By Steven Miller
Seven years ago a group of Puerto Vallarta merchants created something called the South Side Shuffle. The merchants were the owners of some of our finest shops and galleries, all located on a two-block stretch of Basilio Badillo on the south side of town.
The South Side Shuffle quickly became a hit with locals and visitors alike. By popular demand it was scheduled twice a month, on alternating Fridays. To this day it is generally considered to be the most fun shopping extravaganza on the Mexican Riviera. On Friday, March 10 (from 6pm to 10pm), Vallarta will be celebrating the third Shuffle of the new season, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet.
All of the seventeen participating businesses will be offering complimentary cocktails. As well as a few fun surprises, creating the kind of festive atmosphere everyone can enjoy. Although this two-block stretch (200’s and 300’s) of Basilio Badillo (and the half block of Constitucion Street adjoining it) has some of the finest shopping in Mexico, the new and improved South Side Shuffle has several great additions, especially in the area of entertainment. Joining the Shuffle this year are two of Vallarta’s premiere entertainment venues.
The first is Nacho Daddy’s & The Boutique Theatre: a blues nightclub, Tex-Mex Restaurant and dinner theatre all under one roof. Then, up the street is Act II Stages, presenting an entire panoply of international performers of every stripe.
In addition to some of the best shopping and entertainment in town, the Shuffle can also boast four fine restaurants:
Di Vino Dante, with its incredible wine list; Puerto Nuevo, with its wonderful seafood; Basilio Beber y Comer, with its great blend of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine; and the aforementioned Nacho Daddy’s with its terrific Tex-Mex kitchen.
One of the greatest things about the Shuffle is its compactness. All seventeen businesses are located on a two-block stretch of Basilio Badillo, and a half block of Constitution Street.
Everything is close, so walking to every business is not a problem. But time is.
There is so much to see, four hours is really not enough. So, for folks with specific interests, we have tried to squeeze all seventeen businesses into a few categories to help you decide where to focus your attention:
Ambos Galeria, Art Vallarta II, Galleria Dante and Kathleen Carrillo Galleries.
Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Cerroblanco Gallery, Shazel Jewelry.
FOLK ART AND COLLECTIBLES:
Banderas Bay Trading Company, Lucy’s Cucu Cabaña, Peyote People.
Act II Stages, Boutique Theatre, Nacho Daddy’s.
Basilio Beber y Comer, Di Vino Dante, Nacho Daddy´s, Roberto’s Puerto Nuevo.
Colecion La Bohemia, Tonalli Tienda.
All the businesses on this magical stretch of Basilio Badillo and Constitucion streets have.