Pei Wei is a branch of the popular PF Changs. You can find many of the same foods as PF Changs in smaller portions and less cost. The only problem with this one in Mesa is that it is very popular and there isn't a lot of sitting room so you are looking to wait most nights. I recommend doing a call in order! Specialities are the lettuce wraps and kung pao chicken.
Wildflower has at least 5 locations in Arizona that I know of. They have the best bread by far of any place that I have been to! You have to try their sandwiches and their soup in bread bowls. The prices can be a little high but the portions are large and filling. They offer take out as well if you don't want to wait in the long lines that sometimes form around lunch time!
I love Bookmans because I can take the old books that I'm done reading and trade them in for new ones! Since I rarely read a book more than once - a place like this is perfect. You can trade in your books for store credit or take cash. They don't take every book so you have to be prepared for that as well. But you can find just about any book you are looking for here and also they have a music section. A great place to people watch as well!
It's only around $100 to become certified to dive through Saguaro Dive Shop. They have instruction classes offered one night a week and on Saturdays. You can pick which one works for you. You do pool dives but then 2 dives at Saguaro Lake. The instructors are knowledgeable and make sure you know what you are doing and help you learn it all in the short class time periods.
I was very surprised when I first came to the Desert Botanical Gardens because I wasn't expecting the variety and beauty of the desert! I grew up in the Northwest so the desert was an adjustment. But this garden offers beautiful scenery and beautiful views over the valley. My husband actually proposed to me here and the staff was very helpful in helping him arrange that and letting us in free and everything for that. Definitely worth a visit!
Sparkle Brothers is a small family run business that specializes in keeping pools clean and sparkling and running properly. They charge considerably less than most of their competitors but offer better service since they are personally involved in every pool that they service.
I saw a special at Body Bronzing and decided to try it out. They offer the new "mist on tan". I loved it! It's very pricey but I love how tan you look in less than a minute. The employees explain everything well so you can't really mess it up. It lasted 5 good days for me before fading. Definitely worth a try!
PROS: Dark tan in less than a minute
The Diamond Consortium is located in a strip mall near a Target. It's easy to miss but you shouldn't! They are a family run business and sell very high quality jewelry but not at the high mark up costs that many of the mall jewelry stores charge. We were able to buy my wedding diamond separately and had the ring specifically designed. Everything was done quickly but turned out wonderfully. They offer free cleanings and you get your first adjustment free which is important since your hand size is likely to change. The sales people don't force you into buying anything you don't want but are knowledgable and will answer all of your questions.
Country Club Bowl is an older facility but still very popular. There are regulars that attend faithfully and the price is very cheap so it's understandable. A great place for family or friends to gather. Staff is mostly teenagers but they all do their job well without any problems.
I accidentally washed my husband's dry clean only pants - and Country Club Cleaners was able to remedy my problem and make it hardly noticeable at all. They are a really good price. They are connected with a laundry facility as well so you can get dry cleaning and regular laundry done at the same time. I used them to clean a down comforter as well and they did a great job. The only downside is the workers are hard to understand but you can work through it.
PROS: great price, convenient location
CONS: Hard to understand employees