In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
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.
The algae adversaries at Splash Pool Service keep pools properly purified and prepped for ultraclean swims and soaks with effective pool-cleaning services. Algae buildup causes dirty water, pool staining, and, if left unchecked, a gelatinous blob that swallows up a pool owner's home before morphing into a question mark. During a cleaning service, which takes place every other week, professional pool techs calm the waters of residential swimming pools with all the necessary pH balancers, conditioners, and chlorine shocks to make pools fizz with Old Faithful–esque enthusiasm. At the end of the cleansing, formerly unattractive liquid cages glow with chemical beauty, ready to receive any belly flop or triple-back-flip can-opener combo without drenching the swimmer in slime.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.
The designers at Red Earth Tile & Stone decorate homes using a diverse collection of natural textures, colors, and fibers. They help homeowners reimagine floors and walls with the smooth and porous face of travertine—formed in underground rivers—or the cloudy silver and emerald of colored marble. After a flooring redesign, feet glide over the honey- or auburn-colored face of engineered wood, or sink into the gentle give of textured or plush carpeting. Designers can rehab bathrooms with the smooth sheen of glass tiles as well as stacked stone veneer, which gives the appearance of real stone but without all the Swiss climbers trying to scale its peak.