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This page was last updated on January 11, 2014.

 

The Civilized Explorer Reno Supplies Shopping Page

 

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Area Code -- The area code for Reno is 775.

For people with a need to buy stuff on the way to Burning Man - either because they flew into Reno or they forgot to stop by Trader Joe's, here are some stores in Reno and Sparks. Also included is information about where to buy water, ice, clothes, camping supplies, and anything else that sounded interesting to us. Reno continues to grow, with most construction in the south part of town along Rt. 395. This area is flush with national chains for stores and restaurants - there is very little worth going out of your way to get to. However, if you are driving in from the south, you've got a lot of businesses adjacent to the freeway, which can be convenient.

The second part of this page is Shopping by Freeway Exit, a list of stores at each freeway exit. My thought is that this can be printed out and used to identify one or two exits that will have everything you need. Let me know how this works for you!

If you want to know about road construction in downtown Reno, go to the City of Reno's Road Closures page. You can also check out live video of the Reno Skyline, the Truckee River, and Virginia St. in downtown Reno.

 

 



 

Specific Stores of Burning Man Interest

 

Melting Pot

1049 S. Virginia St 322-9445 - The Melting Pot closes during Burning Man so they can attend. Clearly an enlightened business, stop by if you have time before or after the event. They sell Burning Man tickets, incense, drums, hemp, tie dye, pipes, sarongs, masks, belly dancing apparel, bindis, henna, rugs, and Burning Man books. They moved a few blocks south after Burning Man 2006. From Route 80, take Exit 13 (S. Virginia St.) The store is about 1.5 miles down on the right (half a block north of Vassar). From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • west on E. Plumb Lane• right onto S. Kietzke Lane • left onto Vassar • right onto S. Wells. (This trip is just under 2 miles from the Exit.)

 

Twin City Surplus

1675 E. 4th St. (888) 323-5630 - Local 323-5630 - Open 8-6 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 Sunday. This Big Red Barn provides camping and military surplus supplies. This is a phenomenal place - it's huge and has the largest assortment of various surplus stuff I've ever seen. Fire suits, water barrels, gloves, tents, tarps, goggles, parachutes, military lip balm, etc. They have helped supply Burning Man for years and are accustomed to helping Europeans and other folks from outside the US supply their entire camp. This year, they've contributed gear worth $700 to a Reno radio station giveaway for Burning Man. It's almost worth going even if you don't need anything, just to talk to them and other Burners. We've also done our own web page of pictures from the Big Red Barn. To get there from Route 80, take Exit 14 • south on Wells Ave • east (left) on E. 4th St. • it's 8 blocks down on your left. To get there from Route 395, take the Route 80 exit east • Exit 16 (Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.) • right onto E. 4th • west 4 blocks - it's on your right.

 

Steve's Army Surplus

Steve's Army Surplus at 3000 Mill St. 828-1199  is on the corner of Greg St. and Mill St. near the Grand Sierra Resort and the airport.  From eastbound Route 80, 15 (US 395 south to Carson City) • go 1.6 mile • take Exit 66 (Mill St.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto Mill St. • 0.4 mile and it's on the right.   From northbound Route 395, take Exit 66 (Mill St.)• turn right onto Mill St. and it's 2 blocks down the street on the right.  Smaller than Twin City Surplus, but with the owners Steve and Cathie Hinkle, you can easily find what you need.  They stock up on stuff Burners need.

 

Prism Magic

Prism Magic is on your way to Burning Man if you take Rt. 445. It is run by Burners, they will fit you out with all the playa clothes you need - and you can support other Burners by shopping here. 2161 Pyramid Way, Sparks 356-5577 From Rt. 80, take Exit 18, Rt. 445/Pyramid Way, at the end of the off-ramp turn left onto Pyramid Way • go 1.2 miles and it's in the Pyramid shopping center on the left.  Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 7 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm.

 

Polyesters Costume Boutique

Polyesters Costume Boutique  655 S. Virginia St. 420-5050 Fur, LED, lightning fur, EL wire, steam punk - all your Burning Man needs!  Open Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.  From eastbound Rt. 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St/Downtown Reno) • go south on Virginia 1.1 miles and it's on your right.  From northbound Rt. 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go 0.3 mile and keep left at the fork (follow signs for Air Cargo) • turn left onto E. Plumb Lane • go 1.2 miles and turn right onto S. Virginia St.  It's 1 mile down the road on your left just after the Ponderosa Hotel.

 

Big K Mart

In Sparks, Big K is at 2125 Oddie Blvd Sparks 358-5050 From Route 80, take Exit 15 (Rt. 395) • north on Rt 395 • Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd) • right on Oddie 0.8 miles to Big K.

 

Target

6845 Sierra Center Parkway 853-8900 From Rt. 395, take Exit 62, Neil Rd • go east on Neil Rd. • turn right onto S. Virginia St. • left at the first stoplight onto Sierra Center Parkway. The store is immediately on the right.

 

Trader Joe's

5035 S. McCarran Blvd. 826-1621 - What would Burning Man be without at least 2 bags of groceries from Trader Joe's? Fortunately, Reno is also blessed with a store for those who remembered they forgot to get the Combat Juice Blend somewhere outside Truckee and for those who fly into town. Located in Smithridge Plaza, across McCarran Blvd. from Meadowood Mall. From Route 395, take Exit 63 (S. Virginia St. - Kietzke Lane) • east on McCarran. The mall is just east of Route 395. Claims to be open 9 am to 9 pm.

 

Costco

There are 2 stores, one in Reno, close to the airport, and one in Sparks, convenient if you take Pyramid Highway to the playa. Both are open Monday - Friday 10:00am - 8:30pm , Saturday 9:30am - 6:00pm , and Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm.

 

2200 Harvard Way 689-2200‎  From Route 395, take Exit 65A (Plumb Lane) if you are coming from the north, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) if you are coming from the south  • go west on E. Plumb Lane for 0.3 mile • turn left onto Harvard Way at the first traffic light and Costco is ahead on the left. 

 

4810 Galleria Parkway, Sparks 356-4400  From Rt. 80, take Exit 18, Rt. 445/Pyramid Way, at the end of the off-ramp turn left onto Pyramid Way • go 3.2 miles and turn right onto Shoppers Way • go 0.3 mile and turn left onto Galleria Parkway • go 0.1 mile and you're there! 

 

Home Depot

They've got 5 locations in Reno, thanks to good old American capitalism. I believe they are all open Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm and Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

5125 Summit Ridge Ct 787-9690 - From Route 80 take Exit 10, McCarran Blvd. • bear right to go south onto S. McCarran Blvd. • continue on the ramp and then bear right onto Summit Ridge Court. Go straight at the stop sign. This is the first Home Depot you'll find if you are coming from California.

2955 Northtowne Ln in Reno 674-2900 - From Route 80, take Exit 15 (US 395 north toward Susanville) • go 0.8 mile and take Exit 70A (N. McCarran Blvd) • turn right onto N. McCarran Blvd • go 0.2 mile and turn left onto Northtowne Ln.  It's immediately on the left.  This is on the north end of Reno and is convenient if you are going to shops on Oddie Blvd.

6590 S Virginia St 851-9600 - From Route 395 take Exit 62, Neil Rd. • left onto Neil Rd. • right onto S. Virginia. This is in the southern part of town, most convenient if you are approaching Reno from Carson City.

1001 Steamboat Pkwy, 851-6003 Convenient if you are approaching Reno from Carson City. From Route 395, take Exit 59, Damonte Ranch Pkwy, • turn right onto Damonte Ranch Pkwy • go 0.6 mile, then turn left onto Steamboat Pkwy.

4655 Galleria Pkwy, Sparks 354-2245 Convenient if you take Pyramid Highway to Burning Man. From Route 395, take Exit 70, N. McCarran Blvd. (this is NORTH of Route 80) • turn right onto N. McCarran • go 1.8 miles and then turn left onto Pyramid Way • go 1.6 miles, then turn right onto Shopper's Way • go 0.3 mile and then turn right onto Galleria Pkwy.

 

Lowe's Home Improvement

They've got 2 locations in the area.

 1355 Scheels Dr. 412-4540 From Route 80, take Exit 20 (Sparks Blvd.) • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto E. Lincoln Way • follow the road through the shopping center to Lowe's.   This is in the huge Scheel's shopping center - you can see it from the freeway.  Open Monday-Saturday 6 am -10 pm, Sunday 7 am - 8 pm.  This is convenient if you are traveling from California or southern Nevada.

