The stark beauty of Joshua Tree National Park can draw crowds to the high desert, but the retail stores along Twentynine Palms Highway (California 62) are where visitors pass their time without hiking or climbing, at the great joy and consternation of the residents who live here year-round.
Driven by an influx of city dwellers fleeing into the wilderness during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strip has seen an influx of new retail establishments in recent years – ranging from hip bodegas to high-end fashion brands. range.
“Like many locals, I am happy to be able to make a living from our shop in the desert,” said artist Janelle Pietrzak, who sells it. All roads textiles and homewares in the new 10,000 square foot Mojave Flea Trading Post. “However, I am upset to see many friends being evicted from their rental properties because their landlords have decided to sell. Residents cannot find places to rent because landlords prefer Airbnb for their properties.
Joshua Tree has gone upscale, but don’t worry, it’s still funky.
Despite the fact that a lot has changed — sustainable fashion brand Industry of all nations recently opened in Joshua Tree and small batch bakeries like Luna sourdough, Campbell Hill Bakery and wild bread thrive alongside cool bodegas Wine and rock shop, Joshua Tree Bottle Shop and Alto Desert – longtime favorites with a “Joshua Tree vibe” remain.
You can still buy vintage clothes at the end in Yucca Valley and score cool pottery and cheeky t-shirts at the train station at Joshua Tree, a gift shop artfully housed in a former 1949 Richfield Oil gas station. Artist Shari Elf continues to sell artwork and inexpensive screen-printed t-shirts with fun captions like “What Would Dear Do?” at queen of the artsa few dusty steps from her World famous crochet museuma cute lime green trailer in the shape of a camera filled with crocheted critters.
Here’s a roundup of purchases from a recent day trip from Los Angeles. As with our lists of Los Angeles gift shops, plant stores, and thrift stores, this is not a definitive list, but a way to shine a light on small businesses.