Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
Right off Madeira Beach's pristine, sandy shores, Barefoot Beach Hotel houses guests in swank suites, some of which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. White sand stretches from the hotel to the water so that guests can make their way to the waves without walking atop long stretches of foot-searing cement or mastering the art of levitation. Boat owners, meanwhile, can jaunt quickly across the street to rent a slip for their seafaring vessels. After a long day of lazing in the sun or swimming in the onsite outdoor pool, guests can use the in-room kitchenettes—replete with dishware, microwaves, and mini fridges—to prepare a pleasant end-of-the-day meal.
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.
Harper's Nursery & Landscape Co has been in the Harper family for three generations, and little has changed about the business since it was established in 1945. On the eight-acre farm behind their Mesa location, their team cultivates a wide array of plants in every state. They're so confident in their plants, they guarantee that each one will last its normal life expectancy, as long as customers follow simple care instructions. In addition to maintaining a huge variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, the team also performs landscaping services on-site and on-location, helping clients plan out a picturesque garden or shrine to Martha Stewart, the gardening queen.
Car models may have changed since 1968, but Quality Bumper’s skill at adding accessories and enhancements to vehicles hasn't. Whether they're working with a two- or four-door car, a truck, or an SUV, technicians work to keep vehicles and drivers at their best by applying glare- and UV-reducing window tints, truck bed protection, and performance products. The company also installs hitches to aid in towing boats, RVs, and stubborn children to the dentist. Front-end protection shields grills from bugs and extremely tall tumbleweeds, and contractor equipment makes difficult jobs easier by providing ladder racks and toolboxes that can be easily installed in the back of a truck.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up sprawls over 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, and attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play and lectures on refinancing mortgages on treehouses, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday party packages complete with private rooms, complimentary invites, and a veritable stockpile of extras to customize the celebratory shenanigans.