5075 Kietzke Ln. 824-4750 From northbound Rt. 395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd) • keep left at the fork, follow signs for Del Monte Lane • turn left onto Neil Rd. • take first right onto Kietzke Ln • go 0.7 mile, turn left onto Sierra Rose Dr. • turn right into the shopping center and it's toward the far end.  Open Monday-Saturday 6 am -10 pm, Sunday 7 am - 8 pm.  This is convenient if you are approaching Reno from Carson City.

 

Cabela's

The famous sporting good store now has a store at Boomtown! Open Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am- 9:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. 8650 Boomtown Rd 829-4100 From Rt. 80 eastbound, take Exit 4, Boomtown • go north on Boomtown/Garson Rd and it's 0.3 mile away. From Rt. 80 westbound, take Exit 4, Boomtown • keep right at the fork and follow signs for I-80 East/Reno • turn left onto Boomtown/Garson Rd and you're there!

 

Big Lots

Home of the battery powered Christmas lights, this institution is always part of my Burning Man shopping. If you've left home without the lights, there are some stores along the way. Both stores are open 7 days a week, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Reno: 5017 S McCarran Blvd 826-5565 From Route 395, take Exit 63 (S. Virginia/Kietzke Lane) • left onto S. Virginia • left onto S. McCarran • right to Meadowood Mall. Note, this is close to Party America and Gordon's Photo Service.

Sparks: 650 E Prater Way 356-6188 Closer to Route 80, you may prefer this location. From Route 80, take Exit 19 (E. McCarran Blvd.) • left onto S. McCarran Blvd. • left onto E. Prater Way.

 

Sierra Trading Post

6139 S. Virginia St., next to Whole Foods  828-8050 Sierra Trading Post has a catalog outlet store in Reno for your last minute outdoor clothes needs.  From southbound Rt. 395, take Exit 63, S. Virginia St. • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto S. Virginia • it's 0.7 mile down the road on the right.  From northbound Rt. 395, take Exit 62, Neil Rd. • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Neil Road • go 0.6 mile and turn left onto Neil Lane • take the first left, Meadowood Mall Circle • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto S. Virginia St. • it's just ahead on the right.  Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. We shop here every year after Burning Man to begin stocking up for the next year. In past years, the Reno Tahoe Visitor magazine had a discount coupon for Sierra Trading Post.

 

Dollar Tree

There are several locations in Reno and Sparks, so you can easily stock up on cheap toilet paper, Santa hats, water, cookies, and other essential stuff. 

95 W Plumb Ln (near the intersection with S. Virginia, in Lakeside Plaza near Save-Mart) 329-2700 - From Route 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St.) • go south on Virginia 2 miles • turn right onto Plumb Lane. From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go west on Plumb Lane about a mile.  This is the part of Reno near the Peppermill.

263 Los Altos Parkway Sparks 626-6380  From Route 80, take Exit 18 (NV route 445, Pyramid Way) • turn left at the end of the off-ramp • go 3.5 miles and turn right onto Los Alto Parkway  • go 0.3 mile and you're there. Convenient if you take Pyramid Highway to the Playa.

9760 S. Virginia St. In south Reno, convenient if you are coming from Carson City. 852-5004‎From northbound Route 395, take Exit 60,  S. Meadows Parkway, • turn left onto S. Meadows Parkway • go 0.3 mile and turn right onto S. Virginia St. • it's 0.2 mile ahead on the right.

 

REI

2225 Harvard Way Home of Body Glide, LED flashlights, and Nalgene bottles, REI is conveniently located behind Costco, close to the airport. From Rt. 395, take Exit 65, E. Plumb Lane. • go west on E. Plumb Lane • left on Harvard Way • it's on your right about a block and a half. Open Mon - Fri 10:00-8:30, Saturday 10:00-7:00 and Sunday 11:00-6:00.

 

Harbor Freight Tools

Located at Peckham Square, near the corner of S. Kietzke Lane and Peckham Lane. 3800 S. Kietzke Ln 331-1375  From Route 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane) • go west on Moana Lane to the first intersection • turn left onto Kietzke Lane • go 0.4 mile and it's in the shopping center on the left at the intersection with E. Peckham Lane.  Open 8:00 - 9:00 pm Monday - Saturday and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday.

 

Water

MECO is the company that provides the sprayer trucks to keep the dust down.  They also will deliver tanks (500 and 1,000 gallon) of potable water to the playa and fill your tank or RV.  Reserve early (by June) so they can accommodate everyone's needs.  You can reserve online or call Bill McKinnies at 775-771-0720.

 

Tap Water

 

Twin City Surplus will fill your water containers. In 2004, they charged $12 to fill a 55 gallon barrel, $7 for 30 gallons, $6 for 20 gallons, and $5 for 15 gallons. To get there from Route 80, take Exit 14 • south on Wells Ave • east (left) on E. 4th St. • it's 8 blocks down on your left. To get there from Route 395, take the Route 80 exit west • Exit 16 (Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.) • right onto E. 4th • west 4 blocks - it's on your right.

 

Sierra Sid's truck stop at Exit 19 in Sparks (giant sign visible from I-80) has faucets with gate valves, that blast at high volume and fill the containers quickly.

 

The Pilot Travel Center in Fernley can also be used to fill-up water containers. Fernley is 2 miles north of the exit for Burning Man (Rt. 447) off Rt. 80. Take Exit 46, ALT US-95 S, West Fernley, • take the Wadsworth (Pyramid Lake) ramp on right • Continue onto ALT US-95 (NV-427, Stock Ln) • go 1.1 mile and turn right onto Hardie Ln. • it's 0.4 mile down the road.  575-5115

 

Desert Rose RV Park in Fernley charges $5 for as much tap water as you want (like 450 gallons!) It's 9 miles off Route 80 in Fernley, a small detour. From Route 80, take exit 46, Route 95 Alternate • keep right at the fork, follow signs for Wadsworth/Pyramid Lake and merge onto NV-427/Stock Ln/US-95-ALT • go south on Rt. 95 9 miles and you're there!

 

I've also heard of one person who fills up at the spigot at the Donner Summit Rest Area on Route 80. It's free, although there could be a line if everyone decides to use this water source!  The spigot doesn't stay open on it's own, so you may tire of holding it open.  

 

Ice and Dry Ice

 

Brief instructions for use in cooling and freezing are available.

Save-Mart, Raley's, Scolari's, and Safeway stores in Reno, Sparks, and Fernley sell dry ice.  We stop at Crystal Ice, they have tons of ice and have specials for Burners. For people coming from the south, The Water Mart in Sparks may be more convenient. I don't know of any ice companies along Route 395 in Reno.

 

Crystal Ice 1345 W. 4th St. Reno 323-5145 - Conveniently located off the Keystone exit on Rt. 80.  "Going east on HWY. 80 take Keystone Ave. exit and go south (right) to 4th St., go west (right) on 4th street a little more then a ¼ mile and we are the big old ice building on the right side of the road. You can’t miss us! Mention that you followed directions from our WEB site and receive one 7lb. bag or one 10lb. block of ice free with your ice purchase." You can back up to the loading dock - what could be more convenient? They are open 6 days a week; 7 am - 4 pm Mon - Sat.  CASH ONLY   Prices in 2008 were 99 cents per pound for dry ice, $1.90 for a 10 lb block, $5.75 for a 25 lb block, and a Burning Man Special of 6 bags of party ice for $5.

 

 

Propane

A map of propane suppliers

 

Home Depot and Scolaris have 24 hour tank exchange available.  You can pump your own propane at the gas station at Baldini's Sports Casino in Sparks. 1055 S. Rock Blvd, Sparks 358-7400 From Rt. 80, take Exit 17, Rock Blvd. • go south on S. Rock Blvd. • it's on the right at the intersection with Greg St. (about 0.6 mile from Rt. 80).

 

U-Haul stores also sell propane.

1790 Silverada Blvd 359-9202 - Located between Reno and Sparks. From Route 80, take Exit 15 (Route 395) • go south on Route 395 • take the first exit (Exit 69, Oddie Blvd.) • go east on Oddie, the U-Haul is at the intersection of Oddie and Silverado.

3411 S. Virginia 825-4445 - From Route 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane) • go west on Moana • right onto S. Virginia. The U-Haul is immediately on your left, after the Walgreen's.

10400 S. Virginia 851-4030 - From northbound Route 395, just north of Steamboat is an interchange with Routes 431 and 341 (Mt. Rose Highway & Comstock Highway). About 1/4 mile after that, Route 395 veers to the right while the road that continues straight is S. Virginia - this is Exit 57B. You want to go straight onto S. Virginia, the U-Haul is about 2 miles up the road. To get back to Route 395, continue north on S. Virginia and look for signs.

