Cloud-capped mountains provide a majestic backdrop for DeWitt Stables, a full-service boarding and riding stable nestled along the Salt River. There, visitors may feel as though they’ve been transplanted into a Western movie, surrounded by high-stacked bails of hay, empty wagons resting unhinged, and roosters chugging energy drinks after a 4 a.m. call time. Horses bear riders along scenic trails during lessons or romantic dates and lead seasonal wagon rides through winter and autumn, when DeWitt Stables also opens its annual pumpkin patch. When they aren’t busy riding in parades or celebrating the changing seasons on the stables, staffers also host horse, mule, and wagon auctions and make birthdays extra special with petting-zoo parties.
The expert purifiers from Pretty in Pink Cleaning Services show up on doorsteps equipped with home-sanitizing tools that abolish domestic dirt and dust during in-depth scrubbing sessions. All grime-eliminating plans are customized to meet a client’s domicile-dusting goals, regardless of the home’s size or number of boarding raccoons. Brooms dance up stairways and sponges skate across bathroom surfaces. Cleaners whirl through houses and apartments like gleam-leaving dervishes, taking out trash, vacuuming, and washing windows. If clients are dissatisfied, a tidying brigade will return to re-scour surfaces at no additional charge.
In more ways than one, Upper Crust is the best of two worlds. Though the menu was inspired by Brooklyn pizza parlors—evidenced by stromboli and thin-crust specialty pies—there are also slightly more upscale dishes, such as stuffed mushrooms and crème brûlée. Beyond the all-ages dining room, a separate wine bar for guests 21 and over features Old World and New World varietals, as well as a rotating selection of craft beers. Throughout the space, the red-and-white checkered tablecloths feel familiar, but plasma TVs and corrugated metal panels over brick walls introduce modern touches.
The veteran marketing and real-estate professionals who teach at Arizona Academy of Real Estate frequently update course content to keep students in step with Arizona's real-estate and lending-licensing requirements. In-class or online programs prepare students to market and sell properties or become real-estate brokers who use their skills to assist either buyers or sellers.
Potential mortgage brokers and loan originators learn the ethics, mortgage laws, and secret handshakes necessary to gain bankers' trust, and practicing real-estate and lending agents can update their reservoir of knowledge with continuing-education classes. Once students earn their seller's wings, the academy's list of career partners gives new agents an opportunity to meet with local real-estate leaders and compare smiles.
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.
The expert dirt devils at Master Cleaning Services bring their peerless cleaning prowess to homes throughout the valley. A crew of three trained and friendly staff members arrives onsite to tease dust out of its hiding place, armed with all the equipment, supplies, and one-line koans necessary to get the job done. In the course of 90 minutes, the filth-fighting triumvirate surveys the landscape and sculpts a tidier home via artful use of vacuums, mops, rags, and brooms. Bonded and insured, Master Cleaning Services employs green products on request and can accommodate large-scale products such as spring cleaning or a pre- or postmove dustup.