Ground Control’s cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its owner, Sean, who offsets his nightly bartending with daily travels as a professional pilot. He and his wife, Tara, have also lived abroad, a sojourn that developed their taste for European dining. Now settled in Arizona, executive chef Chris Ibarra still satisfies their cravings—and those of their patrons—with scoops of house-made gelato atop stuffed crepes, short ribs braised in Guinness, and custom wood-fired pizzas crowned in ingredients such as roma tomatoes, duck, and gouda. Open for three meals a day, the eatery also anoints glasses with exotic ingredients by serving rich espresso drinks, creative cocktails, and sippy cups of water from the Fountain of Youth. Live music fills the space every Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Nationwide Vision Center enhances patients' sight with eye care, eyewear, and advanced laser corrective procedures. During comprehensive exams, the eye care specialists seek out early signs of diabetes-related issues, glaucoma, and cataracts. The team of optometrists and ophthalmologists has also provided LASIK corrective treatments for over 35,000 clients using FDA-approved laser systems.
The store stocks over 1,200 frames from brands such as Guess, Prada, and Calvin Klein. For lenses, treatment options such as photochromatic auto-tinting and anti-reflective coating protect eyes from harsh rays and nightly tussles with the paparazzi.
A dental group owned locally by Arizona licensed dentists, SunWest Dental Centers cares for the oral health of the greater Phoenix area with budget-friendly family dentistry and custom dentures. Skilled dentists perform general services for adults and children such as fillings, crowns, and root canals, along with cosmetic treatments such as whitening. Onsite denture technicians fabricate dentures and flexible Valplast partials that can typically be completed in one or two visits and can also repair, reline, or recapture escaped dentures while patients wait.
Desert Skydiving Center carries people into the air in Cessna 182 and 206 planes and then sends them gleefully careening toward the ground. The center offers static parachuting, tandem jumping, and accelerated freefalls alongside experts. Participants can work with an instructor for 30-minutes to eight-hours, depending on the type of jump, before pulling on a parachute and jumping from two miles high. The ground grows rapidly as divers freefall with the wind whipping their faces before they pull the parachute cord and float to the ground or attempt to land on a passing goose.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
The nationally acclaimed pizzasmiths at Papa John's hand-toss dough in preparation for a miscellany of fresh meat, locally sourced veggies, and all-natural sauce. The menu sets out more than 15 toppings ($1–$1.50), such as pepperoni, black olives, and jalapeños, which adorn four sizes of original thin pizza ($7+) bedecked with fresh tomato sauce and cheese that unites the diverse ingredients much as a squabbling family is united by a love for pizza. Preselected topping combos ($11–$18) save stomachs from indecision; The Works proffers three types of meat, three vegetables, and olives, and the hawaiian barbecue chicken calls for a truce in the eternal fruit-veggie food fight with the addition of pineapple.