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There are several shopping districts in Tacoma as well as malls and boutiques, so you are sure to find whatever you are looking for in this city. Tacoma Mall (4502 S Steele) is probably the largest, with over 150 stores and restaurants. The mall’s offerings include accessory boutiques (Sunglass Hut, PacSun, Claire’s Boutique), gift shops (Hallmark’s, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Spencer Gifts), department stores (JCPenney, Macy’s, Nordstrom), and a large variety of fashion, cosmetic and electronic stores. The South Hill Mall is located a little further away in Puyallup and has full-service restaurants as well as six department stores and over a hundred other shops.
For downtown shopping, try Freighthouse Square in the heart of the Dome District. This is a cluster of 60 restaurants and small boutiques on East 25th Street. The selection here is not your typical mall fare, as it includes the city’s largest art gallery, antique shops and Native American crafts stores. Then there is the Fern Hill District at South 84th Street and S Park Avenue, which prides itself on old-fashioned friendly service. There are a number of repair shops, a hair salon, Mexican bakery and used bookstore. For a more historic feel, visit the Old Town District at North 30th and McCarver Streets, where service stores and fine restaurants line cobblestone streets.
Spend an afternoon exploring the central shopping area of Tacoma where you will be thrilled to discover a beautiful oriental rug store (715 Pacific Avenue) right in the middle of this town. Mo Ghamarian, the owner of Ghamarian Rugs and his beautiful Turkish wife Zeynep are more than happy to share their expertise and time while treating clients to a visual symphony of handwoven rugs from all over the world. The extensive range of rugs along with the competitive pricing and expertise available at this store make it a must do for anyone exploring Tacoma.