The old Arizona mining town of Jerome is not only Ghost City. It is a haven for artists and those who sell their wares in small boutiques, jewelries and studios on the slopes of the Black Hills overlooking the Verde River Valley to the north.
After our hike on the nearby high mesa called Mingus Mountain, Nebra wanted to stop in town to shop. She first shopped at Arum Jewelry, a small place on Main Street that sells the exquisite wares of local artisans.
There, Nebra purchased two pairs of earrings designed by Lindsay Livingston, a silversmith who works out of Cottonwood, the valley city beneath Jerome. Ms. Livingston specializes in jewelry made from old pieces of pottery that she either finds or that are given to her. The sherds are touted as coming from dinnerware used by long-ago mining families in Jerome and Clarkdale, which is another valley town near Cottonwood.
But there is more.
If you want to sample what the town offers in way of artwork, take the Jerome Art Walk, 5-8 pm, on the first Saturday of each month. The Walk’s map lists 23 studios and galleries with diverse offerings such as oil paintings, leather designs, clothing, pottery etc. There’s even Nellie Bly, a shop that deals in kaleidoscopes and art glass.
And that’s not to mention 16 eateries of various kinds. All in a town of less than 500 residents.
Even a walk around town draws interest with its old homes, museums and historical sites. Think I will go back soon.