Who knew off-the-rack could be so comprehensive? More than 70 styles of tuxedos seek to flatter every physique at Mr. Formal, with perfectly-fitted jackets, trousers, shirts, vests, ties and cummerbunds available for all occasions. There are even shoe and glove rentals, plus top hats, if that’s your style. Mr Formal also gets bonus points for its ability to fit big and tall, small and short, and everything in between, drawing from its national chain-like affiliation with formalwear retailers as far away as Canada. Someone on staff is a style watcher, too, since tuxes and suits keep current to fashion, and fitters are always aligned with tuxedo trends. This is one-stop shopping, too, for extras like groomsmen gifts that can include everything from a personalized pub glass set to an engraved Klondike folding knife.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them via 14 stores in the Twin City area and via the 5 stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
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.
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.
At all 200 Cookie by Design locations across the country, bakers hand-craft cheery cookie centerpieces from scratch with the creative flair of a florist. Founder Gwen Willhite stumbled across the inspiration for these artistic treats back in 1983 when, suddenly unemployed, she found she had time to combine her passion for baking and crafts. Today, each edible bouquet is prepared with the same care she showed when first starting out. She decorates each cookie by hand and personalizes the colorful confectionary arrangements for all occasions, including birthdays and housewarmings. Her cookies come in a variety of shapes, from ducks to hearts, and can be ordered in forms other than bouquets, such as baskets or trays. To get the most out of their medium, the bakers also design and decorate cookie cakes. In many instances, they’ll even hand deliver packages and can offer same-day delivery on select items, and cookie creations are always available onsite.
Though miles from the nearest ocean, Future Sun Tanning manages to create a seaside atmosphere in its cozy shop. Past the reception area's aqua blue accent wall lies a long hallway painted with sandy hues. Private rooms branch off from this hall; nestled in each one is a tanning bed or booth, imparting UV rays to coax sun-kissed color to the skin's surface. Customers who want immediate color opt for Mystic tan spray tans, which mists the skin with bronze tones as it delivers a dose of hydration.