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.
The traveling technicians at IllumiNation Window & Door Co specialize in installing GE Energy Star-rated windows and doors that flood homes with natural light and help to retain heat or cool air. Their selection of energy-efficient windows includes fiberglass as well as panels with aluminum, vinyl, and wood trim. The door selection, meanwhile, is even more specialized, ranging from glass-paned French and bi-fold patio doors to special iron-fronted security doors. In addition to installing these fresh new portals, technicians will also replace and dispose of any old windows and doors, and back each service with a lifetime guarantee.
When her job in the corporate world proved too stressful, Lisa Kessler started practicing needlepoint. She found that embellishing canvases with tiny, delicate stitches was a great way for her to unwind, and also gave her a creative outlet. She took that passion and transformed it into BeStitched, a needlepoint shop and school that strives to bring the joy of needlepoint to each customer. Here, Kessler teaches students how to fill in pre-colored canvas patterns with stitches and beadwork or design original works of art out of delicate thread. Her shop also boasts a full range of threads in every color of the rainbow, as well as canvases and craft supplies to help students bring their new hobbies home with them.
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.
Though air conditioning takes top billing at 24/7 AC, the company actually works with all heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment, performing installations, repairs, and maintenance on units by brands including Trane, Lennox, and Carrier. In addition to working on the units themselves, technicians can support heating and cooling systems' overall efficiency by cleaning ducts and upgrading home insulation. Many of 24/7 AC's staff is NATE certified, and all services are completely licensed and bonded.
Homeowners shouldn't have to think about their garage doors—they should just work when and as needed. Since 1997, Precision Overhead Door Service has worked to keep their clients' minds off their garage doors and gates so that they can focus on more important things such as choosing their front doorbell jingle. To this end, their team of certified repair technicians fixes spring lifts and installs new door systems. During service calls, the team arrives on trucks loaded with parts and equipment from a slew of notable brands including LiftMaster, Marantec, and Genie.