Oatman General Store

Hi there!! We’re the Nowak’s of Oatman. Years ago we decided to pack up our belongings and find a place to retire. We followed Route 66 made it to Oatman, Arizona and ran out of gas. WE stayed the night and that was 14 years ago. We still love it here, it does get a bit warm during the summer months. We purchased the General Store and started with a small inventory of hot sauces and groceries. Today we carry over 100 kinds of hot sauces. The largest collection of Coca Cola collectibles and tons of Arizona, Route 66, Oatman souvenirs, novelty items and Christmas ornaments. Over the years we have expanded our selection and now carry Black Hills Gold Jewelry, beautiful Seiko clocks, fantastic looking fairies and dragons, and genuine American Indian made jewelry and artifacts.

According to the previous owner, the Oatman General Store is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year (2008). Originally the store was called Central Commercial and sold everything from groceries to building materials and blasting powder for the mines. During the Gold Rush Days there were approximately 10,000 people living in the Oatman area and Central Commercial was their main source for what they needed to survive.

By the way our names are John and Bonnie Nowak. Our plans are to help Oatman keep its old west charm. Our favorite place to be is at the register because we get to meet and greet people that come from all places around the world. When you have some time come and visit. We have three gunfights a day usually. Our gunfighters get up and do it again, unlike gunfights in big cities. The local burros visit our town to perfumes the air. We have about 36 shop and restaurants to entertain and feed you. We are up in the mountains and the scenery is fantastic. Stop by you all and sit a spell………….