 

In Gerlach,  Granite Propane is open during the event.  480 Aspen Way, Gerlach 557-2361 In 2008, their hours were 10:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  

 

Batteries

 

Batteries Plus - 4898 S Virginia St 825-0566 From Rt. 395, take Exit 63, S. Virginia St. • go north on S. Virgina St. (a right turn), it's just past the first 4-way intersection (Kietzke Lane).

 

Fabric and Craft Stores

 

Home Fabrics in the shopping center at Plumb Lane and Kietzke Blvd. 900 E. Plumb Lane 826-4544 - If you need cheap home decor fabric, fake oriental rugs, or foam, this is a great place. The $2 a yard fabric is in back; the selection is good. More expensive fabric is up front, and it's still not too pricey. In July 2007, they had beautiful fabric embroidered with sequins for $9.99 a yard. Open Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. From Rt. 395, take Exit 65 (exit 65A if you are traveling south on 395), E. Plumb Lane, • go west on E. Plumb Lane, it's 2 blocks on the left.

 

Jo-ann Fabrics & Crafts 3750 Kietzke Lane 828-9700 From Rt. 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane • go west on Moana Ln • go south on S. Kietzke Lane. It's on the left before you reach the first intersection (E. Peckham Lane)

 

Mill End Fabrics 1745 Kuenzli (@ Kietzke Lane) 322-5844 - They have a huge assortment of upholstery, foam, vinyl, bolt ends, and 15,000 square feet of general fabric, sewing stuff. Their prices are reasonable, but not as cheap as I've seen at discount fabric stores. But it's still worth a visit for the selection. In July 2007, they had spandex for $8 a pound and leather for $5 a square foot. Open Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00, Sat 9:30 - 6:00 pm. From Rt. 395, take Exit 67, Glendale Ave. (it's the first exit after the Rt. 80 interchange) • go west on E. 2nd Ave. • go north on S. Kietzke Lane (right turn) • go west on Kuenzli (first street on the left).

 

Ben Franklin Crafts in the Shopper's Square Mall. 245 E Plumb Lane 348-0050, Open Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5 From Rt. 80, take Exit 13, Downtown Reno/Virginia St. • go south on Virginia about 2 miles • go east on E. Plumb Lane (right turn). Or, from Rt. 395, take Exit 65, Plumb Lane, • go west on E. Plumb Lane and it's about a mile down on the right.
 

Art Supplies

Nevada Fine Arts has been in Reno since 1969 and is locally owned. 1301 S. Virginia St. 786-1128 Open Mon-Sat 9:00-5:30. debbie@nvfinearts.com From Rt. 80, take Exit 15, Route 395 South • continue south to Exit 65A, Plumb Ln/Villanova Dr. • go 0.2 mile (straight through the first intersection) • go right onto E. Plumb Lane • continue 1.2 miles to S. Virginia St • turn right onto Virginia St. and it's 0.4 mile up to road.

 

Locksmiths 

Ever since we "lost" the only key for our rental van at Burning Man, we've gotten an extra key made. 

 

Desert Locksmiths provides mobile service 24/7 call 747-7861 They are located at 836 W. 5th St. From Route 80, take Exit 12, Keystone Ave., • go south on Keystone • left onto W. 5th St.

 

Andy's Lock and Key has a drive up window! 199 E. Plumb Lane (in the Shopper's Square shopping center) 322-8588, take Exit 65B off Route 395, Plumb Lane, • go west on Plumb Lane about a mile. Look behind the International House of Pancakes (IHOP).  Close to the Peppermill.

 

Dunseath Key Co. 75 W. Arroyo St. 323-4372 A local Reno business since 1930! From Rt. 80, take Exit 13, Virginia St, • go south on Virginia • for 1.6 miles • right onto W. Arroyo and it's about a block down Arroyo. From Rt. 395, take Exit 65, E. Plumb Lane, • go west on E. Plumb Lane 1.2 miles • north (right) on S. Virginia 0.4 mile • west on W. Arroyo.

 

CB Radio

At the Alamo Casino and Petro truck stop, you can buy CB radios or get yours repaired at the CB Shop. The repair shop is open only on weekdays, unfortunately, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Reached from Rt. 80 Exit 20 or 21 at 1950 E. Greg St. 359-4841

 

 

Cameras and Photography

 

Gordon's Photo Service - If you need something more than the developing machine at Walgreen's, try Gordon's Photo Service. They provide amateur and professional supplies with same day film processing. They claim to be open Monday to Saturday, 10-6. They are at 5067 S Mc Carran Blvd (just east of Route 395) 826-6488. From Route 395, take Exit 63 (S. Virginia/Kietzke Lane) go south on S. Virginia, then east on S. McCarran Blvd. Note, this is close to Big Lots, Party America, and Meadowood Mall.

 

Nevada Camera Repair at 1170 S. Wells (1 block north of Vassar) 786-9559. From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.), go south on N. Wells, continue to S. Wells Ave. (total of 1.5 miles from Route 80).

 

Camera Clinic at 1220 E. Greg St., Suite 15. 829-2244. From Route 80, take Exit 19 (McCarran Blvd. East) • at the end of the off-ramp, go south on McCarran Blvd. • go 08 mile and turn left onto E. Greg St. • go 0.9 mile and it's on the left.  They are open only on weekdays from 11-5:00. 

 

Clothes

Thrift Stores

If you have the time for shopping for appropriate BM attire, we have the following list of thrift shops for your perusal and browsing. I've listed the stores with my favorites first (favorite being defined as really cheap with a large inventory). I've also put together an overview map showing stores, if you want to concentrate on a particular part of town.

 

Junkee Clothing Exchange, 960 S. Virginia St., 322-5865. From Rt. 80, take Exit 13 (S. Virginia St.) • go south 1.4 miles and you'll see it at the intersection of Martin St. From Rt. 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane, • go west on E. Moana Lane for 0.7 mile • north on S. Virginia 1.8 miles. Note, you'll pass Plato's Closet on the way. From Rt. 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane • go west on E. Moana Lane • go 0.7 mile and turn right onto S. Virginia St. • it's 1.8 miles down the road.St. Vincent's Thrift Shop, 500 E. Fourth, 322-9824 - clothing, furniture, appliances, kitchenware - open Monday - Saturday.From Route 80, exit 14 (N. Wells Ave.), go south on N. Wells, right onto E. 4th St.
 
Goodwill has the largest thrift store in the area. It's actually 2 stores - a huge standard thrift store and a Bargain Bin Outlet that sells clothes by the pound ($1.50 per pound in 2013).  We we visited, the main store had at least 2 dozen wedding gowns - I'm used to a thrift store having 2 or 3 wedding gowns.  They have a ton of stuff!  It's at 2424 Oddie Blvd. in Sparks.  358-6444  Both stores are open Mon - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  From Rt. 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) • turn right onto Oddie Blvd and go 0.6 mile • make a U-turn at El Rancho Dr. • it's 0.2 mile on the right behind McDonald's.
Goodwill has a second store in the southern part of Reno near Meadowood Mall at 6407 S Virginia St.  853-7635.  From Route 395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd.) • go east on Neil Rd for 0.3 mile  it's in the shopping center at the first intersection, on the right.

St. Vincent's Thrift Shop  500 E. 4th St. 322-9824  Open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Saturday.  From Route 80, take Exit 13 (Downtown Reno/Virginia St.), go south on N. Virginia • go 0.3 mile and turn left onto E. 4th St. • it's 0.4 mile down the road on the right at the intersection of Valley Rd.  From Route 395, take Exit 16 (E. 4th St./Victorian Ave.) • the off-ramp circles to the right for 0.2 mile, then turn right onto E. 4th St. • go 1.5 miles and it's on the left at the intersection of Valley Rd.

 

Easter Seal's Thrift Store 2150 Oddie Blvd, Sparks 825-7774 - From Route 80, take Exit 15 (Route 395 North) • Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) • right onto Oddie Blvd. • go 0.8 mile and it's on the left.  From Route 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) • right onto Oddie Blvd. • go 0.8 mile and it's on the left. Open 9:00 am to 7:30 pm every day.  This store had an amazing inventory of old appliances when we visited; a wringer washer, a 1960's era refrigerator, and ancient sewing machines (even an industrial serger).  For clothes, they had 2 current US Marines uniforms.  Plus they sell used cars in the parking lot.
United Cerebral Palsy Thrift Store 2150 Oddie Blvd., Sparks 825-7774 From eastbound Rt. 80, take Exit 15 (US 395 north toward Susanville) • go 1 mile and take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) • turn right onto Oddie Blvd. • go 0.6 mile and turn left onto El Rancho Dr. • turn into the parking lot on the right and you're there!  From Rt. 395 northbound, take Exit 15 and follow the same directions.  Open 7 days a week; 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sundays.

