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.
Providing casual artists and professional paint splatterers with a vast array of assorted acrylics and quality brushes, the locally owned Nevada Fine Arts is northern Nevada’s most well-stocked independent art supplier. Use today’s Groupon for items as diverse as the pure Kazan squirrel dagger striper ($50.90+), a brush for freehand lining and pinstriping, or one of many Pitt artists’ 4-pen sets ($11.50 each), which are great for sketching blueprints of an eco-friendly house without walls, floors, or a roof.
At Kaia F.I.T., working out is a team sport rather than an individual undertaking. Women of all ages and fitness levels cheer one another through functional training programs that challenge the body and mind. Designed to build strength, endurance, and flexibility, many programs adopt a boot-camp-style format, which includes a health assessment and a review of fitness goals. Armed with this information, coaches devise a custom regimen of cross-training exercises that intensify as participants grow fitter. Body-sculpting moves are culled from disciplines such as kickboxing and weight lifting, and barre exercises and yoga make muscles strong and flexible. Nutrition counseling facilitates healthy choices on days marked with temptation or a sudden storm of Sno Balls.