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Finding Medical Supplies in Guadalajara, Mexico

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diabetic suppliesAs we wrote about in our “Finding Furniture” article, things are arranged in Guadalajara in such a way that certain parts of the city consist of store upon store dedicated to the same commercial activity, effectively making these areas unofficial commercial zones of one type or another. This time we’ll be pointing out a commercial zone with stores dedicated to medical supplies, including crutches, wheelchairs, even home fitness equipment.

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6 Online Resources for Planning Something Fun in Guadalajara, Mexico

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hot air balloonsWhile we here at discoverGDL try to pass on interesting events to you, our readers, from time to time, we are really trying to do much more than that and cannot always stay on top of the latest happenings. With that in mind, and with another weekend approaching fast, we present to you 6 resources you can check yourself to ensure that you stay on top of the latest and greatest events scheduled out there and enjoy yourself as much as possible in beautiful Guadalajara.

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Feria de Productores Ecotianguis This Weekend in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Feria de Productores

Taken from Feria de Productores Facebook event page.

Another weekend is upon us and with it comes what promises to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable eco-expo hosted by the Feria de Productores (Fair of Producers). This green organization here in Guadalajara aims to provide organic and artesanal foodstuffs utilizing fair and just business practices. With that mission in mind, it is putting on another rather large expo with many local producers in attendance this Sunday, April 19th, from 10am-5pm. Among the items available for purchase will be organic, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits, aretesanal ice cream, prepared foods, personal care products, things for your pet, and much more. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit this eco-expo at the Tepeyac Casino residential development in Zapopan for the low cost of $15 MXN per adult/$10 MXN per child. There will be music, workshops, art, and childrens’ activities for the whole family’s entertainment. We’ll see you there!

Tianguis Tales: Tianguis del Círculo de Producción at Ecotienda in Guadalajara, Mexico

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Ecotianguis del Círculo de Producción

Vendor product photos.

We have thus far written about a few of your organic, all natural, locally sourced store shopping options here in Guadalajara, otherwise known as ecotiendas. In addition, we’ve previously mentioned an ecotianguis or ecomarket that more or less takes place every Sunday at Plaza las Ramblas. In those veins, we’d like to continue assisting the growth in popularity of these stores and markets here in the city by mentioning yet another ecotianguis that takes place outside the Ecotienda, located on Calle Morelos due west of Avenida de las Americas, known as the Tianguis del Círculo de Producción.

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3 Stores That Will Satisfy Your Craving For “Hard-to-Find” Grocery Items in Guadalajara, Mexico

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By Alheding (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve all had that moment when we’ve simply hit a wall with the local cuisine and standard grocery offerings and we miss our old treats dearly. The problem is, where on earth do we find them in Guadalajara? Trust us, they’re out there, waiting for your hungry eyes to feast upon them. Here, we’ll review three stores that will satisfy your cravings for those “hard-to-find” specialty items. Keep in mind that the things you seek often carry high price tags given that they are imported and uncommon now that you’re here in Mexico.

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Tianguis Tales: Antiques in Avenida México, Guadalajara, Mexico

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windlight-242186_1920If you have an eye and a soft-spot for antiques and collectibles, you might be interested in stopping by the tianguis that takes place weekly in Avenida México on Sundays from roughly 8am-4pm. Starting in the Monumento Plaza de la Republica where the statue is (kitty-corner from Bodega Aurrera) and stretching further west, you can browse a multitude of items from glassware to furniture to art and more. If it resembles an antique, you can find it here. We’ve even seen classic cars on sale here on occasion.

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Finding Furniture in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_0191As with many towns and cities in Mexico, things are arranged in Guadalajara in such a way that certain parts of the city consist of store upon store dedicated to the same commercial activity, effectively making these areas commercial zones of one type or another. In some ways, it may run contrary to what you’re used to seeing in your country of origin; it may seem like it would act against a proprietor’s business edge if they are selling even some of the same things as the person immediately next door and the person two doors down and the person three doors down and the folks across the street, and for the same prices; it may all make you wonder, “How do they distinguish themselves?”

