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Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza

Taliesin West
Stylish people have long been drawn to this part of the world (think of surrealist artist Max Ernst and company); one of the best known is Frank Lloyd Wright, whose Taliesin West offers a glimpse into the aesthetic that shaped the way architects think of situating buildings in a particular landscape. Various tours of Taliesin are available, all of them illuminating, and the two-hour desert walk tour is particularly instructive.

12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-860-8810,


When artist Nick Cave came to town to prepare for the exhibit of his work at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, SMoCA curators toured him around town. Cave's favorite spot, they report, was the part of south Scottsdale that houses The Antique Trove, where Cave and company happily combed the aisles for hours. If the idea of 130 dealers and 25,000 square feet of furniture, flatware, jewelry, books, tools, and toys sounds like it might not be enough stuff, then you might also want to check out the nearby Goodwill for more cheap chic. Farther north, in Old Town, local fashion legend/modeling agent Robert Black has opened his own vintage boutique, where he carries not only clothes but vintage and contemporary jewelry and handbags created from vintage fabric.
The Antique Trove
2020 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-947-6074

2115 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Fashion by Robert Black
7144 E. 1st Ave. 480-664-7770

Urban Outfitters
7135 E. Camelback Rd. #150

7014 E. Camelback Rd. #2079

Saba's Western Wear
7254 Main St.

7135 E. Camelback Rd. #185

Moody Blues
7144 E. Stetson Dr. # 220

American Apparel
4501 N. Scottsdale Rd.

a.k.a. Green
Eco-Friendly Building Center
8100 E. Indian School Rd.

8230 E. Raintree Dr. #109

The Green Room (desert landscapes)
4026 N. Miller Rd, #100

The Mix Shops
7144 E. Stetson Drive

15210 N. Scottsdale Rd. #100

7051 E. 5th Ave., #A

8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

9000 E. Indian Bend Rd.

Forever 21
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 2109

Lindsay Lou
6107 N. Scottsdale Rd.

MY TOWN: Duc and Noelle Liao
Fashion photographer Duc Liao and his wife, model Noelle, chucked in their fast-lane Paris life for Scottsdale in 2004, and they say they don't ever regret it. "Another day in paradise," Duc says of life here. The couple have three young daughters (the newest of whom is named Phoenix) and they run the cafe Scratch Pastries, so they don't have much free time, but they like to walk through the gardens at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza and stop at the James Turrell skyspace Knight Rise, which Duc calls one of the most beautiful places in town. And they love restaurant AZ88 because it's a place with character. It's "not trying to pretend to be anything it's not." (Plus, Duc says, AZ88 is one of the few places in town where he can get his hamburger "rare medium.") In addition to running the tastiest pastry parlor in town, Duc recently launched an online fashion magazine called Canal Mag ( with Lisa Macchiaroli, who works at Scratch. "With the magazine, we tried to produce some images that are more European, more New York," Duc says. He solicited advice from Randy Krebs, owner of the well-edited boutique Covet, whom he "always asks about clothes for the magazine," and he sings the praises of Joy Li, whose eponymous line he has featured in Canal Mag. "You should go see Joy Li," he urges. "She knows how to design clothes."

Scratch Pastries
7620 E. Indian School Rd.

7353 Scottsdale Mall

Knight Rise
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7374 E. Second St.

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