Best Ceramics Best Plant Shop Best Airport Store Best Shopping Bus for Women Best Shopping Bus for Men Best One-Stop Vegan Shop Best Place to Dress Your Teen Best Toy Shop Best Place to Buy Arizona Stuff Most Exciting Grocery Store Opening Best Dog Whisperer Best Supernatural Reading Best Co-Working Space Best Baby Wear Best Local Gardening Product Fanciest Bicycle Shop Best Place for a Last-Minute Kid Gift or Vintage Candy Bar Best Flea Market Best Local Gift Box Best New Age Beauty Tool Best Trendy but Approachable Merch Best Natural Cleaning Products Best Place to Put Your Best Foot Forward Best Desert Flair Best Auto Mechanic Shop Best Place to Get a Post-Breakup Haircut Best In-Home Massage Build-a-Date: Construct a first-rate first-date itinerary with these Best of the Valley winners. Best Nail Boutique Best Place for a Hip Haircut Best Wearable Art Best Festival Wardrobe Solution Best First-Date Resto Best Place to Play Life-Size Jenga Everyone is a maker! Round up your pals for a party or book a solo creativity date at these full-service craft havens. Sunshine Craft Co. Craft Nights The Brush Bar Stencil Best of the Valley TRIO 1 Best Place to See Your Favorite Author 2 Best Magazine Selection 3 Most Literary Happy Hour Heard Museum VS. Desert Botanical Garden Stinkweeds VS. The Record Room Best Place to Buy American Indian Art Best Antique/Vintage Store Best Arts & Craft Store Best Place to Buy Art Best Place to Buy Baby Gifts Best Bicycle Shop Best Bookstore Best Boutique Clothing Store Best Butcher Shop Best Camera Shop Best Cigar Shop Best Gem & Rock Shop Best Grocery Store Best Hardware Store Best Independent Pharmacy Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Best Place to Buy Children’s Gifts Best Farmers Market Best Home Accessories/Furniture Best Jewelry Store Best Music Store Best Nursery / Plant Shop Best Outdoor Décor Best Outdoor Outfitter Best Running Shop Best Second-Hand Clothing Store Best Air Conditioning Repair Best Auto Dealership Best Bank Best Car Repair Best Car Wash Best Caterer Best Chiropractic Center Best College Prep Help Best Coworking Space Best Custom Tailor Best Day Spa Best Divorce Lawyer Best Doula/Midwife Best Dentist Best Drycleaner Best Event DJ (non-radio) Best Florist Best Hair Color Services Best Home Restoration Services Best Interior Designer Best Landscaping Specialist Best Limosine/Party Bus Best Maid Service Best Manicure/Pedicure Best Massage Best Medical Spa Best Men’s Haircut Best Movers Best Non-Profit Best Personal Injury Lawyer Best Realtor Best Tattoo Studio Best Skin Care Salon Best Weight-Loss System Best Women’s Haircut
Shopping & Services
Ceramics by Judith
Judith Amiel-Bendheim is a maker of “utilitarian pieces” – or art you can use. She specializes in “carving bowls,” suitable for daily dining use due to their smooth, sealed interiors, but which also display a deftly textured exterior, carved with her signature 3D patterns, making the pieces pop. The Israel transplant also makes cups, tripods and jewelry.