 

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks Resale Shop, 1701 Vassar, 329-6658, 10am-4pm Tues-Sat - clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, books, records, electronics From Route 395, exit 65 (E. Plumb Lane), go west on E. Plumb Lane, right onto S. Kietzke Lane, right onto Vassar St.

 

The Salvation Army has 2 stores in Reno.

1925 Sutro St. 688-4588  From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.) • go north on N. Wells 0.8 mile • turn left onto Sutro St. and it's immediately on the left.  From Rt. 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) • turn left onto Oddie Blvd. • go 0.6 mile and turn right onto Sutro St. and it's immediately on the left.

125 Gentry Way, 284-4702‎   From Route 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane) • go west on E. Moana Lane 0.4 mile • turn right onto Yori Ave. • turn left onto the first street, Gentry Way.  It's 1.5 blocks on the right.  If you are traveling from Rt. 80, take Exit 15 (US 395 north toward Susanville) and then follow the same directions.

 

Saver's has a store in Reno and one in Sparks.
The Reno store is in Peckham Square on the corner of S. Keitzke Blvd. and Peckham Lane, 3800 Kietzke Lane. 284-4350 Take Moana Lane west, go south on S. Kietzke Blvd to Peckham Lane.
The Sparks store is at 2350 Oddie Blvd. Sparks 359-4244 - From 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.) Go east on Oddie, the store is about 1/2 down on the left. Both stores are open Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

 

SPCA of Northern Nevada has 2 thrift store in Reno with very good prices.  They have the same hours:  Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:45 pm, Sun noon - 3:45 pm.
401 Vine St. (at 4th Ave, near the Keystone exit) Open From Route 80, take Exit 12 (Keystone Ave.) • turn right onto Keystone • go 0.2 mile and then turn left onto W. 4th St. • it's in the shopping center on the left one block down the street. 324-7776
1270 E Plumb Ln 825-1816   From Route 80 eastbound, take Exit 15 (Rt 395 south) • go 2.1 mile and take Exit 65A (Villanova Dr to Plumb Ln) • go 0.2 mile • turn right onto Villanova Dr. • go 0.3 mile • turn left onto Harvard Way • turn left onto E. Plumb Ln • it's half a block on the right.  Near the airport.
 
Thrift Depot has 2 stores in Reno and one in Sparks. All are open Monday - Saturday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm.
575 E. 4th St. 786-4499 From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Wells, then make an immendiate right turn onto E. 7th St. • at the second street turn left onto Eureka Ave. • at the third street, turn left onto E. 4th St. and it's a block down on the right.  From Rout 395, take Exit 68 to merge onto eastbound Route 80 (toward Sparks) • go 0.6 mile to take the first exit, Exit 16 (Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.) • go 1.4 miles on E. 4th and it will be on the right. They have great selection and prices, along with free bibles!
630 Gentry Way  825-4424  From Route 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane) • go west on E. Moana Lane 0.2 mile • turn right onto Kietzke Lane • go 0.1 mile and turn right onto Gentry Way.  It's on the right almost immediately.
640 Greenbrae Dr. Sparks 331-5020  This location is convenient if you are taking Pyramid Highway to the playa.  From Route 80, take Exit 18 (Pyramid Way/Highway 445) • follow the signs to go north on NV-445 • go 0.9 mile and turn right onto Greenbrae Dr.  It's in the Greenbrae Shopping Center.

 

Washoe ARC Thrift and Gift (WARC) has 3 locations

201 Keystone & 2nd, just south of E. 4th St. 358-9050 From Rt. 80, take Exit 12, Keystone Ave. • go south on Keystone 0.4 mile.

790 Sutro St. just south of 9th St. 333-9262 From Rt. 80, take Exit 14, Wells Ave., • go north on N. Wells 0.2 mile • right onto E. 9th 0.3 mile • and right onto Sutro. It's one block down on the left.

570 Gentry Way @ Kietzke Lane 825-1972 From Rt. 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane • go west on Moana Lane 0.2 mile • right onto Kietzke Lane 0.1 miles • left onto Gentry Way. You're there!

 

Western Wear (Boots, Cowboy Hats and such)

There are still real cowboys in Nevada, and some of them shop in Reno. You can find stores that sell stuff from western wedding dresses to stores that have dozens of saddles in stock. Phil got a great cowboy hat in Reno and it was steamed into a perfect fit on the spot. Stop by at least one of these stores and say Howdy! 

 

D Bar M - 1020 E. 4th St. (across the street from the Lucky Motel, with a giant horse) 329-9107 - From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.) • go south on Wells 0.2 mile • turn left onto E. 5th St. • turn right at the first street -  Morrill Ave. • go 0.1 mile and turn left onto E. 4th. It's 1.5 blocks down the street on the right.  From Rt. 395, take Exit 68 (I-80 east toward Sparks) • take the first exit (Exit 16 - Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.) •  at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto E. 4th St./Prater Way •  it's 1.1 mile down the road on the left.  This place is GREAT, geared toward people who actually ride horses! Owned by Jack and Judy Bassett, their motto is, "Where the cowboys shop" since 1964. Phil got his cowboy hat here, and they've got enough stuff to peruse for an hour or so.  Jack said he's been thinking of going to Burning Man, but has a difficult time getting away from the store. They are also the official Cowboy purveyor of the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive.

 

Shepler's Western Wear - 255 E Plumb Ln 322-9797 - From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane), go west on Plumb Lane about 1.1 mile. Shepler's is in Shopper's Square Mall on the right.

 

Boot Barn 3345 Kietzke Ln. 825-0666 Ranch wear - jeans, shirts, hats, boots.  From Route 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane), go west on Moana to the first traffic light • left onto Kietzke. The store is immediately on the right.

 

 

 

General Fun Stuff

 

The Melting Pot closes during Burning Man so they can attend. Clearly an enlightened business, stop by if you have time before or after the event. They sell Burning Man tickets, incense, drums, hemp, tie dye, pipes, sarongs, masks, belly dancing apparel, bindis, henna, rugs, and Burning Man books. 1049 S. Virginia St 322-9445 From Route 80, take Exit 13 (S. Virginia St.) The store is about 1.5 miles down on the right (half a block north of Vassar). From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • west on E. Plumb Lane • right onto S. Kietzke Lane • left onto Vassar • right onto S. Wells. (This trip is just under 2 miles from the Exit.)

 

Party City sells plastic champagne glasses, wigs, paper cups and plates, and glow sticks, if you find you have an inadequate supply of these items as you are driving past Truckee. It is a little out of the way in that it isn't close to a freeway off-ramp, but when you need a pink wig and champagne glasses, it's one stop shopping! 5925 S. Virginia 800-729-1438 or 825-0825. Open 7 days a week. There are 2 locations: 

Reno - 5925 S. Virginia St. From Route 395, take Exit 63 (S. Virginia/Kietzke Lane). Go left on S. Virginia half a mile and the store is in a little shopping center on the right. It's at the rear of the parking lot. Note, this is close to Big Lots and Gordon's Photo Service.

Sparks - 635 E. Prater Way in the Iron Horse Shopping Center.  From Route 80, take Exit 18, Rt. 445/Pyramid Way, • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto  Pyramid Way • go 0.4 mile and turn right onto Prater Way • it's  0.9 mile down the street on the right.  331-3112.

 

Romantic Sensations 1065 S. Virginia 322-1884  From Route 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St.) • go south on N. Virginia St. 1.5 miles and it's on the right.  From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go west on E. Plumb Lane 1.1 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St.  • it's 0.6 miles down the street on the left.

 

Adult Theater and Bookstore 1052 S. Virginia 329-9953 - Open 24 hours, advertises bodysuits, corsets, garters, queensize, exotic mean's wear.  From Route 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St.) • go south on N. Virginia St. 1.5 miles and it's on the left.  From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go west on E. Plumb Lane 1.1 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St.  • it's 0.6 miles down the street on the left.

 

Chocolate Walrus 1278 S. Virginia St. 825-2267 - Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12-6pm.  The Reno News and Review says this about the store, "Despite the name, The Chocolate Walrus isn't so much a chocolate shop as a sex shop with lingerie, fetish gear, vibrators, movies, sex books, games and more."  From Route 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St.) • go south on N. Virginia St. 1.6 miles and it's on the left.  From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go 0.3 mile and keep left at the fork (follow signs for Air Cargo) • go west on E. Plumb Lane 1.1 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St.  • it's 0.5 miles down the street on the left.

