Cindy Dach stocks her “art boutique” with bright red Moleskine calendars, the latest Miranda July stories, and locally made jewelry—including handcrafted silver rings, crystal earrings, and glittery poker-chip necklaces. She carries hard-to-find magazines such as Metropolis, and selects the best work of local creative types: votives by sculptor Jeremy Bridell, wall-size felt squirrels by artist Cyndi Coon, and monster-print T-shirts by illustrator and sculptor Roy Wasson Valle. Dach is also the general manager of the city’s best independent bookstore, Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe; (480)730-0205;

Tip: Sign up for the newsletter on the shop’s Web site for info about workshops (on beading, knitting, chocolate-dipping) and occasional theme shows; in the past they’ve flaunted artists’ collections of cookie jars, birdhouses, and clocks.

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