Reno - Hot Stops
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Here we include a short list of the most popular resources in the Reno-Sparks area that many burners typically want to check off as a pit-stop before heading off to the playa. Although this list also reflects our favorite shops, we do defer to experience here in pointing out that, although they are somewhat scattered around the region, there is a reason why these shops are so popular during the burner migrations. Read on for the details…
The Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 – map – (Downtown)
Regular hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Around the time of Burning Man, open earlier and as late as 9pm. Call ahead for special hours. Family-owned and operated by burners Monique, Eric, and Kaz, this wonderful place is also a year-round and longtime favorite of the local and world burner community, getting bigger and better all the time. Lots and lots of great, exotic, ethnic, futuristic, retro, steampunk, eastern, animal and other fashionable costuming, clothing and UV reactive clothing, lingerie, stockings, corsets, tutus, booty shorts, belts and utility belts, boots, shoes, leg warmers, goggles, bags, jewelry, masks, hats, pasties, capes, wings, hoola hoops, playa-safe boas, parasols, a large variety of fire tools, ready-to-go el-wire kits, light toys, flags, tapestries, playa gifts, backpacks, camel-bags, poi, body paints and latex, body and eco-friendly lotions and oils, lip balms, pipes and smoking tools, portable ashtrays, books and dvd’s about Burning Man, Burning Man calendars, and other curiosities. Also a section of fun clothing just for kids too! All-in-all, a great place to meetup with other burners and for local info.
Junkees Clothing Exchange
960 South Virginia Street – 775-322-5868 – map – (Downtown)
Open 11am-7pm every day, but 10am-7pm on Saturday. Extended hours during Burning Man, call ahead for special hours. Owned and operated by burners Jessica and Troy and crew, and focused principally on providing exceptional and uniquely tailored customer service, Junkee Clothing Exchange is a wonderful journey backwards, forwards, and sideways in both time and space. You will find a HUGE and MASSIVE variety of very affordable vintage recycled, upcycled, custom, and one-of-a-kind clothing for women and men, including exotic and fun costumes, dresses, hats, scarves, corsets, tutus, vests, tunics, suits, jumpsuits, bikinis, faux fur coats, band uniforms, purses, shoes, masks, hats, glasses, el-wire kits, jewelry, shoes, boots, boot covers and other accessories for funkee life on the playa. They can be especially helpful to you in finding costume ideas. Also a place to sell or trade back, recycle your playawear! Just can’t rave enough about this place!
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
655 South Virginia Street – 775-420-5050 – map – (Downtown)
Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. During Burning Man season, open daily 10am-8pm, but call ahead for after-hours possibilities. Recently expanded, Polyesther’s is noted for it’s custom-made line of wild and fun fashion-ware, unique to the life of Black Rock City and beyond. Designs by Esther and other designers, you will find upcycled as well as brand-new clothing and costumes ranging from vintage to Renaissance to Steampunnk to faux to industrial to disco to sexy, for both women and men. Items include a variety of coats, mini-coats, dresses, pants, shirts, vests, suits, tutus, corsets, lingerie, leggings, hip belts, gloves, belts, ponchos, boot toppers and covers, vests, pants, hats, wigs, halos, wings, bikini-wear, el-wire kits, LED toys and hokey spokes (for bikes), el-wired and weighted hoola-hoops, hand-painted parasols, wigs, masks, and jewelry. And you can also get your hands on their own line of LED-lit and patterned faux fur clothing by Lightning Fur and Firefly Lighting.
The Doll House
1092 South Virginia Street – 775-337-6060 – map – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. During Burning Man, call for after-hours. The Doll House is the place to get some of the sexiest custom-made outfits and costumes for the playa, including spandex pants, booty shorts, mini-pleated skirts, bikinis, tops, fishnet stockings in a wide variety of colors and designs, fur clothing and accessories, feather earrings, pasties, eye lashes, and a large selection in boots and shoes. Some sexy wear such as booty shorts, thongs, and boots for men too. Also carrier of men-magnet lotions and lip gloss. Owner and burner Jeanne specializes in sewing stretch fabrics, including lames and other wild fabrics, and she also carries a large variety from other brands. Custom outfits possible — call for more info.
