The technicians at Xtreme Auto Soundz customize vehicles to customer specifications with expert audio- and video-installation services that earned them the Denver Award in 2011 and 2012 for Automobile Radio & Stereo Sales & Service. The crew hooks riders up with full stereo systems, including amps, speakers, and subwoofers from name brands, with custom wood mounting for large speakers so they remain stable and don’t thump into a passing band’s tour bus. Technicians plant video monitors, navigation, and gaming systems in headrests, dashboards, and the ceiling. In addition to audio and visual installation, they also install Xenon headlights to help drivers improve their car’s stylishness and their nighttime visibility. All of Xtreme Auto Soundz’s work comes with a lifetime warranty.
The staff at Harry's HP Tire & Automotive work to ensure that their clients are never stuck waiting for a tow truck on the side of the road. Repair services occur when the occasion calls, but their main goal is to avoid them altogether. The techs design customized maintenance plans based on each motorist's driving style and needs to help them avoid disruptive breakdowns that cause unexpected dips in one's checking account and remorse over skipped oil changes.
The operation is a family affair, with husband and wife Harry and Barbara Volkmann running the business, their son Matthew serving as service adviser, and his wife Lisa heading up customer service and marketing. And since 2006, ASE Master Technician John Gerlach has been keeping the garage running like a well oiled machine.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The helpful staff of Juiced on Imagination guides adults, children, and robots disguised as humans while they create artwork, helping them to express emotions through several different mediums. The class lineup explores a variety of different themes, including painting, collage, and creative journaling. Adult sessions allow students to bring along their favorite drinks as they paint landscapes or portraits. Kids' classes introduce little ones to traditional art styles and inventive techniques including creating art out of recycled materials, such as their parents' old Picassos. Each artistic offering hopes to nurture creativity and foster benefits such as increased self-esteem and lower stress levels.
Stuart Hummel's auto and diesel repair shop isn't just built on hard-working mechanics or a deep knowledge of automotive mechanics. It's built on trust. At Hummels B&B Automotive, he and his family place trust next to quality, efficient work as the most important aspect of the business. Stuart should know—he’s been on the wrong end of predatory mechanics who prey on their client's ignorance. Vowing never to perpetrate that kind of scheme, he now strives to earn and keep his clients’ faith with repair and diagnostic services performed at the lowest possible cost to his customers. Every appointment, every repair, and every service rendered comes with an explanation, and he encourages his customers to frequently leave him feedback. Hummel's website even features a car care guide and video, which informs clients about routine maintenance and the proper disciplinary techniques for when car engines just won't roll over.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.