Tucson Clay Co-op deftly kneads amateur and advanced potters together in a community-centric amalgam of learning and play. Each clay celebration commences with a pottery-wheel tutorial from a team of centrifugally savvy instructors, followed by two hours of artisanal spinning, pinch potting, and convivial mudslinging. Earmark winsome Canopic jars and interpretive evil-twin effigies for preservation in the cleansing fires of the co-op’s kiln for an additional $5 each, or cast clay aside and mold a moveable feast from an array of complimentary refreshments.
ARS/Rescue Rooter's team of trained, courteous specialists performs an array of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services nationwide. Regular seasonal maintenance prolongs the life of air-conditioner units and enables them to run efficiently, saving homeowners from grievous energy waste and incurring the righteous wrath of eco-conscious polar bears.
The team at Black Rose Tattooers is on a roll. In 2012, they received their third consecutive Best Tattoo Parlor award from Tuscon Weekly. Over the years, the magazine has had a lot to say about the trio of shops, calling the artists “masters of their craft” and admiring how “skill is apparent in every design, whether the tattoo is a realistic portrait…or a custom sleeve”. Though the tattooers love to accept custom projects, the street-style shops also welcome passersby for impromptu ink sessions. In case clients are too excited about their fresh ink to pay attention to the staff's post-tattooing guidelines, the company's website has a page with tips for tattoo aftercare.
When not hunched over their buzzing tattoo tools, Black Rose’s team also performs face and body piercings, even surgically implanting tongs to improve grilling abilities. They take this work rather seriously as well—each year, the crew attends the Association of Professional Piercers Conference in Las Vegas. Two of the staffers even have their own jewelry line, Honeycomb Organics, a collection of one-of-a-kind wood, stone, silver, and copper baubles that ranges from traditional rings and necklaces to large-gauge body jewelry.
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.