With more than 35 facilities spread across Arizona and California, California Arizona Storage Centers helps homeowners, renters, and business owners manage their living and working spaces with handy self-storage units, huge 14’ moving trucks, and safe stowing spaces for RVs, cars, and boats. Before freeing up valuable square footage in their domiciles, clients zero in on their exact storage-space requirement with a 3-D calculator, ensuring that every inch of storage is put to use. In addition to helping customers haul and stock cargo, California Arizona Storage Centers recycles computers, TVs, copiers, and other electronics through its All Green Electronics Recycling program, diverting more than 250,000 pounds of waste from landfills since 2010, and staving off the imminent nanobot uprising for at least a few more years.
At least in our cultural imagination, mid-century America was a place of grandeur and decadence—a throwback to the Jazz Age, but with all the trappings of modernity. Whether that place ever truly existed is debatable, but one thing isn’t: Mabel’s on Main has captured all of its intoxicating charms. From handcrafted cocktails to intricately embossed tin ceilings, Mabel’s leaves no detail unaccounted for in its reconstruction of a lost era. Indeed, it’s hard not to feel like a character from Mad Men while sipping on a classic gin martini or any of the bar’s other signature cocktails. Meanwhile, the rest of the menu betrays more contemporary influences with a focus on flatbread pizzas, gourmet burgers, and artisanal cheese platters. If you’re really interested in time travel, book a night in the private room. This secret lounge painstakingly recreates all the elegance of the 1950s' most exclusive clubs with its customized menu, personal concierge service, and roving Elvis impersonators.
Equipped with years of experience as an interior decorator, Azalea’s owner Lori Watts curates an eclectic set of contemporary furnishings and dazzling jewelry. Sparkle hounds can sniff out gems such as the pearl jewelry box ($30) and jeweled frames ($45). Meanwhile, the numbered wine glasses prevent involuntary drink swappage and encourage guests’ polite debate about the merits of arithmetic ($15). Groupon buyers can also take a chunk out of the cost of bigger ticket items such as the duck-footed dresser mirror ($88) or the oversized glazed ceramic chip and dip ($95).
With a light flick of the knob, a slow stream of balsamic vinegar flows from the spigot of a steel fusti at Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars. It’s the final step in a process that began 18 years ago in Modena, Italy, where vinegar makers crushed trebbiano grapes and sealed them in wood barrels—the technique necessary for vinegar to earn a classification as traditional balsamic. These meticulous standards extend to the rest of Outrageous Olive Oils and Vinegars’ elixirs. Owners John and Rayna recruit olive oil that has been cold-pressed, extracted without chemicals, and infused with all-natural flavors. Additionally, their expert staff are on hand to help customers navigate the shop’s selection of 35 olive oils and vinegars, pointing out each bottle’s country of origin, flavor notes, and messages written by castaways. They also draw on their own culinary expertise to suggest recipes and flavor pairings.
Nestled within 18,500 square feet and designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's quintet of galleries—formerly a cineplex's five theaters—have hosted changing and permanent exhibitions of art, architecture, and design since 1999. The outdoor sculpture garden features acclaimed pieces such as James Turrell's experiential Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter Design Associates' Scrim Wall. After viewing the art outside, visitors can return indoors to explore furnishings and jewelry in the shop or examine work by local youth in the young@art gallery. The museum's Visions Teen Program continues to nurture burgeoning talent, pairing teenagers with visual-art teachers and visiting artists. Adults can also enrich their artistic know-how at lectures and workshops until they are able to draw a perfect circle with a pencil still tucked behind their ear. The museum's lounge fosters artistic communities through events ranging from screenings of international art movies to art-making sessions.
Named the Best Arts Festival in 2010 by the Phoenix New Times, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has showcased the fine arts since 1971. This year, nearly 200 jury-selected artists from around the United States and Canada contribute vibrant paintings, glass and ceramic sculptures, photography, and connect-the-dots sketches framed with macaroni. Throughout the festival, artists engage guests with interactive projects. Tunes from live bands swirl past attentive eardrums while mouths are occupied at gourmet food trucks serving such great festival eats as hot dogs, barbecue, pastries, and more. Throughout the day, pintsize patrons and kids of all ages can skip over to Imagine Nation to participate in artistic activities, such as walking down Kid’s Way and creating a paper hat.