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.
SAS Fabrics’ huge warehouse store is bare bones on the style side, but houses one of the largest collections of fabrics and sewing accessories in the Valley. Piles and piles of choices beckon, from elegant contemporary fabrics to budget staples to curious vintage patterns. Some of the designs are fun, like the Scooby Doo Where are You? fabric, while others are pure posh, in bolts of expensive silks. Bringing it all together are mountains of fancy lace trims, functional elastic, zippers, appliqués and beads. Items like belly dancer belts, sequins and tiaras make this the perfect place to do some costume shopping.
Humans are creatures of habit, a mentality that naturally influences how and what we eat. The philosophy behind Lasting Control Weight Management stems from the belief that humans are creatures of habit. Those habits influence how people eat, and the weight-loss experts acknowledge this. They understand that their patients have favorite foods and often a favorite amount to eat, which is how their evaluations have a unique goal: they create healthy appetites as opposed to just healthy diets.
To do this, the counselors go back to the basics. Their medically supervised nutritional-counseling sessions diagram food groups, food combinations, and how the body as a whole breaks down food instead of lazily expecting the teeth to do all the work. This fundamental approach spreads to the home, where pantries are cleared of unhealthy foods and replenished with natural items. The staff can also facilitate change by doling out vitamin supplements, planned menus, prescriptions, and B6, B12, or lipotropic injections.
At Bead World, internationally sourced beads fall in heavy ropes from their wall mounts. The sheer volume and the quality of these handpicked beads have earned the shop accolades from publications such as the Phoenix New Times, which gushed that the store carries “every conceivable type of bead”, including Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, and Czech glass beads in “refreshingly remarkable” quality. But you don’t have to be an expert to set foot in the store, since each month Bead World hosts 20 classes that furnish people with the space and tools they need to create their own jewelry. Each class comes with a 20% discount for a one-time purchase so that students can stock up on African trading beads, freshwater pearls, or children’s teeth recovered from fairies who lost their licenses. A portion of the two stores’ proceeds goes to local charities.
The name probably doesn’t make you think of LPs and CDs, but that’s what this independently owned treasure chest of a record store sells. A Valley favorite for nearly 30 years, the name comes partly for the excellent curating abilities of the staff, who “weed” out any “stinker” albums, focusing on hand-picked works by everyone from well-known and completely obscure artists. The industrial style building in central Phoenix contains listening booths for previewing tunes, a groovy selection of t-shirts and acts as a hub for local concert ticket sales. Asking questions is encouraged, too, since the Stinkweeds staff is near obsessive about finding that perfect artist for everyone.
Kid to Kid is an upscale children's and maternity resale store that buys clothing, toys, furnishings, and baby gear before selling it back at affordable prices. Before making the cut, all clothes and shoes must be deemed certifiably elite in stylishness, cleanliness, and newishness. Items are hand-selected by discerning staffers who put them through an intense screening process in which the gems make the rack and damaged duds are sent back. Parents can decorate the hair off young ones with fashionable bows ($2.99+) or cloak growing kids in discount clothing ($5.50), such as coats, gloves, hats, socks, and a varied array of shoes. Shoppers can find brands such as Gap and Gymboree, and moms-to-be can find fashions for themselves and their baking buns. Kid to Kid also styles nurseries with rockers, crib linens, and dressers. Each piece of equipment and each toy is squeaky-clean and well-mannered, always poised for an invite to the most exclusive teddy-bear picnics.