A safe space. That's what the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley give to more than 43,000 kids each year. But along with keeping kids out of harm's way after school lets out, the Boys & Girls Clubs enrich children's lives though their programs. Kids get creative in arts classes, learn social interaction and fitness skills in sports programs, and prepare for the future with technology courses that ensure they won't buy stock in companies that only produce floppy discs.
But the Boys & Girls Clubs impact kids beyond afterschool care. In addition to the East Valley clubs having the first Arizona club to serve a Native American community, the clubs' Ladmo branch has Mona Dixon, who was named National Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2010.
Her path of success, encouraged by the Boys & Girls Clubs, led her from a girl homeless and worried about her family's survival to a young woman with a full ride to college and named one of the Top 28 Most Influential Black Women in America by Essence magazine.
Hues of vibrant orange and yellow splash across the walls in Migo's spacious dining room. Guests enjoy the lively environs at a selection of tables, some of simple, rich wood, others embellished with blue and yellow tiles. Said tables are soon cloaked by platters of aromatic Mexican delicacies, including T-bone steaks, grilled seafood, and beef-filled tacos. Meanwhile, blue-rimmed glasses the size of fishbowls pack in the sweet nectar of top-shelf Migo margaritas. Friday and Saturday nights coax the sweet sounds of authentic Mexican tunes from the strings of guitars and the throats of gifted singers, and weekday happy hours boast no formal entertainment, though diners are free to indulge that one bar guest determined to dazzle friends with their impersonation of Sinatra after a tonsillectomy.
Naked Pizza hearkens back to the age of cavemen, when dense grains supplied the energy necessary to combat hours of Ice Age drudgery. The pizzeria’s kitchen chemists kept this lifestyle in mind while developing the shop’s Ancestral Blend, a conglomeration of 10 grains—including oats, brown rice, buckwheat, and quinoa—infused with prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics that promote slow and healthy digestion. Toppings are also stripped down to their simplest and healthiest form, from rGBH-free Wisconsin mozzarella to tomato sauce free of citric acid or sugar. Naked Pizza also dispenses with dinnertime secrecy by openly posting nutritional information for all to see and inviting feedback via social media and onsite semaphore flags.
Foothills Golf Group’s four golf courses each carry the company’s signature: immaculately groomed sweeping landscapes. The 7,142-yard behemoth that is Club West Golf Club showcases this purity of the turf with a challenging course design filled with elevation changes and stunning views of the surrounding hillsides. The Duke At Rancho El Dorado and The Foothills Golf Club represent classic Arizona golf, leading players along a lush emerald carpet that winds through a desert landscape peppered with shrubs and cacti. The 6,713-yard Ahwatukee Country Club rounds out the portfolio with a fair layout that challenges all skill levels to keep the ball out of the desert sands haunted by the ghost of Peter O'Toole's caddy.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
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.