Eden GardenHouse's attentive staff curates the feel of an outdoor garden by bringing pottery, trellises, and terra cotta accents together as a backdrop for the home-accents shop. The assortment of house- and condo-beautifying products includes lamps, candles, finials, and pictures. Clients can choose items for themselves or bring an Eden consultant into their home to help them decorate unadorned sitting rooms or floating houseboats stripped of décor by thieving seagulls. A children’s garden room nestles inside Eden, where the branches of a tree mural hang over a play area full of garden-inspired toys such as rakes, watering cans, and riding lawnmowers. The space also plays host to children’s workshops where they work with parents to complete a garden art project.
Darlin’s Flowers crafts and delivers scented sentiments with gorgeous bouquets. Shoppers can commemorate any occasion, from a birthday to the completion of another Earth year, with a cornucopia of fresh flowers, plants, or gift baskets, such as the Stunning Beauty Bouquet with red roses, pink lilies, purple irises, and purple asters ($62.99). The ambitious More Than Love Bouquet showcases stargazer lilies, burgundy mini carnations, dark-pink snapdragons, and pale-pink roses in a square tapered vase ($54.99), forcing passion-laden blood into the cheeks of paramours. For a longer-lasting impression, the tongue-twisting Spathiphyllum's broad green leaves and teardrop-shaped white flowers bloom indoors regardless of one’s pollinating abilities ($57.99).
Filled with insightful reporting and eye-catching photography, the glossy pages of Phoenix Magazine broadcasts the latest in Valley news and trends to more than 385,000 readers. Armed with monthly print issues or digital access, subscribers zero in on new places to shop or dine out, the best place to buy a house, or top-rated health professionals to ask about that spot on their elbow that looks weirdly like their late grandmother Ethel. Annual Best of the Valley issues crown the area's best-loved sushi restaurants, Indian buffets, live music venues, and bands, as well as local celebrities.
Phoenix Magazine also publishes several themed supplements throughout the year. The special Medical Directory compiles information on over 7,000 different physicians, helping readers take charge of their health, while the yearly Arizona Travel Guide helps to plan vacations with features on destinations such as the Grand Canyon or Tubac.
Mind Over Batter, a confectionery delight in the heart of Tempe, opened its doors on Valentine's Day 2011 and shortly thereafter won the Phoenix New Times' annual Best Cupcakes award. After being dismayed by the banality of store-bought desserts and the lack of business ethic among shadowy sheet-cake cartels, the team at Mind Over Batter decided to set out on their own, eventually expanding their labor of love to two different locations in Tempe and Gilbert. The shops bake cupcakes in an array of traditional and less common flavors, such as peanut butter and strawberry or chocolate chip and fudge, with the bite-sized cakes come adorned in glittering sugar crystals or technicolored layers of creamy icing. Cake pops weigh down skewers with cake spheres dunked into various buttercream icings and candy coatings. Custom-made cakes commemorate baby showers, weddings, or the weddings of love-struck babies with batters such as chocolate red velvet or classic butter yellow, and fillings such as chocolate ganache or seasonal fresh fruit.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
Since opening the barn doors back in 1984, Twisted Tree Farm's training facility has both fostered champion riders and horses and helped beginning equestrians first climb into the stirrups. Owner Janet Hischer began her own riding career at the age of 9, and today she oversees an expansive ranch peppered with cacti and stone alleyways. Resident mares keep cool with misters and ceiling fans in the 27-stall stable, perfecting their novels while waiting patiently for buckaroos to take them into the exercise ring or out on the natural trails. Boarding, training, and grooming services keep serious riders' steeds healthy and happy, and year-round group or private lessons let students of all experience levels hone their skills. Between saddling sessions, visitors are welcome to relax with beverages in the cantina, where couches and Internet access envelop them in Southwestern comforts as the Arizona sunset lights up the sky.