Descending from three generations of dairy farmers, siblings Casey and Alison Stechnij carry on their family's legacy by maintaining Superstition Farm's 30 acres. The brother-and-sister duo regularly shepherd informative tours through the landscape, summoning horses, chickens, goats, and sheep to greet guests and share their perspectives. The four-legged residents also assist in horseback riding lessons and appearances at the onsite petting zoo.
Every Thursday, local food trucks flock to Superstition Farm for a weekly market, where they vend fresh produce, breads, and meats alongside the farm's own dairy products, including the house-made Udder Delights brand of ice cream and artisanal cheeses. Superstition Farm further disseminates its farm-fresh cuisine via a 30-foot-long food truck that makes appearances at local events and defends cattle against the persistent threat of monster trucks.
With the dry Southwest climate in mind, the employee-owned Dunn-Edwards has been manufacturing paints and mixing up myriad kaleidoscopic colors for more than 85 years. Paint dabblers visit Dunn-Edwards for free expert color consultations with its resident interior designers, who help find the appropriate color combination for each individual's abode. Upon request, customers can also receive two free 8-ounce paint samples to try out on their walls.
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.
To give your home a forested, prehistoric feel, a well-placed five-gallon hibiscus ($25) provides an affordable alternative to renting dozens of velociraptors. Pick up a five-gallon bougainvillea or a 15-gallon young sissoo, mesquite, or ficus tree ($70) to establish a wood-based clique unseen since roving gangs of marionettes ruled the streets. Complete the yard with a one-gallon asparagus fern ($5).
Equipped with years of experience as an interior decorator, Azalea’s owner Lori Watts curates an eclectic set of contemporary furnishings and dazzling jewelry. Sparkle hounds can sniff out gems such as the pearl jewelry box ($30) and jeweled frames ($45). Meanwhile, the numbered wine glasses prevent involuntary drink swappage and encourage guests’ polite debate about the merits of arithmetic ($15). Groupon buyers can also take a chunk out of the cost of bigger ticket items such as the duck-footed dresser mirror ($88) or the oversized glazed ceramic chip and dip ($95).
The friendly staff at Statewide Lighting helps visitors illuminate their dark domiciles with a showroom that unveils a beaming variety of decorative and functional lighting accouterments. People can line the hallways of their homes with stylish ceramic wall sconces ($21 each) or grant their kitchens the gift of light with dangling mini pendants ($59.50 each). The elegantly shaped Tiffany lamp ($174.90) can be used to accent a side table or to shoo away loitering shadow puppets, and the cast-iron coach light ($51.50) offers a clear view of the outdoors during nighttime hours. Any of Statewide Lighting’s fixtures can be installed by one of their industrious illuminators at an additional charge.