The event planners behind QueenVee Entertainment throw themed bashes that immerse partygoers in elaborate experiences. Founded by CEO Joanna Vargas—a producer, dancer, and choreographer who started her career by staging events such as The King of Pop, a dance-tribute show to Michael Jackson—QueenVee has staged past events such as Phenomena, a mash-up of a dance showcase and a fashion show that benefited Dance for Peace Charity. Ongoing events include booze cruises aboard a three-story Grand Romance cruise ship in the style of a 19th-century steamboat, complete with an open-air top deck and a team of acrobatic Mark Twain impersonators. Further amenities entertain the up to 320 passengers, including two full-service bars, a professional DJ playing over a large dance floor, and a professional photographer who posts images on Facebook. Raffle and door prizes reward attendees with keepsakes, and tables and booths offer respite from the dance floor and a private place to run Y2K safety drills.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with nearly 20 locations, 300 employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
Unlike some car washes that employ potentially abrasive brushes and cloths, Monterey Car Wash liberates locomotives from filth and grime using only soft, lamb's wool mitts that won't mar the paint finish. Most services are designed to get cars clean, dry, and back at their cubicles in about 20 minutes, while still ensuring every auto is thoroughly wiped from window to wheel rim. Always keeping customer comfort a topmost priority, the car wash offers both a shaded outdoor seating area as well as an air-conditioned gift shop stocked with cards and appropriate gifts for hard-to-shop-for valet attendants. Monterey Car Wash helps cars to gleam every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Temple City Car Wash beautifies auto exteriors with meticulous washes and detailing beneath a cheery-red roof. Certified Meguiar's detailers draw from the shop's 38 years of expertise as they wield soft cloths, spray bottles, and whirring wax buffers during 10-minute express washes or lengthy detailing sessions. Recycled water splashes eco-friendly soap off hoods and guides shampoo suds through interior carpets, and luxe waxes and clay-bar treatments polish paint and stave off oxidation before molding into ornamental hood golems.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.