Reno eNVy started as an indie clothing line sold out of a tent down by a river, and the brand slowly but surely grew to represent the attitude and culture of the people of Nevada. The company’s owners emblazon the silhouette of a trailer on almost every piece of their clothing line to symbolize the rugged grit of the people of Reno. Whether it's a shirt or a flat-brimmed ball cap, the company’s wares embody Reno culture whose tees bear cheeky statements such as "I'm a 10" and "Battle Born." The line has expanded to include an offshoot named Tahoe eNVy, with iconic images such as majestic pine trees. Kids and babies can get in on the action with onesies, and local cupboards can finally get some Reno eNVy swag with shot glasses.
Dharma Books' team of literature-lovers scrutinizes piles of used books (average price $20), seeking out the choicest gems of previously loved passages and rare manuscripts to add to shelves. Works of classic literature abound, as do art, photography, and music volumes, all helpfully organized by taste. Dharma's collection of author-signed editions allows customers to find intriguing gifts for bookworm friends without the hassle of gift-wrapping a life-sized Moby Dick figurine. New books find their way into the store each day, while Dharma Books’ resident bibliophiles assist customers in tracking down hard-to-find titles or scrolls containing the original manuscript of Lee Iacocca’s autobiography.
Although today Black Rock Solar empowers nonprofits, schools, and underserved populations by providing low-cost energy, its beginnings were less defined. In the sweltering Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada a volunteer group installed a solar array for the 2007 Burning Man event—themed that year as the Green Man. Their giant array provided more than 50,000 people with energy while they partied, but afterward, when the ash of the burning figure settled, the solar panels remained. The group donated the array to the school system of Gerlach, the tiny desert town nearby, and the seeds of Black Rock Solar were sown.
From those beginnings, Black Rock went on to build solar arrays at reduced prices for partners such as Pershing General Hospital, Pyramid Lake High School, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and other organizations that could benefit from low-cost energy but lacked the means to procure it. The arrays help reduce the organizations' utility bills so they can devote more resources to their central causes. Also by spreading solar power, Black Rock actively involves these organizations and the public at large in environmental stewardship, spreading clean energy and education.
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With whirling colorful lights and a top-40 playlist, Roller Kingdom could give visitors the illusion that they're in a nightclub. But instead of dancing on the floor, guests strap on rollerblades or roller skates to glide across it. Novice skaters can improve their form during lessons or trade in their skates for laser-tag equipment and duel it out with friends in order to win prize tickets and the right to wear a homemade laser-tag championship belt made out of tinfoil. Outside the rink and laser-tag den, guests can play arcade games or belt out their favorite songs on the karaoke stage.
With 3,000 square feet to explore, Labels Consignment Boutique’s sun-drenched mise en scène overflows with layered racks of designer-label dresses, fashionable footwear, and popular purses. The tide of trade-ins is unending, with new articles from labels including Armani, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Escada appearing as often as a Cher farewell tour. Apparel aficionados can acquire designer daywear, combining jeans ($50–$150) with tops and dresses ($20–$750), or accent an evening ensemble with the perfect purse ($20–$500) and accessories ($20–$600). Should the selection prove overwhelming, the boutique's capable clothiers will cheerfully contribute to the creation of the optimal outfit, providing advice on color matching, fits, and sizes, and incorporating complementary components such as shoes and necklaces made entirely of right angles.
Shoe's modish heel coddlers outfit men, women, and children with a seasonally shifting, cosmopolitan cornucopia of designer shoes and accessories. Among its lustrously polychromatic walls, multiple styles of Geox shoes await anxious toes ($58+), vying for attention with the Corso Como shoes selection ($104+). Further embellish ankles with a duo of cashmere tights ($85), or ornament jugulars with one of Shoe's panoply of scarves ($130+). Accessories, such as Eyebobs spectacles can decorate perceptual disabilities ($85+), and Bing Bang earrings ($55+) can make lobes look good, even if they fail at helping the ear hear the flapping wings of an oncoming butterfly swarm.