With only 33 seats inside and 40 outside, Petite Maison stays true to its name. And though it be but little, it is fierce. The cozy French bistro was named a 2010 Best New Restaurant by Phoenix magazine and won the Best Late-Night Nosh award from the Phoenix New Times. Concentrating on classic, rustic French dishes, chef James Porter sources local foods to create such dishes as foie gras with cranberry chutney and seared sea bass with lobster risotto. His meals pair well with a selection from Petite Maison’s extensive wine list, which also features cocktails, cordials, and beer, and they can be enjoyed under sparkling chandeliers or surrounded by flora on a garden patio. And for daring diners eager for even more rich cuisine, Porter offers a staff meal from 10 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This creative meal—whose menu is announced on Twitter only hours before—gives the cooks the chance to show off their talents by preparing their best dishes and performing their best torch-juggling routines.
For more than 15 years, the staff at Triangles has been outfitting residents of The Valley with on-trend and one-of-a-kind swimwear. A large selection of mix-and-match pieces (A to E cups) ensures clients can customize their suits for the correct top and bottom sizes. A selection of sandals, cover-ups, and dresses complete beach outfits. Triangles also provides specialty garments including belly dancing tops, satin corsets, and flirty holiday outfits.
At its downtown location alone, Rose Tuxedo carries more than $1 million worth of tuxedos and accessories. In fact, the company's entire inventory is kept in state, meaning last-minute alterations never pose a problem. Convenience has been one of Rose's calling cards since it opened in the early 1980s. Today, the family-owned shops stock the latest designs in coats, vests, and suits, including more than 160 colors for vests and ties. Such diversity means guys can turn to Rose for all sorts of occasions, including weddings, proms, and the anniversary of losing their first tooth.
The company's 8,000-square-foot space brims with apparel and accessories by more than 60 designer brands, including Hudson, AG, Mavi, Rock Revival, Joe's Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Citizens of Humanity, UGG and many others. New inventory arrives daily, replenishing racks with classic, casual clothing as well as on-trend attire bedecked in freshly inked timestamps.
Family-friendly amenities and helpful employees help the shop keep its high-fashion stock accessible. Throughout the store, staff members stand ready to recommend fits and styles that complement each customer's body type. Eight dressing rooms invite visitors to slip into a pair of jeans, and the walk-in mirror room allows them to inspect the fit from every possible angle. To make shopping easier for parents, the boutique also features a play area where children can entertain themselves while their parents shop.
The Shoe Mill has specialized in snug European footwear for more than two decades, earning the title of Best Comfortable Shoes from the Phoenix New Times in 2010. The store is in historic downtown Tempe, tucked inside the Casa Loma building. More than 100 years old, the structure was once inhabited by a hotel, and before that, a saloon for unaccompanied Keds and miscreant loafers.
With its origins as primarily a Birkenstock store, The Shoe Mill has since grown to stock shoes and handbags in such high-end brands as Mephisto and Ecco. Israeli-made Naot shoes benefit from the wisdom of millennia of sandstorms and leather crafting to protect feet from the elements and clumsy camels, while Baggallini handbags are perfect for travel.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.