Whether for adults or children, mountainous terrain or smoothly paved streets, The Pedal Bike Shop stocks bicycles and parts that befit all individuals and conditions. Made by top brands such as Firmstrong and Wethepeople, bikes are available to rent for stretches that range from four hours to more than seven days. The Pedal also stocks rides to buy, all of which come with free lifetime adjustments. Of course, anybody can bring in bikes to the shop's expert repair techs, whose thorough tune-ups include brake adjustments to tightening up pegs to pick up hitchhikers. Along with supplying bikes, The Pedal frequently gathers biking enthusiasts for events such as group rides.
Liquor stores generally don't give out free samples, but Taste of Tops is the next best thing. As the taproom for Tops Liquors, it's the place where customers go to try a sizable chunk of that store's massive inventory, including 24 rotating draft beers and another 400 microbrews in bottles and cans. Taste of Tops is also home to frequent wine and beer tastings, though tasting flights are actually available any time. The taproom doesn't serve food, but patrons are welcome to bring their own meals from local restaurants or from a mysterious picnic basket they found that spits out endless logs of pastrami.
Devoting themselves solely to the science of teeth lightening, Whitening Xpressions gifts guests with sparkling chompers. Their whitening system combines a stain-dissolving gel with blemish-busting lasers to get rid of discoloration left from coffee, wine, or curiosity over how Sharpies taste. Each treatment lightens teeth as much as eight shades and these effects can last 18–24 months.
Equipment: Heavy bags, free weights, kettlebells, battle ropes, resistance bands
Students should bring: Workout attire and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Fun atmosphere, great people and a kick-ass work out
The Shoe Mill has specialized in snug European footwear for more than two decades, earning the title of Best Comfortable Shoes from the Phoenix New Times in 2010. The store is in historic downtown Tempe, tucked inside the Casa Loma building. More than 100 years old, the structure was once inhabited by a hotel, and before that, a saloon for unaccompanied Keds and miscreant loafers.
With its origins as primarily a Birkenstock store, The Shoe Mill has since grown to stock shoes and handbags in such high-end brands as Mephisto and Ecco. Israeli-made Naot shoes benefit from the wisdom of millennia of sandstorms and leather crafting to protect feet from the elements and clumsy camels, while Baggallini handbags are perfect for travel.
In the United States, the most eye-catching part of a bride's hands is typically her wedding ring, but in India, it's her mehendi—also known as henna body art. Once reserved for special occasions, the intricate swirl and flower designs of henna can now grace the hands and feet of anyone who stops in at The Henna Shoppe. There, a talented staff embellishes limbs with traditional henna designs using a temporary ink, which dyes skin a dark, reddish-brown color that fully develops over 24 hours. The artists can also draw simple designs, such as calculus test answers, or test out permanent tattoo ideas with the same ink.
The team also uses its steady, dexterous hands to oust unwanted facial hairs with thin cotton threads. Performing a twisting motion, the aestheticians lasso and remove fuzz on the upper lip, eyebrows, chin, and other areas of the face. To complement its beauty treatments, The Henna Shoppe also sells handmade skirts, scarves, and accessories made by local craftsmen from throughout the world.