Reno – Random Curiosities: Playawear, toys, arts, tattoos, piercings, and smokes
So you’ve got time to do some fun shopping in Reno before heading home to Black Rock City? Maybe you left your pink wig on your dresser underneath that Sari you also meant to bring? Perhaps you have some time to check out some local arts? There are plenty of strange, useful, and fun-to-explore shops and places in the Reno area, and here’s a place to find out more about them.
We’ve included businesses here that sell costume stuff, vintage, upcycled, or new fashionable clothing for the playa, wig shops, sex stores, tattoo and piercing galleries, tobacconists and purveyors of smoking accessories, electronics, variety stores of the old-fashioned kind, and other businesses that don’t easily fall into major categories. Also, a few places of art where you can find some installations that once graced Black Rock City.
Special note to those thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing to celebrate their Burning Man experience before/after the playa, you may just want to consider healing times and weather conditions in Black Rock City. It’s a lot easier to keep your new body art healthy and happy in the clean environment of your own home than it is in Black Rock City. Simply put, be careful!
To see what is nearby these places, follow the link to the appropriate shopping hub. You never know what you might find or where, but you may find more of what you need!
5025 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-0777 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open daily 10am-8pm. This is the place in the region to load up on beads and other gems for making and gifting jewelry.
Bellissima Beauty and Wig Salon
337 California Avenue – 775-786-1864 - (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Call for after hours arrangements. Owned and operated by Shawn and her â€świgged-outâ€ť work family, Carrie, Katie, PJ, Nancy and Terri, Bellissima has been providing wigs to customers in the Reno-Sparks area and beyond for 50 years. They have a large selection of high quality costume wigs in a variety of fun colors. Styles include Afro, Marilyn, pin-up, china doll, punk rocker and many others to complement your outfit. They can also create custom pieces to top-off your unique attire, but you’ll need to contact them by August 15 to ensure your wig is ready for the playa. They also offer a full service beauty salon, with cuts and coloring, and nail art.
Big Art for Small Towns
590 East Main Street - (Fernley)
The Black Rock Arts Foundation, the City of Fernley and the Burning Man Project collaborated to launch Big Art for Small Towns. The partners were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and with additional fundraising, have intalled three projects for installation in Fernley’s new park. The Bottle Cap Gazebo by Max Poynton and Andrew Grinberg, and the Rockspinner 6 by Zachary Coffin, lived once in Black Rock City. Desert Tortoise was created just for the park by local artist Pan Pantoja and reflects Fernley’s character, heritage and culture.
Black Hole Body Piercing
912 South Virginia Street – 775-329-6010 – (Downtown)
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. A full-service piercing studio owned by a female burner since 1995. The Black Hole carries a huge selection of jewelry for body piercing and stretched ears, and offers clean, private and group-viewing piercing rooms, using only single-piercing needles. The friendly and knowledgeable staff would be pleased to discuss any piercing questions or ideas you may have.
The Burner’s Market
A personal shopping service designed for those with little time or knowledge of where to get supplies in the area, particularly for those flying in. Offering various camping items as well as packages at lowest prices with life on the go and the playa in-mind. Shop with them by visiting their website, and then you will be able to pick up your supplies near the Reno Airport once you land. Finally, they have a Take Back program post-event, where they will take back recyclable items you bought, repurpose them for donation, and give you a coupon for a purchase with them by you the following year. Contact them through their website for further info.
99 North Virginia Street – 775-323-3221 – (Downtown)
One of our favorite theatre and production companies, founded and operated mostly by burners to create and share the experience of innovative theatre. Call ahead or check out the website for shows and times.
Charlie B Gallery
200 Main Street, Suite 1 – 775-575-7333 – (Fernley)
Special hours during Burning Man: Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. House to a variety of arts from around the world and one of Fernley’s and Nevada’s best-kept secrets, if you love vintage and contemporary art and pottery, this is a wonderful place to get lost in for an hour or two. You can find some vintage hats and jewelry for life on the playa, but we mainly include this place here in case you have some free time looking to do something and would like to see some really great art at very reasonable prices while you’re in Fernley. Highly recommended you check this place out for some art-reentry.
Classy Seconds Thrift Store
411 Hot Springs Road # 1 – 775-841-7081 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm.
Controlled Burn - 775-686-9608
Controlled Burn is an amazing and long-established Reno-area fire performance troupe that can be of great help to other fire performers and troupes travelling through looking for replacement wicking, a practice space or community burn, or performance opportunities in the area. Check their website and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and further info.
The Doll House
1092 South Virginia Street – 775-337-6060 – (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 — orders should be placed by no later than August 15!
Dressed Like That
711 South Virginia Street – (Downtown)
Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Call ahead for special hours. Carrying upscale vintage wear for women, including dresses, rompers, bathing suits, petticoats, shorts, parasols, jewelry, and snoods, as well as providing skin services and products.
Eagle Eye Charters
730 Basin Road – 866-958-7688 – 775-574-0900 – 775224-9815 – (Nixon)
Open daily 6am-7pm. A very hospitable and knowledgeable crew providing both 2 hour (Anajo Island, The Stone Mother, The Pyramid) and 4 hour (the entire lake, stopping at various points of interest) tours on a 28.5′ bayliner.
Friends in Service Helping Thrift Store
138 East Long Street – 775-882-6334 – (Carson City)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1pm-4pm.
The Generator Community Art and Builders Space
1240 Icehouse Avenue – 775-232-5013 - (Pyramid Highway) and (Grand Sierra Resort)
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.
