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With more than 40 years of combined experience in managing service stations, the Daggle family recognized an opportunity to help the community where others saw only disrepair. After purchasing Columbia Car Wash, the family renovated the property, adding a full-service wash center with a highly efficient 90-foot bay. The Daggles have remained committed to eco-friendly practices, including water and energy conservation and biodegradable cleaning agents. The station is open year-round, relieving exteriors of road salt in the winter, pollen in the spring, and the remnants of cars' Halloween makeup in the fall.

Staffers can put finishing touches, such as a towel dry and tire shine, on the soaking, cleaning, and clear-coat and surface protection performed by the automated bay. In addition to washes and interior and exterior detailing at the wash center, an adjacent tire and auto-care facility offers Maryland state emissions inspecions and a variety of automotive services.

10611 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia,
MD
US

The experts at Pro Wash Auto Spa know that there are certain things that machines can’t handle. For this reason, they scrub each visiting auto by hand, precluding the possibility of damage to the vehicle’s exterior paint finish. Soft microfiber mitts slop on sudsy water, which gentle chamois whisk away. Vacuums purr in cars with freshly installed window tint, which carries a lifetime warranty against bubbling, peeling, or fading. The crew also busily works installing name-brand audio and video equipment, including in-dash DVD and navigation screens that give directions in the voice of Vincent Price’s hairdresser.

10564 Faulkner Ridge Circle
Columbia,
Maryland
US

T and A Detailing's vehicle artists give cars a new lease on life with hand cleanings and classy modifications. Technicians install custom wheels, alarms from Avital, and three hues of window tint. They're also entrusted to tend to the flocks of several auto dealerships with their detailing and car-herding services.

6660 Dobbin Rd.
Columbia,
MD
US

Swedish Motors' ASE-certified technicians take pride in restoring vehicular functionality and cosmetic appeal. A 45-minute intermediate maintenance service swaps out the auto's exhausted lifeblood for up to 6 quarts of premium synthetic blend oil, and also replaces its filter cartridge, drain plug gasket, and toothbrush along the way. An included inspection provides a meticulous once-over on remaining fluid levels, belts, brakes, hoses, and tires, noting the condition as well as any wear that would benefit from additional attention. The positive crankcase ventilation system receives a pressure test to guard against sludge buildup and overachieving emissions and wiper blades shed performance-hindering grime via a thorough wipe down. The technicians' dutiful eyes also scan for flaws in the suspension and exhaust systems, before conducting a thorough testing of all exterior lights in a sensory deprivation chamber.

7 N Decatur St
Marietta,
PA
US

The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.

9225 Berger Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

Equipment: 1,400-square-foot heated yoga room equipped with mirrors and a ballet bar
Students should bring: Yoga mat, yoga-mat towel, and water
Average class length: 90+ minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 2007
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Read information on our website and hydrate well a day before class.

Q&A with Kat Kelley-Chung, Owner/Director

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We provide a supportive community, nurturing and knowledgeable instructors, and a clean and safe space to practice in. We meet people where they are, and are not necessarily results-oriented, rather we are more focused on encouraging healthy habits and lifestyles. Our motto is "Be Your Cure": we promote a proactive approach, personal responsibility, and ownership of your health and well being.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The mistake IS trying to do it on their own. It's important to have support whether it's the professional support of teachers or being in a community of like-minded individuals to help motivate and keep you encouraged.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a total experience and not just an exercise gym. You will meet positive people that are not judgmental. We have a great community that stands on a foundation of caring and knowledgeable instructors and a desire to change lives for the better, forever. The yoga we provide is unique: the room is heated to 105º and 40% humidity, generally a little warmer then your average "hot" yoga studio. The style of yoga offered comes from the Ghosh lineage of Hatha yoga. ... Kat Kelley-Chung, director of BYC, brings in her own extensive 14 years of teaching experience to these classes that includes training in the Iyengar and Anusara styles of yoga.

6935 Oakland Mills Rd.
Columbia,
MD
US