Cary and Gina Martin were on a bus tour of Minneapolis–Saint Paul when Cary was struck with a thought: why not bring these types of tours to Little Rock? Gina quickly got on board, and Little Rock Tours and Travel was born. Initially, both Martins kept their jobs in broadcast journalism–Cary was a news anchor and Gina was a reporter, which inspired them to incorporate video clips into the tours. Eventually, Cary and Gina left their day jobs to run their business full time, but this journalistic aspect of the tours remains one of its strongest draws. Little Rock Tours and Travel also plans sightseeing tours, including trips to local casinos and DeGray Lake Resort State Park as well as dinner cruises down the Arkansas River.
From its four auto oases, Splash Carwash indulges Little Rock conveyances with services from express oil changes and comprehensive detailing to in-and-out car washes. Under the supervision of founder Paul Stagg, the family-owned-and-operated business employs eco-friendly products to protect our nation's dwindling herds of dune buggies. Splash proudly plays its part for community development with ongoing fundraising efforts, a Teacher of the Month rewards program, and military discounts.
With drive-thru car-wash technology that executes quick environmentally friendly washes, Boomerang Carwash transforms armies of unkempt automobiles into fleets of clean cars. Auto-tidying technicians greet each customer upon arrival with a sucker and a menu of three cleaning levels, and greet cars with their best honk impressions. The basic Boomer's Good car wash ($6) purges fenders and underbodies with biodegradable solutions, purified forms of detergents, and under 30 gallons of fresh water per car. Condition cars' hard outer shells with Boomer's Better wash ($9), boosting full-body shine with a Tri-Color foam and safeguarding paint with DuraShield protectant with Body Armor. Boomer's Best ($12) adds on a complete and long-lasting tire shine and wheel cleaner, keeping treads clean, polished, and free from profane haikus written in their dust.
The technicians at Zips Car Wash serve two masters: speed and cleanliness. They perform their basic tunnel—one of their most popular services—in under three minutes. For more extensive services, they bust out soft cloths, soaps, and waxes. However, they're not only thinking about clean vehicles. They want to make sure the environment stays clean as well. To this end, they use eco-friendly cleaning products, and even capture, clean, and recycle the water run-off from their services.
Mastertech of Arkansas has been in the auto-repair business for 36 years. The garage's ASE-certified and crash-test-rated mechanics fix up most domestic and foreign makes with services that range from brake checks to radiator repairs. The garage's full menu of services includes routine maintenance such as oil changes and more advanced work, including front-end repairs and removing bananas from exhaust pipes.
Roger Deedon, owner of R & R Auto & Tire, cultivated his mechanical know-how at a young age as an apprentice in his father's auto-repair business. His staff of ASE--certified technicians stays apace of the evolving automotive world by attending industry seminars, studying the newest diagnostic procedures, and keeping the facility equipped with the latest auto technology. The full-service shop's services range from Mobil oil changes to computer-controlled fuel-injection-system diagnostics. An online record-keeping service keeps track of cars' repair histories and alerts customers when their vehicle is due for an oil change or teeth cleaning.