A locally owned business nestled within Meadowood Mall, Games Galore maintains a robust harvest of party games, jigsaw puzzles, card and board games. From family favorites, such as Apples to Apples and Uno, to classic challenges, such as Monopoly and Rubik’s Cube, the shop keeps its shelves stocked for a wide spectrum of interests. It also is open seven days per week, and a helpful staff stands by to answer any questions.
As an offshoot of Sierra Trading Post, Derailed.com holds fast to the same business model as its parent company: bargaining with top brands to procure overstocks at heavily discounted prices. But like a youngest sibling taking up juggling cats, it strives to differentiate itself from its older counterparts. It stands out with a youthful vibe thanks to skate, surf, and SUP apparel and the staff's laid-back attitude. They'll happily answer questions and make recommendations on their throngs of camping gear, running shoes, collegiate attire, and bicycle accessories from brands including Hurely, Billabong, and Teva. Though their merchandise boasts an average discount of 48% off the retail value, shoppers can save even more—customers receive a $10 coupon when they sign up for emails, and clients of the Give & Go Referral program get a $20 egiftcard when the friend they referred uses their own $10 email coupon.
The artists, teachers, and librarians that staff Grassroots Books know firsthand not to judge a book by its cover. Alongside new, glossy hardbacks and crisp paperbacks, they stock gently used and new-but-slightly-shelf-worn reads at generous discounts. Any books without value are responsibly recycled for free, instead of stuffed into Harry Potter jackets as "secret sequels." Used CDs, DVDs, and video games also share shelf space with more than 3,000 kids books catered to pre-K through high school readers. More exciting yarns await youngsters during the independent bookstore's kid storytelling hours or school book fairs, while the 22nd of every month honors educators with a free book just for coming to the store. Grassroots Books even donates its leftovers to educators and nonprofits after its monthly warehouse sales, four-day extravaganzas where nearly 10,000 books and movies are available each for $0.99.
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.
When a shopper inquires about one of the many sporting goods at Reno Mountain Sports, it's unlikely they'll be met with an unsure response. That's because the store—which is nearing its fifth decade in business—boasts staffers who spend their free time paddling kayaks through lakes and piloting snowboards down freshly powdered mountainsides. Patrons can use the team's expertise to invest in new equipment from brands such as K2 and Jackson, or commission tune-ups of weathered and yeti-chewed gear at the onsite repair shop. A slew of rentals also awaits shoppers, who can opt to spend the day skimming across the water's surface in a kayak or carving paths in the snow with alpine skis.
More than 35,000 supplies beckon to artists and crafters of all mediums at Nevada Fine Arts, where a knowledgeable staff has been pairing patrons with an immense inventory since 1969. Paints and clay neighbor canvases and drafting equipment on the store's shelves, and books, videos, and live demonstrations by local artists give step-by-step assistance to nascent artists desiring to hone their creative aptitude. In addition to proffering supplies and studious aids, the skillful staffers can also forge custom frames or refurbish busted airbrushes. To further nurture blossoming talent, Nevada Fine Arts donates tools to area arts organizations and schools, and even has its own onsite classroom replete with sinks, corkboard, and drop-in critiques from the ghost of Michelangelo.