1999 South Virginia Street, #B – 775-322-5427 – map - (Plumb Lane) and (Downtown)
Right on Hillcrest off of Virginia Street, Menagerie is located then immediately on your right in the strip mall. Open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm. Hours during Burning Man 11am-8pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. The Menagerie is burners-owned and operated, providing THE LARGEST selection and variety of costumes for purchase and rental in Northern Nevada. Focusing primarily on very good quality, custom-made costumes, hats, masks, wigs, and many other accessories formerly used in movie or stage sets, there’s just about everything for everyone. If you want to be an alien, cowboy, renaissance princess, prom queen, roman legionary, clown, movie diva, monster, star trekkie, gangster, rabbit, alligator, loonie tunes cartoon character, … you just about name it, they probably have it! Note: some items not rentable for going to Burning Man — they have to be cleanable. They also carry el-wire and el-wired clothing, morph suits, playa-ideal makeups and body paints, wigs, masks, tutus, corsets, faux fur vests, booties, leggings, and hats, and various accessories. Anything not fitting? Alterations possible. Call for custom orders and questions.
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports
2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577 – map – (Pyramid)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm. Open Sunday August 24. Extended hours, call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Owned and managed by Burners and based on the principle of “Radical Self Expression”, Prism Magic provides new and upcycled clothing and costumes for men and women in all sizes, tie-dye, petticoats, incense, hoola hoops, faux fur, glasses and goggles, body paints and makeup, hats, el-wire ..and much more. Prism Magic also believes in supporting the local artist and has many textile artists on consignment.
Sippees for Kids!
955 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2110 - map - (Downtown)
Open daily 10am-6pm. Ok, if you are bringing your children to the playa, you absolutely must get them some cool duds as well. Right?! And they should also have as much fun as you do while shopping in Reno. Right!? You then have to take them to Sippees — this is THE place to hook them up with a good time and some great new or upcycled clothes, costumes, accessories, and treats of all kinds and for ages 12 and younger. Recently opened and owned by burners Jessica and Troy, who also own Junkee’s right across the street, your kids (and you) will have a great time at Sippees!
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150 – map – (Keystone Ave)
Open 24/7 for Burning Man. This Save Mart every year increasingly goes out of their way for burners, and is the most popular spot among veteran burners on their way to the playa. Water, bicycles, el-wire, many other supplies, and ridesharing opportunities found here in abundance. A one-stop shop if there is one! See the listing in the Keystone hub for the full details.
And like some other Save Marts in the region, they also will again be part of the Exodus Trash and Recycling Network following Burning Man, having a convenient center to dispose of all of your recyclables and trash. Recycling is free and trash disposal is available at $5 per 35-gallon trash bag. Recyclables should be clean, sorted, and debagged before depositing in the appropriate containers. Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1,2,3,4&5), plastic bags, glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and non-perishable food and water are all welcome. Human and other hazardous waste is absolutely prohibited! And PLEASE be polite and respectful, as they are providing a TREMENDOUS service to our community, one we should not take for granted. All proceeds raised from recyclables will be donated to support new local Black Rock Solar installations, and food and water will be donated to local food banks. The center will be open 24/7 from August 30 to September 3.
Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023 – map – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Sun-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10pm. On Aug 23, 24 and 25, open 8am-midnight. One of our favorite places, and very popular among many burners, Whole Foods is the largest healthy food store in the region, with a HUGE variety of high-quality foods, booze, and body products. Notably they will have lots of bulk water in 2.5 and 5 gallon sizes, organic and top-notch produce, ready-to-go meals and powders, juices, bulk foods, raw foods, energy bars, imported and domestic delicacies, trail mixes, coconut water, energy drinks, and a huge selection of wines, beers, and spirits. They also have a section of fun playa-fashionable clothing and accessories — el-wire kits, hats, vests, shirts, pants, dresses, coats, goggles, sunglasses, etc. And pre-orders are highly encouraged (call the store).
And, finally, a most wonderful service for last — Whole Foods is again be part of the Exodus Trash and Recycling Network following Burning Man, having a convenient center to dispose of all of your recyclables and trash. Recycling is free and trash disposal is available at $5 per 35-gallon trash bag. Recyclables should be clean, sorted, and debagged before depositing in the appropriate containers. Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1,2,3,4&5), plastic bags, glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and non-perishable food and water are all welcome. Human and other hazardous waste is absolutely prohibited! And PLEASE be polite and respectful, as they are providing a TREMENDOUS service to our community, one we should not take for granted. All proceeds raised from recyclables will be donated to support new local community projects, and food and water will be donated to local food banks. The center will be open 6am-11pm daily from August 30 to September 3.
