Inexpensive, tasty, and healthy. And stoney. Very stoney. Find the 100-milligram Flourish AZ Date Brownies for $15 in dozens of Arizona dispensaries, or even better, find them for $12 in some shops. Comparison-shopping is always recommended with edibles, which can be especially pricey for the THC-tolerant. For novices and those with a low tolerance, a single brownie provides two or three doses. Flourish's THC infusion is seamless. Every bite counts, with a noticeable consistency of psychoactive effect in each one. In fact, watch the dosing: It's 100 milligrams that acts more like 150 for some reason. (Be sure to keep them away from kids.) They're perfect for muscle pain or for medicinal-level relaxing, and the Williams, Arizona, company makes them in a 40-milligram size, too. So let's get back to the taste and health-food aspects. Even without the cannabis, they'd be a good treat. Dates are not our thing, but the Flourish brownie has us reconsidering. Maybe it's the beet sugar. Or the splash of espresso. It all comes together for superior flavor. Marketed as the next best thing to health food, Flourish brownies make you feel good about what you're putting in your body. With their wallop of THC, they'll make you feel good, period.

ABC Cake Decorating Supplies

Looking to sheetcake from scratch? ABC's got you covered. From pans to boxes and all the icing that comes in between — as well as decorations for every holiday and plenty of red, white, and blue — this old-school baking supply store can make just about any baking dream come true. For the non-cake-eaters, there are plenty of cookie cutters, candy molds, and pie tins. Start your ovens!

Arizona Art Supply

What began as an aisle in a hardware store is now a micro chain with locations all over the Valley and a loyal, paint-splattered following. From pens to pastels, Arizona Art Supply has kept Phoenicians creating for more than 60 years. You can order online, but what fun is that when there are so many aisles to wander?

Wickenburg is about an hour's drive from town, but if you're a fiber fan headed to Isabelle's, it's worth it. The walls are covered floor to ceiling with high-quality fibers from well-loved companies like Malabrigo and Tahki, as well as yarn from indie dyers and spinners like Arizona-based Mary Gavan. Persian rugs, antique vanities and dressers, and chandeliers create a charming setting for Isabelle's carefully designed displays of notions and needles and everything else a knitter would need. Generous samples and a knowledgeable, friendly staff are always available, as is a beautifully appointed room just for knitting. A work table is available for laying out bigger projects, and coffee, tea, and treats are waiting — along with piles of wonderful yarn — for discerning knitters like you.

Bead World

We're a town full of bead stores, but this one is the best. It's more than just Bead World's wide selection of Czech glass beads, Japanese seed beads, and high-quality findings in a variety of metals. True, we love the large selection of pearls, glass baubles, and ethnic ceramic pendants. But the staff here is so friendly that we always end up feeling like an old friend rather than just a repeat customer. How is it possible that no matter who's working, they always seem to remember us and our area of beading interest from our last visit? Interesting classes taught by knowledgeable teachers are nice, but what we love very most about Bead World is its hyper-organization. Both locations are tidy and well-kept, and beads, tools, and clasps are all neatly arranged by media and price. Even the clearance aisles at both stores are carefully arranged. If only the rest of the world were like Bead World.

Find everything from gold and quartz to metatorbernite at the annual Flagg Gem & Mineral Show — a three-day, tailgate-style event held the first weekend in January as a major fundraiser for the Flagg Mineral Foundation. In its 45th year in 2017, the outdoor FGMS show is a collection of jewelry, gems, beads, fossils, minerals, and lapidary supplies ideal for local mineral and lapidary clubs, enthusiastic collectors, and even the general public. Stations and vendors are set up to showcase their assortment of rocks and minerals for children, teachers, and rockhounds in an informal atmosphere, also known as the west parking lot of Mesa Community College. Parking and admission are free, and kids usually leave with a free sample of something.

We read Goop religiously and indulge occasionally in hippy-dippy endeavors. But the world of herbs and essential oils? It can be intimidating AF. Lucky for aspiring know-it-alls who aren't sure where to start, that's not the case at Desert Sage Herbs. The suburban shop has dealt in teas, herbs, spices, and oils since 1999. It's run by mother-daughter team Vicki Greener and Brittney Sounart, an aromatherapy specialist and clinical herbalist. Housed in a fittingly chill, homey storefront, it's our favorite spot to buy sage for burning and shamelessly ask newbie questions about the 300-plus herbs and spices Desert Sage stocks.

This Arcadia-based bookstore is your one-stop-shopping spot for metaphysical literature, as well as gifts, home decor, and tools for feng shui, yoga, and meditation. The Vision Quest Psychic Bookstore houses a couple thousand titles, though the shop started as a 900-square-foot bookstore in Canoga Park, California. Books aside, Vision Quest hosts classes and events like Get Your Astrology Chart or Report, the UFO Starseed Activation Workshop, and Mediumship 101. The store continues to wow metaphysical fans with its small army of psychic readers available by appointment each day, plus astrological charting services and consultations, and additional retail like crystals, gems, wind chimes, tarot and divination cards, and supplies for a personal sacred altar.

Having a run of bad luck? Can't seem to shake a feeling of dread or impending misfortune? You might need the protection of the evil eye. In a superstition common in the Mediterranean world and beyond, a blue-and-white teardrop-shaped ornament on your wall or wrist can fend off malevolent energy. Also known by its Turkish name, nazar, the glass charm is placed over a door frame or on the wall in Turkish homes and businesses. Short of taking a trip to Istanbul, your best bet for finding the evil eye in the Valley is at Bernie's Beads. Owner Bernie Lawitz specializes in international beads, including the nazar variety. He has tons of the blue-and-white beads, not to mention a few historic ones that were crafted several thousand years ago. Lawitz's previous store, Beads Galore, was open for 40 years in Tempe before he closed down last year to move to his current location in Mesa. In addition to the evil eye, he stocks run-of-the-mill beads of every color and shape. No guarantees that those will turn your luck around.

Save your Spencer Pratt jokes, because being "into" crystals is totally en vogue. Don't buy it? Pop by CenPho shop Fantasia Crystals just north of Camelback Road on Seventh Street. There, you don't need expertise or any relation to Heidi Montag to indulge in occult, metaphysical, or Wiccan pursuits. Indeed, Fantasia is home to a School of Magickal Arts, where you can learn in courses on the basics of paganism, an intro to divination, and spell-casting. Not ready to commit to your inner Sabrina Spellman? No bother. Fantasia also offers in-store psychic readings, jewelry, and, of course, enough crystals to make the reality TV villain smile from ear to ear.

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