Filled with insightful reporting and eye-catching photography, the glossy pages of Phoenix Magazine broadcasts the latest in Valley news and trends to more than 385,000 readers. Armed with monthly print issues or digital access, subscribers zero in on new places to shop or dine out, the best place to buy a house, or top-rated health professionals to ask about that spot on their elbow that looks weirdly like their late grandmother Ethel. Annual Best of the Valley issues crown the area's best-loved sushi restaurants, Indian buffets, live music venues, and bands, as well as local celebrities.
Phoenix Magazine also publishes several themed supplements throughout the year. The special Medical Directory compiles information on over 7,000 different physicians, helping readers take charge of their health, while the yearly Arizona Travel Guide helps to plan vacations with features on destinations such as the Grand Canyon or Tubac.
Four Yelpers give Cactus Flower Florists' Camelback Road location a 3.5-star average, four Yelpers give its Bell Road location in Scottsdale a 3.5-star average, and five Insider Pagers give its Mesa location a perfect five-star average.
The pest police at Bug & Weed Mart outfit beleaguered homeowners with the necessary tools to beat back incursions of insects, rodents, and weeds. A regimen of Maxforce Professional Ant Bait ($23.99) removes pesky crumb-snatchers while keeping pets safe, and Gentrol Roach/Bedbug Sterilant does away with nocturnal ne'er-do-wells ($12.99). The Spray Doc Professional Pump Sprayer ($36) conjures up an anti-weed spell through its brass wand and nozzle, teleporting encroaching foliage to an extradimensional plant jail. No winged intruder goes unpunished with the Maxforce Professional Fly Killer ($14.99). To aid in the ongoing rodent resistance, the staff will provide step-by-step instructions on the proper use of all products, and will grease and clean sprayers free of charge.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
The home and garden gurus at The Green Goddess foster airy living spaces and premier patios with a varied line of products including ceramic planters, barbecue sets, and fire pits. Five gallons of shrubs ($14.99+) and one gallon of geraniums ($5.50) take root in flower beds, and ceramic containers ($25+) provide shelter for full-grown houseplants or children. Like exposing a steamy romance novel to a sparkler, Looftlighter grill starters ($80) ignite fires without the need for lighter fluid, and flexible Fire Wire kebob wires ($12) contort their meat- and veggie-filled bodies to meander around other grill occupants, filling spare space and saving cooking time.
Over the years, Lone Star Landscaping, Inc. has built an extensive portfolio of custom outdoor designs. Their punctual and precise artists plant gardens and outfit yards with built-in barbecues, fire pits, and stonewalls. While homeowners amble along their newly built pavers and decks, water fountains trickle and pavilions shelter outdoor-entertainment centers. Their techs can also armor homes with stone façades, giving them a rough-hewn appearance and a sure defense against Napoleon's army.