Centers and stores with ambiance for all.

By Heidi Bethel

Getting your Shop On

A day shopping is so much more than trying on clothes and swiping that card. Developers put a lot of work into creating personality to match the many shops you’ll find in the great centers of the Sierra. Let’s take a peek at some of these esthetic personalities offering outdoor experiences with fresh air …

Awestruck in South Tahoe

In between a run and some après ski, head to The Shops at Heavenly Village where your vista-loving soul will appreciate the beauty courtesy of Mother Nature along brick-lined walkways. Inside Powder House Sports you’ll find everything from the perfect fitting boot to the trendiest hat to adorn your noggin. theshopsatheavenly.com

Take a stroll through The Village Center and you’ll be delighted to find other sports outfitters including Tahoe Sports Ltd. This year-round outdoor sports retailer carries a wide selection of equipment that will leave you speeding down those black diamond runs. Going out for a night on the town? Savvy Lake Tahoe carries some cute women’s clothing and at Sidestreet Boutique you can outfit the whole family. villagecentertahoe.com

Take a peek inside Savvy

The Cork & More is a Napa-style market in the heart of Lake Tahoe. Definitely checkout their wine selection and indulge in some delicious nibbles. thecorkandmore.com

Tahoe City is for the hippies

Want to embrace your inner wallflower? Or how about snag a great pair of jeans? Then visit Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City. You should definitely checkout Trunk Show with a super fun approach to art and handmade products. With wares from over 70 local artists, the Bella Petunia Jewelry is handmade by the shop’s owner and a great memento celebrating your Tahoe adventure.  cobblestonetahoe.com

Trees and Truckee

On the main drag in Truckee you’ll find the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association with many businesses celebrating all things alpine. California 89 is a local clothier with designs inspired by the snow, the mountains, the water and the blue, blue skies this area is known for.  High Camp Home Designs carries decor ranging from sophisticated rustic design to contemporary mountain style with an earthy focus. historictruckee.com

Rustically rural

Along the Main Streets of Gardnerville and Carson City, you might just feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. As the capitol of the Silver State, downtown Carson City recently went under huge renovations and the hub is now bustling with business. Stop in Comma Coffee for a true treat. commacoffee.com

Comma Coffee
Enjoying a Cuppa at Comma Coffee

Nestled in the Carson Valley, you’ll find an interesting mix
of specialty shops like Polka Dots, dining options and gambling on Historic Main Street Gardnerville. If you’re hungry, be sure to grab a sandwich from Café Girasole. freshideasgiftshop.com; cafegirasole.com

Hipster chic from Midtown to Downtown

There are a slew of fun and fashionable stores dotting Reno’s Riverwalk, Cal Ave and MidTown Districts.  It’s always great to stroll the streets and support local artists giving this area that hip, entertaining personality its known for. Definitely plan some time to take in the murals and other creative adornments dotting these interesting walkways. renoriverwalk.org; downtownmakeover.com; renomidtowndistrict.com

If it’s clothing and jewelry you’re after, several outlets feature their own individual styles.  Culture is one of my favorites carrying modern fashions and accessories. Regarded as one of the top shops for Burning Man attire, The Melting Pot World Emporium offers cutting-edge couture, extreme tribal and casual street wear from around the globe. facebook.com/culturebabesinthewild; meltingpotworldemporium.com

Speaking of art … After viewing one of the amazing exhibitions hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, stop by the Museum Store where you’ll find an array of gifts and jewelry made by talented local artists. Proceeds from each purchase support the museum’s ongoing displays and educational programs. nevadaart.org

At Sticks in the Midtown District you’ll find a few charming shops and great restaurants. Swing by Sierra Belle for some super cute clothes and a nice selection of shades. And if you’re a yogi, they’ve got you covered at HelloYoga. shopsierrabelle.com; helloyogashop.com

Fancy and fashionable in South Reno

With Dillard’s as the anchor and many other classy stores along the way, The Summit lifestyle center offers the perfect way to spend a day in the city. During the holidays, they decorate beautifully with festive lights and special visits from Kriss Kringle. thesummitonline.com

Want something more local? Southcreek Center is home to several small businesses with big personality. G.J. Rhodes Gift and Home carries great decorations. For shoes and clothing, visit Home Means Nevada Co, Southcreek Clothing Co. and Shoe. shopsouthcreek.com

Sparks Legends
Outdoor shopping in Sparks

Smart and savvy Sparks

Looking for a great deal? How about a ride on a sky-high Ferris wheel? Head to Legends at Sparks Marina for some of the best outlet shopping this side of the Mississippi. At 295,000 square feet, Scheels All Sports is the largest sporting goods store in the world. This place is a mecca for gear and gadgets, plus they have some fun staging to explore. outletsatsparks.com  

With outlets ranging from Carter’s, Nike, Banana Republic, Converse, Old Navy, Volcom and Gap, there’s a bargain around every corner. Once you’ve filled the trunk with shopping bags, you can take a breather in a comfy seat inside the region’s only Gallery IMAX Theatres.

Sights to see abound while perusing the many unique shops and centers in Reno/Tahoe. Be sure to take it all in as you find the perfect memento to remember an amazing time.