 

JC Penny Outlet was not at the top of our list for Burning Man supplies, but then we stopped by and learned otherwise! This store could be especially useful for people flying into Reno because it has a broad assortment of stuff. In 2004, we found large sizes in women's dresses for $15-$25, a cordless drill set for $10, large size women's shoes (even some black platform boots), rugs, outerwear, underwear, kitchen stuff, etc. 190 E. Glendale Ave. in Sparks.  From Route 395, take Exit 19 (McCarran Blvd) • go south on S. McCarran Blvd. 0.3 miles • turn right onto Glendale Ave. and you're there! Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.  331-5950 

 

Sportsman's Warehouse claims to focus on fishing, hunting, and camping gear and clothes. 3306 Kietzke Lane at Moana 828-1500 From Rt. 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane, • go west on E. Moana for 0.2 mile and it's at the first intersection.

 

El Rancho Swap Meet and Flea Market 555 El Rancho Dr. in Sparks opens at 7 am Fri, Sat, and Sun 358-6920.  From Route 80, take Exit 16 (Victorian Ave/E. 4st St.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left (north) onto Prater Way • go 0.2 mile (staying left at the Y intersection) and turn left onto E. Rancho Dr. • go about 0.2 mile and turn left onto G. St.  The entrance is immediately on the right.

 

Groceries and Cooking Supplies

Here is a map of the most conveniently located grocery stores in the area.

 

Big Grocery Chains

Save-Mart 

Near the airport, at 195 W. Plumb Lane 786-0138 From the airport, exit on E. Plumb Lane • follow the road about 1.7 miles and you're there! From Rt. 80, take Exit 13, Virginia St/Downtown Reno • go south on S. Virginia for 2.1 miles • turn right onto W. Plumb Lane • it's 0.2 mile down the road. From Route 395, Take Exit 64, Moana Lane • go west on Moana 0.7 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St. • go 1 mile and turn left onto W. Moana Lane • it's 0.2 mile down the road.

525 Keystone Ave. (just south of Route 80 at Keystone) Take Exit 12, Keystone Ave., off Route 80, go south on Keystone and it's immediately on the right. 786-2150 Open 6 am to 1 am daily

4995 S. Kietzke Lane On the south side of town - from Route 395, take Exit 62, Neil Road • follow the signs to go north on S. Virginia St. • go 1 mile and turn left onto S. Kietzke Lane • it's 0.4 mile down the road at the intersection of S. McCarran and S. Kietzke) 827-5350

565 E Prater Way, Sparks 359-9060 This is about 1 mile from Rt. 80 in Sparks. From Rt. 80, take Exit 19, E. McCarran Blvd. • go north on S. McCarran Blvd. 0.7 mile • turn left onto E. Prater Way and it's 0.2 mile down the road. Yes, I know it makes no sense to exit for E. McCarran Blvd. and then go north on S. McCarran Blvd. This street circles Reno and Sparks, so the compass directions get funky sometimes.

9750 Pyramid Lake Hwy 425-2700 This is on the north side of town and convenient only if you are taking Pyramid Highway to get to Burning Man. From Rt. 80, take Exit 15, US 395 north • go 1.6 miles and take Exit 70A, N. McCarran Blvd, • turn right onto N. McCarran Blvd. • go 1.8 miles and turn left onto Pyramid Way • it's 6.4 miles down the road.

 

Raley's Supermarkets

701 Keystone Ave.  747-5267  From Route 80, take Exit 12 (Keystone Ave.) • go north on Keystone • it's 1.5 blocks north of Route 80.

4047 S. Virginia 825-2151  In the Reno Town Mall across S. Virginia St. from the Atlantis casino.  From northbound Route 395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd)  • turn right  onto Neil Rd. • take first left onto S. Virginia • go 1.4 miles and it's on the left.

2895 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks 353-8800  This store is convenient if you take Route 445 to the playa and is in the same shopping center as Black Rock Pizza.  From Route 80, take Exit 18 (NV route 445, Pyramid Way) • turn left at the end of the off-ramp • go 1.6 mile to N. McCarran Blvd. • turn left onto N. McCarran Blvd. • it’s in the shopping center on the left corner of Pyramid Way and N. McCarran Blvd.

 

Scolari's

The first Scolari's you'll see if you are traveling from California is on Route 80 at 6255 Sharlands Ave 746-7300 From Route 80, take Exit 9 (Robb Dr.) • go north on Robb Dr. 0.1 mile • turn left onto Sharlands Ave and you're there!  Open 6:00 am to midnight every day.  

 

If you take Route 445 (Pyramid Highway) to the playa, the Sparks store is convenient.  950 Holman Way  355-8568  Open 6:00 am to midnight every day.  From Route 80, take Exit 18 (NV route 445, Pyramid Way) • turn left at the end of the off-ramp • go 1.1 mile • turn left onto Holman Way and it's on the right.

 

If you are traveling from Carson City, the southern Reno store is for you.  8165 S. Virginia St.  851-7770  Open 6:00 am to midnight every day.  From Route 394, take Exit 61 (S. Virginia St.) • follow the off-ramp to S. Virginia St. and it's 1.5 blocks on the left.

 

Smart & Final - 365 E. Plumb Lane  322-7905  From southbound Route 395, take Exit 65A toward Plumb Lane (pass Villanova Dr on the exit ramp) • turn right onto Plumb Lane • go 1 mile and it's on the right just before Shopper's Square shopping center.  Open 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday - Saturday and 7:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday.  From northbound Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto Plumb Lane • go 1 mile and it's on the right just before Shopper's Square shopping center. 

 

Whole Foods is across the street from Meadowood Mall. 6139 S Virginia St. 852-8023 Open 7 am to 10 pm daily.  From southbound Rt. 395, take Exit 63, S. Virginia St. • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto S. Virginia • it's 0.7 mile down the road on the right. From northbound Rt. 395, take Exit 62, Neil Rd. • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Neil Road • go 0.6 mile and turn left onto Neil Lane • take the first left, Meadowood Mall Circle • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto S. Virginia St. • it's just ahead on the right.

 

Smith's Food and Drug is open 24/7. It is convenient only for those approaching from Carson City. 

750 S Meadows Parkway 851-8050   From Route 395, take Exit 60 (S. Meadows Parkway) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto S. Meadows Parkway • it's 0.4 mile down the road on the right.

 

Win Co Foods has 2 stores in Reno. They are both open 24 hours.

2855 Northtowne Lane Route 80 - Exit 15, Route 395 North. Immediately after exiting, merge one lane left (the lane you're in will exit onto Oddie Blvd). Take the North Mc Carren Exit, #70. Go Right. You will see a shopping center on the right with Wal-Mart and Winco Foods.  331-6966

9750 S. Virginia St.  From northbound I-395, take Exit 60 (S. Meadows Parkway) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto S. Meadows Parkway • go 0.3 mile and turn right onto S. Virginia.  It's 0.2 mile down the road on the right. 853-7474

 

Donuts! 

Jelly Donut 1750 S. Virginia St. 324-7272 Open 24/7 From southbound Route 395, take Exit 65A, Plumb Lane, • right onto E. Plumb Ln. • go ~ 1 mile to turn right onto S. Virginia • it's immediately on the right. From northbound Route 395, take Exit 65, Plumb Lane, • go left onto E. Plumb Lane • go ~ 1 mile to turn right onto S. Virginia • it's immediately on the right.

 

Specialty Grocery Stores

 

Great Basin Food Coop  has a special Burning Man section, is community-owned, and carries local products.  They moved into a much larger space in February 2011 and now have tons of new products.  The $15 annual membership fee allows you to place bulk orders before you arrive in Reno.   240 Court St.  324-6133  Open 8:00 am - 9:00 pm daily.  From eastbound Route 80, take Exit 12 (Keystone Ave.) • turn right onto Keystone at the end of the off-ramp • go 0.3 mile and turn left onto W. 4th St. • go 0.6 mile and turn right onto N. Sierra St. • go 0.5 mile and turn right onto Court St. • go 2 blocks and it's on the left at the corner of Flint St.   From northbound Route 395, take Exit 68 (Route 80 East) • take the first exit off Route 80 (Exit 16 - E. 4th St.)  • turn right onto E. 4th St. • go 1.9 miles • turn left onto N. Sierra St. • go 0.5 mile and turn right onto Court St.  • go 2 blocks and it's on the left at the corner of Flint St..

 

Trader Joe's - What would Burning Man be without at least 2 bags of groceries from Trader Joe's? 5035 S. McCarran Blvd. in the Smithridge Plaza, across McCarran from Meadowood Mall. 826-1621 From southbound Route 395, take Exit 63 (S. Virginia St.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto S Virginia • go under the freeway and make an immediate left turn onto S. McCarran Blvd. • it's in the shopping center on the left.  From northbound Route 395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Neil Rd. • make an immediate left turn onto S. Virginia • go 0.4 mile and turn right onto S. McCarran Blvd. • it's in the shopping center on the left.  Claims to be open 9 am to 9 pm.

