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.
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).
The pest police at Bug & Weed Mart outfit beleaguered homeowners with the necessary tools to beat back incursions of insects, rodents, and weeds. A regimen of Maxforce Professional Ant Bait ($23.99) removes pesky crumb-snatchers while keeping pets safe, and Gentrol Roach/Bedbug Sterilant does away with nocturnal ne'er-do-wells ($12.99). The Spray Doc Professional Pump Sprayer ($36) conjures up an anti-weed spell through its brass wand and nozzle, teleporting encroaching foliage to an extradimensional plant jail. No winged intruder goes unpunished with the Maxforce Professional Fly Killer ($14.99). To aid in the ongoing rodent resistance, the staff will provide step-by-step instructions on the proper use of all products, and will grease and clean sprayers free of charge.