There's nothing humble about Humble Pie's pizza crust: Pulled from wood-fired ovens with a light, bubbly texture that crisps at lightly charred edges, it cracks to release a subtle aroma of smoke and yeast. For owner Tom Kaufman, the recipe demanded two months of tinkering and one month of building an underground vault to keep it from prying eyes. Customers tend to think the time was worth it as they bite into delicate slices topped with careful combinations of veggies, meats and cheeses, often locally sourced.
The potato-and-roasted-garlic pizza, for example, happily marries the fragrances of gorgonzola and rosemary. Retaining a botanical touch even on a meat-lover's pie, the Schreiners Sicilian Sausage sprinkles homemade mozzarella with "sprigs of roasted fennel [that] add another aromatic dimension," according to Phoenix New Times.
While the pizza may push some of the other menu items out of the limelight, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, and traditional and twisted pastas earnestly pine for appetites' affections. The Our Way" Mac & Cheese adds aged white cheddar, italian bacon, and bread crumbs, distinguishing itself from its boxed brethren while forming an equally fun medium for kids' art projects, while wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails pair well with plates and pies alike.
Since 1988, the deal-hunters at Dry Clean Super Saver (Arizona) have connected customers with a trustworthy network of dry-cleaning and automotive-repair technicians. Armed with easy-to-use punch cards, clients save huge amounts money on dry cleaning and automotive maintenance, the two costliest household expenses after plumbing repair and poltergeist removal. The association of participating cleaners and garages stretches across the country, ensuring that cardholders can remove stains from a dress shirt or change an oil filter wherever they happen to be.
Lance Muzslay has completed 20 Ironman triathlons, and his tally keeps on ticking. This means that, in races alone, he has swum 48 miles, biked 2,240 miles, and run 514 miles—the equivalent of a car-less road trip. At Sole Sports Running Zone, he applies his expertise toward outfitting runners with the garb, gels, and kicks they’ll need to pound the pavement. Muzslay works alongside a team of equally passionate runners at locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale. Though the franchise has peddled its wares for five years, the Glendale location opened about six months ago and has the sharpest new-shoe scent. In 2011, the franchise clinched Phoenix magazine’s vote as the best athletic-shoe retailer in the valley.
At Polished the Dental Spa, Arizona-licensed dental hygienists do three things extremely well: cleaning, polishing, and whitening teeth. They refer to their practice as hygiene-centric, which means clients won't hear the sound of drills or the footfalls of the tooth fairy in search of loot. A team of dental hygienists stands at the ready to imbue clients with confidence from cleaner, whiter teeth. This model means clients can stop in to give their smiles a quick boost before job interviews, big dates, or wedding parties, without having to jump through the exams and long wait times associated with a full dental office.
Kathy Krakora knows how to create a flawless look. At Scosh Makeup and Skincare, the licensed aesthetician and former Hollywood makeup artist shares her expert tips during private lessons and makeup applications. It makes sense that her service menu also includes chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and facials, as the real secret to beauty lies in healthy skin. That's likely why Kathy also fills her shop with everything from vitamin-C eye treatments to mineral foundations.
Even though the calendar only reserves one day each for Mardi Gras and Halloween, Mardi Gras Costume Shop celebrates the holidays year-round. Specializing in theatre-quality costumes and accessories, the store fills its wardrobe with festive items ranging from petticoats and corsets to extravagant masks inspired by Italy's commedia dell'arte. Those looking to transform themselves for All Hallow's Eve can choose from a colorful gallery of characters not often found at other shops; selections run the gamut from animals to caricatures of politicians. No matter their needs, customers can always count on advice from the shop's well-trained, expert staff.