Locally Owned Shops You Have to Check Out This Summer

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Summer comes early in the Valley of the Sun, so now’s the time to take in all that sunny bliss with this local season starter-pack.

  1. Eternal Noir 

Leave it to owner and stylist Michelle Sasonov to sass up your summer style whether you’re looking for a sultry, gothic edge, or a bold, vibrant, fresh hue. Top off your look and cool down in this striking striped sun hat (pictured). Dudes, go get in on her rad selection of graphic Ts. But hurry! E.N. will be closing for the season on May 31. 4206 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

  1. Simple Blossom Skincare

Skin feeling a lil crispy? These AZ-made, vegan, all-natural skincare products will smooth and prep your bod for all those weekend pool parties. Owner Beth Rouine recommends the rose clay or cucumber melon scrub to sooth and moisturize, and the lavender body butter for after-swimmin’ and sunnin’ replenishment. Bonus! The oils in the body butters produce a natural 8-10 SPF. And they “work wonders” on eczema. Available online at simpleblossomskincare.com or at Phoenix Open Air and Ahwatukee Farmers’ Markets, year-round

  1. Zia Records

Set up your summertime soundtrack and get your party, or regularly-scheduled household chores, a-poppin’! Whether your preference is CDs or vinyl, Olivia Newton-John or Buckcherry, you are guaranteed to get “all lit up.” Multiple locations – ziarecords.com

  1. Dig It

Combat seasonal allergies and grow some floral flair! As owner Ryan Jerrell points out, in May-June the chromatic native cacti and prickly pears start to flourish, and the mighty Saguaro blooms, which may not help season allergies. Ward off those hefty “ahchoos” with some household Devil’s Tongue or snake plant – any Sanseveriea variety can be beneficial in improving air quality. 3015 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016; digphx.com

  1. Lee Lee’s International Supermarket

Bored with the same old shish kabob? Depart for your next char-grilled escapade down the massive aisles of Lee Lee’s. Slinging exotic eats imported all the way from Africa to Australia, you are sure to be inspired for your next mouthwatering masterpiece. Don’t worry non-adventurers, they got the basics, too – and recipes, to boot! It’s all gravy! Valleywide locations.

African cuisine grilled chicken legs with jollof rice with orzo and black eyed peas