Dig It Gardens
There are no brown thumbs at Dig It Gardens, just more plants in case you kill the ones you already have. Drop by and get advice from the staff about what to plant where and when, or sign up for a class. Not a DIY’er? Sign up for a design consultation. They can dig it. 3015 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-812-7476, digphx.com
Best of the Valley Market
It’s no secret that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has some of the best shopping around, but we think one particular shop takes the cake, in our perhaps biased opinion. Walk into the airport’s evolving Terminal 3 and stop by PHOENIX magazine’s Best of the Valley market, which is named after this perennial issue and is stocked full of local goodies. 2485 E. Buckeye Rd., Phoenix, 602-273-3300, skyharbor.com
Côté & Co
If you’re tired of hauling your bags through the mall or spending hours on Amazon, there’s another option for you: bus shopping. Côté & Co, a mobile boutique by Sara Côté, began as a side project before she turned her bohemian, ’70s-influenced shop on wheels into a full-time gig. “It’s not your average little boutique,” she told PHOENIX in May 2019. coteandcompany.com
And because we believe in retail equality, here’s a bus boutique for men, too. Mark Moffett parks his school bus shop at pop-up events and markets across the Valley to give shoppers options that go beyond the typical mall lineup, including State Forty Eight T-shirts and Iconic Arizona hats. “It’s definitely for the modern man,” he says. facebook.com/shoptherooster
Strawberry Hedgehog Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique
Like its namesake strawberry hedgehog cactus, the Valley’s premier vegan shop just keeps blooming. What began as a soap shop has expanded to include all manner of vegan must-haves: skin care, perfume, cosmetics, snacks (including vegan cookie dough and cheese), jewelry, sunglasses, cat furniture, candles, beard oil and more – all cruelty-free and stocked in the sunniest little shop in Phoenix. 1501 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 928-637-6270, strawberryhedgehog.com
Selling clothes at Buffalo Exchange – or trying, at least – is a rite of passage for many Valley teens. The buyers at this national resale chain, which opened in Tucson in 1974, are picky. The good news: That means great bargains on super cute clothes – particularly at the location closest to ASU’s Tempe campus. 227 W. University Dr., Tempe, 480-968-2557, buffaloexchange.com
Kidstop Toys & Books
This paradise of playthings is packed with a curated collection of educational products and toys, including glow-in-the-dark soccer balls, lip balm labs, American Ninja Warrior water obstacle sets, and the wildly popular L.O.L. series. Kids enjoy exploring the bright and cheery store; parents love the free gift wrapping. Owner Kate Tanner’s favorite customer comment: “I hope the other grandmother doesn’t find out about you!” 6990 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 103, Scottsdale, 480-609-9012, kidstoptoys.com
Museum Store at Western Spirit – Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
The museum is fantastic – you could easily spend a weekend wandering its exhibits on everything from Hopi pottery to cowboy spurs – but we have been known to pop in just for Arizona-themed merch at the Museum Store. There’s something for everyone on your list, from historical tomes to tea towels with whimsical illustrated maps of the Grand Canyon State. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org
Fry’s at CityScape
Talk about building anticipation. After nearly 15 years in development, the 67,000-square-foot Fry’s opens later this year, and will be the only – the only! – full-service grocery in Downtown Phoenix. Good news for urban dwellers who no longer have to schlep to Safeway on McDowell Road for pantry staples – or D-backs fans who want to illicitly load up on snacks before the game. Jefferson and First streets,
Robert Heiple of Rob’s Dogs
Is it sorcery? Is it magic? Or is it just years of experience training thousands of dogs? Hard to say, but when it comes to canine behavior, Rob Heiple works wonders. He calms aggression, focuses distraction and eases nerves – all in eight weeks or fewer. No matter what issues your pup exhibits, Heiple cures them. 1103 W. Maryland Ave., Phoenix, 480-490-8941, robsdogsllc.com
Psychic Readings by Lilly
If you’ve never been to a psychic, one of the most important aspects of your first visit is comfort, and Lilly ensures her clients are comfortable. Moreover, her readings – palm, tarot card, psychic or a combination of the three – are fun and eerily accurate. 15849 N. 71st St., Scottsdale, 480-452-3740, psychicreadingsbylilly.com
The Department offers exactly what you need in an office – spacious desks, printers that never break down, fast internet – plus luxury perks like Cartel coffee and custom-built mod furniture. Bonus points for city views and rooftop balconies. 1 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-385-0764, departmentphx.com
Con Leche Co.
You won’t find pastel onesies or mass-produced toddler tees in this online shop; engineer-turned-designer and mother Stephanie Bryan creates all of the images she screen-prints onto organic cotton onesies and T-shirts. Each garment is emblazoned with cool designs like “PHX” in Art Deco letters, a moon-framed saguaro and the words “Mother Lover” in 1970s script. conleche.co
Even green-thumb gardeners need help hatching plants sometimes. Technical Landscapes & Gardens makes it easy to be green with its sustainable “coco pots,” cloth pots with coco coir media to get your blooms off to a good start. Available plants change seasonally, and TL&G also offers consultations on soil moisture, worm castings, compost and more. tlgphx.com
