Like superheroes swooping in to spread joy, Payne and Morrison Florist stocks and delivers florals in rainbow-besting shades year-round. Payne and Morrison Florist is owned and operated as a family business, and the folks manning the counters within treat each customer with the reverence of family, helping elevate occasions with bright buds, tropical arrangements, dried flowers, and potted plants. Each season brings new blooms, which can add elegance to dining-room tables sharing space with an accompanying gift basket from the shop. With a knack for arranging the baskets with the store’s stock of candles and gourmet fruits, each package ordered commemorates the gift receiver and gives the gift giver an inner warmth that can only come from feeling so good they forgot all about standing under the sun.
Nationwide Vision Center enhances patients' sight with eye care, eyewear, and advanced laser corrective procedures. During comprehensive exams, the eye care specialists seek out early signs of diabetes-related issues, glaucoma, and cataracts. The team of optometrists and ophthalmologists has also provided LASIK corrective treatments for over 35,000 clients using FDA-approved laser systems.
The store stocks over 1,200 frames from brands such as Guess, Prada, and Calvin Klein. For lenses, treatment options such as photochromatic auto-tinting and anti-reflective coating protect eyes from harsh rays and nightly tussles with the paparazzi.
Reflections Bingo, named Best Bingo joint in both 2008 and 2009 by the Phoenix New Times, has drawn flocks of players for more than 20 years to compete in cash-prize games that ultimately benefit local arts and entertainment causes. A real human rather than an electronic machine calls out numbers so players don't have to translate robotic bleeps and bloops. Reflections Bingo features a different game every evening, such as the $9 special session, which features a $1,000 jackpot every night. A portion of game proceeds go toward local charities such as the Young Sounds of Arizona, Phoenix Federation of Musicians, and the Phoenix Chorale.
A flurry of paintballs whiz through the air, splattering their targets with brightly colored pigment. Players at the outdoor Buckeye Xtreme Sports can find cover in the midst of the desert landscape behind bunkers, haystacks, or in fox holes. The location boasts two large fields and on-site CO2 and compressed-air filling stations, and nocturnal players can enjoy nighttime matches during the summer from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The team members at Halo Nail Salon and Spa specialize in the art of pampering. During their relaxing spa pedicures, a sextet of aromatherapy products causes stress and tension to float away through the ventilation system. Likewise with massages, which range from soothing Swedish strokes to trigger-point therapy—a technique designed to relieve pain and oust toxins. Facials leave pores dewy and rejuvenated, and waxing treatments banish unwanted body hair from legs, bikini lines, and brows.
The canny crafters at the Creative Quest teach a variety of classes in bookbinding and card making, and the shop stocks a variety of raw materials for independent expression. Each class ($20+) is taught by one of the store's artists, who assists students in completing individually meaningful projects. After perusing each month's schedule, feel free to get regularly acquainted with text in the Book of the Month class ($25), which focuses on bookbinding technique, or elect to Play With Judy ($25), which follows the creation of six greeting cards with an intense pickup game of paper football. Make and Take ($2), which runs every Wednesday and Thursday, allows an opportunity for participants to craft a card for friends, loved ones, or fake credit unions. The Creative Quest supplies solo artistic ventures with rubber stamps ($3–$15) and quality papers ($4–$8) in myriad colors and textures.