Reno is most known for its casinos and spectacular scenery. But shopping in Reno is coming of age. Shopping centers are springing up in every part of the metro area, older shopping centers are getting facelifts, small boutiques and shops are on the rise, and shopping districts like Wells Avenue, California Avenue, and downtown Reno coming back to life. So take a break from gambling and oohing and ahhing at the scenery of the High Sierras and Lake Tahoe and go out for a little retail therapy during your stay.
With waterfalls, fire pits, and art, the Legends at Sparks Marina is fun just to experience even if you don't have any shopping to do.
There are dozens of stores and restaurants; some are Best Buy, Kenneth Cole Factory Store, Bath and Body Works, Bose Factory Store, GameStop, Banana Republic Factory Store, Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen, Fuddrucker's, and Grimaldi's Pizzeria.
Just about every big brand that was missing from Reno has set up shop at The Summit. Everything is upscale and first-class at this outdoor mall. If you aren't into walking, a Summit shuttle runs shoppers around the center.
Stores include Dillard's, Century Theatres, Williams-Sonoma, Picasso & Wine, just to name a few.
Reno's only regional mall under a roof is a great place to shop, especially when the weather is funky (i.e., too hot or too cold). The mall has several wings radiating from a central plaza.
Stores include Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, Dick's Sporting Goods, Coach, and Build-a-Bear Workshop. Most of the stores are national chains, with a few local shops sprinkled in here and there.
If you are looking for a non-mall, unique shopping experience, check out the California Avenue shopping district. Near downtown Reno between Virginia Street and Arlington, California Avenue is where you'll find small, locally owned shops and restaurants like The Blue Plate, Peg's Glorified Ham and Eggs, The Cheese Board, Cafe Musee, Campbell Art Studio & Gallery, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Shoe, and College Cyclery.
You'll find an interesting collection of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and a movie theater, along the Truckee River corridor in downtown Reno.
Wells Avenue has been literally raised from the dead through efforts from the City of Reno, local businesses, and area residents. This is the most mixed-up shopping area in Reno, which is a good thing. Where else can you find an Irish pub next to a Mexican foods market next to a Southern barbecue restaurant?
Outlets at Sparks has a long list of factory stores of national chains that include Converse, OshKosh B'Gosh, Levi's, Lane Bryant, and Van's. Stop into Fuddrucker's, O'Cleary's, or Grimaldi's Pizzeria for some R&R or check out the latest IMAX movie at the Galaxy Theatre at the mall.