Your guide to Burning Man prep
Reno will host an estimated 70,000 Burners on their way to the Black Rock Desert come August. Burning Man 2016 will take place Aug. 28 through Sept. 5 in Black Rock City, a temporary mecca for counter-culture and extreme creative freedom with attendees from around the world. For travelers and local Burners looking to make preparations, here is a list of Burner-friendly local businesses to visit before this year's burn.
1049 S. Virginia St.
Just like it says on the door, "Helping burners prepare for the playa for almost two decades!" Owned and operated by Burning Man veterans Eric and Monique Baron, The Melting Pot has been a staple of Reno Burner culture since 1996. Specializing in apparel, utility belts, goggles, jewelry and counter-culture décor, The Melting Pot is any Burner's best bet for feeling playa-ready.
1675 E. Fourth St.
Easily identified as East Fourth Street's "Big Red Barn," Twin City Surplus supplies durable U.S. military issue camping and survival gear for self-reliant Burners. Customers can stock up on the essentials like first aid kits, tents, sleeping bags and tools. And specialty items like multi-gallon water storage tanks and solar reductive netting can make life on the playa a little easier.
960 S. Virginia St.
Purveyors of style both old and new, Junkee Clothing Exchange offers everything a Burner might need to get creative with their costumes. With a selection of unique secondhand men and women's clothing and accessories — as well as hard-to-find EL Wire for a luminescent look — Junkee can help any playa-goer with some radical self-expression.
655 S. Virginia St.
Polyesther's specializes in personalized costumes for Burners with a specific look in mind. Located on Virginia Street in Reno's Midtown District, Polyesther's is a short walk from some of Reno's best bars and restaurants.
Keystone Shopping Plaza
575 Keystone Ave.
In the week before Burning Man, the large parking lot in front of the Keystone Avenue Save Mart functions as a bulk water lot, ride-share meeting point and general burner prep facility. The Save Mart will be open 24 hours a day and specifically stocks items useful on the playa. After the burn, Save Mart also serves as a resource for Exodus trash and recycling, offering a convenient area for Burners to dispose of recyclables with all donations going to Black Rock Solar. In the plaza is also a UPS store that will receive and hold packages sent there in advance, as well as Ben's Fine Wine and Spirits for last minute party preparation.
1240 Icehouse Ave., Sparks
Located in Sparks, the Generator is a collective creativity space with deep roots in Burning Man. Hosting Burners and creatives from Reno and further afield as live-in artists, several of Burning Man's most memorable sculptures are planned and constructed in this expansive warehouse. The Generator's physical location and online presence are useful networking spaces for Burners looking for rides, help with projects or information about Burning Man-related events before and after the burn.