Minnesota Helicopters’ Robinson R22 hovers like a hummingbird high above the St. Croix River, an ideal vantage point for scouting the surrounding bluffs for bald eagles. The craft then swoops toward St. Paul, darting past skyscrapers and the state Capitol. Tours such as this spotlight Minnesota’s natural and urban splendor from a singular perspective. In addition to the St. Croix River, pilots trace routes up the Mississippi and over Lake Minnetonka, and can even customize flight routes for passengers.
Those not content to cruise in the passenger seat can sign up for Minnesota Helicopters’ flight school and eventually chart their own courses for friends or stowaway ostriches.
The automotive professionals at Honest-1 Auto Care repair vehicles with a commitment to eco-friendly standards and practices. Technicians tackle every square foot of vehicles with an extensive slate of services, and educate owners on the specific needs of their roadsters. A tiled waiting room supplies TVs, an Internet café, free drinks, and free oxygen. There’s a free shuttle available as well, and the shop offers a complimentary pickup and drop-off service.
In 1952, after years of ferrying car batteries to wholesalers throughout Dallas in his trusty red Studebaker pickup truck, John Searcy opened a shop of his own. Now a national franchise with more than 300 locations, Interstate All Battery Center powers up gadgets from a catalog of more than 16,000 batteries. Specialized cells from an array of brands including Apple, Motorola, and Creative Labs power home electronics, including the cell phones and singing wall fish that run constantly in most modern households. Cordless tools purr warmly, and medical equipment, such as hearing aids and wheelchairs, continue their crucial functions with fresh energy. The shop also powers up vehicles from golf carts to vintage cars to RVs with batteries from Audi and other companies. The staff collects and recycles upward of 850 million pounds of batteries each year.
Deion, Chris, and the crew of mechanics at Perfect 10 Quick Lube stand by seven days a week, waiting readily to give sanctuary to cars in need of maintenance and repair. Techs keep the garage stocked with Pennzoil and Shell motor oils in order to cool down the tension between sputtering engines and hotheaded pistons. Bays hoist cars into the air so that mechanics can inspect, clean, and service their undersides. In addition to maintenance, car washes keep cars looking as clean as a whistling cat, and the waiting room gives motorists a break from the driver's seat with comfortable chairs, a TV, and a selection of auto accessories.
For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.