By their estimate, Kelly and Steve Fischer have taught thousands of people how to scuba-dive. As the course director and IDC staff instructor, respectively, at Phoenix Scuba, they draw from more than a decade of expertise to lead a team of master dive instructors, certified open-water instructors, and assistant scuba instructors. These coaches all follow the PADI curriculum to teach students basic through advanced diving skills, such as navigating underwater or bartering with dolphins. Open-water and advanced open-water certification courses lead the way with hands-on lake dives, and can open the door to specialized courses such as rescue diver or NITROX enriched air certifications.
Phoenix Scuba's instructors don't just limit their instruction to local waters: the school has also led extended trips to dive sites in the waters of Belize, Grand Cayman, and Fiji, among others.
In 2007, ABT Material Showroom upped its home-remodeling ante by opening a showroom—a central location for viewing cabinets, flooring, lighting, and plumbing products crafted by more than 50 manufacturers. Their windows and doors include both vinyl and aluminum dual pane windows and exterior doors that use advanced technology and are designed to be energy efficient and low maintenance. DIYers consult with ABT's knowledgeable staff, trading measurements and ideas for custom materials and advice. A broad range of eco-friendly products includes high-efficiency bulbs and items that contribute to a home's LEED certification. Professional design services are available to help customers personalize their dwellings.
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.
For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
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.
Street Eagle Motorcycle Rentals locations span the coasts, giving thrill-seekers the rides of their lives on new and late-model motorcycles available for rent. Shiny fleets of Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Victory, Honda, Yamaha, BMW, and custom-cruise motorcycles can roll out with customers through a 24-hour rental or a permanent sale. Riders can test out the engines on the sporty BMW R 1200 GS or the Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, a black-on-black mechanical masterpiece with an engine note that alerts onlookers and nearby Batman impersonators to the bike’s sleek design.