Founded by two sisters who hold a passion for glass-based art, Kachina Stained Glass offers handpicked tools by manufacturers such as Morton, Inland, and Glastar, and hands-on classes in home decor and jewelry making. Customers can peruse the store's gift showcase for inimitable presents, tote in damaged glasswork for repairs, or commission an artist to create an original design for a stained-glass window or a particularly unsafe car windshield.
AZM’s experienced technicians shield precious coach interiors from the ravages of ultraviolet rays with three shades of custom-cut Solar Gard films. Eagle-eyed workers take sharp measurements of windows before computers cut perfectly shaped silhouettes from sheets of darkness left over from the night before. Adept hands smooth the film atop glass while taking care to chase away any loitering bubbles and creases. The film prevents up to 99% of ultraviolet light from cooking vehicles to potentially extend the lifespan of upholstery, diminish glare, and cool down interiors to preserve ice-cream cakes during cross-country road trips.
Magic Touch Mechanical's CEO Rich Morgan holds his employees to the company's lofty motto: "We do it better than it has to be." The company "builds" its craftsmen to reach this level via intensive and ongoing training with ACCA, the Heat Pump Council, Blue Energy Institute, and a multitude of other courses offered by local utilities. This heavy investment in its employees has made them some of Magic Touch's biggest fans, and they nominated the company for "Best Contractor to Work For in the USA" in the HVAC trade publication, ACHR The NEWS.
All that training certainly comes in handy in Magic Touch's line of work, which encompasses everything from residential duct cleaning and energy audits to commercial contracts for installing HVAC systems, heat pumps, and evaporative coolers. But no matter the size of the job, Magic Touch's technicians strive to do everything better than necessary, whether it's double-checking the final measurements of their 66-point A/C tune-up or dramatically exiting a home via chandelier.
Starting with two trucks and one phone, John Hardin and Wes Whitlock raced about Phoenix on air-conditioning, heating, and plumbing calls. That gumption guided Hardin Service Group from a humble two-man team to a fleet of licensed, insured, and background-checked technicians experienced with appliance brands from Trane to American Standard. In addition to keeping air and water flowing smoothly through homes, they also specialize in enhancing indoor air quality by eliminating dust, mold, and unlicensed coal mines from HVAC vents. Hardin's team strives to make every job as seamless as possible, offering online scheduling for both service appointments and estimates.
The factory-certified technicians behind Made in the Shade draw on more than 30 years of collective experience as they tint windows on cars, homes, and businesses. Certified by the International Window Film Association, these solar control experts guide customers through a show room full of samples before welcoming chariots into their air-conditioned shop. Their films, available in multiple shades, come backed with a lifetime warranty against peeling and cracking until the vehicle is sold or converted into a guesthouse. In addition to safety films that protect against break-ins and injuries, Made in the Shade vends a carbon ceramic film that blocks infrared light without interfering with satellites, GPS devices, or cellphones. Residential films not only protect homeowners and their families from UV rays but also the flooring, furniture and artwork inside homes. When they aren't giving autos smoky eyes, the techs block insidious sunbeams with blinds, drapes, and shutters.
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.