseo. Special thanks to BMW of Palm Springs for the 2008 BMW 650 convertible.
Eric Scot

Before our eyes, a smorgasbord of retailers serves up bountiful choices for the seasonal flow of visitors and the ballooning number of full-time residents. Nationally branded and one-of-a-kind boutiques can be found from downtown Palm Springs in the west end of the valley to Old Town La Quinta in the east end.

 El Paseo, one of several shopping destinations in Palm Desert, has an indisputable lock on luxury with 300 speciality boutiques, day spas, jewelers, and indoor and outdoor eateries. The Gardens on El Paseo — an open-air retail and dining complex with Saks Fifth Avenue as its nucleus — showcases familiar retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama’s, and Brooks Brothers, as well as independents such as Gail Jewelers and BB One. Its tranquil gardens create a desertscape median with trails, niches, benches, and even soothing music.

 Westfield Palm Desert, located on Highway 111 in Palm Desert, has 180 stores, restaurants, and services, as well as a theater complex that screens independent, alternative, documentary, and foreign films. Macy’s, Sears, and JC Penney comprise the department-store anchors.

The Gardens on El Paseo
73515 El Paseo, Suite 1724
Palm Desert 760-836-3250

BB•one presents a collection that balances urban chic and modern classics. The spirit of a modern and complex woman inspires the looks for this season. We are known for our expertise at combining fashionable and urban collections that are appropriate for age, size, and comfort. View our selections from Marc Aurel, Cop Copine, Yoshi, Oui Moments, Velvet, Mike & Chris, Johnny Was, Alvin Valley, Blanque, yansi fugel, Babette, Alberto Makali, Michael Stars, AG Jeans, Earnest Sewn, Michelle Jonas, christopher blue, Botkier, Gustto, and not your daughters jeans. Celebrate with us 10 years at The Gardens on El Paseo!

Between The Sheets
The Gardens on El Paseo
73515 El Paseo, Suite G1074
Palm Desert 760-779-8500

A beautiful world of bedding — a haven for linen fanatics. Exquisite linens for the bed, bath, and table fill this marvelous shop to overflowing. Ask to touch the specialty: a 1,020 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheet, which makes the softest, most luxurious bedding in the world. There is also a great collection of European towels and stunning bath accessories. Celebrities and royalty come here to outfit mansions. Designers on premises and custom sewing available.

California Patio
77750 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert 760-200-3113
72060 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage 760-346-5516

Family owned and operated for more than 27 years. Built on a renowned reputation for excellence in customer service. With six locations throughout Southern California. California Patio has the largest selection and best availability of quality patio furniture. Featuring Malin, Gloster, O.W. Lee, Winston, Barlow Tyre, Prestige, Hanamint, and Cuscini. See why California Patio was voted
No. 1 in San Diego and Orange County two years in a row. Located in Palm Desert and a new location in Rancho Mirage.

DeLuca Jewelers
73655 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-773-1763

When Joe proposed to Ann in 1943, he met her uncle, the family jeweler. So impressed, Joe apprenticed in the shop when he returned from the war. He opened his own jewelry repair shop in 1947. From those humble beginnings, Joe expanded, opening his first shop in the Crenshaw-Los Angeles area, followed by four other L.A. stores. Retiring in 1986 to the desert, Joe soon became bored. One evening he came home and announced, “Hon, I bought another jewelry store.” Now, Joe and Ann, along with their great staff, stay busy designing and redesigning fabulous jewelry for clients from all of Southern California and visitors and winter residents from all corners of the globe. Now celebrating more than 60 years in business!

Denise Robergé
73995 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-340-5045

Denise Robergé is a fine jewelry design salon and art gallery located on El Paseo in Palm Desert, specializing in designs that are reminiscent of the past, but with distinctly modern interpretation. In 22K gold and large cabochon-cut colored stones, all designs are one-of-a-kind and manufactured on the premises.

