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.
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.
Lucky Brand bedecks bodies in an array of tattered and torn jeans, including hand-distressed premium denim, tops, and accessories. Each pair of jeans (starting at $79.50) is washed, treated, and distressed, resulting in strategically frayed hems, patched knees, and pockets full of gravel. Lavish lady legs with the Sweet N Straight, which have frayed denim and a straight style (starting at $79.50), or the low-rise Charlie flare, which widen at the leg opening for a '70s vibe and have enough room to conceal an ankle swollen from a partial break (starting at $99). The 221 Original Straight styles let menfolk garb their gams in a classic cowboy style (starting at $99), and the 121 Heritage Slim fits closely embrace extremities for a more tailored look (starting at $129).