CitySolve Urban Race lets citizens explore their metropolis through a one-day odyssey that tests speed, stamina, and smarts. Teams scamper through their burb as they solve clues ranging from anagrams and pop-culture trivia to deciphering graffiti written in pig Latin. Interspersed throughout the race are mettle-testing physical challenges, molding iron wills to such tasks as dodgeball, improv comedy games, or identifying ice-cream flavors. Each day's race also awards winners for best costumes and best tweet. Each urban iditarod takes between two to three hours, and jet packs are strictly prohibited.
Executive Custom Tailors handcrafts suits from luxurious Italian fabrics, creating a silhouette that bespeaks both power and elegance. To personalize the fit without flying overseas, the company uses measurements taken by local tailors. Armed with a measuring rope, the tailors take 40 measurements and snap photos of each client’s build, stance, and shadow. They then send the order to the company’s overseas tailors, who lovingly stitch each made-to-measure suit, shirt, and tie from an often-updated catalog of more than 500 fabrics.
Upon completion, the company swiftly ships garments to customers' mailboxes. And to ensure a smooth game of dress up, Executive Custom Tailors backs each item of menswear with a fit guarantee that covers up to $50 of necessary alterations. They also keep measurements on record in the event that customers want to place future orders for themselves or their long-lost, recently reunited twin brother.
At My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, flames dance atop pieces of imported kefalograviera cheese as servers enliven the dining area with traditional Greek dances. The lively space also tickles the senses with scents of spanakopita and lamb carved straight off of the rotisserie. And in the back kitchen, dishes come together to form classic combinations such as spaghetti with meatballs and lobster ravioli with a cream sauce.
Double Check Ranch owns the entire beef cycle and controls every aspect of production from the pasture to the packinghouse. The local, wholesome beef cuts come from humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free cattle that graze freely on lush, open pastures fertilized by clover and natural compost when necessary.
An understated wedding bouquet. A stately dining room centerpiece. A single red rose. The designers at Absolute Floral Farms understand the impact that flowers can have, drawing on their decades of experience and influences ranging from traditional Western arrangements to tropical Tongan floral compositions to instruct students in the fine art of flower craft. During each class, they empower their pupils to shape their own wedding arrangements or fashion handmade prom boutonnieres, channeling the stress surrounding event planning into memorable bonding experiences with friends and family. Guests share drinks, laughs, and snapshots as they use the shop’s farm-sourced plants to learn what colors complement each other and which flowers fight to the death when dropped into the same container.
Named Best Vinyl by the Phoenix New Times for the past two years, Revolver Records' shelves spilleth over with upward of 25,000 new and quality used LPs, alongside a mélange of other music-centric accessories. Aspiring DJs and sonic purists can stock up on new and used records ranging from recent releases and prog rock to avant-garde recordings of haunting silence (most cost $1¬–$4.99). Terraced racks of CDs (most cost $4.99¬–$7.99) house an aural cornucopia of albums to sustain boombox-buttressing shoulders. The shop also peps enervated peepers with DVDs (most cost $5.99¬–$7.99), posters, and other artist memorabilia, and a collection of turntables rounds out the melodious miscellany. Perusal takes place amid the disk-lined brick walls and merchandised rows that transform Revolver's snug confines into an incubator for musical discovery.