In 2007, ABT Material Showroom upped its home-remodeling ante by opening a showroom—a central location for viewing cabinets, flooring, lighting, and plumbing products crafted by more than 50 manufacturers. Their windows and doors include both vinyl and aluminum dual pane windows and exterior doors that use advanced technology and are designed to be energy efficient and low maintenance. DIYers consult with ABT's knowledgeable staff, trading measurements and ideas for custom materials and advice. A broad range of eco-friendly products includes high-efficiency bulbs and items that contribute to a home's LEED certification. Professional design services are available to help customers personalize their dwellings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 18 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, Delia's team inspects, maintains, and cleans all manner of clothing and fabric, enhancing this service with free pickup and delivery. Founded in 1969, they're careful to ensure that each item gets the right kind of treatment. Sturdy material such as wool and cotton undergoes the standard cleaning. More delicate fabrics and garments with beads or sequins—cowboy outfits, for example—go through a gentler method that prevents any damage. To keep customers in the know, they've documented their means of fabric care in explicit detail online. Delia's crew also works to sew buttons back on, replace zippers, and make alterations.