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Shop: Old and new at Dinosaurs & Roses

No, Dinosaurs & Roses is not the name of the next Cirque show (though we’d totally go see that). The quirkily named Dinosaurs & Roses (6029 W. Charleston Blvd., 258-1187) is here to put a new spin on resale shopping by bumping up the quality of merchandise and offering an upstairs art gallery devoted to more than 40 local artists, as well as donating part of their proceeds to a variety of local charities.

“The store has a mix of eclectic, vintage, refurbished, new and used products,” owner Michele Morgan-Devore explains. “We have everything from menswear, childrenswear, amazing jewelry, household items, magnificent china, purses, a real mix of everything.”

That everything spans both styles and eras. “We have gowns from the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s. We also have things that people have been hoarding in their closets for years, and vintage antique jewelry. We have quite a few things scattered around that you can find. Really, something for everybody in every era.”

The shop’s “something for everyone” ethos translates as well to the shop’s take on charity.

“We support everyone,” Morgan-Devore says. “We like to partner with other charities — not only charities, but the Hyde Park Middle School needed some new instruments, so we partnered with them and got them some instruments.” The store has also partnered with the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Poker Gives and cancer support group The Caring Place.

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“We do fundraisers as well — we reach and touch one life at a time, which is really the whole idea behind why we opened the shop,” Morgan-Devore says.

She also hopes to touch the art scene. Inspired by First Friday, she also created Second Sunday, a family-friendly art festival that takes place at the store on the second Sunday of every month. The event features food, music, and local artists. Info: www.dinosaursandroses.org.

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