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.
Right off Madeira Beach's pristine, sandy shores, Barefoot Beach Hotel houses guests in swank suites, some of which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. White sand stretches from the hotel to the water so that guests can make their way to the waves without walking atop long stretches of foot-searing cement or mastering the art of levitation. Boat owners, meanwhile, can jaunt quickly across the street to rent a slip for their seafaring vessels. After a long day of lazing in the sun or swimming in the onsite outdoor pool, guests can use the in-room kitchenettes—replete with dishware, microwaves, and mini fridges—to prepare a pleasant end-of-the-day meal.
True to its name, On Time Carpet Service’s technicians guarantee they’ll arrive on schedule. But while they may be obsessed with time, they never rush through a carpet-cleaning session, making sure they do the job thoroughly and well every time. A premium option, the Rotovac 360 carpet cleaning system’s spinning brushes lift dirt and dust mites from deep down in carpet fibers, while blowers target just-cleaned areas to minimize drying time to just 3–4 hours. The staff can also clean tile, car interiors—even RVs—and leather couches, ottomans, or mattresses.
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.
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.