Charge It: Shopping in Palm Springs
By Neal Broverman
With all the celebrities and gay people — and gay celebrities — running around Palm Springs, it's only natural there are great places to drop some coin in the city. Wandering down Palm Canyon Drive is a perfectly wonderful way to spend a day in P.S. (if it's not too hot), perusing the shops and stopping for a drink every 45 minutes or so. Here's some highlights on the city's main drag and just beyond.
515 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
This store really lives up to its name; it's like stepping into a stylish friend's hip New York pad (where everything can be yours). Gay owner Stephen Monkarsh has a beautiful array of home decor, pet accessories, and coffee table books on art, architecture, and fashion. The five-year-old store is the only place to find Jonathan Adler products in the Coachella Valley, only one of three boutique stores to carry the luxury line of Assoluline books, and the only store to sell MOMA products outside New York's Museum of Modern Art. Don't be surprised if you lose an hour or more sniffing candles, sitting on expertly-made chairs, and perusing tomes on Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel.
Modern Home Design Showroom
2500 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste B5, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Springs is known around the world as a center of mid-century design, offering the best of 1940s-60s architecture and home design. The Modern Home Design Showroom, right in the middle of town, let's all those who love the look of Mad Men outfit their home in the style of Don and Betty Draper. Pottery, clocks, countertops, flooring, hardware, lighting, and more is all available in this commercial and residential showroom. This is a great activity after brunch, but the showroom is closed on Sunday, so plan on making a mid-week or Saturday trip.
891 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
So, you didn't pack enough leisure wear for your Palm Springs weekend? Trina's got you covered. This store is really the epitome of California cool with fitted shirts and well-cut pants that won't have you looking like your lecherous uncle or clueless aunt on a Caribbean cruise. There are also a collection of bathing suits that manage to be both sexy and tasteful and more formal wear that will get you through the door at P.S.'s most glamorous restaurants. Don't forget to check out Trina Turk's home accessories, with pillows, drink sets, coffee table books, and bedding.
Mischief Cards and Gifts
210 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Located in the middle of Palm Springs' intimate gay village, gay-owned Mischief sells an assortment of hangable art, photographs, cards, jewelry, and other small gifts. The back area of Mischief lives up to its names with adult toys and accessories.