Best Spa 2011 | Jurlique Spa | Shopping & Services | Phoenix
Like many spas in the Valley, this Scottsdale spot offers a relaxing atmosphere and a tranquil feel, but we keep coming to Jurlique for the copper soaking tubs. Filled with salts, flower petals, and detox herbs, they'll let you soak your stress away. Jurlique grows its own herbs on site — that's only one of the ways this spa sets itself apart. With only six treatment rooms, it's not the largest spa in town — and we like that. It's big enough to accommodate a couples' massage room for custom aromatherapy massages, and that's just right by us.
The life of a tiny dog is rough: Jumping around trying to be cute and constantly having people pet and love you is exhausting! Pamper your hard-working pooch with a trip to Mackie's Parlour. The upscale pet boutique has a huge section of gorgeous collars and harnesses to make your prince or princess feel like a million bucks. Don't know what size to get your little one? Owners Vince and Tony are two of the friendliest people you will ever meet and will help you every step of the way — even if it means running around the store to show you every single harness in your pup's size. Like any good pet boutique, the shop offers high-quality dog food and treats, luxury dog beds, and a little bit of bling to help even the saddest pound puppy feel loved.
We originally dropped in to this family-owned and -operated pet supply store because we'd heard about the pair of orange tabbies who live there and like to be petted by customers. We love a good store cat, and so we popped by to say hello to Chong and Quincy — both of whom were fast asleep when we arrived, and wouldn't be roused no matter who was shopping. And shop we did — because we were so wowed by the array of healthy foods and treats and toys for Fluffy and Fido back home. Brothers Steve and Rich have created a unique place for pets and pet lovers alike to browse for animal-friendly stuff. The "Wash" in the title refers to pet grooming and bathing, and it's done in specially designed washtubs designed by a local metal artist. After dropping Spot off for a quick shampoo, stop by the Wag's all-natural pet biscuit bakery, where dog and cat treats are made with all-natural ingredients. Shelves nearby are stocked with the best organic and raw pet foods so that, whether he likes it or not, your pup can get healthy, starting today.Readers' Choice:
If only there were an indie store in Phoenix where we could shop for everything from bamboo toothbrushes to locally made clothing and jewelry, the best bags, and even a pair of TOMS shoes. Oh, wait, there is! You'll have no problem finding cute and unique gifts for your best friend, her baby, your mom, boyfriend, and, of course, yourself, in this adorable shop. Be on the lookout for the newest styles from TOMS shoes, Free People, and the latest and greatest from local designers. Frances also carries a pretty sweet selection of stationery and candles, and don't even get us started on the accessory section.
The neatest little shop in all of Phoenix offers a little bit of everything —including a pair of flight attendants, who recently opened their dream boutique on West Thomas Road — and it's fast become our dream boutique, as well. Wedged into a cozy space right across the street from Phoenix College, Saint 22 offers candles, handmade soap, jewelry, handbags, ceramics, and a ton of artwork and handcrafts made by local artists. Among Saint 22's specialties is a wide variety of fancy yarns and knitting supplies — all of it displayed beautifully in a constantly changing pile of cool stuff. As if that weren't enough, the guys at Saint 22 have called in a lot of local experts to teach us all how to craft and knit and crochet and, well, if this weren't the best boutique around, we'd start thinking about opening our own!
Muse stocks everything a chic label-whore would adore, from a $16 costume necklace adorned with funky, organic twig balls to $150 Design Studio jeans. Sure, the threads are killer, but the reason we flock back to Muse (despite its NoPho Safeway strip mall locale) is the one-on-one attention you'll get here. Not sure whether the lavender Idylle top you're crushing on flattens your boobs? Ask storeowner Victoria Shrewsbury and she'll point you in the direction of a more flattering empire-waisted shift that'll make your girls looks perky (and maybe some fashionable nipple tape to prevent any cold-weather embarrassment). She's like the girlfriend who's willing to honestly answer the age-old question, "Do I look fat in this?" — but perhaps with a little more tact than your friend.
MADE art boutique does just what a good little indie shop should do: It sells the work of our very best local artists and crafters, with a few mainstream treats thrown in for good measure (and sales volume). On recent trips, we found handmade vanilla ginger soaps by Emelmahae, subversive T-shirts by Sebastien Millon, and letterpressed cards by Seesaw Designs. MADE is our go-to spot for Lucky B Design's crystal necklaces and owner Cindy Dach's embroidered kid T's. But lately we've been stopping by just to read the wickedly inappropriate refrigerator magnets for sale. Those we'll let you check out for yourself.
Where else can you attend a false eyelash application workshop/Save the Earth party? Or a belly-dancing garden fete? Even on a day when Devious Wigs isn't hosting a scheduled event, you can make your own party — with a crazy-bright wig or the sparkly accessories this crowded little shop sells. Step into the back for a gander at the low-priced, wildly varied collection of used clothing, or grab a "surprise bag" for a few bucks. Devious Wigs & Things is all the things we love about Grand Avenue — gritty, unpredictable, and a heck of a lot of fun once the party gets started.
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You've got a birthday party to get to in half an hour, and an overpowering need for a potato gun. We know the feeling. And we've got the source: Smeeks. This "sweet little shop" is best known for its candy (and you can get sugared up here, for sure) but its selection of old-fashioned (harmonicas) and new-fangled (squirrel underpants?!) novelties keep us coming back, every time we need a fun gift. Or — we'll admit — a little something for ourselves. Hey, everyone needs a set of Japanese erasers shaped like pastries. And the sweet folks at Smeeks will be happy to wrap up that harmonica super-cute, whether it's for you or a friend.
When Phoenicians think of fashion, the name that comes to mind is Robert Black, who began his career as a model and talent agent in the '80s and went on to found the Ford Robert Black Agency. Today, instead of models, Black is offering the clothes off their backs. His Fashion by Robert Black, located in the landmark White Hogan building in downtown Scottsdale's arts district, looks like an especially well-organized dressing room from days gone by. Black and his shopping partner, Doreen Picerne, have scoured the globe in search of a whole new experience in vintage, red-carpet couture for men and women. Unlike any other local vintage clothing store, Fashion by Robert Black was an instant hit when it opened late last year. Black's stock is all one-of-a-kind vintage couture; you won't find any off-the-rack or homemade stuff here. There's nowhere better to play retro fashionista than Robert Black Fashion.

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