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    5 Fourth Avenue essentials

    Emily Moore/ Arizona Summer Wildcat
    Emily Moore
    Emily Moore/ Arizona Summer Wildcat

    Along with independence, college calls for individuality. At the UA, you’re bound to experience events or places that’ll be sure to build who you are. Where better to gain that first experience than at Tucson’s infamous Fourth Avenue, located minutes from University Boulevard? The next time you stroll down Fourth, make sure and check out these five unusual outlets that’ll be sure to enhance your individuality.

    1. Hippie Gypsy

    351 N. Fourth Ave.

    (520) 624-0667

    Take a walk down Abbey Road (unfortunately, not the real one) and head over to this hippie-themed shop that’s sure to give you a rock ‘n’ roll experience, both inside and out.

    Outside, you can marvel at paintings and murals of legendary rock gods. Inside, you can expect to be greeted with merchandise that’s desirable for rock fans and hippies of all ages. It has a great selection of clothing and items featuring artists like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. And, if you’re into incense and tobacco pipes, expect to partake in a mental debate after seeing its wide selection.

    2. SKY.Bar

    536 N. Fourth Ave.

    (520) 622-4300

    If you’re looking for an out-of-this world experience, be sure to check out Tucson’s astronomy-themed and solar-powered bar. Like its website says, it’s a “”café by day and a bar at night.”” Whether the sun or the moon is out, it’s the perfect place for anyone on a budget. Coffee, mochas and lattes range from $1-$1.50 while alcoholic beverages are $3-$5. Enjoy live music, DJ mixes and daily events while playing a game of pool. Also, don’t forget your laptop. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi.

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    3. Brooklyn Pizza Company

    534 N. Fourth Ave.

    (520) 622-6868

    If you like your pie thin-crust, cheesy, greasy and smothered in tomato sauce, then Brooklyn Pizza Company is for you. This New York-styled pizza joint is located right next door to the SKY.Bar and admits all ages. It features a wide selection of toppings, sandwiches, appetizers, beverages and drafts, all for a reasonable price. And while you’re at it, be sure to try its delicious and homemade selection of gelato and Italian ice.

    4. Antigone Books

    411 N. Fourth Ave.

    (520) 792-3715

    It’s an independent bookstore with a feminist edge. However, men and children love it, too. If you’re a book lover, you’re going to want to stop by this unique outlet and take a gander at its immense selection of new and used books from all genres. Aside from books, expect to encounter friendly service, as well as a nice collection of gifts like clothing, cards and bumper stickers.

    5. Tucson’s Thrift Store

    319 N. Fourth Ave.

    (520) 623-8736

    Even though the title is self-explanatory, this is no ordinary thrift store. This shop specializes in vintage clothing, costumes and accessories that date back from the 1950s through the ‘80s. Thus, it’s truly the perfect place to stop and shop if you have a creative fashion style or if you want to change your look. It’s also a fun store to just browse through and pass time.

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