Picasso. Matisse. Grandma. Regardless of the artist, Borealis Arts treats each piece like a priceless heirloom. Its Borealis Arts' continued dedication to the high-quality work that they produce that enables them to celebrate their fifth anniversary in business this month. Though much of the frame shop's handiwork can be found in museums, customers don't need to buy a ticket to get a look at Borealis Arts' resumé. They need only step inside the store to find walls lined in local artwork, including prints made using woodcuts or acrylic engravings. All the artwork is framed, of course, by the staff's preservation experts. The skilled framers use museum-approved techniques and computer-aided mat cutting to protect family portraits, precious artwork, and 3-D items, such as a trophy or the family's ancestral garden gnomes.
Since 1959, the technicians at Rite-Way Ventilating Co. have brought their warm attitudes and wide-ranging expertise to area homes, providing air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services. When completing both repairs and installations, they advocate using energy-efficient machinery out of respect for the environment and customers' utility budgets. To the same eco-friendly end, they patch up ducts with the EPA-endorsed Aeroseal duct-repair system. This system is less invasive than traditional duct repair, saving energy and cost without sinking to such methods as sending a glue-covered intern crawling through them.
Employees invest in customer trust as well as the Earth's welfare—at each appointment, they discuss costs up front before tinkering with the pipework. Their written guarantee promises satisfaction with their work, not just that the equipment will function and will not come to life in their absence.
Back in 1976, a small shop named Auto Stereo Specialists opened in Tucson and began outfitting vehicles with AM radios, cassette players, and Jensen Tri-Axials. Sound systems have come a long way since then, and so has that once three-employee garage. Today, Auto Stereo Specialists is just The Specialists, and the shop has become a hub for automotive and residential services.
At five locations across Tucson, specialists install audio, video, and navigation systems from brands such as AudioVox, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood. Because they know how harmful heat and UV rays can be to a car's interior, they protect newly installed systems with FormulaOne window tints, which are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Beyond the car, homeowners can recruit The Specialists to fortify their homes, install window fixtures by Hunter Douglas, and reduce A/C costs by moving your house into the cold vacuum of space.
Wheelchairs, scooters, and rolling walkers are more than mobility devices: they're accessories, and—with regular maintenance—can look just as spiffy as a pair of shined shoes. But washing and sanitizing them by hand is an arduous task, and dedicated cleaning machines can cost tens of thousands of dollars. That's where Gabriel Gutierrez comes in. His mobile cleaning system uses a vibrating brush to dislodge dirt and grime, a particle-cleaning gun to wash fabrics and leathers without soaking them, and a hospital-grade cleaning solution to wipe mildew and viruses from surfaces. Gutierrez's expertise extends to window washing for homes and businesses throughout Tucson. No matter what surface he's tackling, he draws on more than 20 years of customer-service experience to make each appointment a pleasant one.
Founded in 1842, Zoppé Family Circus draws on old-world Italy’s circus tradition, amazing audiences of all ages with story-driven feats of clowning, acrobatics, and animal training in an intimate 500-seat tent. The performance, which Coast Views magazine lauds as “pure tradition, pure artistry and pure delight!” stars Nino the clown and a supporting cast of acrobats, equestrians, and capering canines, whose training allows them to simultaneously fetch newspapers and shred shoes. Live musicians play rousing tunes as fire-breathers blow flames, gymnasts contort, juggling pins fly, and equestrians leap effortlessly onto horseback. Acrobats twirl on towering trapezes and costumed clowns interact with and offer unwanted makeup advice to the audience. Parking is plentiful, with spaces available across the street for $3 a car.