12 Reno boutiques abuzz with finds
Looking for unique clothing pieces and one-of-a kind fashion items?
Plenty of boutiques have popped up in Reno in recent years offering upscale names, casual wear and even repurposed pieces.
“Boutique shopping is more of a friendly, personal, community experience,” said Jamie Kuckenmeister, owner of The Niche Boutique. “When you shop local, more money stays in the community to support other small businesses.”
Following is a list of 12 boutiques with differences that are truly at the heart of boutique shopping.
Head into The NicheBoutique, 1300 E. Plumb Lane (near Costco), and find whimsical flowing tops, denim capris and shorts and shirts with sayings like “Embrace the glorious mess you are.” Brands like Natural Life, Lovestitch, Mustard Seed and Mystree pepper the store while bangles, jewelry, hats and bags are nearby for easily accessorizing. Clothes featuring simple lines, muted tones and unique stylings are part of the contemporary fashion line at The Niche, which moved into Airport Square eight years ago. You’ll also find recycled cards by Shannon Martin for Design, hats, bags, beachy picture frames, and home décor. This boutique, with its warm colors, invites shoppers to step inside and enjoy the clothes and the rustic, but contemporary household goods.
Culture, in the heart of Midtown, opened a year ago at 677 S. Virginia St. and carries modern fashion with a funky twist, whether that means active wear, casual wear or playa-type items. Main brands at Culture include Killstar, Bear Dance and Cotton Candy LA. The two-story boutique also features Active yoga shorts, scarves, bralets by French Affair, belts, soaps, jewelry and a small collection of uniquely-styled boots and shoes. Hard-to-find-elsewhere items include adult onesies, body chains created by owner Kendra Cro, caps by Peter Grimm and $15 fanny packs. Fun and funky sunglasses, including frames that glow in the dark, also make up the collection.
Triggers Boutique, 15 Foothill Road, brings a wonder of Western and equestrian wear right to the customer coming in the front door. Owner Susan Heberger opened the store in November 2015 because she wanted people to buy Western and rodeo clothing in Reno and not elsewhere.
Three of the major labels at Triggers include Double D Ranch, Roja and Tasha Polizzi. A wide selection of turquoise jewelry can be found at the boutique, too, including turquoise necklaces, bracelets, earrings and wrist cuffs, many of the pieces vintage. In the back are three shelves of women’s boots, mostly Double D or Liberty Black brands, the latter that is known for its well-cushioned footbeds. Stylish belts line the walls, as do handbags by the likes of Juan Antonio or Whiskey Lee.
Fashionistas looking for upscale selections can head to Savvy, a boutique that has been at The Summit Mall, at the south end of Reno, for nearly five years. Paige is a top brand, with its denim collection comprising mid-rise crops, super skinny ankles and slouchy skinnys. Paige blouses also are tucked into a rack of tops featuring various shades and patterns of blue. Other racks in the store hold white to crème tops and green to black selections. The pieces at Savvy run from dressy to casual, reflecting the stylings of owner Amy Robinson. Also sold are lacy Cosabella lingerie, including bralets and thongs, as well as Hanky Panky thongs. Shoppers can find Hammitt Bags from Los Angeles, delicate Chan Luu jewelry chokers and brands like AG Jeans, Bailey 44 and Michael Stars.
Looking for a store packed with second-hand kids’ items? Then look no further than Once Upon a Child,at 6015 S. Virginia St. Whether it’s shirts, pants, shorts or shoes that are desired, this is the place where used clothes for girls and boys can be found. This shop, which has been in Reno for more than 20 years, also sells kids’ accessories and equipment, like high chairs and strollers, and toys. Swimwear, dance wear and even clothing for special occasions are available at Once Upon a Child. Brands on the shelf may include the Children’s Place, Gap, Gymboree, Justice and Old Navy.
