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.
The pest police at Bug & Weed Mart outfit beleaguered homeowners with the necessary tools to beat back incursions of insects, rodents, and weeds. A regimen of Maxforce Professional Ant Bait ($23.99) removes pesky crumb-snatchers while keeping pets safe, and Gentrol Roach/Bedbug Sterilant does away with nocturnal ne'er-do-wells ($12.99). The Spray Doc Professional Pump Sprayer ($36) conjures up an anti-weed spell through its brass wand and nozzle, teleporting encroaching foliage to an extradimensional plant jail. No winged intruder goes unpunished with the Maxforce Professional Fly Killer ($14.99). To aid in the ongoing rodent resistance, the staff will provide step-by-step instructions on the proper use of all products, and will grease and clean sprayers free of charge.
Started as a fiberglass-repair business more than 18 years ago, Jet Action Rentals has evolved into its current multifaceted incarnation, offering both jet-ski rentals and maintenance. Seven days a week, customers can saddle up on Yamaha VX 110 WaveRunners, capable of reaching speeds up to 60 mph and holding up to three passengers. As an authorized warranty repair facility for Yamaha, Jet Action’s technicians continue to tweak the fiberglass, plastics, and Atlantean compounds used to manufacture most personal watercrafts. When not tending to aquatic vessels, technicians also nurture motorcycles, cars, and trailers back to health.
Spiders. Crickets. Ants. Scorpions. These are but a few of the pests that the state-certified exterminators at Green Home Pest Control are equipped to chase off from household nooks and crannies. The crew employs eco-friendly organic products to flush the pests out, a safer alternative to the harmful chemicals used by other companies. Moreover, should a pesky critter rear its ugly head after the service is complete, the team returns to the home for a free retreatment, a testament to its commitment to helping homeowners reclaim their space.
Bobbie's Flowers & Gift Shop has been in the business of flowers for more than 60 years. At their new 3,500-square-foot facility, their "mascot" Bart?the family's beloved white lab?eagerly guides guests around the beautiful showroom, which includes only the freshest, longest-lasting cut flowers and green or blooming plants. The family-owned storefront also includes expansive cooler space that keeps their hand-picked flowers and plants fresh. Bobbie's has long-standing relationships with growers around the world, including those in California, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Holland. With a large delivery area that serves more than 87 zip-codes, plus an online shop, Bobbie's makes buying flowers for a special someone as convenient as it is considerate.
Dippin' Dots are made from fresh dairy ingredients flavored with fun, fruity, enticing and even exotic flavors. The mixture is frozen almost instantly in liquid nitrogen, a common element in the atmosphere used commercially for flash freezing.