Passionate about food ever since he was a youngster, Stephen Hurd began his culinary career in his teens, working his way up the ladder with jobs at various restaurants. So began a 25-year career at country clubs and restaurants such as Washington D.C.?s Watergate Hotel, where Richard Nixon famously declared, ?I am not a crook!? while stuffing his pockets with another table?s dinner rolls.
These days, Stephen showcases his culinary talents at his own eatery, Relish Kitchen and Wine Bar, where he crafts a global menu from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. Said global flavors range from blackened mahi served over sweet cornbread pudding to Mediterranean pasta chock-full of grilled chicken, artichokes, and cilantro pesto. On Sunday, Stephen even puts his own spin on brunch favorites such as French toast stuffed with cream cheese, sliced strawberries, and candied pecans. Open for lunch six days a week, he assembles made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and dressing made from scratch.
To complement Stephen?s feast, bartenders pour local and familiar wines by the glass, fill pints with regional beers, and mix classic cocktails. Sports games stream on the dining room?s four large flat-screen TVs, and stunning views of the Catalina Mountains await on a spacious outdoor patio.
Ignite Fitness?s trainers help clients eradicate unwanted weight through a trifecta of group fitness classes, one-on-one personal training, and nutrition coaching. Their signature boot camps do much of the calorie torching. Filled with quick bursts of cardio and strength training, workouts change each day to ensure that muscles never fall into a predictable routine. Instructors also lead yoga classes and sport-specific personal training, which add to the variety, while also targeting their own specialized muscle groups. While much of their focus remains on group classes, instructors also take time to help guests achieve individual goals, scheduling both private personal-training sessions and rehabilitation sessions.
From a black-and-white photo lab to a consummate producer of today’s digital images and fine art giclees, Jones Photo has been painstakingly scanning and printing the inimitable pictures of clients since the company’s inception in 1947. While the experts inside the sprawling one-story adobe confines have remained on the cusp of each new technological breakthrough, such as color film and digital files programmed by a cryogenically frozen Ansel Adams, they also continue to develop 35 mm and 120 film. Whatever the original medium, they print images on traditional, scratch-resistant photo paper as well as create canvas wraps, photo albums, and photo composites.
The knowledgeable gemologists at Ambassador Diamond Jewelers guide guests' selection of handcrafted and designer jewelry, as well as certified diamonds guaranteed in clarity, cut, and weight. Patrons decorate delicate wrist joints with sterling-silver bracelet chains ($50+), adorned with scintillating Pandora charms ($30+) handcrafted from pearls and metal beads that draw attention to wrists like an advanced degree in puppetry. Ladies' fingers glimmer in a striking a 2.12-carat oval-cut amethyst flanked by tiny diamonds in a gold ring band ($275), and ears exude elegance while flaunting sterling-silver, drop-style Galatea Love earrings that showcase six carved pearls each ($569). Diamond shoppers herd shimmering, 1-carat brilliant-cut stones ($6,399) into engagement-ring confines, and a 1.05-carat princess-cut diamond ($6,250) showcases the wonders of geology and causes fairy godmothers to visit career fairs.
The atmosphere at Brush & Bottle is calm and relaxing: music drifts through the air, and friends chat, sip wine, and nibble the snacks that they've brought along. In this comfortable setting, groups tap into their own creative reserves as local artists guide them, step by step, through the process of creating works of art. Subject matter ranges from still-life paintings of tulips to renderings of a Dia de los Muertos skull. Paint, canvas, brushes, and aprons are provided, as are wine openers and cups. In addition to group classes, the studio hosts girls'-night-out events and private parties.
Metro Car Wash's meticulous technicians and loaded wash and detail packages have earned them the back-to-back title of Tucson Weekly's Best Car Wash in 2011 and 2012. Determined to make both Metro Car Wash locations stand apart from faceless car-washing chains, owners Craig and Sean strive to add personal touches to both locations. To that end, the Speedway facility is known for its outdoor track where customers can observe their car during a wash and croon it soothing lullabies to calm its nerves. The owners and staff have also built a community partnership program to donate a portion of their funds to nonprofit organizations each quarter.