Though it began as a used bookstore 30 years ago when Bob Schlesinger bought the place from his dad for $1, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has grown into a massive media clearinghouse. Bookmans gets its inventory from its customers, relieving them of CDs, comic books, video games and systems, musical instruments, and any other media that might be potential deal-breakers when bringing a tipsy Martha Stewart back to one's place. Find a copy of the Necronomicon to replace the one you left at the beach, revive your quixotic childhood dream of getting past level 3 in Battletoads, or remind yourself why you sold your ukulele jam band box set in the first place. Bookmans offers cash or store credit for those items and typically sells them for about half their original retail value—providing an incredible value for eco-conscious consumers who want to cut waste and avoid encouraging production of new DVDs of Battlefield Earth with their ironic purchase.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
At The Practice Tee Golf Academy, certified golf guru Bobby Saavedra supplies golfers of all skill levels with tips, tricks, and tools to help lower scores and boost course performance. Saavedra imparts his club-wielding wisdom in three private one-hour sessions set against a backdrop of sprawling Arizona desert. Adopting a custom-fit teaching methodology, Saavedra establishes each student’s goals, then crafts lessons based on individual swing style, range of motion, and aptitude for matching argyle patterns. The program shows golfers simple ways to tweak their strokes, possibly yielding more consistent ball contact, control, and an increase in ball-lobbing distance. After stitching up sinister slices and straightening rusty hooks, swingers-in-training can kick back with a complimentary DVD that allows them to witness the transformation of their swing from lesson to lesson as well as a montage of baby-sloth shenanigans.
For $37, you get eight sessions of weekend youth boot camp (an $80 value). Sessions are held every Saturday at the Batters Box in Marana from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. For $60, you get four weeks of unlimited adult boot camp sessions (a $177 value) and a 42-day meal plan (a $99 value; a $276 total value). Sessions are held at the Batters Box in Marana and Himmel Park in Tucson.
As their name implies, the technicians at Data Doctors see computers as patients, and look to cure CPU maladies rather than simply treating symptoms. In the span of a short wait, the team diagnoses the problem at hand and determines the best course of action, should it be repairs, upgrades, or complete replacements. The winner of a Spirit of Enterprise Award by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and fluent in both Windows and Mac systems, the computer sleuths root out viruses and spyware, optimize drives with defragmentation and registry cleaning, and even delve into cases to drive out fan-choking dust and infestations of robotic ants. Once services are complete, they chat with each customer to explain how best to prevent a return visit.
The team's expertise also extends to the sale and setting up of new computers, including the safe transfer of data from old hard drives to new ones. To keep businesses running smoothly, Data Doctors can set up new networks, lend supplemental IT help, and recover data lost to the void.