Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.
Named Best Vinyl by the Phoenix New Times for the past two years, Revolver Records' shelves spilleth over with upward of 25,000 new and quality used LPs, alongside a mélange of other music-centric accessories. Aspiring DJs and sonic purists can stock up on new and used records ranging from recent releases and prog rock to avant-garde recordings of haunting silence (most cost $1¬–$4.99). Terraced racks of CDs (most cost $4.99¬–$7.99) house an aural cornucopia of albums to sustain boombox-buttressing shoulders. The shop also peps enervated peepers with DVDs (most cost $5.99¬–$7.99), posters, and other artist memorabilia, and a collection of turntables rounds out the melodious miscellany. Perusal takes place amid the disk-lined brick walls and merchandised rows that transform Revolver's snug confines into an incubator for musical discovery.
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.
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.
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.
Recognized by the Phoenix New Times as the Best Place to Prep for Your Project Runway Audition in 2009, The Bernina Connection provides the sewing set with a variety of fabrics, notions, equipment, and Bernina sewing machines. The shop also helps its customers reach their needle-wielding potential with both an eclectic schedule of classes that emphasize quilting, embroidery, and good grammar. Stay warm during Phoenix's famously brutal winters by creating an aesthetically pleasing cover in one of the art quilt classes (usually $30) or replace your worn-out hobo's bindle during a four-hour carry-all bag class ($30). The Amy Butler and Friends Sewing Circle Series, meanwhile, focuses on popular designer Amy Butler ($25 per session). Otherwise, live out sartorial fantasies with the Urban T-Shirt class ($30) or learn to hem without hawing in Hem Those Jeans! ($10). Students can also sign up for instruction on a number of specialty projects, such as golf-club covers, napkins, or life-sized reproductions of ancient Babylonian ziggurats. Each class accommodates about a dozen people to ensure that everyone gets plenty of one-on-one attention.