Rated the #1 speed-reading software on multiple occasions by TopTenReviews, The Literacy Company’s speed-reading program, The Reader’s Edge, upgrades word wranglers' skills through easily grasped, computer-based exercises. The professional-level packages dethrone bad reading habits and crown students with improved literacy, increasing ravenous readers' word consumption, material comprehension, and text recall without mechanical assistance or cheat codes. The online option invites up to five budding book crunchers to partake in Internet-based tutelage, and the downloadable package allows every lesson plan to be saved on two Windows-based PCs.
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 stitch hand-painted canvases. Her shop also boasts a full range of threads in every color of the rainbow, as well as hand-painted canvases and beads and embellishments to help students bring their canvases to life.
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.
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.
By their estimate, Kelly and Steve Fischer have taught thousands of people how to scuba-dive. As the course director and IDC staff instructor, respectively, at Phoenix Scuba, they draw from more than a decade of expertise to lead a team of master dive instructors, certified open-water instructors, and assistant scuba instructors. These coaches all follow the PADI curriculum to teach students basic through advanced diving skills, such as navigating underwater or bartering with dolphins. Open-water and advanced open-water certification courses lead the way with hands-on lake dives, and can open the door to specialized courses such as rescue diver or NITROX enriched air certifications.
Phoenix Scuba's instructors don't just limit their instruction to local waters: the school has also led extended trips to dive sites in the waters of Belize, Grand Cayman, and Fiji, among others.
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.