Knit Happens

In case the cheeky name didn't give it away, Knit Happens is not some mothball-infused shop for old ladies and their kittens. No. Knitting noobs and purling pros of all ages get their needle fixes at this Scottsdale skein supply store, where the approachable staff has shoppers in stitches in no time. Knit offers more than 30 brands of yarn (including some that are locally dyed and spun) and all sorts of accessories keep the Valley's crafty knitheads coming back. Not sure how to wield a needle? No matter. Whether you're a total novice who needs basic training or you're embarking on some ambitious handmade project, Knit has a class for you.

Tempe Sales

The dimly lit aisles of Tempe Sales might not be the easiest spot to locate the Marimekko-inspired fabric for your latest reupholstery project. But if you have an hour or two to kill and need a place to find some serious inspiration for a new fabric-based project, Tempe Sales is a good place to start. It's here you'll find collections of cloth and vinyl in countless designs, colors, and textures, and heaps of swatches that can be patched together, all at prices that'll make it a whole lot easier to justify the long list of projects you came up with after you entered the doors.

SAS Fabric by the Pound

Trust us: Not every SAS store is created equal. Several years back, there was a fire at the Central Phoenix location on Indian School Road. This forced a cleanup and reorganization that was cause for great celebration among sewers, crafters, and fabric hoarders across the land. The "new" spot is cleaner, brighter, and it's actually possible to find what you're looking for, although the truth is that at SAS, the best part is finding treasures you never knew you needed. Like pieces of sparkly green oilcloth, velvet ribbon, and upholstery fabric so cute and affordable that you'll look at your living room in a whole new way. Even better: All the prices are rock-bottom. Happy hunting!

Mackie's Parlour

Fine. You can blame our unbridled love of and compulsive need to spoil our pets on watching too many Disney movies featuring talking animals when we were kids. And, you know, we probably did watch Lady and the Tramp a few too many times. Big deal. Feel free to judge our gorgeously manicured fuzzy companions — and us — all you want. We'll keep pampering them at Mackie's Parlour, because dropping your pup into a lap of luxury is the pet boutique's specialty. With its unrivaled selection of high-end harnesses and collars, scrumptious treats, quality food selection, and plush pet beds, furry friends leave feeling like canine royalty.

Wag N' Wash Healthy Pet Center

Bath time is a dreaded tradition — for both dirty doggies and their parents. The wagging ones dread the sudsy tub, while the promise of cleaning up Fido's watery tracks all over the house after he decides to jump ship inspires ire in the well-meaning humans. That’s why we thank goodness that Wag n’ Wash provides professional-grade and easy-to-use equipment for bathing scruffy pups into barking beauties, along with smell-good soaps and a handy dryer.

We all need a job to do, and for many homeless individuals, a job could be the first step toward a better life. Just B — B Just, a program of the Phoenix-based Lodestar Day Resource Center, is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness. Just B sells natural bath and body products and is run almost entirely by formerly homeless individuals. The company recently set up shop in local Whole Foods markets — so now you can easily find their wares. Purchases from Just B go toward funding the LDCR's homeless services. According to the Just B website, one purchase of the organization's all-natural lip balm can fund a day's services for two homeless individuals. Some of the other products offered by Just B include body soap, candles, and lotion. Smell good and do good — we call that a very good idea.

Spa Avania - Hyatt Gainey Ranch

When taking a much-needed spa day, the key to really enjoying the pampering experience is feeling transported to an oasis. Hyatt Gainey Ranch's Spa Avania, with its instantly calming neutral, sandy color scheme, takes us to such a state of bliss. But it's through its unique treatments, like the signature Desert Essence Body Wrap ($165), a deeply hydrating treatment employing cactus extract, and the lavish Crushed Pearl Facial ($180), that we find that elusive world of Zen-like enlightenment. If you hear us chanting oms, chalk it up to the spa-induced state of nirvana and get yourself an appointment, stat.

Clean Freak Car Wash

Remember going through the automatic car wash as a kid in your mom and dad's car? That feeling of being inside something so mechanical, so loud, and so much more sci-fi futuristic than any of your parents' other errands. Now, as adults, car washes are a boring necessity — that is, unless you take your ride to Clean Freak, where you can recapture the fantastical feeling of your childhood. Plus, the staff is friendly, and the deals are priced right. A regular wash is $5, takes just three minutes, and includes vacuuming. Step it up with the Freaky Clean for $8 or the Obsessively Clean for $10, complete with undercarriage power wash and Turtle Wax ICE. Can't keep the desert dust off your car? Unlimited monthly washes start at $20.

The slew of sedans making up Sunrise Cab's fleet isn't exactly what you'd call pristine. In fact, shabby and squalid would be better words to use when describing the tattered, threadbare interiors of the former cop cars and secondhand hoopties that were purchased from local surplus auctions by this mom-and-pop cab company and transformed into taxis. The practical upshot of such low-fi livery vehicles, however, is that Sunrise Cab can offer substantially cheaper rates than its snazzier competitors. Flag drops, for instance, are only $2.50, and the per-mile charge is a mere $1.50. Drivers — who are not only prompt but also ultra-friendly — tend to stick around the Phoenix area but will journey to other parts of the Valley for those who schedule pickups in advance. It allows you to get to and from your favorite nightspots with plenty of dough leftover for drinks.

The Mercedes-Benz E350 isn't a mere car; it's a rolling palace of posh. This dream machine's V-6 engine purrs with 302 horsepower, its luxury exterior exudes an aura of wealth and privilege, and its price tag is in excess of $50,000. So unless you can somehow divine the correct Powerball numbers, your only shot at taking a ride inside this high-end automobile (or any others in the E-class) is by ringing up the drivers at Euro Way Transportation. They've got a bounty of Benzes at their disposal and can ferry you around the Valley in style for roughly the same as most other luxury cab companies (with $5.20 for the first mile, $2.25 for every mile thereafter). Or, if you'd like to be shuttled around to some of Scottsdale's swankiest for an entire evening, Euro Way's staff — who go through a rigorous screening process — will charge you $58 per hour. It certainly beats rolling up to the Mint in your old Mazda.

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