There are stretches of giant garages bursting at the seams with car parts, new and otherwise – headlights, bumpers, rims, grills; rows of cleanings stores selling mops, chlorine solutions by the jug, buckets, spray-top bottles; ferretería (hardware store) next to ferretería, llantería (tire shop) after llantería, bridal boutique upon bridal boutique, curtain store touching curtain store. Whatever historical factors may have led to it, how do they all survive this way? Have the businesses banded together into small profit-sharing groups? We can’t answer that for you (yet), but while it may not appear at first blush to be the best setup for the individual proprietors competition-wise, it might make it easier for existing or would-be clients to go shopping, anyway. And in the end, there really are inevitable subtle distinctions between businesses that cause you to purchase a good or service from one and not the other, be it a slight design, quality, or price differential. We’ll be laying out more of the defacto commercial zones we’ve run across in future articles, but for now we’re going to start the conversation with muebles (that’s furniture, folks).

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Ecomercado at Plaza las Ramblas in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 12th, 2014

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veggiesLooking for something to do this weekend? Well, here’s a heads-up that ECO-impacta, a green organization here in Guadalajara, is hosting an ecomercado this coming Sunday, October 12th, at Plaza las Ramblas on Avenida Chapultepec. Among the available items will be pesticide-free vegetables and fruits. If locally-sourced and organic goods are your thing, or if you want to support environmentally-responsible vendors, be sure to visit the ecomercado anytime between 10am and 3pm!

Ecotiendas: Finding Healthy Organic and Locally-Sourced Foodstuffs in Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_3963The organic and/or locally sourced movement is still getting off the ground in Mexico, in general. Not to say that folks weren’t already producing organic products or sourcing products locally in Mexico before, but simply that the organization of businesses and resources around these ends and the emphasis on the importance of these aspects of consumption are still works-in-progress.

The focus on where things come from, how they are grown, and the means by which they get to market is increasing but is not hyper-strong throughout the entire country yet. There’s plenty of room for growth. You’ll most likely have the easiest time finding wholesome and healthy organic and locally-sourced goods in el DF (Mexico City, Distrito Federal), be they offered by specialty stores, restaurants or other businesses. However, more and more, various shops are popping up here in Guadalajara.

To be honest, we can’t say that we’re overly impressed with the choices or the pricing or the variety. But, availability is improving poco a poco as they say (little by little). In this article we’ll review a few specialty store options and pass on our recommendations. In later articles we’ll address things like organic-market meetups and restaurants.

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Tianguis Tales: Avenida Patria, Guadalajara, Mexico

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"Mexico City street market 1885". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Mexico City street market 1885“. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The heart of one of the largest tianguis in Guadalajara can be found at the intersection of Avenida Patria and Avenida Tabachines. Tianguis Loma Bonita stretches from this intersection many blocks in either direction in Avenida Tabachines, and along Avenida Patria to the east. This tianguis is not as large as el Baratillo, but it’s not as generally dangerous either, and of interest is that it has more people bringing their own things from home to sell from tarps on the ground. In other words, this tianguis is part yard sale, if you will, in addition to the established metal and tarp puestos.

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Tianguis Tales: Colonia Santa Teresita, Guadalajara, Mexico

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IMG_2397_SantaTere_CroppedColonia Santa Teresita (Santa Tere for short) is a dense, vibrant, and busy section of Guadalajara, Jalisco. It boasts two tianguis in addition to its extremely popular core market in the heart of the colonia. One tianguis takes place every Wednesday while the other runs on Sundays.

What is a tianguis you ask? It’s a street market, and in Guadalajara specifically it is a collection of puestos (stands) assembled together literally right in the middle of the street, often with a mixture of metal rods and tarps. When there is a tianguis in effect, there’s no driving through that area anymore. Doesn’t matter if you are an operator of a city bus, you ain’t getting through, those streets are closed.

Tianguis across the city vary in size, schedule, location, and what they sell, among other things. Often, there’s some common theme to them, if you will, and they may contain makeshift “restaurants”. This one’s more about foodstuffs, that one’s more about clothing. And that’s the way it is for the two that take place in Santa Tere.

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