21 Best Shops in Metro Phoenix

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Courtesy of Citrine

Earlier this year, Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for shopping in metro Phoenix.

Best Beauty Supply Store: Citrine Natural Beauty Bar

Have you looked at the ingredients in your skincare products lately? How about the makeup? Between the lead, the coal tar, the animal testing, and the hard-to-pronounce chemicals, most skin-deep beauty rituals are enough to make your skin crawl. Fortunately, there's a place that caters to eco-friendly cosmetics. Citrine Natural Beauty Bar is bringing the green revolution to Phoenix one makeup brush at a time. With luxury brands like REN, Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, Coola, Kjaer Weis, and Jane Iredale, Citrine carries hard-to-find designer brands with even harder-to-find philosophies. By providing products that are all-natural, organic, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free, Citrine Beauty Bar breaks away from the belief that beauty is pain.

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10 Best Places to Holiday Shop for Art Lovers in Metro Phoenix

Lynn Trimble
Functional wood works at Practical Art in Phoenix include these tables by Gene Michael.
Looking for a little something for the friend who favors museums over mixed martial arts? The family member who knows the names of more artists than athletes? The kid who thinks drawing beats digital devices? Here are 10 cool places you can shop for all the art lovers in your life.


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5 Gifts for the Sneakerhead

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If you're looking for this somewhat-rare book at Changing Hands, make sure to call ahead so they can get it from their warehouse.

Not sure what to get the sneakerhead in your life? You want to get them something sneaker-related, but don't want to shell out $200 for those shoes they've been looking at. Or, worse yet, you're pretty sure they have every pair of sneakers ever made and you wouldn't even know where to start when shopping for them.

Look no further, here's a list of five items from local shops to get the sneakerhead of any age.

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Big Hits and Big Misses at The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival in Scottsdale

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Katie Johnson
The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival came to Salt River Fields over the weekend.
Another day, another vintage market.

The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival came to Salt River Fields over the weekend, featuring over 80 vendors hand-picked from 15 different cities across Arizona as well as nine other states around the country. While the three-day event brought in a fair amount foot traffic, bringing out the big guns like live music, a fashion parade, and a raffled off playhouse on Saturday on Sunday, like any of the many junk jubilees happening around town these days, it wasn't without its ups and downs.


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5 Gifts for the Book Lover

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Evie Carpenter
The Bookshop is perfect for book lovers hunting for awesome used books.
People who love books are kind of a different breed. We're not talking about the person who occasionally browses the New York Times best-sellers list. We're talking about those midnight release frequenters, those readers who have a literary reference for everything, those coworkers who need an extra few cups of coffee because they were up all night finishing the latest page-turner, and those hardcore shippers who take it personally if you don't respect their chosen One True Pairing.

Buying the book lover in your life another hardcover this holiday season just seems a little too easy, doesn't it? Branch out. We've got five suggestions for gifts to surprise your bibliophile with something perfectly bookish without actually having a cover and hundreds of plot-lined pages.


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Your Guide to Shopping Black Friday (And Beyond) in Metro Phoenix

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Put your shopping shoes on, Phoenix.
Four a.m. wake-up calls? Camping outside of electronics stores? Searching endlessly for parking spots at the mall?

We'll pass.

This year, let's make a pact to put our post-Thanksgiving shopping hours to good use by visiting the local and lesser-known sales around town. Between vintage pop-ups and flea markets as well as museum sales and online promotions, there are plenty of ways to tackle your holiday shopping list without actually being tackled outside a Walmart.


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Frances Announces Crafeteria 2014 Lineup

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Melissa Fossum
Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks will return to Crafeteria this year.

Make your list. Check it twice. And then head to Frances' ninth annual Crafeteria.

Each holiday season, the Central Phoenix boutique hosts a shopping fair featuring wares from local crafters and makers at Medlock Plaza. This year's perfect opportunity to don a scarf and pick up presents falls on Friday, December 5, and the lineup is nothing to sneeze at -- unless you have a cold, in which case gesundheit.

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10 Best Jewelers in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Schmitt Jewelers
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but far be it from us to turn down the rest of the precious stone posse. From engagement rings to gauges and watches to one-of-a-kind pendants, the Valley of the Sun has its fair share of razzle dazzle. Whether you're shopping for someone special or looking for a reason to treat yo self, here are 10 metro Phoenix jewelers worth visiting.


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5 Best Resale Shops in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Buffalo Exchange in Tempe is the hot spot to buy, sell, trade your fashion.
Earlier this year, Phoenix New Times celebrated the cream of the crop with our 36th annual Best of Phoenix edition. Here are our top picks for resale shops in metro Phoenix.

Best Adult Clothing Resale: Buffalo Exchange

Whether it's "vintage," "used," or "resale," there are three qualities common to great secondhand clothing stores, all on display here. First is interesting stuff on the racks, thanks to buyers who aren't just going for labels and trends. You'll find a range of options, from club festive to period pieces to classics you could wear to court if you had to. Second: deals, like $35 for a pair of new J Brand jeans that retail for $150 and up. And third: conviviality (not to be confused with fake friendliness). Sure, the buyers will reject most of what you bring in to sell, but they won't be rude about it, and their pickiness is what keeps the selection strong. Bonus: good music to shop to.


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Buffalo Exchange to Move Its Central Phoenix Location

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Katie Johnson
Attention Valley shoppers, one of your favorite spots for recycled retail is relocating to be closer to the downtown scene.

The Phoenix Buffalo Exchange is packing up its vintage suitcases and moving down Seventh Street from Missouri Road to Osborn Road, where it will open in a newly renovated space at 3540 North Seventh Street next to Taco Guild and Urban Beans.


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