Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Packing the Deland Artisan Inn on the last Saturday of every month, Red Dog Comedy puts national and local comedians in front of the mike for a night of laughter and libations. Past shows have featured Vishaun Roberts, Matthew Lalanne, and TV-veteran Dean Napolitano, who many may recognize from his roles on Passions and The Shield.
The doorbell rings. Outside waits something comically absurd: a pink gorilla, who starts singing. Almost Live! Entertainment dispatches these sort of costumed performers to deliver telegrams and boxes of chocolates at homes and offices. To trigger even more smiles, the team decorates weddings, and their DJs keep receptions lively with thousands of tunes and karaoke songs.
The trained staff of aestheticians at A New U all work together to personalize treatments with an integrative approach to health and beauty. Known for an emphasis on noninvasive skincare procedures and a custom approach that never fails to account for individual circumstances, the staff treats the body inside and out with services that range from nutritional counseling to skin rejuvenation. Karin Finch performs facial services from microdermabrasion treatments to glycolic peels in order to reduce fine lines, minimize the appearance of pores, and smooth the complexion. The center’s advanced laser and cosmetic procedures, which include nonsurgical injections of Botox, Dysport, and Restylane, work to erase wrinkles from complexions and shoo away crows nesting in the corners of eyes.
Amy Hooker pampers faces, feet, and everything in between with a full menu of skincare, nail, and waxing services. She makes use of professional products from lines such as DG Skincare, Rhonda Allison, and Clarisonic, they combat dermal concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. M'lis body wraps infuse the skin with moisture while drawing toxins and lint out of birthday suits. Mani-pedis maybe enhanced with chocolate-scented soaks and clients have the choice or traditional or gel polishes.
Historically, women artists have often struggled to find a space to express themselves in a field dominated by men. The Florida Museum for Women Artists works to change that by offering 7,300 square feet of facilities and galleries dedicated to promoting and showcasing women artists and their work. Three different galleries allow visitors to gaze upon a selection of contemporary art in exhibitions that rotate ever 10 weeks and include juried shows, selections from collections, and traveling exhibits. Previous and upcoming exhibitions include a variety of ceramic, sculptural, and painted works, along with photographs and textiles. Past shows have even included the innovative exhibit Witness to Creativity, which allowed viewers to watch live as artists created installations over the course of a week. The facility also includes a museum shop and café and also hosts fused-glass jewelry, wineglass painting, and mosaic classes.