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.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
The pest police at Bug & Weed Mart outfit beleaguered homeowners with the necessary tools to beat back incursions of insects, rodents, and weeds. A regimen of Maxforce Professional Ant Bait ($23.99) removes pesky crumb-snatchers while keeping pets safe, and Gentrol Roach/Bedbug Sterilant does away with nocturnal ne'er-do-wells ($12.99). The Spray Doc Professional Pump Sprayer ($36) conjures up an anti-weed spell through its brass wand and nozzle, teleporting encroaching foliage to an extradimensional plant jail. No winged intruder goes unpunished with the Maxforce Professional Fly Killer ($14.99). To aid in the ongoing rodent resistance, the staff will provide step-by-step instructions on the proper use of all products, and will grease and clean sprayers free of charge.
Michele Silvernale is no one-trick pony. At her namesake studio, she caters to the unique needs of each individual client with an expansive repertoire of services that aim to soothe and beautify. And each treatment can incorporate a dizzying array of features, from naturally derived ingredients to hypermodern aesthetic technologies. Michele's range of facials include a traditional European service that nourishes skin with exfoliants up to the PBE Bio Visage facial that uses microcurrents to tone the skin and break up hyperpigmentation. Futuristic microcurrents are also used during body-toning sessions, which are designed to stimulate cellular metabolism and circulation with pep talks transmitted over subtle electrical frequencies.
Massage therapies inspire inner beauty by emulsifying stress with soothing techniques. Deep-tissue and cupping treatments pinpoint the sources of chronic tension, while therapeutic massage can incorporate a foot scrub and mask. The full-body scrub uses a blend of mineral salts and sugar, and a choice of body wraps infuses skin with detoxifying herbs, nourishing algae, or softening botanical mud.
Mabel’s on Main
At least in our cultural imagination, mid-century America was a place of grandeur and decadence—a throwback to the Jazz Age, but with all the trappings of modernity. Whether that place ever truly existed is debatable, but one thing isn’t: Mabel’s on Main has captured all of its intoxicating charms. From handcrafted cocktails to intricately embossed tin ceilings, Mabel’s leaves no detail unaccounted for in its reconstruction of a lost era.
Indeed, it’s hard not to feel like a character from Mad Men while sipping on a classic gin martini or any of the bar’s other signature cocktails. Meanwhile, the rest of the menu betrays more contemporary influences with a focus on flatbread pizzas, gourmet burgers, and artisanal cheese platters. If you’re really interested in time travel, book a night in the private room. This secret lounge painstakingly recreates all the elegance of the 1950s' most exclusive clubs with its customized menu, personal concierge service, and roving Elvis impersonators.