Here we include a short list of the most popular Random Curiosity, Grocery, Water, Hardware, and Nightlife resources in the Reno-Sparks area that burners with little time on their hands, or with some knowledge of the area, typically want to check off as a pit-stop before heading off to the playa.
Although this list 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…
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 – map – (Downtown)
Regular hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. 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, and other fashionable costuming, clothing, lingerie, stockings, corsets, tutus, booty shorts, 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, belts, poi, body paints and latex, body and eco-friendly lotions and oils, lip balms, 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 every day, 11am-7pm. Open 10:30am-8pm 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 unique 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, faux fur coats, band uniforms, purses, shoes, masks, hats, glasses, el-wire kits, jewelry, 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 fishnet to chain-malle to sexy, for both women and men. Items include a variety of coats, mini-coats, dresses, pants, shirts, vests, suits, tutus, corsets, lingerie, leggings, 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. Esther will also make something custom just for you, contact her by August 15 to get in your order.
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 — orders should be placed by no later than August 15!
1999 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-322-5427 – map – (Plumb Lane)
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.
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports
2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577 – map – (Pyramid)
Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat. 10am-6pm. Prism Magic Clothing is owned by Burners and is based on the principle of “Radical Self Expression”. Costumes, upcycled clothing for men and women, tie-dye, petticoats, incense, hoops, faux fur, plus sizes, el-wire, and much more for your project. Prism Magic also believes in supporting the local artist and has many textile artists on consignment. Check out the Temple 2011 art in the front garden!
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 and stores 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 Aug. 31 to September 4.
Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023 – map – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)
Open 8am-9pm daily. On Aug 25 and 26, open 7am-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, finally, a most wonderful service for last. Whole Foods is also participating in 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 Aug. 31 to September 4.
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, as well as organic products to the fullest extent possible. They have a wide variety of produce from currently 85 local farms, and 333 bulk foods including dried foods, cereals, energy bars, prepacked meals, dried fruits, seeds, frozen items, 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 up to 5 gallons with filtered water at 29 cents/gallon. Great Basin encourages burners to special-order for their bulk supplies for the playa — if you do so, you will receive a 15% discount! Check out their special ordering website or email for further information. In the special order section of the website you can view order catalogs and forms, deadlines, pick up dates. Call or email email@example.com for any questions 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.
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 Generator Community Art and Builders Space
1240 Icehouse Avenue – 775-232-5013 – map – (Pyramid Highway) and (Grand Sierra)
General hours Wed-Sun, noon-10pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours arrangement. The Generator is a new, fee-free, and radically-inclusive art and builders space, dedicated to year-round, as well as, 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. Or come check out what others are doing, volunteer, or donate tools and supplies. As of 2013, art installations sleighted for Black Rock City include Control Tower, Icthyosaur Puppet Project, Dawn Patrol, Like 4 Real, and several Regional CORE Effigy projects from around the world. If you are interested in building your art there, get in touch with Matthew Schultz.
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 — Jub Jub’s is located in the back.
Well, seeing how there may be some people who 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,” if you are wondering if there is any kind of affiliation between this place and the Jub Jub’s Theme Camp in Black Rock City, well, uhhhh….., you’ll just have to come find out for yourself. Regularly featuring 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. Oh and Fuck Your Day.