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.
Harper's Nursery & Landscape Co has been in the Harper family for three generations, and little has changed about the business since it was established in 1945. On the eight-acre farm behind their Mesa location, their team cultivates a wide array of plants in every state. They're so confident in their plants, they guarantee that each one will last its normal life expectancy, as long as customers follow simple care instructions. In addition to maintaining a huge variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, the team also performs landscaping services on-site and on-location, helping clients plan out a picturesque garden or shrine to Martha Stewart, the gardening queen.
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 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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.