 

Ponderosa Meat Company  carries meat, cheese, and bacon!  1264 S. Virginia St. 322-4063 From eastbound Rt. 80, take Exit 13 (Virginia St/Downtown Reno) • go south on Virginia 1.6 miles and it's on the right, next to the Chocolate Walrus.  From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • go 0.3 mile and keep left at the fork (follow signs for Air Cargo) • go west on E. Plumb Lane 1.1 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St.  • it's 0.5 miles down the street on the left.Open Monday - Friday 6:00 am  - 2:30 pm 

 

168 Asian Market 3090 S. Virginia St. (across the street from the Peppermill)  823-9918  From Rout 395, take Exit 64 (Moana Lane) • go west on E. Moana Lane 0.6 mile • turn right onto S. Virginia St. • go 0.2 mile and it's on the right at the intersection with Gentry Way.

 

Asian Market - 2152 Prater Way Sparks 359-3636. From Route 80, take exit 16 (Victorian Blvd.), go east on Victorian Blvd. left onto 22nd St., right onto Prater Way

 

El Amigo Market - 2490 Wrondel Way 825-8110. From Route 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane), go west on E. Plumb Lane, left onto Wrondel.

 

Manila Hong Kong Store & Kitchen - 2352 Oddie Blvd. Sparks 331-7999. From Route 80, take Exit 15 (Route 395), north on Route 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.), right onto Oddie Blvd.

 

Grocery Outlet - Open 8:00 am to 9:00 om every day

2020 Oddie Blvd. at Sullivan Sparks 356-7400. From Route 80, take Exit 15 (Route 395), north on Route 395, take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.), right onto Oddie Blvd.

3800 Kietzke Ln 826-7688 From Route 395, take Exit 64, Moana Lane, go west on Moana to Kietzke. Go south on Kietske to Peckham.

 

Reno Asian Supermarket 803 W. 5th St. 322-8820

 

Yim's Asian Supermarket (Korean & Japanese food) 1210 Rock Blvd, Sparks 356-8949. From Route 80, take Exit 17 (Rock Blvd), go left onto N. Rock Blvd. It's about 3/4 mile up the road.

 

Cooking Supplies

Resco Restaurant Supply 401 E. Plumb Lane 786-6565  Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday and 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday.  From southbound Rt. 395, take Exit 65A, Plumb Lane, go straight 2 blocks (0.4 mile) after exiting • turn right onto E. Plumb Lane • it's  1 mile down the road on the right.  From northbound 395, take Exit 65 (Plumb Lane) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto E. Plumb Lane • it's  1 mile down the road on the right.

 

The Reno Homebrewer - 2335 Dickerson Rd. 329-2537  From Route 80, take Exit 12 (Keystone Ave.) • go south on Keystone Ave. 0.4 mile • turn right onto W. 2nd St. • go 1 mile (W. 2nd St. turns into Dickerson Rd.) • it's on the right.

 

Car Washes

Here is a map showing all the car washes I know of.

 

Mission Full Service Car Wash 6355 S McCarran Blvd @ Kietzke 827-4222 We hear all the EMT vehicles get washed here after the event. Open Mon-Sat 8-6 full service, 7:30-6:30 exterior only, Sun 9-5. Accepts credit cards; advertises that it has a gift shop, wireless web access, and auto repair and is close to 7 restaurants. In the past, they have advertised a 10% discount if you show your Burning Man ticket.  They claim to be able to clean mutant vehicles.  Note, they are not the cheapest car wash in town, but they do a great job.  Close to the Atlantis and Meadowood Mall.

 

Baldini's Sports Casino in Sparks has a huge gas station, mini-mart, and carwash. It is close to Route 80 as well. 1055 S. Rock Blvd, Sparks 358-7400

 

Buggy Bath Car Wash is next to the Peppermill Casino at 2525 S Virginia St 826-6679 Open Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-5. This is a drive-through wash. They have full service detailing and wash RVs.

 

Marina Hand Car Wash - 720 Nichols Blvd, Sparks 358-4134  This is convenient from Route 80 since it is ‎just north of Sierra Sid's.  From westbound Route 80, take Exit 19 (McCarran Blvd. East) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto N. McCarran Blvd • go 1 block and it's on the far right corner of the intersection. 

 

Franktown Hand Car Wash 2331 Kietzke Ln 827-2601  From Route 395, take Exit 65A to Plumb Lane (pass Villanova Dr on the exit ramp) • turn right onto Plumb Lane • go 0.4 mile • turn left onto Kietzke Lane • it's 0.3 mile down the road on the right.  Close to REI and the airport.

 

Coin-op Self-Serve Car Washes

 

Wells Ave. Car Wash  1019 S. Wells Ave. 742-5933 . Self-serve, 24-hour car wash.   From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.) • go left onto S. Wells • go 1.5 miles and it's on the right. 

 

Crystal Clean Speed Wash 1640 Mill St. 333-9274  From Route 80 westbound, take Exit 15 (Rt. 395 south) • go 2 miles • take Exit 66 (Mill St.) • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto Mill St. • go 0.4 mile (past Kietzke Lane) and it's on the left.  Close to the Renown Hospital and the Grand Sierra Resort.

 

5th St. Car Wash is one block from Route 80 and charged $4 in 2010. ~ 942 W. 5th St.  From Rt. 80, take Exit 12, Keystone Ave • go south on Keystone • turn left at the first street (W. 5th St.) and it's the second building on the rigtht (after Midas).

 

A Generic Self Serve Car Wash E. Plumb Lane @ Yori Ave. 

 

Nameless coin-op on Keystone Ave. just south of W 4th St.  

 

Laundromats

A nameless establishment next to Jelly Donut on S. Virginia St.  From southbound Route 395, take Exit 65A, Plumb Lane, • right onto E. Plumb Ln. • go ~ 1 mile to turn right onto S. Virginia • it's immediately on the right. From northbound Route 395, take Exit 65, Plumb Lane, • go left onto E. Plumb Lane • go ~ 1 mile to turn right onto S. Virginia • it's immediately on the right.

 

Prater Way Laundromat 1629 Prater Way in Sparks 358-3130  From Route 80, take Exit 17 (Rock Blvd.)  • go north on Rock Blvd. 0.2 mile • turn right onto Prater Way • it's a block down on the right.

 

Recycling

 

RSW Recycling 1100 E Commercial Row 329-8822  Down the street from the Reno Transfer Station, this is a convenient location.  From westbound Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.) • turn right onto Wells Ave. • take the first right (E. 9th St.) • go 0.3 mile and turn right onto Sutro St. • go 0.5 mile and turn right onto E. Commerical Row.  It's on the left.

 

Bicycle Stuff

If you are traveling more than 1,000 miles to attend Burning Man, you can reserve a rental bike with Desert Rat. Preference is given to international travelers and previous customers. Send him an email at nv_desert_ra at nvbell dot net (address modified to foil spambots).

 

The Kiwanis Bike Program, a charity venture that refurbishes bikes for the 'needy' of Reno & Sparks, might have bikes to sell you before the Burn, and they'll gladly accept any donations after the event. 2605 Comstock Dr. From I-80, take Exit 13, Virginia St. • go north on Virginia past the University of Nevada-Reno campus. • Turn right onto Comstock (first light after Lawlor Event Center - the big round building). Note, the street is named Sierra on the west (same street two names). • Immediately turn north around a bend, pass the parking lots at the north end of campus, go under a bridge, and then continue over a railroad track. Just after that the Comstock Storage building is on the left, they are on the east end of the building.

 

Black Rock Bicycles was started by a burner who saw a need for folks to be able to rent a quality bike for Burning Man at a good price. So Randy started Black Rock Bicycles specializing in playa cruisers for Burning Man. He also rents car racks to transport bikes. You'll probably want to reserve a rental early. (775) 530-5805 randy@blackrockbicycles.com  The store is at 7550 Hillview Drive, about 15 minutes north of Reno.  Take Route 395 north to Exit 73 (E. Golden Valley Rd.)  • at the end of the off-ramp, turn right onto E. Golden Valley Rd. • go 0.8 mile and turn left onto Estates Rd. • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto Sherman Way • go 0.2 mile and turn right onto Hillview Dr. and its 0.3 mile on the right.  The store phone number is 972-3336.

 

Bikes 4 Burners is run by Burners.  You can pick up your bike at their camp during Burning Man.  How convenient is that?  And they still have rentals available as of the end of July.

