Lauded by reporters from Tropolism as "the coolest yoga studio of all time," and available for rental for private events, Yoga Deva was designed by Phoenix-based architects Blank Studio to serve as a calming sanctuary from the zooming cars and bustling sidewalks of the outside world. Long, walnut benches and a radiant-blue wall greet visitors in the front lobby, drawing them toward a sunlit yoga room with towering mirrors and white, wavy ceilings.
Serenity and balance in the studio is a must for owner, Davis, who aims to deepen the mind-body awareness of all who enter. At the studio, she uses all natural modern technology to promote pain relief and anti-aging benefits. After sustaining numerous injuries during her two-decade career as a professional ballet dancer, Davis found relief through inner reflection, which she harnessed during her time as a body-centered psychotherapist, and movement. Today, she channels her love of meditation and physical action into yoga, helming a team of certified instructors who lead classes in a variety of styles ranging from Vinyasa flow to Yin yoga. Sessions cater to students of all levels and can be modified to personally cater to clients. During each session, they guide students through poses and stretches designed to soothe the mind, heal the body, and enhance flexibility. The instructors strive to create a sanctuary of silence in the yoga room, requesting that guests leave all cellphones, pagers, and singing animatronic trout in the dressing room. In addition to yoga, Yoga Deva also offers therapeutic massage therapy to ease minds and sore muscles.
Brother-sister duo and third-generation dairy farmers Casey and Alison Stechnij grew up climbing haystacks and getting up at 5 a.m. to feed the animals. After they graduated from college, Casey returned to the dairy business and Alison left for the corporate world—but she yearned to return to her roots after more than a decade. Today, Casey and Alison have opened Superstition Farms for tours so that everyone can get a taste of the rural life and sample treats that garnered the business Edible Phoenix’s Local Hero Award in 2011 for best Food Artisan.
Casey, Alison, and their team transform their farm-fresh dairy products into homemade farmer's cheeses and delectable desserts available inside Udder Delights, the farm's "tastery." Handcrafted butter comes in flavors such as local honey, chocolate, or bacon, based on which TV dinners the cows chose the night before. The culinary team concocts small batches of ice cream using short lists of local ingredients to yield flavors such as sweet potato, cherry sorbet avocado, and chocolate birthday cake. When the New Times awarded Udder Delights their 2009 award for Best Chocolate Milkshake, they said it "hits every mark—chocolate taste, creaminess, and richness—on our checklist." Guests can order sea-salt-caramel cupcakes or request custom ice-cream cakes for birthday parties, graduation galas, and welcoming new freezers into the family.
Boasting a 100% cage-free environment and over 8,000 total sq. feet, Gilbert Dogs 24/7 & Chandler Dogs 24/7 keep pups active as they romp around in open playrooms supervised by well-trained staff on grounds open 24 hours a day. The boarding facility screens every dog during a behavioral evaluation conducted prior to admission. All pooches that pass are free to run around the daycare gnawing on toys, crafting canine art, and acquiring best friends who don’t ever demand that they fetch newspapers or platters bearing three-course meals. Supervising staff members are certified dog lovers and have completed an Interpreting Dog Body Language seminar to help diffuse potential conflicts in the playroom, and film videos of pups having fun to show to returning owners. For clients leaving their pups for an extended period, the facility’s overnight boarding service allows owners to rest easy knowing that an overnight staff member is always on hand to comfort canines after nightmares of losing at poker. The shop rounds out its canine-comforting service menu with shuttle rides to appointments or puppy field trips, courses in obedience training, and spa grooming sessions in which pups are washed, dried, and brushed until coats gleam with a healthy shine.
Dog trainers Danny and Silvia Wilson founded Bark Busters Home Dog Training in Australia in 1989, hoping to help reduce the number of dogs abandoned or euthanized because of their behavioral problems. More than two decades later, their business has grown to incorporate more than 400 franchises worldwide and has helped more than 750,000 dogs live harmoniously with their human counterparts. Rather than bribing pups with treats or applying punitive methods such as shock collars, Bark Busters’ therapists follow a training system based on canine communication and pack behavior. Dogs instinctively respond to these body-language and voice-control techniques, which therapists customize to suit each dog’s personality and each family’s needs and lifestyle. Over the course of the training, therapists curb behavioral problems such as aggression, barking, jumping, gambling, and digging while teaching canine owners the leadership skills they need to make their pets feel confident and secure.
Bark Busters’ confidence in their services allows them to offer a lifetime-support guarantee. If the dog's behavior does not improve, therapists will work with the client for one year or for the lifespan of the dog—depending on the service purchased—at no additional charge.
Just because fingernails and toenails are small doesn't mean they can't be festive. The technicians at LaVie Nails gear up for each major holiday with themed nail art: patriotic colors for the 4th of July, green for St. Patrick's Day, and bright pastels for Easter. They even offer pink designs for Breast Cancer Awareness month, dappling nails with hearts and ribbons.
The technicians maintain attitudes that are just as cheery as their polish designs, and they prioritize continuing education to stay on top of mani-pedi trends. As they pamper clients in lipstick-red pedicure chairs, they wield thoroughly sterilized tools, conducting add-ons such as callus treatments, foot scrubs, and hot-stone massages. After their appointments, clients can browse LaVie's line of bejeweled sandals.
In addition to their polish, gel, and acrylic treatments, the staff members also administer custom facials. They pull from Dermalogica and PCA Skin products to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne and signs of aging to buildups of dead and zombified skin cells. Waxing services round out the spa menu with a focus on speed and comfort.
Bergies Coffee Roast House may have all the comforts of home—cozy couches and armchairs inside, an umbrella-shaded patio out front—but the coffee crafted by its owners, brothers Bruce and Brian Bergeson, is nothing like the stuff that comes from your kitchen coffee maker. They source their beans from countries all over the world, including Central and South America, Africa, and Indonesia, depending on which region’s crop is in season and weather forecast predicts the most frothed-milk storms. Once beans arrive, Bruce and Brian custom-roast them in small batches, painstakingly tracking the temperature every step of the way. Once they’ve reached their peak of aroma and flavor, one of the brothers performs a taste test to make sure the java lives up to the Bergies name. Strict freshness guidelines ensure this attention to detail doesn't go to waste—the beans that star in each cup at the coffeehouse are never more than two weeks old. And those cups are many. More than a dozen styles of hot and cold espresso drinks populate the menu, including unusual selections such as their signature iced Brucée. To complement their sips, visitors can find live music on the stone patio most Saturday evenings.