17 Favorite Places to Shop in Phoenix

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Medlock Plaza

Strip mall Medlock Plaza (on the northwest corner of Camelback and Central) is indie shopping at its best. Frances specializes in perfect gal-pal gifts and on‑trend women's clothing from brands like Free People and Frye. Next door is record shop Stinkweeds, where indie classics and fresh picks from NPR's playlists are in heavy rotation, and the ultra‑friendly staff is ready with off‑beat recommendations, too. To play those nifty records you just bought, head to Arizona Hi‑Fi, where you'll find all the high‑performance (and high‑priced) music equipment of your audiophile dreams. For a quick and easy (though not exactly painless) makeover, neighboring Halo offers a variety of piercings ranging from $15 to $50.

Antiques on Central

Sixteen thousand square feet is nothing to sneeze at, and neither is the variety of antiques and collectibles you'll find at the fancy pants Antiques. There's a mélange of eye candy here, but of particular note is the glassware, which includes pieces from Waterford and Lalique that'll leave you agape.

Vintage Industrial

If salvage makes you swoon and you haven't checked out Vintage Industrial, take note. The business deals in vintage‑inspired furniture like crank tables and A‑frame desks made with repurposed or refurbished materials. Call for appointment viewing.

The Heavy Pedal

Heavy Pedal's not just a brand, it's a lifestyle. Victor Vasquez and Terrence Patrick opened their store late last year to vend their bikes, kits, and T‑shirts (adorned with in‑your‑face phrases like "fuck luck" and "see you in hell").

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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