Oasis scrubs and shines four-wheeled friends with five varieties of quick, automated car washes. A basic express wash ($5) wins your ride an exterior suds session, wheel cleaning, and jet dry, allowing for a dirt-free takeoff after about two minutes. Midlevel grime warrants the ultra wheel deal ($10), which includes a three-step wheel wash, a therapeutic treatment to hard-working paint, a discreet under-body rinse, clear coat, and shine. Dirt that reaches premium levels requires the top-of-the-line Oasis works wash ($14), which upgrades the services in the ultra wheel deal with an extra tire shine, rain-x treatment, triple polish, and towel dry. Once the wash is complete, proud car parents can purge their hulking progeny of Cheerio crumbs and candy wrappers with vacuum cleaners available for free use at post-wash stations. Oasis is open seven days a week, ensuring that the uncleanly results of commuting through moats of fire and perilous tar pits can be rectified regularly.
Voted Albany's Best Golf Course by CityVoter in 2009, Grand Island provides club wielders of all skill levels 18 holes and more than 7,000 yards of Bermuda-green bliss. Surrounded by Georgia's natural, peaceful beauty and wildlife, golfers can enjoy aiming for birdies, eagles, and dodos on finely manicured fairways. Strategically placed bogie-bunkers keep the par 72 course interesting while containing the perfect kind of sand for historically accurate castle building.
Elements Coffee Co. provides customers with caffeinated body fuel within a cozy, couch-laden atmosphere. Its bean brewers and sandwich slingers have crafted a multifarious menu, decorated with such creations as the Big New Yorker—corned beef and pastrami huddled beneath a canopy of sauerkraut, swiss, and mustard ($6.85)—and liquid options including the english-toffee white mocha, a concoction of espresso, toffee syrup, white chocolate, and a choice of milk ($3.35+). While charging up your brain battery amid knight armor and orange walls, take advantage of the free WiFi to surf the Internet, update your profiles, or start rebroadcasting UVB-76.
Breakaway Cycles’ experienced mechanics scrape freezer burn off hibernating Huffys in time for the coming spring. During the standard bike tune-up package, a skilled bike whisperer fills tires with fresh, airier air and adjusts brakes and gearshifts. The comprehensive package also includes a truing of perjurious wheels, an examination of the bottom bracket and hubs, and an appraisal of baseball cards jammed into the spokes. After a healthy dollop of lubricant to the chain, bikes are given the go-ahead to glide down oak-lined avenues in perfect working order. Open Monday–Saturday, Breakaway Cycles returns reinvigorated rides in 24 hours, unless parts need to be ordered, resulting in minimal downtime between dropping off your bike and triumphantly returning to the neighborhood canyon-jumping club.
Voted Best Cakes in 2009 by CityVoter Albany, The Cakery bakes a kaleidoscope of aromatic cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from scratch. Sink sweet teeth into a dozen of The Cakery's highly-sought-after red-velvet cupcakes cloaked in a palate-friendly frosting ($14.99), or curb cacao cravings with decadent chocolate cupcakes ($8.99/doz.). Celebrate April Drool's Day with a cake ($30.99+) made with your choice of cookie, ice-cream, Frisbee, or classic cake. The Cakery bakes a water tower's worth of cookies ($5.75+/doz.) each day that range from melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies to delicious thumbprint cookies that are as bold as the passive-aggressive note left on the company refrigerator.