Arizona Pest Control Company's insured and certified technicians have been marching into battle against multilegged opponents since 1947. In their 67 years of service, they have evolved the knowledge and weaponry necessary for evicting bugs, birds, and rodents from both residential and commercial abodes. As they scour homes for signs of unwanted guests, they implement up-to-date technology to both banish and bar pests from the premises.
With eco-friendly bee traps, which lack the pesticides that affect other native animals, the staff can settle long-standing debates over whether that buzzing noise was in your mind all along. Antitermite warranties and treatments keep wooden foundations standing firm, and highly educated bird-control personnel clear out feathery nuisances. Technicians can schedule recurring appointments as well as report for emergency services 24 hours a day.
An enormous green lizard crawls up the yellow stucco house where Tuscon Clay Co-op makes its home. The painted reptile cranes its head curiously toward the door, beyond which the co-op's volunteer members lead students of all artistic levels through children's programs and adult classes in all things pottery. Youngsters can head to summer clay camp or learn hand-building alongside older family members, while grownups spin unformed clay into a bowl, a vase, or another pottery wheel. A gallery brimming with the artwork of co-op members inspires those who belly up to the paint bar to bring bisque pieces handmade by local artists into full-color life.
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.
EcoMaids of Tucson's goal is to be tough on dirt while being nice to the earth. Each licensed and insured cleaner is trained in the latest eco-friendly cleaning techniques, and the products they use in both homes and businesses are certified with the Green Seal seal of approval. Cleaners can drop in regularly or perform one-time cleanings such as move-ins and move-outs and deep cleanings.
Sparkle's thread cleansing doyens have been sprucing up sullied duds with dry cleaning and laundering services for fifty years. The locally owned clean machine offers same-day service for no additional charge, taking in suits ($12.69+) soiled from early-morning coffee spills and preparing them for elegant evenings of cocktail-party pie-fights. Tidy up your skirts ($7.28+) and dresses ($11.61+) in time to enjoy the summer sun, or boycott warmer weather in style with a spotless jacket ($7.61+). The secure after-hours drop-off creates a discreet location to unload shirts ($5.67+), pants ($4.98+), and tin-foil jumpsuits brought back from the future as souvenirs by quantum- leaping relatives.
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.