At Labels Consignment Boutique, shoppers may be greeted by owner, Blythe Anderson, right at the door. Her cheery smile, the bright lighting inside and the huge mirror that climbs the wall near the dressing room create the lovely personality that fills this shop. Labels are truly the hitch at this boutique, at 601 W. First St., with brands for resale that include Prada, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Anderson collects labels locally, but also from sellers who send her items from all over the United States. There is no dearth of style here, with women’s jeans from lines like True Religion, Kasil and J Brand, and shirts from Banana Republic and Donna Karan. Handbags are from designers like Coach, Dooney & Burke and Michael Kors. Accessorize with jewelry in a side cabinet or from any of the cabinets stretching across the check-out up front.
“It’s like Christmas every day,” Anderson said.
Sippees New & Used Kids Clothes, in Midtown, is a scintillating place for a visit by adults, children or that child within. Find suits and tuxedos for boys and new and vintage pieces for little girls. An entire rack of colored tutus has plenty on offer for the child who enjoys dressing up and twirling around. Hats, caps, suspenders and bow ties help round out the collection, but this store, at 955 S. Virginia St., is truly a place best experienced in person. Puzzles, wooden games, backpacks and candy make it easy to find a present for a shower gift, birthday or a friend. The store even hosts a weekly mom’s group.
At The Nest, vintage hunters walk first into a large room full of retro furniture, but then find an incredible collection of clothing on the side. On racks, hang vintage skirts, dresses, hats and gowns, including a flapper dress. Jackets and purses abound while vintage nylons, including brands like Lady Wilshire and Cornètte, are moderately priced. The wide selection of women’s jeans include Big Star and True Religion and more than a dozen wedding dresses, many vintage, adorn the shelves. The collection at The Nest comprises blouses, boots, jewelry – not to mention clip-on earrings – even a cheerleading uniform. The men’s selection covers polyester pants, plaid shorts, men’s Lucky jeans, blazers, snap-back era caps and vintage ties. Looking for old varsity high-school letters to complete an outfit? The Nest, at 201 Keystone Ave., is the place to head.
Junkee, located in Midtown, is full of eye-popping fun and excitement throughout the entire store. Find used pants, funky shirts, skirts, scarves, jewelry, hair accessories and more. It’s a great place to build a costume for a party or for any and all adventures at Burning Man. The store, at 960 S. Virginia St., also gives sellers the opportunity to consign used pieces. Just pop up to the ‘buying counter’ anytime from noon to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, but be aware that only about 5 percent of what is brought in is actually accepted. Antiques, handmade items and unique collectibles also contribute to Junkee’s magic.
For a flash into the pin-up past, check out Dressed Like That! at 711 S. Virginia St. The store opened nearly five years ago and includes fashion for the modern woman who likes rockabilly and the 1950s. Rompers, playsuits, swing and wiggle dresses are the main finds here for anyone interested in a costume party or attending Hot August Nights. Separates include swing shorts, Work It trousers and cute Trixie capris. Peasant tops (in black, red or a ‘bananarama’ print), button-up blouses and cardigans are just part of the style. Hearts & Roses, Hell Bunny, Steady and Voodoo Vixen are some of the brands carried at this shop.
Looking for an affordable wedding dress? Then Timeless Fashion Consignment Shop and Bridal Salon could be an important place to stop. Whether it’s a second-hand dress for that special day, a bridesmaid gown, a mother-of-the-bride or groom dress or another beautiful piece that is desired, something is sure to be at this salon, at 1298 S Virginia St. Be assured that white is not the only color found here; dresses in bright colors also abound. Sample brands include Allure Bridal, David’s Bridal, Light in the Box, St. Tropez and many others. Also, be sure to check out the separates, shoes and handbags.
Clothes Mentoris the place to head for casual wear, work clothing and everything in between. Find blazers, skirts, tops, slacks and dresses appropriate for the workplace, but also capris and shorts perfect for a spring or summer day. Accessories, designer perfumes, handbags and shoes also provide fun finds. This upscale consignment shop may have names on its racks like Ann Taylor, French Connection, New York & Company, Ralph Lauren, White House Black Market and others. Women looking to accessorize can try on the jewelry and belts at this store, at 5075 S. McCarran Blvd. Even maternity pieces and petite items are on offer.