This store sells British folding bikes, including the custom-built Brompton brand. Think full-size bicycles that collapse into handy carrying cases. These babies don’t come cheap, but they do have a cult following. Buyers come from places like Dubai and New York to PortaPedal, as it’s one of only a handful of stores that sells Bromptons. 2054 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-245-6369, portapedalbike.com
Old Town Candy & Toys
This Old Town Scottsdale fun emporium carries everything from stuffed animals and children’s books to science kits and tea sets, along with gag gifts, lunch pails and jigsaw puzzles. It also stocks a fine assortment of classic candy, including Look! bars, Big Hunks, Sugar Babies and Necco Wafers. Snag some nostalgic candy for your Baby Boomer dad and you’ll make his day. 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-247-7332, oldtowncandyandtoys.com
Thieves Market at Big Surf
Creeped out by estate sales? Check out the Thieves Market, held at the Big Surf parking lot every first Saturday from October to December and February to April. From piles of old photos to vintage national park memorabilia to colorful antique glassware, this is a junker’s paradise, with low prices and friendly vendors. 1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe, thievesmarketvintageflea.com
A little birdy told us about this customizable gift box service, which solves the problem of what to give your local-loving friend. Select from themed boxes (Camp Arizona, Foodie, Lady Boss) or mix and match products to create your own. Everything is sourced locally from artisans who create small-batch products, from Oxford Dogma canine collars to chai from Big Heart Tea Co. birdytell.com
Agate Facial Rollers from Keri Mosier
Rolling a rock around on your face sounds like prehistoric skin care – or something Gwyneth Paltrow would rhapsodize about on goop – but science backs it up: It boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage and decreases inflammation. Jewelry artist Keri Mosier’s agate and brass facial rollers let you vivify your visage without needles or scalpels. Pro tip: Cool them in the fridge. Lovely sensation! spreesy.com/kerimosier
Tucked away in Scottsdale’s Hilton Village Shopping Center, Charmed Avenue carries on-point women’s fashions and jewelry at reasonable prices. You can pick up an outfit, necklace and shoes in one fell swoop without breaking the bank at this sliver of a boutique. The sales people are friendly and helpful. Warning: You probably won’t leave empty-handed. 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-800-7944, charmedavenue.com
Everyone is cleaning up their act these days – nixing parabens in shampoos, swapping plastic straws for reusable steel sippers, using canvas grocery bags. Now you can clean up your cleaning routine with Truce, a Tempe-based line that eschews toxic chemicals but still, you know, actually works. Our favorites: peppermint all-purpose cleaner and unscented laundry powder. truceclean.com
Lost in Socks
Looking for your favorite dog breed pictured on a pair of socks? Lost in Socks has got you covered. Guitars, flamingos, flying pigs, Batman, Siamese cats, swear words, avocados, guinea pigs or cacti? Check. Lost in Socks has just about anything you can imagine emblazoned on a pair of socks – more than 12,000 pairs for men, women and children. 7142 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-307-6329, lostinsocks.com
Hoshi Paper Art
If you’re crazy for cacti and swoon over our state’s shape, artist Star DeLuna has a button or bauble for you. DeLuna makes tiny, colorful pieces including cactus Shrinky Dinks, Arizona city button pins, tile necklaces, sparkly “Cactus Hugger” magnets and glittery saguaro resin magnets. Her work is like a disco party in the desert. facebook.com/artbystard
Martin’s Auto Repair
Dave Martin began working here when he was 10 years old, pumping gas and pulling weeds. Today he’s the boss of the second-generation business and busier than ever thanks to a solid reputation for honesty and repairs that are diagnosed and done right the first time. Did we mention free loaner cars? Born with spina bifida, the wheelchair-bound Martin is a straight-talker who answers questions in layman’s terms, even if you don’t know an engine from a key fob. 3636 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-266-5755, martinsautorepair.com
One of the most common side effects of a breakup is the overwhelming desire to chop off your hair. A post-breakup haircut can feel therapeutic if done right, and BOSS Salon will not do you wrong. Go in armed with heartache and a picture from Pinterest, and your stylist will do exactly what your broken heart desires. 6315 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-603-1101, bosshairsalon.com
Between Heaven & Earth Healing Arts
You know what makes a massage even more relaxing? Not having to leave your home to get one. Massage therapist Michelle Mondragon makes house calls for one- to two-hour treatments, from cranial sacral to abdominal massage. She also creates her own aromatherapy products. Sadly for us, Mondragon is decamping for Mexico at the end of August, so book her before then. michellestravelingmassage.com
Best First Date
Most nail places are either cheap, in-and-out salons or lavish (read: expensive) spa setups. PROSE has handily cornered the happy-medium market for people on the go with speedy, high-quality manis and pedis in chic, minimalist boutiques with gratis iced tea or spa water. Its membership model makes it easy to stay on top of self-care. Three Valley locations, myprose.com
