A native Chicagoan, Jeff Veal passed his boyhood days in Chatham and Beverly. After that, wanderlust took over, leading him to Houston and a degree in communications from Texas Southern University. Jeff returned to his hometown after graduation and now oversees Imperial Mobile Car Wash Inc.’s team of professional mobile detailers. Filled with the same traveling spirit as their boss, his professional technicians haul their own water, electricity, and cleaning supplies to homes and offices to scour sullied vehicles with an array of detailing services. The team also maintains a brick-and-mortar location, welcoming drivers with a waiting room where they can watch TV or chat with an on-staff Jim Croce impersonator while their cars shed dirt.
Before expanding to five locations, the owners of the first Zoom Clean found that they couldn't get the results they wanted with just any old soaps and waxes. They soon tracked down a chemist, who glued the periodic table to every doorknob and helped them develop their own innovative line of cleaning products. The resulting detergents, shampoos, polishes, and protectants now cleanse chariots of all shapes and sizes?including semi-trucks, motorcycles, limousines, and boats?to a glossy shine in Zoom Clean's touchless automatic washes, DIY bays, and hand-wash stations. Z Clean 2-in-1 Powder, a highly concentrated multipurpose mixture, protects paint jobs by reducing friction during washing. When they aren't buffing and waxing autos in their detail center, resident technicians perform diagnostic checks, install 3M Window Film, and restore cloudy headlights. They can also steam-clean interiors, scour engines, and refill parched oil tanks.
Unlike machines, which can miss spots here and there or fall in love and run away with a smooth-talking GPS system, the human hands provide thorough and customized cleans. And they're the main instruments at Neat Freak Hand Car and Truck Wash, connected to trained and meticulous technicians who scour vehicles for dirt and debris. Neat Freak offers both hand washes and details. The former helps the finish, the paint and chrome, retain its showroom shine, while the latter, with its hand waxes, wheel brite applications, and shampoos, gets the inside and outside looking not only spotless but shiny, glossy, and armored with protectants to ward off future damage.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for?fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Caf?, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
J&R Mobile Carwash and Detail will clean your car while you're at work or home. Technicians travel to the driveway, parking spot, or hammock where your car is parked and scrub it down until it shines. They'll wash, wax, and buff the outside, clean the windows, and dress the tires, and then wipe down the interior. Clients can also drop off their car for polishing at J&R's newly expanded shop.