Right off Madeira Beach's pristine, sandy shores, Barefoot Beach Hotel houses guests in swank suites, some of which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. White sand stretches from the hotel to the water so that guests can make their way to the waves without walking atop long stretches of foot-searing cement or mastering the art of levitation. Boat owners, meanwhile, can jaunt quickly across the street to rent a slip for their seafaring vessels. After a long day of lazing in the sun or swimming in the onsite outdoor pool, guests can use the in-room kitchenettes—replete with dishware, microwaves, and mini fridges—to prepare a pleasant end-of-the-day meal.
Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
The algae adversaries at Splash Pool Service keep pools properly purified and prepped for ultraclean swims and soaks with effective pool-cleaning services. Algae buildup causes dirty water, pool staining, and, if left unchecked, a gelatinous blob that swallows up a pool owner's home before morphing into a question mark. During a cleaning service, which takes place every other week, professional pool techs calm the waters of residential swimming pools with all the necessary pH balancers, conditioners, and chlorine shocks to make pools fizz with Old Faithful–esque enthusiasm. At the end of the cleansing, formerly unattractive liquid cages glow with chemical beauty, ready to receive any belly flop or triple-back-flip can-opener combo without drenching the swimmer in slime.
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.