At 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store, vintage photographs sit next to classic and high-end furniture pieces and fine china, and numerous racks house a variety gently used clothing items from such labels as Chanel and Armani. An extensive selection of housewares and crafts might include knitting patterns, drawers full of vintage buttons, and other treasures, perfect for DIY projects or outfitting a home, closet, jewelry box, or guest room.
Danswest Dance Productions' three studios host a menagerie of summer classes taught by an experienced staff of dancers and designed to cater to groups of all ages. Ballet is designed to teach correct alignment and body placement through exercises and barre work, tap classes assist students in their quests to dance out morse-code novels, hip-hop teaches the methods of popping, locking, and break-dancing in front of wall-length mirrors, and modern dance lets students express emotion and basic gestures used to hitchhike on cushioned floors. Children ages 3 1/2 to 5 can participate in preschool ballet and tap, and kids ages 5–8 can revel in the exciting world of musical theater, a genre best known for being performed by bored coal miners.
The licensed aestheticians at Just StringZ spin innovation with centuries-old practices to keep skin looking healthy and polished. Threading treatments lasso stray strands using interlaced cotton strings, while speed-waxing services grip groups of hairs and ferry them away fast, yielding results that can last up to eight weeks. Trained in the art of Dermalogica face mapping, aestheticians decipher the proper products and regimen that will best suit their clients' skincare needs, before a jaunt to the skin bar allows faces to test each recommended product before buying or emailing their wish list to Santa. For those looking to accessorize their natural beauty, the salon also offers Swarovski body art, henna tattoos, and ear piercing, as well as cosmetics by glominerals.
Specializing in, as they put it, "sexy swimwear for the uninhibited," the designers at Eyecandy Bikinis aim to create eye-catching bathing suits that celebrate the female form. Focusing on fashion-forward styles, their creations often comprise metallic fabrics and jeweled accents. In addition to peddling jewelry and cover-ups, the boutique also provides airbrush spray-tanning services to prep bodies for bikini season and keep them glowing in the cooler months.
By refraining from hawking everyday brands and blasé styles, J. Gilbert Footwear has made its name as an accomplished supplier of women’s and men’s designer kicks, including limited-edition styles designed exclusively for the store. Highlight well-heeled ankles with elegant pumps from Dana Davis ($395+) and edgy gladiators from Modzori ($85+), or don casual summer sandals by Salpy ($325+) to gain a competitive edge during Slip ‘N Slide season. Western boots handcrafted by Lucchese ($595+) feature premium Italian leather linings that fit better than a glove designed by your own DNA. J. Gilbert also purveys articles of clothing and handsome handbags, including wardrobe staples such as Majestic tees in bold, monotone hues ($110+).
The University of Arizona School of Dance captivates audiences with 40–50 ballet, modern, and jazz performances every year, featuring a competitive group of dance students culled from more than 400 applicants every year. Premium Blend will showcase both new and old works that explore the sound of Ella Fitzgerald, the choreography of Bella Lewitzky, and the lyricism of Al Roker. Alternatively, Fast Forward: Student Showcase takes a look ahead to the next generation of dance with the work of young choreographers and dancers.