d'vine's wine club boasts a globe-spanning array of rare and celebrated fermented fruit nectar, giving new and seasoned oenophiles a heady taste of the world of wine and fine dining. In addition to free weekly wine tastings each Wednesday, club members score their choice of two bottles of wine every month from a rotating selection of two reds and one white, ensuring easy removal of accidental grape stains. The two bottles must be consumed at D'Vine, though any club member ambitious enough to want a third or more receives an additional 10% off their decadently Dionysian purchase. The wine bar's unpretentious staff fills members' minds with tantalizing wine facts and fills goblets with vintages that may include 2009 Isabel Mondavi I'M chardonnay or 2008 Rock & Vine cabernet sauvignon. Drinkers transform into diners when they activate members' 10% discount on meals from d'vine's vino-friendly menu of tapas, salads, grilled pizzas, and rotating specials.
Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Come dressed for fitness and wear sneakers with non-marking soles.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Bill Becker began fencing at the age of 17 and he's been involved in this sport for about 30 years. He continues to be involved in the sport as a fencer, leader, coach, and referee. His passion has also rubbed off on his family. His wife, son, and nephew are a part of this club and truly enjoy being involved with the students, both young and old.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Fencing is one of the four original sports of the modern Olympics.
What special training do you or your staff have?
All staff members are professional members of the United States Fencing Association. We have been fingerprinted by the state of Arizona. Our head coach is a master fencing coach and our other two coaches are Prevot coaches as awarded by the United States Fencing Coach's Association.
When an injury sidelined Jake from participating in his regular martial arts training, his restlessness took him to the Internet in search of another form of exercise. He discovered CrossFit, spent the next three months reading about it, and finally began training. His enthusiasm for the exercise was infectious. His friends wanted in.
So Jake headed to a local park with a few martial arts buddies, ready to show them the ropes. But Jake's little tribe grew too large, and park officials kicked them out. They tried practicing at a friend's garage, but once again, their ranks swelled and a concerned neighbor phoned the city. They retreated to a hidden warehouse, little more than a box, and there at last they found some room to flourish. When the tribe finally over-spilled that storage space, Jake traded up, getting a building at the corner of Kyrene and Chandler that tripled their former square-footage.
Today, Jake employs six trainers who run CrossFit's signature daily workouts six days a week. They even host a special women-only class on Sundays. They stick to the three pillars of CrossFit—Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning—but they change which specific exercises they do every day, jumbling together familiar lifts with new challenges in a way that makes people consistently sweat different colors.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Not only do we practice how to dance daily, but we also take time out of our week to work on how to be a better teacher. [We have] specialized training in teaching audio, visual, or kinesthetic learners. You will notice the difference and be amazed at how quickly you can learn to dance.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Be ready to have fun and be part of a big dance family. Everyone that walks through our doors is supportive of each other and their dance journey. So ,come as you are, be yourself, and have as much fun as possible!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
My friends and I decided that we were ready to share our unique style of teaching with the dance community. We believe in making everyone feeling welcome and supported while they do something they are not familiar with.
What do you love most about your job?
That I get to dance every day. That I get to smile everyday. That I get to share my passion for dance with others and watch people go from that awkward stage of learning to being truly beautiful dancers. There is nothing like it and I wouldn't trade it for the world.