Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
The technicians at Airpark Tint and Detail customize tint jobs for cars, businesses, and homes. Wielding film from brands such as 3M, SunTek, Sol Control, and Solar Gard, they deftly shade windows with the promise that films will never bubble, peel, or develop into an embarrassing picture of you lip-synching to the radio. Films come in a variety of colors, shades, and light transmission levels, allowing clients to customize their look while still blocking UV rays from damaging the inside of cars, houses, or offices. They protect tint jobs with a variety of warranty options including limited lifetime, five-year, and transferrable warranties to cover issues such as defects. They also offer windshield repair and replacement with complimentary mobile service with advance notice.
Wilson Camera Digital Lab & Portrait Studio opened in 1954, back when most photos were still developed on papyrus scrolls. Nowadays, digital gear fills the store’s two locations, but photographer Rudolph Henninger still brings old-school photography knowledge to his work in the shop, drawing on more than 37 years of experience behind the camera. He and his staff offer photography services for weddings and family portraits, teach photography classes, and work in their photo lab to digitally restore old photos.
Just past the vault door lies The Mint’s most valuable treasures: trays of expertly crafted cocktails and martinis. Housed in 7,000 square feet of a former bank building, The Mint nods to its previous life with money-themed drinks and rich, Asian-inspired tapas from a menu conceptualized by the restaurant's executive chef, Johnny Chu. Small plates of loganberry shrimp, wasabi sliders, and flash-fried sugar-cane pork take their place at booths cut with dark wood and cohiba marble or along seats at the main room’s 30-foot bar. Drinks include The Mint, a mélange of Grey Goose La Poire, star fruit, mint, and lemon, and Liquid Gold, which pairs a pineapple-infused vodka with Grand Marnier, amaretto, lemon, and raspberry, all heated to 1,948 degrees Fahrenheit. After fueling up with comestibles and drinks, diners can explore the patio’s cabana-style seating or take a break with some bubbly at the coed bathroom’s champagne bar.
Many people depend on their mobile devices for myriad aspects of their daily routines, from checking their email to managing their finances to tapping their friends' and family members' phone conversations for gift ideas. To ensure their customers can stay connected and on task, the staffers at iFix Mobiles repair smartphones and tablets of all kinds. They can reverse water damage, replace shattered screens, and fix LCD screens for mobile gizmos of all brands and models, including Apple iPhone, BlackBerry devices, and Samsung Galaxy. Experts in their field, they can also fix up phone cameras and replace broken volume and beam-me-up buttons. To put customers at ease over the quality of their workmanship, they back up all services with a 30-day warrant.