Recipient of the American Public Transit Association's Gold Award for Safety in 2011, SouthWest Transit whisks passengers to their destinations Monday–Friday. Aboard one of the fleet's 60 black and copper buses, riders can relax peacefully while cutting down on greenhouse-gas emissions and loud honks at rude construction cones. Three Park and Ride lots—including lots in Chaska, Chanhassen, and Eden Prairie—allow commuters to drop cars off securely and ride the rest of the way. A handy online Trip Planner helps with finding the ideal itinerary for traveling to work, school, or the library's hidden underground movie theater, though all available routes can be found on SouthWest Transit's schedule.
The certified technicians at Victory Auto Service & Glass dish out oil changes and winter auto checkups with award-winning ethics and a reputation for excellent hospitality. As customers watch from cozy waiting areas, car bellies are drained of old oil and stale Mellow Yellow seeping through dashboard heating vents. Then, 5 quarts of standard motor oil quenches parched engines (synthetic oil is available at an extra cost). Meanwhile, the hazards of winter roads get minimized with the 50-point Peace of Mind inspection. In about 20 minutes, important vehicle vitals are checked, including exhaust systems, tire pressure, and dashboard lights. Inspections comb most major automotive functions—including break lines, shocks, and all fluids—determining each element as passing, in need of future attention, in need of immediate attention, or in need of a hug. Victory Auto Service & Glass covers all of its new parts and labor with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.
Jeff's Auto Service uses only Mobil oil during the change, which also includes swapping out the filter and removing any hazardous waste. Lube is applied to the chassis and any squeaky door locks, and all fluid levels, batteries, air filters, and tire pressures are also checked. The skilled mechanics will inspect headlights, turn signals, brake lamps, belts, hoses, the exhaust, and the suspension to ensure your ride rides to the best of its abilities. The knowledgeable mechanics may also suggests a variety of tips to keep your car humming a happy tune between visits.
With a passion for boating the waters of Lake Minnetoka to take in views of the region's natural beauty and lush green landscapes, Wayzata Bay Charters' owners charter their 60-foot lake cruiser to make the experience accessible to all. The owners decked out their two-level cruiser—which can host up to 60 people—with a full bar, two satellite TVs, satellite radio, a 2,000-watt sound system, and enough helium balloons to keep both the boat and the party afloat. Believing a jaunt on the lake makes for an ideal event whatever the occasion, they've designed packages specifically for weddings and bachelorette parties, and they still offer public cruises to assure everyone has a chance to take to the water.
Members of the Seehusen family have roamed the halls of Hopkins and Southwest Firestone since 1975. The current owners, Tim and Rick Seehusen, worked with their father for years before taking the helm in 2003. Both the Hopkins and the Southwest shops boast a staff of trained service technicians. Some specialize in replacing tires and wheels, and others specialize in general service for common auto ailments such as squeaky brakes, sputtering engines, and rhythm-less turn signals. Work bays are stocked with auto parts and stacks of tires from brands including Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, and Bridgestone.
This Motor Trend Certified car dealership operates under the auspices of friendly salespeople and expert mechanics. Selling new and used vehicles from Ford and Lincoln, the auto stop also ensures motors run properly and paint jobs gleam by enlisting a certified service department and body shop to fix and maintain rides. Apple's mechanics perform services of all kinds, from routine oil changes to more extensive collision repair to filling glove compartments with properly folded maps.