Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Zoe's Trunk fosters a love of fabric and sewing through scores of quilting and textile supplies, creative classes, and a skilled stitching staff keen on sharing their craft. The two-hour eco-bag-building class welcomes six seamsters of all experience levels to create reusable bags ideal for toting groceries, beach toys, or buffalo nickels (an $18 value). Each participant gets a kit including pre-cut vinyl mesh for the bag’s body and a choice of colorful fabrics for the trim (a $17 value), which are assembled under the instructor’s guidance. Students should bring their own thread and a sewing machine, though Zoe's Trunk also has three machines available for participants.
Tigerlilly Trunk Show opens its doors thrice monthly to display an array of stylish raiments, all ferried in limited quantities from Los Angeles's Fashion District. Owners Kristen and Andrea go on excursions each month to stock their shop with a regularly rotating collection of chic pieces, each as unique as a snowman's fingerprint. Flatter frames with a bevy of blouses ($30–$38), hats ($28), and dresses ($35–$40), or tastefully garnish every extremity with watches ($20). LA Idol jeans, capris, and shorts spruce up lower limbs and bestow wearers with all the Hollywood elegance of a piggyback ride from Greta Garbo ($45–$55).
Featuring a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility stocked with entertaining inflatables, Bounce Jungle caters to energy-abundant kids and their break-seeking parents. Children of all ages can run and bounce in a safe environment devoid of stiff bedposts or excavated Grecian urns while their parents enjoy free admission and WiFi. Bounce Jungle’s inflatables are sanitized regularly to ensure that germs don’t proliferate, and the facility requires everyone to wear socks, which are also available for purchase. As they boing and ka-pwing, kids at Bounce Jungle will learn valuable social interaction skills—which will come in handy in the future when their hologram phone runs out of batteries or their jetpack breaks down on the side of the flyway.
Hop aboard an antique tractor to take a hayride tour of The Windmill Winery, which spans more than 100 acres of Arizona countryside, boasting historical buildings and breath-stealing scenery. Visitors can wind through the working farm to see a collection of early 20th-century buildings plus a host of farm animals humming nursery rhymes under their breath. Wine sippers can then drink in views of two lakes, the Gila River, and the Superstition Mountains before heading into the 1920s dairy barn to test palates with five signature wines culled from small and organic wineries. Learn about each wine's origin and how to pair it with the right culinary sidekicks, then sate grumbling bellies with a freshly grilled meal served on the back porch of the First Pinal County Sheriff's House. The night will wind down under the stars with a bonfire, s'mores, and bone-chilling stories about pairing fish and red wine.
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.