At RoxStar Fitness, the choreographer, performer, and Pilates guru Natasha Brown transforms dance routines into high-energy workouts where women can have fun while getting in shape. She pulls dance moves from many genres?rock, pop, hip-hop, swing, and more?and ties them together in RoxStar?s calorie-torching classes. Besides providing a good workout, Natasha shares dance tips that students can put to good use while busting moves at a wedding or in the background of a White House press briefing. Clients can supplement spirited dance classes with flexibility- and strength-building sessions of yoga and Pilates, as well as one-on-one personal-training programs.
At Lynda Orescanin’s lampwork studio, she melts rods and tubes of glass into silver-studded spheres and delicate aquamarine swirls. Intricately detailed and no bigger than an eraser tip, the glass beads resemble paperweights for a doll’s desk. “I love the way the glass flows,” says Ms. Orescanin. “I love that you can’t rush it.”
Ms. Orescanin brings that same passion and expertise to her shop’s jewelry-making classes. She seeks out striking materials for her students, from Czech pressed-glass beads and Afghan lapis to metal charms cut from recycled filing cabinets. Inside her intimate studio, she strives to create a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages experimentation. Classes allow up to six students to sidle up to the well-lit worktable and try their hand at making jewelry. Ms. Orescanin walks them through the basics of jewelry making, from tool use to beading technique. “People say, ‘Oh, I’m not creative, I don’t know anything about color,’" she says. "But when they finish something, I’m like, ‘Wow, it's magnificent. I would have never thought to put those together in that particular way.”
At 18 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, Delia's team inspects, maintains, and cleans all manner of clothing and fabric, enhancing this service with free pickup and delivery. Founded in 1969, they're careful to ensure that each item gets the right kind of treatment. Sturdy material such as wool and cotton undergoes the standard cleaning. More delicate fabrics and garments with beads or sequins—cowboy outfits, for example—go through a gentler method that prevents any damage. To keep customers in the know, they've documented their means of fabric care in explicit detail online. Delia's crew also works to sew buttons back on, replace zippers, and make alterations.
Every day presents a blank canvas to the chefs at Pita Cafe, who start from scratch with simple ingredients such as flour, tahini, and chick peas. They blend these together to create a full menu of Mediterranean dishes that's headlined by pita wraps stuffed with lamb and beef shaved right off the spit. When they want to get a little more creative, they sub out the gyro meat for unique fillings such as stuffed grape leaves or turkey, avocado, and bacon. Other dishes find common ground between American and Greek traditions. There are french fries layered with feta, meat, and tzatziki—not to mention pita wraps that replace the traditional flatbread with a warm American flag.
Though it’s always been customary to wear fake mustaches and zany hats to weddings, proms, and fundraisers, few of those outfits have ever been properly documented. With its onsite photo-booth service, Memory Maker AZ helps capture customers’ celebrations in all their splendor. An attendant transports all materials to the site of each fete, helping maintain the props and a custom scrapbook throughout the evening as guests pile into the booth and snap away. Party hosts can request that the photo booth match the theme colors of the event, and can also select the photo-backdrop fabric. At the end of the rental period, the host receives a flash drive containing all of the evening's photos plus some vintage pictures from the time the Founding Fathers brought a photo booth to the Constitutional Convention.