Best Mall 2017 | Scottsdale Fashion Square | Goods & Services | Phoenix

Since 1961, Scottsdale Fashion Square has been steadily building a retail empire, evolving over time from a two-anchor-store destination to a nearly 2-million-square-foot shopping oasis. Despite three stories of retail and restaurant space, a newly remodeled theater, and claiming the title of being the largest shopping mall in the Southwest, developers of the high-end hub are showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, just next year, they plan on debuting The Luxury Collection, an upscale annex complete with personal shoppers, style consultants, designer stores, runway shows, and VIP concierge services. A little much? Sure. But in the era of abandoned malls and Amazon Prime, we can't help but be in awe of Fashion Square's success.

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We are longtime fans of Bunky Boutique, a sweet little shop named after owner Rachel Malloy's grandmother, featuring a lovely collection of men and women's clothing, jewelry, accessories, and cards. Malloy went sky-high this year when she opened a second Bunky outpost on the main concourse (pre-security!) at Terminal 4 at Sky Harbor. The shop features the same wonderful, carefully chosen items, and we even spied Malloy's signature jackalope hanging on the wall as we passed by recently. We're glad world travelers can bring a little Bunky home with them. Now if we can just get ourselves to the airport early enough to do some serious shopping before they board our flight.

Historic Downtown Glendale packs a wallop when you need a place offering unique items — especially if that gift or little something for yourself needs to be a shade of pink. Spot Pink House Boutique off 58th Avenue across from Glendale's Velma Teague Branch Library, and head in for apparel, jewelry, travel items, bags, some frilly or rustic decor, and Hello Kitty accessories up the yang. Local designers include Bliss by Nikki G., Bri Bridge, and Gina's Original AZ, while the array of styles offered range from rockabilly to wild child. What's more, the boutique's only other location is in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Though not everything is pink, you'll have a very good chance of finding something you like in that particular hue.

We've found a kids clothing shop that carries brands like Oilily, Camper, and Converse, all at a small fraction of the original cost. There's one catch: The clothes are used. But always the highest quality, some never worn. Given how quickly Junior grows out of his pants, we can't pass up a deal this good. On a recent visit, our arms were full of Gap dresses, Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, and Minnetonka boots, all for sale for a few dollars each. A limited selection of toys and baby gear (think Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bags and Junie B. Jones books) is also available, and the staff couldn't be nicer. And best of all, once you outgrow what you buy here, you can bring it back, trade it in — and buy more.


The thing about living in Phoenix is that it's T-shirt weather pretty much all year round, so we like to keep our closet well-stocked with stylish, well-made tees. Enter Dovetail Vintage, a local company that sells its wares on Etsy and occasionally at events like Phoenix Flea and Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. Despite the name, the duds are new, and owner Kylie Durkin designs shirts with a casual, low-key vibe that still manage to be stylish and hip. The items are made of high-quality, super-soft cotton that doesn't shrink or fade and feels like a dream to wear. We're partial to the "Phoenician" tee, which features the word in stacked letters next to a line drawing of our beloved state, showing our local pride and our love of well-made casualwear in one comfortable package.

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The key to killer denim is timeless appeal: Cuts and styles may sway with the times, but broken-in jeans always look great. Phoenix General's selection is limited — check the sale section for brands like Corridor and Bridge and Burn — but the trendy central Phoenix shop is the spot for Levi's Made and Crafted and Vintage Clothing collections, which split the difference between greaser chic and classic miner-styled dungarees. This is the place for only the most serious denim shoppers and those with plenty of space on the credit card. You've got to look the part, too. Not everyone can get away with bib and brace overalls, but if you're someone who can, Phoenix General has you covered (in distressed denim).

There's no fighting it. Athleisure is comfortable, and the trend is apparently here to stay. Nobody in Phoenix does gym chic quite like R&R Surplus. Founded by Steve and Andi Rosenstein, the couple behind The Duce, the workout wear label and its CenPho storefront offer outfits that'll look great at spin class, brunch, and while you stress your way through a Trader Joe's trip. We're partial to the drapey hoodies, lightweight dusters, and super-soft leggings. But regardless of the piece you pick, it's all but guaranteed to be comfy, casual, and stylish without being showy. Which, you know, is the whole point of athleisure.

Thank goodness Birkenstocks are trendy again, because our feet were killing us. And thank goodness for The Shoe Mill, the best place in town to stock up on 'Stocks. Don't want to bare your toes? That's okay, we didn't really want to see them. The Shoe Mill stocks all the big brands in comfortable footwear, including Naot, Dansko, and Merrill. From sandals to clogs and a few choices in between, you'll be standing proud after a trip to The Shoe Mill.

Although the weather might suggest otherwise, Arizona is a breeding ground for runners. And from cross-country to sprinting, trails to tracks, there's no place that caters more to your cardio obsession than the Runner's Den. The nearly 30-year-old Phoenix establishment has been a long-standing source for all things racing and training in the Valley. In addition to carrying all the essential brands like Asics, Brooks, and Saucony, the store also offers a selection of running apparel, accessories, and marathon fuel. And if you're new to the racing scene or just not really sure where to start, the knowledgeable staff that eats, sleeps, and breathes running will be happy to help you out.


For the sneaker connoisseur, Undefeated (a.k.a. UNDFTD) needs no introduction. But for those who balk at the idea of paying thousands of dollars for a pair of OG Air Jordans, the mysterious hash mark logo that appeared on Central Avenue back in December may need some backstory. Undefeated is a Los Angeles-based streetwear boutique and brand specializing in must-have kicks as well as limited-edition collaborations with the likes of Nike, Converse, Vans, and Adidas. In addition to being one of the most influential urban retailers over the last decade, Undefeated also carries a reputation for being selective with their storefronts. Before opening their newest chapter in the Valley, Undefeated stores could only be found in Las Vegas, parts of California, and cities in Japan. Talk about upping Phoenix's cool factor.

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