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621 – map – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open 8am-10pm daily and later during Burning Man. Call ahead for special hours. One of our favorite places, and a VERY hot spot among local and world burners, Trader Joe’s has a huge variety of unique and yummy foods, delicacies, drinks, body products, and booze absolutely ideal for playa life, …and at great prices! Notable items include bulk-water, coconut water, produce, energy bars, dried fruits and nuts, juices, frozen, jarred and canned delicacies, and thermal coolers for carrying around.
Great Basin Community Food Co-Op
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133 - map - (Downtown)
Open daily 8am-9pm. Call or email for possible after-hours appointment. The wonderful people of Reno's only community-owned food co-op are committed to providing and supporting local, sustainable and organic products to the fullest extent possible. They have a wide variety of produce from currently 85 local farms and 333 bulk foods including but not limited to dried foods, nuts, seeds, cereals, energy bars, pre-packed meals, juices, coconut water, craft beers and organic wines, as well as lotions, toiletries and other bodily care items. If you bring your owner containers, you'll receive a 5-cent discount on each item. And you can fill up your water containers for FREE for up to 5 gallons with filtered water (or 29 cents/gallon for another 5 gallons and up). The Co-op will also have deep case discounts on essential items like specialty waters (coconut, sparkling, alkaline), energy bars and pre-packaged foods, just to mention a few. Great Basin VERY MUCH encourages burners to pre-order for their bulk supplies for the playa — you will receive a 15% discount by doing so. Check out their special ordering website or email for further information. In the special order section of the website you can view pre-order forms, deadlines and pick up dates. Call or email email@example.com for any questions, request, or help.
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111 – map – (Moana)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-3pm, but will have special (8am-8pm) hours for Burning Man – call ahead for possible after-hours appointments. Located near Reno-Tahoe International Airport off US-395. Simply Water's purified water is 40 cents per gallon, and they are able to fill any-sized container – including RV’s. They also stock a wide variety of bottles and jugs in sizes ranging from 1/2 liter to 5-gallon.
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893 - map - (Oddie)
Open daily 10am-6pm with two vending machines operating 24 hours. Open 9am – 9pm from Aug. 20 – Aug. 29. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Very accommodating, Fresca Waterhouse provides water purified by reverse-osmosis at 40 cents per gallon, can also fill RV water tanks and large drums. 15, 30 and 55-gallon water barrels available for RENT. You can also buy water bottles up to 7 gallons, collapsible bottles, as well as spigots, caps and pumps. Now also accepting Bit Coin. Can reserve your drum rental or bottle order in advance and ready for pickup.
Twin City Surplus
1675 East 4th Street – 775-323-5630 – map – (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Aug. 22-26 9am-7pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. Long-time mega-magnet for burners, this place has a little of everything. They will have the usual 5, 15, 35 and 55-gallon water barrels — will even let you fill them up there, and they will buy them back from you. They also have a large selection of military and standard tents, tarps, parachutes, netting, solar screen, conduit, rope, sleeping bags, stoves and other camping supplies, tools, lanterns, goggles, el-wire kits, headlamps, bike lights, clothing, hats, backpacks, camelbaks, some costumery, and a huge variety of military-wear. Check out their website for their hot items, and they will pull items for you ahead for you to come by and pick up.
Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
1215 South Virginia Street – 775-337-1200 – map – (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm. One of the few hardware stores owned by burners in town that is as well independently seeking to meet the shade and camping needs of the burning man participant. Stocking up on a wide variety of playa-specific hardware, camping, and lighting needs.
Lowe’s Home Improvement
5075 Kietzke Lane – 775-824-4750 – map – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sun 8am-8pm. A bit larger than Home Depot, but just as friendly to burners, carrying all the basic building supplies for your shade or camp, flashlights, batteries, rebar, and other goods you might want…
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1355 Scheels Drive – 775-412-4540 – map - (Vista)
Open Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 8am-8pm. A bit larger than Home Depot, but just as friendly to burners, carrying all the basic building supplies for your shade or camp, flashlights, batteries, rebar, and other goods you might want…
5125 Summit Ridge Drive – 775-787-9690 – map – (West McCarran and Mae Anne Ave.)
Open Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sun 7am-8pm. Stocked with all the basic building supplies for your shade or camp, flashlights, batteries, rebar, and other goods you might want.