Desert European Motorcars, Ltd.
71387 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage 760-773-5000

Nestled in the Palm Springs desert community is a unique European village-styled dealership containing the ultimate in luxury automobiles. There are more than 80,000 square feet of luxurious showrooms, state-of-the-art service facilities, a complete parts department, and an unbelievable inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles: Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Spyker. To top it off, they also have a boutique with a full line of brand-related items. The sales department has one purpose: to exceed your expectations from test drive to delivery. Their friendly, knowledgeable sales professionals will provide you with the information you need to make an educated buying decision.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Cabazon 760-(951) 849-6641

California’s most exclusive collection of designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. 130 stores featuring Ashworth-Callaway Golf, Barneys New York, Coach, Cole Haan, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dooney & Bourke, Elie Tahari, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Loro Piana, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Yves Saint Laurent, and more.  Centerwide gift cards available. West of Palm Springs on I-10, exit Fields Road. Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

E&J’s Designer Shoe Outlet
44100 Town Center Way
Palm Desert 760-773-5053
1835 Newport Boulevard
Costa Mesa 760-(949) 645-3092

E&J’s Designer Shoe Outlet is a shoe-lover’s dream! Thousands of designer and name-brand shoes for women and men fill the store, all at discount prices! Look for brand names such as Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, Kenneth Cole, Anne Klein, Via Spiga, Johnston & Murphy, Kate Spade, and more. New shipments arrive weekly.

Egg & Dart, Ltd.
42829 Cook Street, Suite 102
Palm Desert 760-340-3900

Egg & Dart, Ltd. introduces the desert’s newest cabinetry showroom to their recently expanded 8,000-square-foot facility. These stunning cabinets are showcased in actual room environments, complete with state-of-the-art lighting. Sales professionals will work with you, your interior designer, contractor, or architect to build a kitchen that will last a lifetime! Offering various price points with an appreciation for quality, Egg & Dart professionals cater to whole-house budgets as well as those for specific rooms. Combining more than a half-century of industry experience, Bentwood Luxury Kitchens, Premier Custom Built, and Signature Custom Cabinetry offer lifetime warranties on their construction and finishes. Incorporating contemporary, traditional, and Mediterranean styles, Egg & Dart is proud to be the desert’s premier cabinet design resource for residential and commercial projects.

El Paseo Jewelry Exchange
73375 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-773-1040 or 866-WHY-PAY-MOR

You’ll find an enormous selection of diamonds, gemstones, and elegant fine jewelry at this trendy jewelry boutique, renowned for its incredible values on fashionable
El Paseo. Choose from 14K, 18K, or platinum rings, bracelets, necklaces, or earrings set with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and other gemstones in all of the latest styles. Large diamonds and exclusive diamond jewelry are a specialty. A comprehensive selection of other diamonds in all shapes, qualities, and sizes make El Paseo Jewelry Exchange a must-see for the value-conscious shopper. Why pay more?

elizabeth & prince
78075 Main Street, Suite 101
La Quinta 760-564-4100

elizabeth&prince, is a resort lifestyle boutique that specializes in current but classic clothing, footwear, and accessories for women. Inspired by the pioneering restaurant and shopping district that is their New York home and the store’s namesake, owners Analisa and Shawn Holoubek seek to meet the needs of sophisticated, independent women who take a more individual approach to personal style and expression.

The Estate Jewelry Collection
73470 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-779-1856|

Doug and Wendy Lewis invite you to visit their exceptionally dazzling collection of previously owned items priced at a fraction of their original value. Featuring jewelry designed by Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Bucellatti, David Webb, and many fine European designers. The allure of estate jewelry is profound. Sought after and prized, some pieces are museum quality. Their desirability never goes out of fashion. Complimentary consultation available daily for selling and/or purchasing of fine jewelry.

4 Seasons Swimwear
73400 El Paseo, Suite 4
Palm Desert 760-340-2490

For a fantastic selection of swimwear with matching cover-ups and accessories (hats, sandals, handbags, and more),
visit 4 Seasons Swimwear. They provide personalized service for the hard-to-fit customer. The selection starts with children’s and goes from ladies 4 to 24, offering cup sizes B to G. Separates available. Featuring Gottex, La Blanca, Anne Cole, Roxanne, VIX, Sunflair, Gideon Obenson, La Perla, and more. Whether you need maternity, mastectomy, long torso, or just a great-fitting suit, 4 Seasons Swimwear is the place to shop before you head for the pool.