Goodwill Thrift Store
6407 South Virginia Street – 775-853-7606 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Fair collection of recycled clothing for everyone.
Happy Happy Joy Joy
955 South Virginia Street – 775-562-1113 - (Downtown)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Carries light up objects, masks, hula hoops, toys, bike horns and bells, and various other gadgets and doodads for both adults and kids.
1274 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2661 – (Downtown)
Open daily 10am-4pm, call ahead for special hours. Thrift store carrying lots of used bicycles, as well as bike trailers, vintage wear, goggles, used carpets, tutus, poodle skirts, and knick-knacks. Best to call beforehand to reserve a bike.
Junkees Clothing Exchange
960 South Virginia Street – 775-322-5868 – (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!
Label’s Consignment Boutique
601 West 1st Street – 775-825-6000 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A large variety of recycled vintage, classy clothing, including tutus and faux fur coats, designed primarily with women in mind.
The Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 - (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.
1999 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-322-5427 – (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 … and at pretty good prices. 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, 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.
201 Keystone Avenue – 775-284-8841 - (Keystone)
Open Mon-Sat 11am-6pm. The Nest is part vintage urban clothing boutique, part upscale thrift store. A really nice selection of clothing for women, including dresses, hats, jewelry, purses, shoes, scarves, pants, wedding dresses, wigs, and tutus. For men, suits, ties, boots, and belts.
Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street – 775-329-3333 – 775-329-1541 – (Downtown)
Open Wed-Sun. 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm. Reno’s largest art museum, and bringing a little more of the playa through art exhibitions and installations to Reno every year — most notably Kate Raudenbush’s Guardian of Eden.
1413 South Virginia Street – 775-827-9933 - (Plumb Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Owned by burners Laura and Philip, having El-wire and all things blinky, locally made faux fur clothing, utilikilts, hats, sarongs, gifts and all sorts of gift mementos on-hand.
2825 Northtowne Lane – 775-358-2228 – (Northtowne)
Open Mon-Wed 9:30am-8:30pm, Thur-Fri 9:30am-9pm, Sat 8:30am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Carrying general cheap party supplies.
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
655 South Virginia Street – 775-420-5050 – (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 Potentialist Workshop
2275 Dickerson Road – 775-391-0278 - (Keystone)
An exciting experiment in collaborative space showing over-the-edge local theater and film productions, very popular among the local arts scene. Closeby and kindred to the Reno Art Works, highly recommended you check some of the productions out if you are in town and have some spare time! Call ahead for current showings and times.
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports
2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577 – (Pyramid Highway)
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.
Pyramid Lake Museum & Visitors Center Gift Shop
709 State Street – 775-574-1080 – (Nixon)
Open Wed-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Provides a moving history of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe history and culture and of the lake and environs. The Center will also be having a special Arts and Crafts event just for Burners on Saturday August 23 from 10am-4pm. This will be an absolutely invaluable opportunity to check out and acquire some art created by Tribe members before heading off to Burning Man!
140 East Maine Street #C – 775-742-0200 - (Fernley)
Open Wed-Sat noon-5pm, but call ahead for possible extended hours or after-hours appointment. A brand new shopping experience in Fernley, carrying used and upcycled, as well as painted, clothing for primarily women, including dresses, scarves, shoes and other accessories. Burners very welcome.
Reno Art Works (RAW)
1995 Dickerson Road – 775-391-0278 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Fri noon-7pm, Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. A relatively new collective of local artists, art spaces, and galleries, many of them inspired by Burning Man. If you have some spare time and want to check out some of the local avant garde, this is one of the best places to start.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
420 Highway 40 West – 775-345-2620 – (Verdi)
Open daily 7am-8pm.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
1962 Pyramid Way – 775-353-2140 – (Pyramid Highway)
Open daily 7am-8pm.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Smoke Shop
2001 East 2nd Street – 775-329-2972 – 775-329-0275 – (Grand Sierra Resort)
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony-Smoke Shop
11450 South Virginia – 775-852-4010 – (South Meadows Parkway)
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Salvation Army Thrift Store
1925 Sutro Street – 775-688-4588 – 775-688-4589 – (Downtown)
Open 9am-6pm, closed Sundays. Pretty big thrift store with clothing, costume, rugs and some camping supplies.
3800 Kietzke Lane – 775-284-4350 – (Moana)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Primarily clothing (costume ideas?!) will be found at this largest of thrift stores in the area, with really good prices. All Saver’s stores are affiliated with local charities, and the socially-conscious buyer who spends money here is helping support Friends of National Multiple Sclerosis in Reno.
Sierra Water Gardens
2110 Dickerson Road – 775-622-4090 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A really delightful place to get away from the city for a while. Located right next the Truckee River, Sierra Water Gardens may make you feel like you are in Japan. And really delightful people. But you can also get custom made, high-quality fire pits and tiki torches made out of metal and nice for the playa.
Sippees for Kids!
955 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2110 - (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!
SPCA Thrift Store
401 Vine Street – 775-324-7776 – (Keystone)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.
St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop
500 East Fourth Street – 775-322-7073 – map
Open Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Thrift store offering clothing and accessories, rugs and couches. You can also donate camping supplies in good condition back to them. Finally, they also have a food pantry to feed people homeless or transient, so you can also donate food to them — call them for more info and donation instructions.
Toys R Us
5000 Smithridge Drive – 775-827-8697 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
480 East Main Street, Suite 220 – 775-291-6806 - (Fernley)
Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Offering a widely eclectic mix of artful items and refined recyclables, including clothing, jewelry, decor, and furniture.
1503 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2711 – (Plumb Lane)
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
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