Xtreme Auto Detail pampers steely steeds with an extensive array of dirt-expunging services, leaving dazzling interiors and gleaming paint jobs in its wake. The shop's savvy staff members, drawing on more than 25 years of experience, exorcize the unsightly exoskeletons of insects and built-up road crust from automotive hides with a thorough wool-mitten hand washing. An exterior buffing exfoliates battered panels, shedding minor scratches and allowing inner beauty to shine through, and a painstaking polish locks out grime as effectively as Mr. Bubble's panic room. Xtreme Auto Detail's elite technicians vacuum all interior carpets, handily eliminating crumbs before cleaning upholstery, carpets, seats, and mats. Bovine dermatologists pamper leather surfaces with conditioner, and also beautify windows, exposed vinyl, and crossbow slits.
The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum preserves history from both air and sea. The museum is home to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, a battleship docked at the shore, which served in World War II and Vietnam, and retrieved the Apollo 8 astronauts. Not far away, the USS Clamagore —the only Guppy III submarine preserved in the United States—is tied up in the water. Commissioned in 1944, the USS Laffey supported the D-Day landings at Normandy, and then served in Okinawa where it survived five kamikaze attacks and three bombs.
More than 28 historical aircraft occupy the museum’s flight deck, hangar bay, and shore ranging from an F6F Hellcat to a full-scale replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 flyer. Onboard the USS Yorktown, the Medal of Honor Museum educates visitors about the United States’ highest award for military valor. Outside, the Cold War Memorial pays tribute to the men who served on submarines during the Cold War.
At Brick by Brick, owners Kendra and Matthew Randall have developed programs for all ages around the customizable world of Lego models, encouraging kids to hone their STEM skills—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—through imaginative building projects. By guiding students through hands-on construction work, they and their staff of certified teachers convey concepts that range from simple counting to the physics of a pulley system.
All curriculums are centered around age-appropriate activities. Sessions for 2- to 4-year-olds are designed to hone motor skills by stacking large foam blocks. From there, classes steadily progress in complexity: 5- to 7-year-olds begin working with rolling vehicles, whereas 8- to 10-year-olds can motorize their models. The most advanced lesson focuses on computer-guided robotics, and tasks groups with creating a robot that can navigate a maze or packed middle-school dance floor on its own. Weeklong summer camps also result in creations that adhere to a motif. Under the Sea participants undertake marine-themed projects, and burgeoning directors compose a short film to conclude Stop Motion Animation Movie Making Camp.
In addition to hosting their onsite sessions, birthday parties, and open-play hours, Brick by Brick instructors travel to more than 40 area schools to lead enrichment programs. These visits still adhere to the business's central philosophy of teamwork, imagination, and analytical thinking, a framework backed by Matt's career as a professional engineer.
The technicians at Fabulous Floors Charleston restore a sleek sheen to hardwood flooring with speedy resurfacing services, each of which is usually completed within a few hours. Without sanding away floor material or leaving noxious dust particles, the staff buffs out nicks and scratches and conditions each floor to drool cleaning solution at the ring of a bell. A final finish of polyurethane comes in a choice of gloss, semigloss, or satin polish to ensure that floors glimmer long into the future. With a proper seal, hardwood flooring is more easily cleaned and may reduce the buildup of allergens and thieving beavers too lazy to find their own wood.