 

Reno Bike Project sells used bikes. Open noon - 6:00 pm Wednesday - Saturday Call first! 323-4488  They are in downtown Reno at 250 Bell St. (in the alley between Bell St. and Ralston St. north of 2nd St.) From Rt. 80, take Exit 12, Keystone Ave., go south on Keystone • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto 2nd St. • go 0.3 mile and turn left onto Bell St. Ralston St. is to the right, so look for the alley on your right. 

 

Great Basin Bicycles 8048 S. Virginia St.  825-8258  Carp said this shop fixed up a bike he bought at Costco that was out of alignment for only $15.  This is in the southern part of town.  From Route 395, take Exit 61 (S. Virginia St.) •  go north  on S. Virginia and it's  0.3 miles on the right. 

 

Sierra Cyclesmith 7007 S. Virginia St. 852-9253 From I-395, take Exit 62 (Neil Rd.) • go left onto Neil Rd., then right onto S. Virginia.  It's 0.3 mile on the right.

 

High Sierra Cycling and Fitness is a family owned store that is reported to serve as a neighborhood hang-out. It's on the south end of town. 18603 Wedge Pkwy Suite K 852-8850 From Rt. 395, take Exit 56, Mt. Rose/North Lake Tahoe (Nevada Rt. 431) • go 0.7 mile and bear right onto Mount Rose Highway • go 0.4 mile and turn left onto Wedge Parkway. Open Sun 10-4, Mon 12-7, T-Fri 10-7, Sat 9-6.

 

Outlet Stores

 

Patagonia Outlet, 8550 White Fir St. 746-6878  Open Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm , and Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm  On the west side of town, take Exit 8 (W. 4th St.) from eastbound Route 80 • go west on W. 4th St. 1 mile • turn right onto Mesa Park Rd./Woodland Ave. • go 0.1 mile to turn left onto White Fir St.  It's 0.3 mile down the road.

 

Sportif 1415 Greg St., Suite 101 Sparks 353-3434 open Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 The store is a little difficult to find, but I think these directions will allow you to find it easily.  From Route 80, take Exit 17 (Rock Blvd.) • go south on Rock Blvd. 0.7 mile • turn left onto Greg St.   Go 463 feet - the store is in Greg Business Park, a bunch of small warehouse stores. Look for Fast Glass across the street and turn in onto Greg Court. Sportif is at the back on the left.

 

J C Penney 190 E. Glendale Ave. in Sparks (1 block south of Rt.80 at the McCarran Blvd. East Exit 19) Open Mon - Sat 9:00-7:00, Sun 10:00-5:00 This was not at the top of our list for Burning Man supplies, but then we stopped by and learned otherwise! This store could be especially useful for people flying into Reno because it has a broad assortment of stuff. In 2004, we found large sizes in women's dresses for $15-$25, a cordless drill set for $10, large size women's shoes (even some black platform boots), rugs, outerwear, underwear, kitchen stuff, etc.

 

Silk Outlet 195 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks 355-0525 Sells fake plants, trees, and flowers. What's not to like? From Route 80, take Exit 19 (~McCarran Blvd. East) • go south on S. ~McCarran Blvd. 0.3 mile.  It's on the corner of E. Glendale Ave.  To get there, turn right onto E. Glendale Ave. and make a U-turn the first chance you get or go 1 block and turn left onto S. Stanford Way • take the first left onto Snyder Way • take the first left onto Steneri Way• turn right onto E. Glendale and it's immediately on the right.

 

Shopping By Freeway Exit

 

Reno has lots of shopping centers close to the freeways. I've listed the businesses close to each exit, so you can do your shopping with maximum efficiency!

 

Note that Route 80 runs east-west connecting Sparks and Reno. Route 395 runs north-south along Reno and intersects Route 80 between Sparks and Reno. In general, people travelling from California will find Route 80 exits more convenient. Folks travelling from the south will generally find Route 395 exits and Sparks exits off Route 80 more convenient. If you fly into the airport, you'll arrive right at Exit 65 off Route 395 and will be close to almost everything. Be advised that recent growth in the region has been focussed in the sourthern areas along Route 395, so you may end up there even if it is a little out of the way.


Route 80

 

Exit 4 Boomtown

Exit 10 McCarran Blvd. West

Exit 12 Keystone Ave.

Exit 13 Virginia St./Downtown Reno

Exit 14 Wells Ave.

Exit 15 Route 395 north

Exit 16 Victorian Ave./E 4th St.

Exit 19 E. McCarran Blvd.

 

Route 80 - Exit 4, Boomtown

Here is a map of the Boomtown exit.

 

Chevron

Car wash

Truck stop

Cabela's

 

Route 80 - Exit 10 McCarran Blvd. West

 

Here is a map of the businesses near this exit.

 

Home Depot

24 Hr. Fitness

Carl's Jr.

Del Taco

7-11

Starbucks

International House of Pancakes

 

 

 

Route 80 - Exit 12, Keystone Ave.

Here is a map of businesses near the exit.

 

Keystone Square Shopping Center

Located just off Route 80, at the intersections of Keystone and 4th Street. This is our perennial favorite because it's convenient and meets our needs. We meet lots of burners in the parking lot, so it feels like the Burning Man experience has already started. In the shopping center itself, you can find

 

Save-Mart supermarket (open 24 hours)

Radio Shack

Wells Fargo Bank

 

Within walking distance of the parking lot (like, across the street) are

 

liquor stores

hardware, RV supplies

Kragen Auto Parts 801 W. 5th 329-5353

an urgent care medical facility

 

Crystal Ice

1345 W. 4th St. Reno 323-5145 - If you continue driving south on Keystone Ave., turn right onto 4th St. and Crystal Ice is on the right just after the Keystone RV Park (about 2 blocks). 

A little farther away is the Sportsman's Corner Shopping Center @ 4th & Vine

 

Knucklehead's Sports Bar, open 24/7, 405 Vine, 323-6500

Round Table Pizza

Enterprise car rental office

a laundromat

 

A little farther away - and on the other side of Route 80, so you'd probably want to drive is

 

Raley's Supermarket  701 Keystone Ave. (just north of Route 80 at Keystone) 747-5267

Sav-On Drugs

Gateway Inn

Motel 6

 

Route 80 - Exit 13, Virginia St./Downtown Reno

 

Wow! A Walgreen's built ON the freeway overpass. It's hard to get any closer to Route 80.

 

Route 80 - Exit 14, Wells Ave.

 

Your gateway to E. 4th St., home of Twin City Surplus. Here is a map of all the fun.

 

Twin City Surplus camping gear and military surplus - 323-5630 or (888) 323-5630. From Route 80, take Exit 14 (Wells Ave.), go south on Wells, turn left onto E. 4th and then go east 8 blocks. Open 8-6 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 Sunday St. Vincent's Thrift Shop 500 E 4th St, 322-9824
Reno Sparks Gospel Mission Thrift Depot 575 E. 4th St., 786-4499  
D Bar M 1020 E. 4th St., 329-9107 Reno Transfer Station 1492 E. Commercial Row Open on Labor Day, 775-329-8822 Open 6 am - 6 pm weekdays, 8 am - 6 pm holidays and weekends
RSW Recycling 1100 E Commercial Row, 329-8822  

 

Route 80 - Exit 15, Route 395 North

There really isn't anything at Exit 15, it's just the interchange with Route 395. Exit 15 is a gateway to one of the Home Depot stores and several other businesses north of Route 80. Check out the Route 395 exits for information on those.

 

Northtowne Market Place

After exiting Route 80, use Exit 70 off Route 395 North. This lovely location has a great selection of stores.

 

Winco Foods 2855 Northtowne Ln, 331-6966 Open 24 hours

Office Depot

Home Depot 2955 Northtowne Ln, 674-2900

Party City

Subway

Arby's, Fatburger

Kiwanis dropoff box for aluminum can recycling

Petco

Shell station with car wash

Ross Dress for Less

 

Gutterpup, who lives near Reno, says,

 

"Take the exit to Route 395 North (Susanville), merge one lane left (the lane you're in will exit onto Oddie Blvd). Take the North Mc Carren Exit, #70. Go Right. You will see a shopping center on the right with Wal-Mart and Winco Foods. (Glance left... hey, there's Home Depot! Pick up your last minute building supplies!) What could be better, Dry Ice and Building materials on the same street!"

These are excellent directions, this shopping center is convenient when travelling east on Route 80. And he means it when he says to merge one lane left!

 

Route 80 - Exit 16, Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.

 

This is an industrial area on the border of Reno and Sparks, so there's not a lot of shopping, but what IS here is great! Use this exit for Twin City Surplus and the Reno Transfer Station when you are returning from Burning Man. Here's the map.

 

Twin City Surplus camping gear and military surplus - 323-5630. From Route 80, take Exit 16 (Victorian Ave./E. 4th St.), turn right onto E. 4th and then go west 4 blocks.

