Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, Shop Small


Next weekend we’re partnering up with Reel Made Embroidery Co. to celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday. Bring your own goods – they can literally embroider on any material (dog collars, jackets, journals, hats, backpacks, you name it) or choose from a selection of bandanas, blank hats and vintage wares. Prices range from $5 to $30 a design. Custom script also available.

Reel Made Flash

When: Saturday, November 26
Where: 340 North Palm Canyon, Palm Springs
Hours: 11am to 5pm …and maybe even later

…and we’re open!

Desert Wanderlust Gift Shop

The most recent endeavour I’ve ventured into is retail. I’ve opened a teeny, tiny, 350 sqft gift shop on Palm Canyon (the main strip) in Palm Springs. It’s filled with nothing one needs, but items that may bring a little extra something special to one’s day.

Desert Wanderlust Gift Shop Open

Using the same moniker as this online space, Desert Wanderlust Gift Shop is for desert dwellers and visitors alike. The shop is filled with a unique selection of desert made handicrafts, and primarily made in the United States goods. It truly culminates the sense the of shopping small.

So, next time you’re in need of an “I’m Sorry” card, birthday present, house warming gift, California memento, or feel like spending a few bucks on yourself, pay us a visit.

Desert Wanderlust Gift Shop the goods

We’re open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 5pm, and most Thursdays 6pm to 8pm. Visit us at 340 North Palm Canyon Drive, (next to Bar). Follow along for product updates and special hours at @desertwanderlust.

Desert Wanderlust Gift Shop Palm Springs

Brands we carry include (in no particular order): Peaks and Valleys, BKB Ceramics,, Joshua Tree Candle Company, Small Batch, Wild Sam Field Guides, Field Notes, Worthwhile Paper, People I’ve Loved, Group Partner, Debbie Bean, Chaparral Studio, Earth-In Canteen, Margin Imprint, Ello There, Explorers Press, Mast, Fine Ass Lines, Baggu, Forest and Waves, Moon Minded Medicine, Found My Animal, The Local Foods Wheel, Maple XO.

Eat + Drink

Palm Springs | New(ish) Kids on the Block

A round-up of the latest places to make their mark on Palm Springs

Yes, these places have now been around for months, but as far as Palm Springs businesses go, they’re fairly new on the list and have had the time to work out the kinks over the summer – be it while open or on vacation. Check ’em out – tell us your verdict.

New Eats Palm Springs

images c/o instagram: @seymoursps + @grecoffeehouse

1) Seymour’s – A dark, intimate corner of Mr. Lyons Steakhouse, deserving of its own moniker. The only room to fully preserve a piece of the original Lyons English Grille– get a taste of the old school whilst basking in the seedy glow of a refined speak easy, minus the secret handshake for admittance. Liquor lovers, revel in the carefully curated list of libations selected by veterans of the industry.

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2) Gré Coffeehouse & Art Gallery – Brings me back to the days of university essays fuelled by caffeine and interrupted by welcomed distractions of chatty baristas and hopeful singer songwriters. With a DIY, urban aesthetic, Gré is a reprieve from the slick, modernist likes of Koffi and the corporate bean slingers (Starbucks, Coffee Bean, et al.) of the desert. Having an aversion to the flavour of coffee itself, I may not be the best judge of this place, but their iced hot chocolate sure sounds nice.

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3) Frankinbun – There’s nothing like a quality frank between a freshly baked bun. Fingers crossed these guys make it. The desert is in need of high quality, casual options, and Frankinbun brings it to the table. Not a meat eater myself, I was appreciative of the homemade veggie option that didn’t consist of a rubbery tofu aberration of a meat substitute. They also serve CoolHaus ice cream, bringing a little LA flavour to the scene.  PS. They serve beer. YUM.

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A Step Back In Time

Our friend is a sales rep, and travels between San Diego and Arizona quite frequently. Upon his last trip, he happened upon these vintage postcards at an antique store and kindly gave them to my husband and I. It’s interesting to see the familiarity of Palm Springs and Joshua Tree in something shared over eight decades ago. The magic of the desert still lives on.

desertwanderlust joshua tree front of postcard


desertwanderlust joshua tree back of postcard

“The Joshua Tree, noted for its grotesque shape, grows to an average height of 20 to 30 feet, sometimes spreads to 20 feet. Many desert birds nest in its spiny branches and Indians use the small red surface roots for weaving baskets. “


desertwanderlust palm canyons front of postcard


desertwanderlust palm canyons back of postcard

“Six miles south of Palm Springs is found Palm Canyon, along the bottom and the sides of which grow the native California Fan Palm, (Washingtonia Filiferia). The Palms extend up the Canyon seven or eight miles.”




Desertwanderlust palm canyon back of postcard

“Nature has been wonderful to California Palm Canyon – contains a most varied assortment of Palms and Desert Plants.”


Yucca Valley | Desert Christ Park

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I don’t think I’ve ever headed up to the high desert (Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, et al.) for anything other than enjoyment, which is a nice thing to say about a place you frequent so often. It has become a welcome escape from Palm Springs, and so I find myself heading up there for some reason or another at least once a month, if not more. Along the way to whatever destination it may be that day there are always pitstops – be it lunching, thrifting, or exploring one of the many roadside attractions. One such attraction I think a worthwhile detour be made to is Desert Christ Park.

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Desert Christ Park is a 3.5 acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley consisting of over 35 larger than life biblical characters. The park was sculpted and created by Antone Martin, a former engineer and aircraft worker. Martin started sculpting the concrete figures during the height of the Cold War atomic bomb scare of the mid-1940s, hoping that the sculptures would inspire global peace. They became permanently part of the Yucca Valley hillside in 1951 starting with the 10 foot, 5-ton ‘resurrected Christ.’

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