With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Riverfront Canal Cruises traces Richmond's roots back to George Washington, who first lobbied the Virginia General Assembly to create the city's canal system as a means of linking the coast to trade opportunities in the west. In 40-minute tours, covered boats glide down the James River and Kanawha Canal, granting passengers an up-close view of the waterways without having to mount a webcam on a duck. Throughout the trip, guides share old stories about the canal and the Canal Walk, broadening guests' knowledge of the area's rich heritage.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For their 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favourites takes to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 College Slam Dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest professional basketball player.
Since its founding in 1978, the international quick-lube franchise Grease Monkey has maintained its focus on speedy treatments and a detail-oriented approach to auto care. Shop technicians tune up rides with services such as air-conditioning repair, air-filter replacement, and fuel- and emissions-system cleaning. Grease Monkey's signature service, though, is its full-service oil change. After replacing a vehicle's lubricant with GF-5 or re-refined motor oil, technicians perform an entire review of its maintenance needs, referencing the owner's manual and the wise hermit living in the trunk.
Four full-time certified mechanics tend to domestic and foreign vehicles at All Tune and Lube, a full-service auto maintenance and repair center. These mechanics can investigate engine troubles with computer diagnostics, ward off road trip delays with preventative maintenance, or repair air-conditioning units that have transformed speedy coupes into imperceptibly slow-moving icebergs. All of the mechanics’ handiwork comes backed by a warranty valid for 12,000 miles or 12 months.
Touched by Flowers boasts a bounty of smile-inducing, fresh flowers and plants for every conceivable occasion. Spruce up a cheerless beehive with an artistic arrangement of bicolored roses ($74.99) or go springy with a peacock's plume-inspired cascade of color ($54.99). Those with leafier leanings may appreciate a blooming bromeliad ($64.99), with its rosy peak and easy-to-love personality. And if your giftee is notoriously absentminded, go with a bouncy, low-maintenance rubber plant ($64.99).