Frasca Jewelers
73560 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-568-5848

Seeing is believing at Frasca Jewelers. Gorgeous diamonds, of course. But we also feature the most fun and chic brands from the couture world of jewelry design. We are the exclusive desert home for Chopard, H. Stern Boutique, Ashoka by William Goldberg, Nanis, Ippolita, Leslie Greene, Pomellato, Buccellati, Kwiat, Elizabeth Rand, Judith Ripka, A. Link, and 30 other international favorites. Our custom design work is in a league of its own. We specialize in micro pavé work equal to the finest New York houses. Come see what awaits you at Frasca Jewelers.

Gail Jewelers
The Gardens on El Paseo
73525 El Paseo, Suite E1503
Palm Desert 760-776-7150
Park Tower on Town Center
Costa Mesa 760-(714) 979-1631

Providing the finest-quality jewelry, watches, and gifts, Gail Jewelers caters to the desert’s most sophisticated residents and visitors. They offer a large selection of diamonds, platinum, and necklaces in their upscale boutique on El Paseo. Gail Jewelers prides itself on customer service; and they handle repairs, appraisals, and estate purchases, as well as shipping worldwide.

The Gardens on El Paseo
El Paseo between Larkspur Lane
and San Pablo Avenue
Palm Desert 760-862-1990

The Gardens on El Paseo is the ultimate retail and dining destination. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, it features more than 40 of the finest shops and restaurants in Palm Desert. Apparel: Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, BB•one, Brooks Brothers, Cache, Coach, dot, Fresh Produce, J. Crew, J. Jill, Oilily, Quiksilver, Talbots, Talbots Petite/Woman, Tommy Bahama’s Emporium. Jewelry: b. alsohns jewelers, Gail Jewelers, Tiffany & Co. Beauty: Aveda, L’Occitane, Origins. Shoes: Cole Haan, Johnston & Murphy, J. Stephens, Rockport. Dining: Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Pacifica Seafood Restaurant, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Home: Between the Sheets, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma. Gifts: Harry & David, Sunglass Hut, von Wening Art. Specialty Services: U.S. Trust, Private Wealth Management, Bank of America Premier Banking and Investments, Fidelity Investments. Coming in 2009: Bare Escentuals, Distinctive Interiors by Thomas, id, The Walking Company, and Louis Vuitton.

301 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs 760-322-5049

A world-class paper store — “Harming only the humorless since 1978.” It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Doug Mitchell started selling greeting cards, artwork, and gifts in San Francisco. But time flies when you’re selling fun! Doug moved his store to Palm Springs eight years ago, stocking the shop with music, books, jewelry, and gift wrap departments that have made the store a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Greetings carries hundreds of tempting titles spanning midcentury modern, everything Palm Springs, celebrity lore, and art and photography by European and American publishers. A hip CD selection, invitation printing and mailing, and custom framing make Greetings a signature destination on Palm Canyon Drive. Open until 6 p.m. most days and until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Joy! on El Paseo
73170 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-773-5450

Joy! the desert’s shopping destination for mothers-to-be, infants, and toddlers plus unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Maintain your unique sense of style with these designer selections such as Liz Lange, Japanese Weekend, Maternal America, Olian, Citizens of Humanity, Paige Premium Denim, Michael Stars, and many others. Joy! also offers Petunia Pickle Bottom, UPPAbaby strollers, and luxurious Barefoot Dreams gift items for mom and baby. Let’s not forget delightful keepsakes for remembering your hometown, state, country, honeymoon, or a wonderful vacation with CatStudio’s hand-embroidered pillows, totes, and trays. For a pleasurable boutique shopping experience and outstanding customer service, visit Joy!

KDI Elements
79431 Country Club Drive
Bermuda Dunes 760-345-9933
Visit our 3,000-square-foot showroom with granite, marble, and tile from around the world. Unique and exotic materials are available for floors, countertops, and showers. Custom designs for every need. If we don’t have it, we will find it or make it. Residential and commercial. Brand new or remodel. Our friendly staff will make your selection process a pleasant one and your finished product a lasting addition to your home.

Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers
73670 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-568-5266

A desert landmark since 1947, Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers is one of the most respected jewelers in the desert. Still owned and operated by the Weiner family, Leeds & Son offers exquisite jewelry and elegant timepieces and is an official authorized agent for Rolex, Patek Philippe, Harry Winston, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, Bvlgari, Lazare Kaplan, Chimento, Mikimoto, and many more. The Leeds & Son luxury showroom, in the heart of Palm Desert’s upscale shopping district on El Paseo, includes a custom jewelry department and three Rolex-trained watch technicians for on-site repairs and service. Trust Leeds & Son for all your fine jewelry needs … and desires!

Libott Pools Inc.
3800 E. Vista Chino
Palm Springs 760-325-2143 or 325-3133

In this world of sun worshippers, the name of Libott has stood for fine pool repair and cleaning for more than 50 years. Offering an extensive stock of chemicals, accessories, floats, rafts, and games — everything for the pool. Libott’s unsinkable float needs no inflating and can be one of your best-looking pool accessories. Visit us at our Web site at

The Linen Man
73170 El Paseo, Suite 3
Palm Desert 760-568-6686 or (800) 541-6686

A desert tradition for more than 30 years, this unique, family-owned boutique specializes in Italian-woven Egyptian cotton luxury linens, exquisite European lingerie, and the finest white goose down pillows and comforters. Hard-to-find blanket covers and hand-kerchiefs are stocked in abundance — magnifying mirrors too. Materials of superb quality finished by master craftsman focus on comfort as well as design. Customers are urged to feel the smooth, cool, magnificent percale sheets available with beautiful embroidery, delicate hemstitching, and coordinating jacquards. Intimate apparel of finely woven and knit fabrics will tenderly caress the body. Soft laces adorn briefs, camisoles and gowns. The 850 fill-power large-cluster Polish white goose down pillows have no equal, with firmness ranging from super soft to plush. Light and airy comforters utilizing this same fabulous down are available to suit your personal requirements for weight and warmth. Known for consummate product knowledge and outstanding customer service, The Linen Man ships worldwide and is a friendly oasis nestled in the courtyard behind Joy.

Mathis Brothers Furniture
81410 Highway 111
Indio 760-775-9000

One of the country’s leading retailers of home furnishings, with superstores in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ontario, and the 200,000-square-foot location in Indio. Featuring Marge Carson, Henredon, Ralph Lauren, Century, Drexel Heritage, Lexington, and others, as well as Oriental rugs and accessories from all over the world. In addition, Mathis Brothers offers complimentary in-home design services.

Patios Plus Inc.
71619 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage 760-346-3948
79390 Highway 111
La Quinta 760-564-5350

We have all heard the old adage “There is patio furniture and then there is patio furniture.” You owe it to yourself to see the great collections of name brands Ancient Mosaic, Brown Jordan, Gloster, Kettal, Lloyd Flanders, O.W. Lee. Triconfort, Tropitone, and Winston, plus exclusive lines. Serving the desert for more than 32 years, Patios Plus offers you comfort plus quality with stock lines plus the ability to create your own look through special orders. Outstanding customer service from knowledgeable sales associates who will come to your home and help plan your outdoor living space. Patios Plus has two great locations for your convenience: one in Rancho Mirage and one La Quinta, both on Highway 111.

Powers Carpet One Floor & Home
71685 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage 760-346-0523

Powers Carpet One Floor & Home has been dedicated to serving the Rancho Mirage area since 1992. With one of the largest selections of carpet, hardwood, laminate, and ceramic tile resilient flooring and area rugs in the desert, we’ve got your flooring needs covered. And with personal, professional service from our trained flooring experts, you’ll find the product, warranty, and color that are just right for you. And our exceptional service doesn’t end in the store. Once you’ve chosen your new floor, rest assured it will be installed by one of our certified installation professionals, who will make sure you’re completely satisfied from beginning to end. If you’re shopping for a new floor, be sure to stop by our store to consult with one of our knowledgeable sales professionals. If your hectic home or work schedule still won’t let you come to the store, you can request samples to see how they look in your room, have your rooms professionally measured for free, and have a certified installer come to your home to have your new floor installed.

