As the sun rises and illuminates the jagged Sonoran Desert with rose-colored light, colorful hot-air balloons rise into the sky right along with it. This scene occurs seven days a week from September to May during Tucson Balloon Rides' one-hour sunrise floats. Soaring with the morning's easy wind currents, FAA-certified pilot Kevin Wilbur ferries passengers for 10 to 15 miles at altitudes between 500 and 4,000 feet over the cacti forests of Saguaro National Park West and the shrub-covered flatlands of Avra Valley. While gliding over the Tucson Mountains, he also points out important sites as well as deer, foxes, and coyotes. After a gentle touchdown, Captain Kevin and guests enjoy a champagne toast and brunch. If the voyage inspires anyone to become a hot-air-balloon pilot or a cloud, he can also help them earn their private or commercial pilot license with his training program.
Since 2004, Spirals Salon has specialized in cutting and treating naturally springy hair, though the highly accredited staff expertly services all hair types, including straight and writhing Medusean serpent strands. The Brazilian Blowout treatment especially caters to wavy, curly, frizzy, or damaged hair, coating each hair shaft with an enchanting brew of nutrients, proteins, polymers, and pixie tears, all to smooth jagged cuticles. The stylist first shampoos locks with anti-residue shampoo before a vigorous towel drying. Next, the mollycoddled mop is sectioned and dusted with a gentle, ghost-free solution. Happy head-hedges are then blow-dried straight, flat-ironed, rinsed, coated with a 60-second conditioning masque, and smoothed and dried again. After 90 minutes in the chair, the customer sashays out the door with a swishy mane that stays super sleek for up to 12 weeks. Blow drying and flat-ironing become a thing of the past, like a Studebaker fueled with pulverized Dodo eggs.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
Since 1988, Auto Care Super Saver has been helping car owners save cash with maintenance punch cards redeemable at local auto shops throughout the course of a full year. These cards come loaded with all kinds of prepaid services, including at least three full-service oil changes with up to 5 quarts of oil, lube, and a new filter. Depending on the location, punch cards may also feature tire rotations, brake inspections, engine-light readings, air-conditioning performance tests, and other repairs and inspections essential to a car's well-being. Customers can transfer the punch card's benefits to any ride, ranging from station wagons to sports cars to feral merry-go-round mounts.
The experienced baristas at Ike’s Coffee & Tea, one of Tucson’s oldest coffee shops, brew a daily selection of four varieties of coffee while also offering a selection of espresso drinks and tasty comestibles. In addition to its flavorful, three-bean, custom-brewed house blend, the shop's quartet of java offerings includes Mexican organic and Italian varietals as well as a decaf variant ($1.95 for medium). Skillful baristas craft espresso drinks, such as lattes ($2.65 for small) and mochas ($3.15 for small), using old-fashioned, manually operated machines to create beverages reflecting the sort of care and precision missing in the work of today's shiftless robots. Customers can also sip teas, such as chai ($3.55 for medium) or gulp milkshakes in one of six single or blended flavors ($3.50–$4.60). Meanwhile, pastries ($2.15), bagels ($1.25 or $2.10 with cream cheese), and grilled cheese sandwiches ($5) stand by to sate solid-food cravings.
The Source greenly gussies up its guests, beautifying southern Arizonans and Mother Earth alike with an array of environmentally friendly spa and salon services, business practices, and products. Fledgling beauty buffs are enveloped in a soothing, scenic atmosphere while their digits are redecorated or their mug rejuvenated with Eminence Organics products during a mani-pedi or 60-minute anti-aging facial. The Source eponymously re-sources their resources via recycling and using repurposed furnishings and décor. Business with local vendors helps sustain the insular economy, and cosmetic products devoid of animal testing ensure that no dark and shadowy vibes are sent into the world on behalf of its salon and spa services.