With the belief that the word consignment didn’t need to conjure images of dark and dingy stores stocked with stale fashions, sisters Ann and Jenny Siner opened the doors of their first upscale consignment boutique in 1991. An enthusiastic response led the sisters to expand with more locations and into different resale sectors, opening their first men’s-only store, Well Suited, in 2001.
After more than two decades in the business, the fashion-savvy sisters maintain their commitment to high-end, boutique-style consignment, earning them high praise from discerning shoppers, major press outlets such as Today, and long-pining hangers that finally get to slip on a worthy frock. Each store houses a constantly updated selection of designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Nanette Lepore, priced anywhere from 65%–95% below retail. My Sister’s Closet’s store locations dot many of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Arizona, as well as California.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Lindsay Lou is a contemporary women's boutique equipped with a fierce fleet of fashions from brands such Elizabeth and James, Joie, Current/Elliott, and Vince. Peruse a parade of hand-plucked designer tees, which contains contemporary form-flaunters such as a billowy Seneca Rising vance top ($70) and a Rebel Yell free hugs low v tee ($53). Lower extremities, outfitted in a pair of J Brand 912 low rise pencil leg pants ($187), cooperate more readily with the pains of standing and turbo kicking incognito street fighters. A selection of scarves ($57 each) and haute hoodies ($66–$143) outsmart overzealous air conditioners with the savviness of style.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
Beneath the shine of 20 Lounge Nail Bar and Boutique, a singular purpose pushes it forward: to bring high-end luxury to the masses. Like a beauty-conscious cousin of Johnny Appleseed, the ever-expanding franchise has planted locations throughout California and Arizona, always pampering its clients with the same menu of services. Therapists, for instance, perform facials using Dermalogica's MicroZone products, which wash away acne, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or exfoliate the skin. Mani-pedis, on the other hand, polish and dress nails in a rainbow of available colors, rendering their surfaces complementary to freshly waxed legs or accessories such as a freshly opened box of crayons.