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Newcomers’ Guide to Clothing, Accessories & Children’s Shopping in 2023

Frances
10 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-279-5467, francesvintage.com
Consistently voted one of Phoenix’s best boutiques in the Valley by PHOENIX magazine readers (it takes turns winning with Bunky Boutique, left), Jade Noble’s Frances stocks the cutest accessories, clothing and home décor, with a heavy slant toward local artists and craftspeople. Frances’ award-winning annual craft fair Crafeteria has showcased hundreds of Arizona makers.
(Photo by Nadya Sanchez/Courtesy Frances)

Bunky Boutique
1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-252-1323, bunkyboutique.com
Rachel Malloy’s beloved Downtown boutique – which introduced a novel bicycle delivery service during the pandemic – consistently wins Best of the Valley nods from editors and readers. Malloy’s mix of apparel, accessories, home goods and gifts is intoxicating. Most iconic is her AZ Love line, featuring an outline of The Grand Canyon State with a heart marking Phoenix’s location.

Carine
Multiple locations, shopcarine.com
Certified master tailor Carine Wang prides herself on her colorful and comfortable designs for women. They travel particularly well, since they’re made of a lightweight cotton/rayon blend that is breathable and doesn’t require ironing.

The Clotherie
2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-956-8600, theclotherie.com
This Valley classic has been dressing dapper fellas since 1969 – including a slew of celebrities. Buy off the rack or order a bespoke suit.

Manor
100 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-795-7378, manorphx.com
Saguaro-icon baseball hats, copious sneakers and masculine luggage make this Uptown haberdashery our pick for men’s threads.

Oh My Dog
7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-874-1200, ohmydogboutique.com
Have a petite pooch in need of spoiling? Head to this Old Town Scottsdale boutique, which specializes in grooming, day play, boarding and retail for dogs up to 30 pounds. Like the clients, the merch is crazy cute.

Phoenix General
Two Phoenix locations, phxgeneral.com
Phoenix General aims to be “the new general store” for chic Phoenicians who want to stock their homes with locally produced “Desert Modern” housewares, clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. Our favorites: creosote bundles, scorpion rings and Baggu bags.

Pink House Boutique
7009 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, 623-298-4766, pinkhouseboutique.com
This colorful shop in downtown Glendale evolved from a stand-alone store into a collaboration of pop-up shops featuring various designers and vendors. The boutique seamlessly marries rockabilly style with Hello Kitty accessories and ethereal bohemian maxidresses. Entering the shop feels like stepping into the closet of a woman who can make any trend her own.

Purple Lizard Boutique
2827 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-728-0980, purplelizardboutique.com
Purple Lizard Boutique specializes in traditional Mexican art, specifically pieces celebrating Día de los Muertos. But it’s owner Marguerite Tram’s singular personal style that draws devotees. She models her own merch like a Southwestern Diane Keaton: linen overalls, sack dresses, kimonos and smocks paired with floppy hats and ballet flats.

State Forty Eight
Two locations, statefortyeight.com
This industry trailblazer – founded by three Chandler friends – made the “Arizona pride” thing cool before it was cool. Its logo featuring an Arizona silhouette now rivals Barry Goldwater for raw iconic impact.

Vida Moulin
1215 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-633-4586, vidamoulin.com
Vida Moulin specializes in a “modern Bohemian, beach lifestyle.” Sounds good to us. Who wouldn’t want to slip on a breezy romper and feel like they’re a little closer to the beach? The boutique carries only independent brands – and offers not only apparel, but accessories, home decorations and gifts as well.

Watson’s Hat Shop
7100 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, 480-595-9777, watsonshatshop.com
Milliner Eric Watson offers a slew of ready-to-wear hats, but he can also handcraft a custom cowboy, fedora, dress or Panama hat with his circa-1860 equipment, based on the dimensions of your noggin. It’s true old-school cool.

CHILDREN’S

Arcadia Toys
5027 N. 44th St., Phoenix, 602-957-5066, urbanashop.com/arcadia-toys
Pop into Arcadia hot spot urbAna and you’ll find Arcadia Toys, a shop-within-a-shop specializing in the chicest infant and toddler toys, clothing and books.

Basically Bows & Bowties
7000 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-483-2697, basicallybows.com
This specialty kids shop lays claim to “the Southwest’s largest selection of handcrafted hair bows and hair accessories.” Its selection is indeed impressive: Buffalo plaid bowties, bowties with bells and ribbons, bowties printed with butterflies and unicorns and layered in gauze. Specialty bowties mark the seasons. The shop also carries other kids’ items, including clothing, accessories and toys.

Cheeky Chic Baby & Kids Boutique
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-907-5068, cheekychicbb.com
If your kid needs a Black Crowes raglan-sleeve shirt, a metallic leopard-print dress, a tie-dye jogger set or a trucker hat that says Natural Born Chiller, Scottsdale Quarter’s upscale children’s outfitter is the shop for you.

Hissyfits Kids Consignment Boutique
7036 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-674-1250, hissyfitsaz.com
Peruse gently used, high-end kids’ clothing, toys and furniture at this beloved CenPho shop, which also carries brand-new clothing, accessories, equipment and gifts. It’s an eclectic, ever-changing mix that’s always full of “finds.”

Kidstop Toys & Books
6990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 480-609-9012, kidstoptoys.com
You can buy a kid one gumball, or you can help them make their own tricked-out gumball machine with this DIY kit, one of hundreds of diversions at this jam-packed shop. From plush toys and picture books for infants and toddlers to science kits and card games for big kids and grown-ups, there is no “fun” stone unturned here.

Modern Milk
13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-999-1585, modernmilk.com
Lactation consultant Stephanie Nguyen set up her Scottsdale shop as a multi-use haven for new moms to see lactation consultants, take fitness classes and stock up on essentials and treats, from Lucy Darling books and milestone stickers to bottles and lactation cookies.

Strolleria
8425 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, 480-442-9433, strolleria.com
Amy and Drew Venzke’s Scottsdale baby boutique specializes in stylish baby gear, from strollers, car seats and booster seats to cribs, bouncers and high chairs. Not just any big-box store registry items will do for the Venzkes – they pride themselves on sourcing high-quality and often hard-to-find brands like Nuna, Stokke, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Clek and Thule.

Wildlings Toy Boutique
6031 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-283-4260, wildlingstoys.com
Jenn Mawcinitt draws from her experience working in special education to inform her Phoenix boutique, which specializes in inclusive toys for all abilities and developmental stages. She collaborates with other educators, therapists and specialists to ensure her “heirloom-quality” toys are educational as well as fun. Great selection of books, journals and mindfulness tools, too.

Zoolikins Children’s Boutique
7118 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, 480-878-4138, zoolikins.com, minisocialaz.com
Run by ethically minded moms, this locally owned jewel on Scottsdale’s Fifth Avenue stocks a carefully curated selection of eco-friendly baby toys, clothing, books, gifts and cloth diapers. They also operate Mini Social, a kid-friendly play café and event venue next door where parents can drink coffee, take classes and watch their children play.

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.

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