Asian Market - 2152 Prater Way Sparks 359-3636. From Route 80, take Exit 16 (Victorian Blvd.), go east on Victorian Blvd. left onto 22nd St., right onto Prater Way

 

Route 80 - Exit 19, E McCarran Blvd.

This is the Sierra Sid's exit and there is a cluster of motels, fast food restaurants, and cheap stores.  Here is a map of the businesses close to the exit.

There are a fair number of stores along N. McCarran Blvd and then Prater Way, following a left turn off N. McCarran. These are listed in the order you see them traveling north from Route 80.

 

Black Bear Diner 235 N. McCarran Burger King 285 N. McCarran

Wienerschnitzel fast food 390 N. McCarran

Wells Fargo 400 N. McCarran

Wendy's 440 N. McCarran Dollar Tree 620 N. McCarran Blvd.

 

Turn left onto Prater Way

Save Mart 565 E. Prater Way

Big Lots 650 E. Prater Way

 

If you go south on McCarran Blvd., you'll find the JC Penney Outlet at 190 E. Glendale Ave.

 

Route 395

 

Exits listed from south of Reno to north of Reno

Exit 61, S. Virginia St.

Exit 62, Neil Rd.

Exit 63, South Virginia St.

Exit 64, Moana Lane

Exit 65, East Plumb Lane

Exit 69, Oddie Blvd., Sparks

Exit 70, N. McCarran Blvd.

 

Route 395 - Exit 61, S. Virginia St.

This exit is about 6 miles south of Route 80, so it will be most useful for people coming up Route 395. However, if you've rented an RV from Sierra RV Rentals, this is the exit you'll need. Businesses are listed in the order you will see them driving north on S. Virginia St. Except for Sierra RV Rentals, all businesses are north of the Route 395 interchange. Here is an overview map.

 

Sierra RV Rentals 9125 S. Virginia St. 342-0522

In-N-Out Burger 8215 S. Virginia St.

Scolari's 8165 S Virginia St 851-7770

Carpeteria 8150 S. Virginia St. (I did see a dumpster out back that could contain good carpet for the playa.)

GCO Carpet Outlet 8095 S. Virginia St.  853-4500

CVS Pharmacy 8005 S. Virginia St.

Winner's Corner Car Wash & Chevron Quick Lube 7695 S. Virginia St.851-3760 open 7 days a week

Magic Carpet Golf Arcade 6925 S. Virginia St.853-8837

 

 

Route 395 - Exit 62, Neil Road

This is a big shopping area, on the south end of Reno. Highlights include Home Depot and Sierra Trading Post.

 

Wells Fargo bank

Kinko's (open 24 hours)

24 Hour Fitness

Office Max

Fast Food restaurants

Chevron

Super 8 motel

Courtyard Motel

Goodwill

Whole Foods Sierra Trading Post  

 

Parkside Center

 

Neil Rd. and S. Virginia St. (east of Route 395)

 

Home Depot

Work World (workwear)

Indigo mexican grill

Tower Records

Thai House Restaurant

TGIF

 

 

Sierra Town Center

just south of Parkside Center (east of Route 395)

 

Famous Footwear, Target, and Joe's Cafe

 

Route 395 - Exit 63, South Virginia Street

There are 5 shopping centers near this exit. Meadowood Mall is the largest. Three are on S. McCarran: Redfield Promenade is on the southwest corner of S. McCarran and S. Virginia. Smithridge Plaza is north of Redfield Promenade, across S. McCarran from Meadowood Mall. Del Monte Plaza is on S. Virginia across from Meadowood Mall. Here is a map for general orientation.

 

Meadowood Mall S. Virginia St. and S. McCarran Blvd. (just south of exit)

 

AT&T, Best Buy Mobile, Boost, Cellairis, Sprint, T Mobile

Brookstone

Eddie Bauer

Champ's Sports (athletic shoes), Finish Line (Athletic wear)

Skechers, Walking Company

Foot Locker

JC Penney

Sear's

Macy's

Forever 21, Hot Topic

Visionworks optometrist

Payless Shoes

Radio Shack

Wells Fargo Bank

Pets R Us

 

Redfield Promenade

 

across S. Virginia from Meadowood Mall

 

Barnes & Noble

Wild Oats Market

Best Buy

Pearle Vision

Petco

Cost Plus

 

 

Smithridge Plaza

S. McCarran Blvd. at Smithridge (just east of Route 395)

 

Big Lots

Computers of Reno

Gordon's Photo Service

US Post Office

Men's Wearhouse

Trader Joe's

Pep Boy's

Pier 1

Toys R Us

Rent-A-Center

Subway, Chili's, Jack in the Box

Beads Etc.

 

Del Monte Plaza

S. Virginia & Meadowood Mall Circle

 

Office Max

Whole Foods

Sierra Trading Post

Legends Sports Bar

Pier One

 

Route 395 - Exit 64, Moana Lane

Here is a map of the businesses near the exit.

 

Peckham Square has a Grocery Outlet, Savers thrift store, Harbor Freight Tools, Jo Ann Fabrics, and King Chinese Buffet. It is on the corner of S. Keitzke Blvd. and Peckham Lane. Take Moana Lane west, go south on S. Kietzke Blvd to Peckham Lane.  Thrift Depot 630 Gentry Way (just east of Kietzke Blvd), 829-4483 or 829-4482 - open 7 days a week. From Route 395, take exit 64 (Moana Lane), go west on Moana, right onto S. Kietzke, right onto Gentry Way. 
American Boot Co. 697 E. Moana Lane 827-2668 Cowboy boots!   

 

 

Route 395 - Exit 65, East Plumb Lane (Airport exit)

There are lots of stores and shopping centers along Plumb Lane between Route 395 and S. Virginia St. Go west on Plumb Lane once you exit Route 395. These are listed as you find them traveling from Route 395 toward S. Virginia St. You will also find some gas stations and various fast food places. Here is an overview map of the area.

 

Airport Square

 

Exit 65, East Plumb Lane Exit off Route 395. E. Plumb Lane and Harvard Way. This is very convenient to the airport and Route 395 - just a block west of both.

Costco 2200 Harvard Way 689-2222 and Petsmart are in the shopping center on the left.

 

The next stores aren't part of the shopping center, but are on Plumb Lane on the same corner.

 

Nearby (across Harvard Way) is REI

(a good place to buy Bodyglide, that stuff that

protects against getting blisters between your toes)

 

Denny's open 24/7

 

Some Generic Shopping Center

E. Plumb Lane and Kietzke Lane

 

A&W fast food, Home Fabrics and Nevada Auto Diagnostics are here.

 

Route 395 - Exit 69, Oddie Blvd., Sparks

 

This exit is north of Route 80. From Route 80, take Exit 15 (395 North toward Susanville), take Exit 69 (Oddie Blvd.). Keep right at the fork in the off-ramp, merge onto Oddie. Between 395 and Rock Blvd, Oddie is one long strip of shopping and fast food. You can go south on Rock Blvd. to get back to Route 80.

 

Grocery Outlet

Big K on the right at the intersection of Sullivan Lane

Sak N Save

Manila Hong Kong Store and Kitchen

Saver's Thrift Store

Bizarre Guitar & Guns on the right. 2677 Oddie Blvd 331-1001

Open Monday - Saturday 11 to 6pm, Sunday noon - 5pm

 

McDonald's

U-Haul

Bank of America

 

 

Route 395 - Exit 70, N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks

 

Winco Foods 2855 Northtowne Ln, 331-6966 Open 24 hours

Home Depot 2955 Northtowne Ln, 674-2900

Arby's, Wendy's, Quiznos, Fat Burger, Del Taco

CVS Pharmacy

Kiwanis dropoff box for aluminum can recycling

Party City

Starbuck's

Ross Dress for Less

Office Depot

Petco

 

 

Shopping By Casinos

If you've booked a great room deal, find out what stores are nearby.

 

Atlantis Casino

 

The Reno Town Mall is across the street. Stores here are Raley's supermarket, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, Les Schwab Tire Center, and Burlington Coat Factory. Walgreen's is 0.2 miles north of the casino, on S. Virginia. Open 24 hours. 3800 S. Virginia

 

Peppermill Casino

Businesses within walking distance include

 

Firestone Tire & Service Center

2515 S Virginia, 829-2880

Walgreen's

3495 S Virginia 824-0880

open 24 hours

 

Metropawn 51 E Grove St 828-0770

 

Buggy Bath Car Wash is next door at 2525 S Virginia St

826-6679 Open Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-5.

They have full service detailing and wash RVs.  Waits can be long after Burning Man.

 


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