The people at Moon Valley Nursery on McKellips in Mesa have always been very supportive helping me pick out the right plants and carrying them to my car. The atmosphere is casual and not rushed or pushy. Even the super sale plants did well in my yard. I have been very pleased with both the service and the price.
I just stopped at the Superstition Ranch Market in Apache Junction (they have one in Mesa, too). I spent $17.00 and came home with a whole basket full of fruits and vegetables. That included SIX large containers of strawberries (they were firm and sweet), asparagus, blackberries, a lot of peppers of different types, a sack of potatoes, broccoli, a watermelon and a whole lot more. In the grocery stores, what I spent would have barely covered the first three items. Like many of the people who shop here, I have to hold back because I tend to get overexcited at the sight of the fresh produce and the low prices. I have learned that I need to freeze a lot of it as soon as I get home because (1) I can't get everything I bought into the refrigerator and (2) I realize that I just bought (for under $20) enough food to feed a family of four for a month (there's just one of me). Eating right has never been tastier or cheaper.
This is a small, friendly, family-run restaurant. They serve the greatest fry bread in all of its varieties (ranging from the full meal piled on top to delicate desserts). I usually chow down on one of the fantastic stews (better than mom used to make) served, of course, with a side of fry bread to scoop it up. Unlike "fast food" restaurants, the food is cooked up/put together fresh after you order it, but the service for the fresh food is faster than the "fast food" restaurants. The prices are great, too. Don't bother with a warmed over hamburger and fries. Come here and have real food real fast.
I recently had knee surgery and had to pick a place for physical therapy. East Valley Physical Therapy was recommended. Their friendly staff took me for a tour. Their facility is really great. They have private rooms for special therapy such as massage or electrical stimulation, a workout room with raised mats for "floor" exercises, machines such as bicycles and stair climbers, weights and a lot more. The best part is the pool which is just the right depth to add resistance while being comfortable for non-swimmers. (they also have a deeper section). A therapist evaluates you and sets up a program. Assistants are there all the time to help you in and out of the machines and make sure you are doing the exercises correctly. Your assigned therapist meets with you every time and modifies the program as needed to keep you progressing. The dressing rooms for the pool are unusual in that they are individual (not men/women locker rooms) with each room having a sink, toilet and shower. They are also set up with a lift to assist people in wheelchairs into the pool. I have been to several other facilities and this is by far the best in terms of having complete therapy.
This store is a fantastic place to visit. Allow extra time because, in addition to a wide selection of special dolls, stuffed animals, doll clothes and accessories, they have a great selection of unusual and beautiful decorative items for the house. This is a good size store with a lot of items you won't find elsewhere. Be sure to visit next time you are looking for a gift .
I have trouble getting down to my lower kitchen shelves, so I called Shelves that Slide. I had some problems getting through to them (left a couple of messages before I finally reached a live person) so they lost one star on the rating for that. After I did talk to someone, the estimator came out on a weekend to measure my cabinets, showed me options, and recommended configurations. He was on time, pleasant and efficient. I don't have the shelves in yet, but I have seen a friend's shelves that he installed and they were great. The cost is the same (or cheaper) than buying the kits and installing them yourself and the quality looks great.
I always thought the Maytag store would be higher priced. I recently bought a house and needed all new appliances. I think I got quotes in every store in town and just happened to stop by the Maytag store to check out their sale. They were $400-$600 cheaper than anyone else and I liked the appliances better. Delivery was fast and efficient and I have been very happy with the appliances.
The Orange Patch is on my way home, but it is a little off the beaten track for most people. It's really worth going out of your way to stop here, especially around Christmas time. They are crammed full of the most gorgeous decorations, teapots, picture frames, dolls, jewelery, etc., etc., etc., all attractively arranged so you feel like you have walked into a wonderland. Every time I walk in, I want everything. Fortunately for my bank account, they have sale racks that really discount some of the out-of-season items. Also, check out the room on the side where they have ice cream cones, fantastic fudge and chocolate candy, fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, and freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh items depend on the season.)
At first glance, this seems to be one of those shops loaded with Arizona tourist stuff made in China. It has that, but a whole lot more. I happened to be in the area, so I stopped in looking for some sage for a smudgepot. They had it. And chimes, and moccasins, and pots, and keychains, and a whole bunch of things that did not say "Arizona" and did not come from China. Check it out, but allow a little time to look in both rooms (the jams and jellies are in the other room) and find the good stuff.
I have been stopping by this St. Vincent de Paul store for years. I used to love to go in an "ring" the crystal wineglasses (and take them home - OJ tastes better in a nice glass.), but they don't seem to carry as many of the glasses any more. They still have great bargains that "force" me to stop by at least once a month for books, pictures, jewelery and, yes, more glasses. I always manage to find something I "need." The staff is friendly and helpful. They have helped me carry my load out to my car and have helped me find things I'm looking for. They recently moved to a new, bigger store and can display more furniture and electronics. Before shopping in the retail stores, check out the resale store and give back to the community. Also, don't forget to bring in your gently used items for donation. It's fun and for a good cause.