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Cactus Mart ~ WANDER LIST

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The eye catching sign just of Hwy 62

It’s a sign of the times, truly. The sign went up in the 1960s and has never once come down.The slogan, a marketing magnet of sorts and trust me, once you’re pulled through the gates, you’re going to want to stick around.

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Did you see…they sell Joshua Trees!

Cactus, in all its prickly glory, from tiny to tall, giant to small, Cactus Mart puts cacti on the map! They have Teddy Bear, Jumping Cholla, Beaver Tail, Hedgehogs, Saguaro, Joshua Trees and dozens of other plants native to the Mojave Desert.

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Like a box of chocolates!

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A little succulent gem

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Agave! Tequila anyone?

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Better than a yellow brick road, a yellow flower path

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Yep, this is the spot for all that and more!

There is so much to love here, the cacti collective, the succulent smorgasbord, the seemingly never ending path of native plants.

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I want all of you, you little perfect plant creatures

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Don’t this the giant clam shell is from the desert

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Poor Barbie, at least she’s in cactus heaven!

The owner of Cactus Mart, Nicole Holland, calls the business a true desert treasure. She scooped up this high desert gem in 2012 and made it what it is today. Along with the plants, the onsite boutique features a plethora of products from local artisans, from candles to coffee, paintings to pottery. Holland says, “It’s kind of like a little desert haven.”

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I will take one of each and my husband will plant them all!

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Would have loved a whiskey from here in the day and I don’t even drink whiskey!

An historic haven with a pretty cool past. In the 1940’s it was Terp’s Hitching Post, a bustling roadside bar. In the 1960’s it changed hands and the owners swapped stiff drinks for rugged plants and that killer catch phrase. Dig Your Own Cactus, 59 cents.

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And that’s exactly what you do

Tonging Cactus

Not with a shovel…with tongs

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Greenhouse Greg, setting up for the perfect shot

If you want to partake in that, all you have to do is head to the greenhouse, select a pot from tiny to midsize, grab the tongs, pluck, (dig) and plant.  Holland says shes even had people show up with gloves and a shovel asking where they can dig. “Dig your own, it’s the catch, it gets everyone in, they’re curious.”

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Why do I look so series? I assure you I was having fun!

Curiosity, well in this case, comes with cats. Butch and Sundance are the Cactus Mart mascots. “Everyone falls in love with the cats.” I sure did, in fact, as a matter of fact, they ate from my hands.  And I took a liking to these gals, the chicks, the greenhouse greeters.

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Butch!

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Must love chickens!

Holland says between the animals and plants her goal is to make people appreciate the wild desert. It’s conservation via education.

Anndee and a Chicken

I sure love these chicks!

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Medicinal plants

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My kind of headquarters!

Speaking of education, I asked Holland what questions she’s asked the most, she says laughing, “how to care for a cactus…less is more, don’t overthink it, don’t love it to death, just let it do its thing.

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Old man cactus…you look dapper!

A Cactus Mart mantra that Holland hopes extends far beyond her budding business and eye catching sign, and into the world!

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Rust makes everything look better

As a side, perhaps beyond the enjoyable afternoon of filming on property, my fav. part was when I asked her if she had any cactus jokes. Without hesitation she said, “I may not know all my cactus but I sure know a pri*k when I see one.” Nuff said!

To learn more about the countless other amazing adventures in Greater Palm Springs click HERE!

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The Date Shed ~ WANDER LIST

Moonlit desert nights are full of surprises. From the quiet calm to the wild side, they range. How far they range… well, that depends on you.

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These lights say desert party, you have arrived

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If you have to wait in line, this isn’t a bad spot to do it

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Once you see the neon sign, you can’t miss the Shed

Enter tonight’s scene, the Date Shed, one of the most unique venues around. A speakeasy of sorts, with a sweet history and a seemingly evergreen future.

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Fishbone, so good!

On this night the skaa band Fishbone filled the air with tunes, destined to make you forget the then and celebrate the now. The alternative funk rockers join an eclectic list of performers to pop up on this stage, to beckon revelers to the dance floor, to groove, to sway, to party desert-style with a simple head bob.

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This shot…Coachella crowd, Date Shed venue

Turn the tables back a ways and The Date Shed was a Date Shed, a storage space for dates harvested on property. That lasted 50 years. Spin into 2011 and the storage facility was transformed into its current form, a spot best described as 1970’s Sunset Strip meets Coachella Fest.

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Over the bar, the Coachella aftermath

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Hmmmmm what’s this strange pole?

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Sit and spin

In fact, the walls here are lined with photos from that world famous music festival. And why not, the nonchalant bar shares the same grounds as Coachella.

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Empire Polo Club grounds are so insanely beautiful

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Those lights again

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Palms Pretty in Pink and Purple

Tucked into a tiny corner at the Empire Polo Club, one might not even realize The Date Shed is here. Beneath the date palms, under a canopy of lights this little piece of history is packing the cozy house year-round and offering an historic time-warp of sorts.

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Sunset Wandering

And just like that, the desert nightfades to day, creating another chance to follow the sunset to where it all began. And again, that depends on you.

To learn more about the countless other amazing adventures in Greater Palm Springs click HERE!