6590 South Virginia Street – 775-851-9600 – map – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat, 6am-9pm, Sun 7am-8pm. This Home Depot sets up an area specifically for Burners, stocked with all the basic building supplies for your shade or camp, flashlights, batteries, rebar, and other goods you might want.
The Morris Burner Hotel / Hostel
400 East Fourth Street – 775-327-1171 - map - (Downtown)
The already world-famous and first-of-its-kind Morris Hotel and Hostel, founded and owned by burner Jungle Jim, and created and operated by many burners in the local burner community, is a hotel, hostel, art space, performance venue, and membership community and experiment inspired by and seeking to extend our culture beyond the playa for the world burner community. Among the many noteworthy features is that guest hotel rooms have been been uniquely styled by local artists, all guests can participate in communal meals, there are nearby restaurants with discounts for guests of the Morris, events happening all the time (such as outdoor concerts and movie nights), an in-house tv and radio station, wifi, and visitors, volunteers, artists and donations are very much welcome and appreciated. The Morris should also be afire during the month of August and September, particularly around the week of Burning Man, and there is even talk about “virgin boot camps” for newbie burners and various events. If you would like to inquire about a room or bed and daily or weekly rates, or for any questions, you should SEND AN EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note, rooms/beds are likely to fill up fast, so best to RSVP ASAP. Also suggested that you join their community page on Facebook here.
The Generator Community Art and Builders Space
1240 Icehouse Avenue – 775-232-5013 – map - (Pyramid Highway) and (Grand Sierra)
General hours Wed-Sun, noon-10pm. For much of August and September, EMAIL for info and hours around Burning Man season to email@example.com. The Generator is still a relatively new, fee-free and radically-inclusive art and builders space, dedicated to year-round and playa-specific projects. If you are self-motivated and looking for other dedicated builders, who are also fun visionaries thriving on being part of a larger experiment in creative community, you can and probably want to build your own art project there too. VOLUNTEERS, TOOLS AND SUPPLIES ALWAYS WELCOME! Or feel free to come check out what is going on! As of 2014, art installations sleighted for Black Rock City include Embrace, Library of Babel, Hayum Temple to Sunlight, Camp Above the Limit!, the Black Rock City Library, and various Souk and other projects and mutant vehicles from around the world. If you are interested in building your art there, get in touch with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
71 South Wells Avenue – 775-384-1652 – map – (Downtown)
Open daily 2pm-whenever! Look for the giant monkey and “FYD” on the side of the building. Seeing how some people are eager for some local burner scenery mixed with firewater and grit, we just had to include Jub Jub’s here among the areas Hot Stops. Owned and operated by Burners, and known as “The Fucking Classiest Dive Bar in Reno,” Jub Jub’s regularly features great drink specials, live music, free bad advice and cheesy jokes. This is the best place in town to stir with other bizarre and fun personalities, events and games. Fuck Your Day!
Grand Sierra Resort
2500 East 2nd Street – 775-789-2000 – 800-501-2651 – map - (Grand Sierra Resort)
Grand Sierra Resort is one of the most popular stops after Burning Man as they offer pretty good rates and throw a massive party every year after Burning Man just for us.
The area’s largest hotel resort and very burner-friendly Grand Sierra is offering a discount of 50% off its prevailing rates for members of our community during August 22-28 and 15% off after Burning Man. When calling or booking online for reservations, give this discount code: BURN14.
Their massive party will be Sep. 1-4 — Depressurization Music and Art Festival will feature dj’s and live acts at the new ultra-modern, elegant and unruly nightclub Lex, and at the pool and other venues.
Grand Sierra also has top-notch restaurants, bars, shopping boutiques, a bowling center, movie theater, park rides and golf range.
Finally, they have a year-round RV park with greywater service, but, for just our community, they will have a parking lot set off for overnight RV parking.
Please send your feedback and suggestions to renopages(at)burningman(dot)com.
Need more info? Try: Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority, Reno News and Review, Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno Magazine, Reno Tahoe Tonight, National Traffic and Road Closure Information, PlayReno, NevadaNet, goTahoe.com, Tahoe.com, Fernleynews.com.