Individual measurements. Custom-cut fabric. Hand stitching. This is what it takes for the conscientious staff of Brother’s Tailors & Clothing Co. to craft just one custom-made suit to its exacting standards. They involve customers in every facet of their apparel’s design. The tailors’ hundreds of styles and fabrics, which come together for either a suit or one of Brother’s custom-made shirts for men or women, enable clients to customize their ensemble with great thoroughness. The shop also carries ready-made garments from well-respected designers such as Jack Victor, S. Cohen, Agave Denim, and Mezlan. Of course, since the shop houses a stable of skilled tailors, each of these off-the-rack pieces can be made to fit to virtual perfection with the help of alteration services. Brother’s Tailors can shorten suit sleeves and skirt hems, adjust oversize waists, and add zippers and pockets to sleeves so that they can achieve their dreams of becoming pants for a kitchen table’s legs.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them via 14 stores in the Twin City area and via the 5 stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
Bikram Yoga AZ’s coterie of certified instructors leads students through Bikram yoga’s 26 poses matched to two breathing exercises. Within a studio heated to at least 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. Each posture helps to temporarily decrease blood flow to specific areas of the body, sending in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin.
The right eyewear can achieve more than just utility—it can make a bold statement about the wearer and augment her or his natural beauty. With this attitude, EyeStop's knowledgeable staff channels their inner fashionistas to fit guests with minimalistic or artistic frames from Laura Ashley, Dakota Smith, and Vintage and Calligraphy. A team of licensed doctors evaluate the health and visual sharpness of eyes, fitting carefully selected frames with the proper lens to bring far-away surroundings and foregrounds back into focus. These doctors write prescriptions for contacts, single-vision and bifocal lenses—as well as trifocal lenses if you have another eye on your forehead—all of which are created in EyeStop's onsite lab.