Since opening the barn doors back in 1984, Twisted Tree Farm's training facility has both fostered champion riders and horses and helped beginning equestrians first climb into the stirrups. Owner Janet Hischer began her own riding career at the age of 9, and today she oversees an expansive ranch peppered with cacti and stone alleyways. Resident mares keep cool with misters and ceiling fans in the 27-stall stable, perfecting their novels while waiting patiently for buckaroos to take them into the exercise ring or out on the natural trails. Boarding, training, and grooming services keep serious riders' steeds healthy and happy, and year-round group or private lessons let students of all experience levels hone their skills. Between saddling sessions, visitors are welcome to relax with beverages in the cantina, where couches and Internet access envelop them in Southwestern comforts as the Arizona sunset lights up the sky.
Stone Creek Furniture
Combining the ancient art of carpentry with efficient contemporary tools and designs, Stone Creek Furniture's skilled craftspeople construct custom-designed cabinetry, home furnishings, and office equipment out of sturdy, top-quality hardwoods. Regal beds, towering entertainment centers, and armoires swathed in more than 25 finish colors command attention at display stations scattered throughout four showrooms.
The knowledgeable woodsmiths can also tailor custom creations according to clients’ specific tastes, adorning hutches with moldings and hammering out personalized dressers to fit specific wall dimensions or cardigans made out of plate mail. Chic built-in embellishments revivify rooms with styles ranging from contemporary to classic, and full-scale kitchen and bathroom remodeling can transform staid spaces into fresh, functional workspaces.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
Over the years, Lone Star Landscaping, Inc. has built an extensive portfolio of custom outdoor designs. Their punctual and precise artists plant gardens and outfit yards with built-in barbecues, fire pits, and stonewalls. While homeowners amble along their newly built pavers and decks, water fountains trickle and pavilions shelter outdoor-entertainment centers. Their techs can also armor homes with stone façades, giving them a rough-hewn appearance and a sure defense against Napoleon's army.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.