In a modern economy characterized by pop-up shops, Arlene’s has stood the test of time. We first opened our doors in 1978, and yes, there was an original Arlene. The mother of our current owner, Adam Klein, Arlene was a force to be reckoned with. During a time of economic uncertainty, and in an era when women didn’t commonly own businesses, Arlene opened the doors of Arlene’s in the close-knit Tombstone shopping community. She was a true pioneer who first focused on selling antiques and film before making the shift to Native American jewelry.
You can still find Arlene’s Gallery at our original location, which was initially little bigger than the average bedroom. Today, it’s been completely remodeled to accommodate our expansive collection of unique and unexpected items, from Native American jewelry to unique gifts, and much more. In 1984, we expanded further by opening Arlene’s Southwest Trading Company just down the street. Right next door to this shop, you’ll find Arlene’s Southwest Silver and Gold. The Arlene’s family also includes The Branding Iron, a shop with authentic western wear.
Here at Arlene’s, we’re delighted to be a part of the historic Tombstone community, which was founded in 1879 by Ed Schiefflin. Ed was stationed at Fort Huachuca when he decided to head over here and look for silver. He was told “All you will find there is your tombstone.” This infamous warning gave Tombstone its name. Indeed, the “Town Too Tough to Die” played host to the world’s most notorious shootout. The Gunfight at the OK Corral took place during the course of about 30 seconds on October 26, 1881. Today, many of our visitors enjoy ducking into Arlene’s to browse the merchandise between viewing the gunfight shows in Tombstone.
Our Mission & Values
Many of the visitors who come to Arlene’s remark that they didn’t expect to find the Tombstone shopping district so vibrant—or to include artwork and jewelry. We take this sentiment to heart, filling our shops with a diverse selection of unexpected items you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. It’s our mission to delight our customers with one-of-a-kind items that capture the memories of their trip to Tombstone. Life is a series of precious memories, and the unexpected finds at Arlene’s can help you preserve yours.
We believe in making the unexpected accessible. Our family of shops offers both high-end and affordable items, with a focus on quality at every point on the spectrum.
We believe in being there for our customers. As a locally owned business since 1978, Arlene’s encourages our customers to get back in touch with us if there is ever a problem with your item and we’ll make it right.
We believe in authenticity and high quality. All of our Native American jewelry, pottery, kachinas, etc. are made by Native American artisans.