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.
Lighting Unlimited is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for its clientele, with each of its four locations beaming with endless design possibilities born of a 5,000-strong stock of light bulbs and ballasts. A hefty catalog puts shoppers in easy reach of 50,000 more such accessories from more than 30 manufacturers, including Philips, Westinghouse, and Sylvania. Tasked with wrangling the multitude of fixtures, the staff of certified lighting specialists helps shoppers pinpoint specific bulbs and design lighting layouts for landscapes using underwater, directional, and putting-green fixtures. Complementing the luminescent selection, they feature an array of parts and accessories, including light sockets, colored gel sheets, and flashlights that have the power to make or break a shadow puppet's career with the flick of a switch.:m]]
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body. Airbrush spray tans round out the menu of services, leaving bodies with a bronze hue similar to that achieved by bathing in a tub of melted-down doorknobs.
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.
Harper's Nursery & Landscape Co has been in the Harper family for three generations, and little has changed about the business since it was established in 1945. On the eight-acre farm behind their Mesa location, their team cultivates a wide array of plants in every state. They're so confident in their plants, they guarantee that each one will last its normal life expectancy, as long as customers follow simple care instructions. In addition to maintaining a huge variety of plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees, the team also performs landscaping services on-site and on-location, helping clients plan out a picturesque garden or shrine to Martha Stewart, the gardening queen.
Today’s Patio carries a vast assortment of outdoor furniture, accessories, patio umbrellas, and seasonal items to properly festoon yards and porches. Cover-needy customers can shade themselves with a 9’ sesame market umbrella ($199), or swathe sun drenched seats with a 54” round table & chairs cover ($77.99), providing loving protection from the elements and clever covering from nearsighted thieving yetis. Utilizing gears, motors, and dozens of electronic sundials, the double faced hanging wall clock ($189) helps homeowners stay abreast of the time and ensures avian youth homes never miss a worm loaf Thursday meal again.