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Old 08-24-2007, 09:20 AM
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I'm leaving Sept. 6 for Cozumel. I collect carved wooden masks. I have many from Africa, Indonesia and Thailand. I'm looking forward to buying some in Cozumel. I read that they have them at the hand-made musical instrument store called Unahi Pax (not sure on spelling) at corner of 15th Ave. & Benito Juarez. My husband collects primitive instruments, mostly stringed. I recently bought an Egyptian Oud. So we hope to find some interesting instruments from Mexico.

Has anyone been to this store, and is it still there? Are there other stores like this in Cozumel?
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Anji
Av. 5 between Calles Adolfo Rosado Salas and 1 Sur, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/869-2623
The showrooms at Anji are filled with imported lamps, carved animals, and clothing from Bali.

Balam Mayan Feather
Av. 5 and Calle 2 Norte, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/869-0548
At Balam Mayan Feather artists create intricate paintings on feathers from local birds.

Bugambilias
Av. 10 Sur between Calles Adolfo Rosado Salas and 1 Sur, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-6282
Bugambilias sells handmade Mexican linens.

El Porton
Av. 5 Sur and Calle 1 Sur, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-5606
El Porton has a collection of masks and unusual crafts.

Fama
Av. 5 between Calle 2 and plaza, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-2050
Latin music CDs and English-language novels are displayed at Fama, which also has sandals, swimsuits, and souvenirs.

Indigo
Av. Rafael E. Melgar 221, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-1076
Indigo carries a large selection of purses, belts, vests, and shirts from bright blue, purple, and green Guatemalan fabrics. They also have wooden masks.

Galeria Azul
Calle 10 Sur, between Av. Salas and Calle 1, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/869-0963
At Cozumel's best art gallery, Galeria Azul, artist Greg Deitrich displays his engraved blown glass along with paintings, jewelry, and other works by local artists.

Librerķa del Parque
Av. 5 at plaza, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-0031
Librerķa del Parque is Cozumel's best bookstore; it carries the Miami Herald, USA Today, and English- and Spanish-language magazines and books.

Viva Mexico
Av. Rafael E. Melgar and Calle Adolfo Rosada Salas, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-0791
Viva Mexico sells souvenirs and handicrafts from all over Mexico; it's a great place to find T-shirts, blankets, and trinkets.

Shalom
Av. 10, No. 25, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-3783
Antiques and high-quality silver jewelry are the draws at Shalom.

Los Cinco Soles
Av. Rafael E. Melgar and Calle 8 Norte, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
987/872-0132
Los Cinco Soles is the best one-stop shop for crafts from around Mexico. Several display rooms, covering almost an entire block, are filled with clothing, furnishings, home decor items, and jewelry.
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:32 PM
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Suzy- I'm sure you are ok with wooden masks and leather, but be very careful with silver and jewlery. Many of the "mom and pop" stores are selling fakes. If you are going to be buying anything like that be sure it is in a cruise line approved store. Or, the silver will end up being plate and the jewels will be glass...
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Jim C. -- Thanks for the tip. I'm not a big fan of refined jewelry. And there were some interesting points made by others on "Cozumel questions...again" posted under Caribbean Port Chat regarding silver/jewelry. I'm only interested in crude, rustic, primitive masks, musical instruments and maybe textiles for decoration in my home. I'll be careful about imposters. Thanks. I need all the advice I can get.
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:18 AM
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Suzy Cruise:

Dr. Livingston did an excellent job his previous reply listing some of the best stores in Cozumel.

My favorite store in Cozumel is Los Cinco Soles. That would be my first stop while shopping in Cozumel. They have allot of Mexican arts and crafts for sale in that store. And the people that work there were really nice too.
 
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