At more than 2,600 stores in more than 30 countries, Dunkin' Donuts serves coffee and iced beverages, fresh-baked donuts and desserts, and savory breakfast sandwiches. Since Bill Rosenberg opened the first location in Quincy, MA, in 1950, the donut shop has blossomed into a one-stop coffee and breakfast restaurant familiar to millions of morning rushers and afternoon sippers.
Behind the counter of each location, glazed french crullers twist and curve like Parisian city streets, and Bavarian Kreme donuts are filled with a sweet, golden custard. A cavalcade of meats is available for piling onto breakfast sandwiches, such as sausage, cherrywood-smoked bacon, or ham enveloped with fluffy eggs and melty cheese between a choice of crisp crusts. Health-conscious risers can fuel strenuous bouts of lifting cars in the drive-thru line with a Wake-Up wrap, which offers options such as egg whites with turkey sausage or veggies that add up to as few as 150 calories. Both sweet and savory selections pair well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a creamy, frozen Coolatta drink.
Though commuters can snag a quick pick-me-up within minutes, the wafting aromas of baking confections invite patrons to sit inside and embark on nostalgic reminiscences of syrup-coated playground slides. Beyond the bakery walls, the company aims for social responsibility with its support of community volunteer efforts and use of 100% fair-trade-certified espresso beans.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Stone Creek Furniture
Combining the ancient art of carpentry with efficient contemporary tools and designs, Stone Creek Furniture's skilled craftspeople construct custom-designed cabinetry, home furnishings, and office equipment out of sturdy, top-quality hardwoods. Regal beds, towering entertainment centers, and armoires swathed in more than 25 finish colors command attention at display stations scattered throughout four showrooms.
The knowledgeable woodsmiths can also tailor custom creations according to clients’ specific tastes, adorning hutches with moldings and hammering out personalized dressers to fit specific wall dimensions or cardigans made out of plate mail. Chic built-in embellishments revivify rooms with styles ranging from contemporary to classic, and full-scale kitchen and bathroom remodeling can transform staid spaces into fresh, functional workspaces.
Jean Eyre lives a busy life. When not busy filling her three Lighting Design show rooms across Arizona and Utah, the interior decorator also juggles a family and her own electrical contracting business. Yet her passion, dedication, and keen eye for style have helped her and Lighting Design earn recognition from Parade of Homes and guest appearances on ABC 4.
Elegant light fixtures and floor lamps by brands such as Murray Feiss and Emerson light up the Chandler location’s 11,600 square feet of show-room space. Within, a skilled sales staff—trained in interior design and certified by the American Lighting Association—guides customers to the best illumination for their living room, bathroom, or coal mine with free in-home consultations. Aside from lighting, the shop also stocks elegant home accents, such as rugs and vases, and chic furniture, including cocktail tables and bookcases.
Since 1988, the deal-hunters at Dry Clean Super Saver (Arizona) have connected customers with a trustworthy network of dry-cleaning and automotive-repair technicians. Armed with easy-to-use punch cards, clients save huge amounts money on dry cleaning and automotive maintenance, the two costliest household expenses after plumbing repair and poltergeist removal. The association of participating cleaners and garages stretches across the country, ensuring that cardholders can remove stains from a dress shirt or change an oil filter wherever they happen to be.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.