Riga Designs
73400 El Paseo, Suite B2
Palm Desert 760-776-8121

Come experience the luxury of hand-painted silk at Riga Designs on El Paseo. Starting with solid white silk, the designs are hand-painted by brush, styled, cut, sewn, and finished by hand-stitching. The outcome of this procedure is an assurance of an unduplicated, hand-painted work of wearable art. The color never fades or washes out when washed by hand as recommended. Designs
consist of dresses, skirts, blouses, ruanas, scarves, and headbands of different shapes and sizes, as well as men’s shirts, tablecloths, curtains, cushions, and other designs for home, which can be custom made. Every piece of art is authenticated with the artist’s signature. Until recently, these unique and original pieces of art were only available in Monte Carlo, Prague, Vienna, and Laguna Beach, but Riga now produces these works of art in Palm Desert.

Robann’s Jewelers
The River at Rancho Mirage
71800 Highway 111, Suite A113
Rancho Mirage 760-341-8142

Family-owned and operated for more than 30 years — flourishing in their new, larger store at The River at Rancho Mirage, priding themselves on an excellent reputation and superior customer service. Their talented and artistic jewelry designers can create pieces of jewelry for the most discriminating buyer. They also offer unique, exquisite, one-of-a-kind merchandise available in the showroom. Robann’s is a full-service jeweler with all work performed on the premises. Robann’s is proud to be affiliated with the American Gem Society and has a certified gemologist appraiser on staff.

Robert’s Fine Shoes
73725 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-340-2929

The most exclusive shoe salon in the desert features fine shoes, handbags, and accessories by world-famous designers. Salvatore Ferragamo, Bruno Magli, Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Geox, Icon, Eric Javitz, Taryn Rose, Donald J. Pliner, and Arche. Accessories by Judith Leiber, Kieselstein-Cord, and others. Robert’s also has a selection of luxury men’s shoes by Lorenzo Banfi.

She She
73199 El Paseo, Suite H
Palm Desert 760-779-0417

Since opening its doors in 2005, She She has become a premier, one-stop shopping destination featuring the season’s hottest apparel, shoes, handbags, and accessories. This hip, sexy, casual, and fun boutique is for the young-minded woman with a cutting-edge sense of style. Desert visitors and residents come to depend on this chic boutique for its inviting environment with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. View contemporary collections from Diane von Furstenberg, Twisted Heart, Calypso, Rachel Pally, Twelfth St., Alice & Olivia, Testament, Saint Grace, Level 99, Junk Food, Dolce Vita, and much more!

Spectacular Shades /Spectacular Spectacles
73910 El Paseo
Palm Desert 760-568-4500 (800) 800-9067

Visualize fabulous sunglasses and spectacles from all over the world, including the most exclusive and unusual prescription and nonprescription eye wear from European designers. This is Spectacular Shades. Here you will find exceptional service, with prescriptions for handcrafted corrective lenses filled the same day and a selection of designer frames that includes Chanel, Judith Leiber, Cartier, Gold & Wood, Chrome Hearts, Bvlgari, Theo, Tag Heuer, Dolce & Gabbana, Kieselstein-Cord, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Fendi, Christian Dior, Versace, and many others.

The Village Inscriber
74919 Highway 111
Indian Wells 760-568-4206

Serving the desert since 1968, The Village Inscriber has offered the best in personalized stationery from Crane & Co., invitations by William Arthur, and a variety of social accessories with in-store printing. The store’s latest success is an offering of the Vera Bradley Collection. They carry the desert’s largest selection! From purses to totes to accessories, you can find your favorite fabric!

Willetts Design & Associates
48620 Via Estacio
Indio 760-777-9044

Interior design is about much more than breathtaking silhouettes and unique creations. It’s about the fusion of inspiration with knowledge and aesthetic. It’s about seeing your personality translated into the most sumptuous of fabrics, colors, and pieces. This is what Willetts Design & Associates is all about. Access to the finest and most sophisticated elements both locally and in major metropolitan cities enables the team at Willetts Design to transform environments into exquisite, livable spaces.

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