If Palabra wasn’t genuinely cool, it might warrant an eye roll. The minimalist style of the building’s architecture extends inside to the chic art gallery and white-on-white coffee shop. Then there are the hairstylists, a tattooed and talented bunch who effortlessly trim and sculpt the coiffures of our city’s trendsetters. 909 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-730-3227, palabraphx.com
Longtime Phoenix artist Carrie Marill paints with bright colors and patterns so striking you want to wear her work – and now you can. Marill feeds her color obsession by shopping for beads during her travels, and now you can find her fun necklaces and bracelets at festivals, online and at the boutique Phoenix General. punkwasp.com
Don’t have a personal stylist? No worries. Whether you’re hitting up Coachella or staying local for the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Bunky Boutique is here to help. Come spring, the shop dedicates its weekly newsletter to sharing “festival look” ideas: bandeau tops, boho skirts and crossbody bags, all available for sale. 1437 N. First St., Phoenix, 602-252-1323, bunkyboutique.com
Classy but not stuffy, offbeat but not outré, this modern Asian midtown favorite (with a sister location in Gilbert) is the perfect culinary proving ground for embryonic romances. If your date can’t find anything agreeable among the tasty bao buns, excitingly layered fried rice dishes or flavor-packed wok-ed noodle selections, well, he or she is probably impaired in the taste department, and at least you know now. Two locations. thecleverkoi.com
Bitters Bar & Food
There are so many reasons to frequent Bitters Bar & Food – the handcrafted cocktails, bourbon-bacon popcorn and monthly rotating burgers – but the cozy, dog-friendly patio is a huge draw. Shaded during the day and lit up at night, the patio is the perfect place to test your building and balancing skills while playing giant Jenga with your friends. 1455 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-550-5088, bittersbar.com
Best Craft Studios
700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, 607-821-9700, sunshinecraftco.com
You can attend a workshop (book a macramé one to learn how to make this wall hanging) or come for free craft time and work on your own projects in this bright and clean shop in the artsy Melrose District.
10832 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-341-3570 craftnights.com
A grotty shopping plaza in North Phoenix got a pretty boost when this crafting corner set up shop. You can plan a private party or sign up for workshops on string art (pictured), welcome mats, flower arrangements and painting. Bonus: It’s BYOB.
4165 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale, 480-947-8700, thebrushbar.com
Browse The Brush Bar’s online calendar to select which painting you’d like to make, from “Neon Desert” (pictured) to portraits of peacocks, pineapples, mermaid tails and more. The on-site bar keeps the fun flowing in this grunge chic studio in Old Town Scottsdale.
14435 N. 73rd St., Scottsdale, 480-430-5503, stencilstudios.com
You can swing a hammer and a paintbrush in this cute utilitarian space in North Scottsdale, which offers craft projects ranging from wooden planters and art (pictured) to glass etching.
Changing Hands Phoenix
300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix,
Several authors have taken advantage of the casual atmosphere of The Newton, the bookstore’s multi-use facility where events are held. Writers will gather fans around the fireplace to make their reading feel like an intimate conversation.
For those who dig magazines (hey you, with this publication in your hands!), Changing Hands delights with its lineup of everything from glossy art rags to self-published feminist pubs. You’ll find titles like Bust, Dwell,
Wallpaper and more.
Cozy up to a Gore Vidal or Gertrude Stein with a $1-off draft beer at the First Draft Book Bar. We estimate you are 57 times more likely to strike up a convo about the Lost Generation than you would at Dos Gringos.
Best Museum Shop
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-346-8190, heardmuseumshop.com
• Regarded worldwide for its exhibitions and programming around American Indian art.
• Find baskets, pottery and kachina dolls – all guaranteed to be authentic.
• We’re here for the estate jewelry, like a squash blossom necklace more intricate – and more affordable – than what we saw in a dozen shops around the Valley.
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, 480-526-8890, gardenshop.dbg.org
• It’s a living museum that’s really upped its game over the years, with outdoor concerts and more.
• Cactus is a popular icon everywhere. DBG has it on hats, shirts, letterpressed cards, pottery and more.
• The shop has a wide selection of live desert plants, along with pretty pots with detailed care instructions and packaging to get your succulent or cactus home safely.
Best local record store
12 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-248-9461, stinkweeds.com
• It has everything for the indie music lover, including books, tickets for local shows and merch.
• Its knowledgeable staff always has great recommendations. If you’re an introvert, hit up one of its listening booths.
• The store has the best local music inventory in the Valley, with bands like Fairy Bones and Playboy Manbaby.
2601 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, 602-460-0040, facebook.com/therecordroom
• Looking for vinyl on a budget? Its bargain bin boasts many a diamond in the rough.
• The store features a curated selection of punk and new wave. It’s your Bauhaus and Siouxsie solution.
• It doubles as a vintage store with old Rolling Stone magazines, vintage posters, T-shirts and an impressive stash of $150 used skateboards.
Heard Museum Has never not won this category.
