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.
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.
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.
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.
Ganem Jewelers adorns customers with precious stones, metals, and timepieces arranged by designers such as Cartier, Breitling, Honora, and Bixby. The family-owned glimmer emporium specializes in custom jewelry pieces and enlists a staff of certified gemologists and medieval alchemists to complete individualized pieces. Boasting a 92.5% silver content, sterling silver triangle stud earrings ($27), weave-design cufflinks ($100), and money clips ($100) provide gift recipients with instant heirlooms. Freshwater pearls accentuate customers in dangle earrings ($95+), and a variety of butterfly-charm bangle bracelets ($100) and teardrop pendants ($100) twinkle brilliantly, allowing wearers to easily befriend curious falcons. With a Eureka mahogany jewelry chest, customers can store investments on a soft bedding of red velvet in between wearing sessions ($82.50).
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.