Best Gift Shop - 2013
After 21 years, Phoenix Rising owner Carrie Drda knows a thing or two about finding the elusive perfect gift for that special someone. "There's so much good stuff out there that it's hard to narrow it down," she says. So Drda stocked the friendly confines of her shop with everything from unique pieces of jewelry to bacon-related objects (two words: bacon soap) that appeal to everyone from the highest class of shopper to the most adolescent. The glass counter holds a tasteful and fashionable selection of necklaces, earrings and watches, though if one were in the market for the exact opposite, may we suggest a rubber Cardinals mask? And don't leave without perusing Drda's most popular item, the book I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.