Scraps of Love
Rare Earth Gallery
Cricket + Ruby
The Bike Shop Is this like naming a bar The Bar?
Changing Hands Bookstore
Rolling Rack Boutique & RRB Collective All-time leader: Frances Boutique.
The Meat Market
Tempe Camera Repair Inc.
Fox Cigar Bar
Rare Earth Gallery
Sprouts Farmers Market
Howard’s Ace Hardware
Urban Greenhouse Dispensary
the motherhood co.
Uptown Farmers Market Beloved CenPho market goes indoors through Sept. 22.
Zia Record Exchange
Desert Horizon Nursery & Landscape Design
Highland Yard Vintage New category!
Just Roughin’ It Adventure Company
Queen Creek Running Company
Bill Luke Tempe New category!
Arizona Central Credit Union
Green Light Garage
Shine Works Detailing
Bruce Brown Catering
Arcadia Health and Wellness Chiropractic
She Works Here Hands off, fellas. For female office-sharers only.
Brother’s Tailors & Clothing Co.
Focal Point Salon & Spa
Jared Sandler/FROMM SMITH & GADOW, P.C.
Modern Mama Doula Hey, it’s a growth industry.
Four Peaks Endodontics, Dr. Trond U. Hegle
DJ Stixx of Az Mix Network, LLC
Snapdragon Salon New category!
Sharper Edge Painting
Valley Limousine New category!
Maids of Honor
OMG! Nails & Spa
Red Mountain Weight Loss® – More Info
House of Handsome All-time BOV leader: 8-time winner V’s Barbershop.
Arizona Humane Society
The Husband and Wife Law Team – More Info
Forever True Tattoo
Focal Point Salon & Spa
Red Mountain Weight Loss® – More Info
FLIRT Salon First-time winner. All-time leader: The Root Salon.
Best Plant Shop
Best Airport Store
Best Shopping Bus for Women
Best Shopping Bus for Men
Best One-Stop Vegan Shop
Best Place to Dress Your Teen
Best Toy Shop
Best Place to Buy Arizona Stuff
Most Exciting Grocery Store Opening
Best Dog Whisperer
Best Supernatural Reading
Best Co-Working Space
Best Baby Wear
Best Local Gardening Product
Fanciest Bicycle Shop
Best Place for a Last-Minute Kid Gift or Vintage Candy Bar
Best Flea Market
Best Local Gift Box
Best New Age Beauty Tool
Best Trendy but Approachable Merch
Best Natural Cleaning Products
Best Place to Put Your Best Foot Forward
Best Desert Flair
Best Auto Mechanic Shop
Best Place to Get a Post-Breakup Haircut
Best In-Home Massage
Build-a-Date: Construct a first-rate first-date itinerary with these Best of the Valley winners.
Best Nail Boutique
Best Place for a Hip Haircut
Best Wearable Art
Best Festival Wardrobe Solution
Best First-Date Resto
Best Place to Play Life-Size Jenga
Everyone is a maker! Round up your pals for a party or book a solo creativity date at these full-service craft havens.
Sunshine Craft Co.
The Brush Bar
Best of the Valley TRIO
1 Best Place to See Your Favorite Author
2 Best Magazine Selection
3 Most Literary Happy Hour
Desert Botanical Garden
The Record Room
Best Place to Buy American Indian Art
Best Antique/Vintage Store
Best Arts & Craft Store
Best Place to Buy Art
Best Place to Buy Baby Gifts
Best Bicycle Shop
Best Boutique Clothing Store
Best Butcher Shop
Best Camera Shop
Best Cigar Shop
Best Gem & Rock Shop
Best Grocery Store
Best Hardware Store
Best Independent Pharmacy
Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Best Place to Buy Children’s Gifts
Best Farmers Market
Best Home Accessories/Furniture
Best Jewelry Store
Best Music Store
Best Nursery / Plant Shop
Best Outdoor Décor
Best Outdoor Outfitter
Best Running Shop
Best Second-Hand Clothing Store
Best Air Conditioning Repair
Best Auto Dealership
Best Car Repair
Best Car Wash
Best Chiropractic Center
Best College Prep Help
Best Coworking Space
Best Custom Tailor
Best Day Spa
Best Divorce Lawyer
Best Event DJ (non-radio)
Best Hair Color Services
Best Home Restoration Services
Best Interior Designer
Best Landscaping Specialist
Best Limosine/Party Bus
Best Maid Service
Best Medical Spa
Best Men’s Haircut
Best Personal Injury Lawyer
Best Tattoo Studio
Best Skin Care Salon
Best Weight-Loss System
Best Women’s Haircut