H&H Home and Truck Accessory Centers decks out trucks with attractive parts for both maintenance and flair, while luxuriating homes in leisure-inducing add-ons. Brand-name truck products include sun subduing window visors (from $49.99) as well as bed mats for pick-ups (from $79.99). Make a modest auto out of an underdressed Chevy or Ford with a protective tonneau cover (from $299.99). A selection of truck toolboxes from brands like Weather Guard and United Welding Supply grants tool slingers extra space to stuff favorite construction components. Inside the home, games of billiards improve after guests replace fire pokers and bent-wire hangers with name-brand cue sticks and racks (from $19.99).
Most great things have humble beginnings, and Express Oil Change & Tune-Up Clinic is no exception. In its 31-year history it grew to more than 170 locations across 10 states. Within these auto havens, ASE-certified vehicle-maintenance professionals slake engine thirsts with their signature 10-minute express full-service oil change and a menu of other automotive procedures. Techs swap out old oil for shiny, new oil and a new filter, followed by a thorough inspection of the engine and inner workings that ensures cars can run for miles and won’t fail during drag races through mall parking lots. Their service centers also perform general maintenance such as brake and AC service, and more advanced services such as radiator maintenance and computer diagnostics.
Oasis scrubs and shines four-wheeled friends with five varieties of quick, automated car washes. A basic express wash ($5) wins your ride an exterior suds session, wheel cleaning, and jet dry, allowing for a dirt-free takeoff after about two minutes. Midlevel grime warrants the ultra wheel deal ($10), which includes a three-step wheel wash, a therapeutic treatment to hard-working paint, a discreet under-body rinse, clear coat, and shine. Dirt that reaches premium levels requires the top-of-the-line Oasis works wash ($14), which upgrades the services in the ultra wheel deal with an extra tire shine, rain-x treatment, triple polish, and towel dry. Once the wash is complete, proud car parents can purge their hulking progeny of Cheerio crumbs and candy wrappers with vacuum cleaners available for free use at post-wash stations. Oasis is open seven days a week, ensuring that the uncleanly results of commuting through moats of fire and perilous tar pits can be rectified regularly.
Manning a fleet of Robinson R44 whirlybirds, the pilots of Tallahassee Helicopters introduce sightseers to the clouds through tours and commercial flights, and also train new crops of aspiring pilots. Flights depart from Tallahassee Regional Airport, shuttling passengers into the great blue yonder to see the downtown skyline, local country clubs, lakes, and parks from above. The service also offers lunch and dinner tours, allowing tourists to make a strong impression as they arrive at restaurants in style and carve their steaks with the helicopter’s whirling tail rotor.
The company also operates its own academy, where students begin with introductory flights that put them in control of the helicopter for 90% of their flying time. The full piloting program prepares students for their first solo flights, while the R44 transition program teaches already licensed pilots the nuances of operating the R44 helicopter.
Super-Suds restores cars to their showroom shine with quick and painless washes. Vehicles travel through a brush-free zone that rinses away stubborn dirt and muck without damaging the paint. Rations of clear-coat protectant and conditioner preserve luster and shine, and technicians finish the job by hand, drying off exteriors to ward off water spots and keep exhaust pipes from catching a cough. Super-Suds also protects against looming thunderstorms by guaranteeing a free wash for every car that gets caught in the rain within 48 hours of visiting the shop.