Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Sports Authority's ski and snowboard rejuvenations mend mountainside wear and tear to help improve performance during gravity-fueled sojourns. Stonegrinding sessions score underside surfaces with striations, cutting down on suction and allowing the precise directional control needed for conquering moguls, slaloms, and decorative rosettes on slope-sized birthday cakes. P-Tex candles provide restorative wax drips across battered board bottoms, filling in gashes and gouges created by errant roots, protruding rocks, and bites from board-eating snow leopards.
Colorado Life’s contributors scour the plains and peaks of their state, regaling readers with tales of quaint vacation locales, stunning natural vistas, and unique area residents. Articles on local history connect present-day residents to the distant past, and pieces covering cultural topics acquaint readers with aircraft museums and Colorado’s tradition of Spanish folk music. Rich writing and colorful photographs bring the Centennial State’s hidden treasures to life, such as tucked-away bed and breakfasts, windswept canyons, and the secret fifth corner along the border with Utah. Elsewhere in the magazine’s pages, rustic comfort-food and breakfast recipes brighten up potlucks and family meals.
Trek Bicycle Store of Loveland outfits pedaled chariots and their masters with sleek accessories and clothes and heals sick cycles with tune-ups and repair services. Feeding nearly every biking need, Trek Bicycle Store hosts a plentiful buffet of shoes, cargo bags, energy snacks, tire pumps such as the Bontrager TurboCharger, and accessories that include Serfas Force 5 sunglasses ($50). The Bontrager Circuit helmet is super strong without acting as a head anchor; its lightweight design allows air to pass freely while preserving the cranium's tough candy shell ($99). Comfort and style await lower halves in the durable and baggy Endura Firefly shorts in black or titanium gray ($59.99). Training devices, such as the Bontrager Node 1 computer ($79.99), keep track of land speed, heart rate, and cadence on a single screen, ensuring hearts are monitored with a focus normally reserved for puppies yet to be housebroken.
Cloz to Home furnishes shoppers with boutique apparel and home goods in a potpourri of styles. Colorful tees and blouses ($24–$65) culled from its racks can swathe both adult and teen torsos, uniting intergenerational tastes even more successfully than Puccini’s Leif Garret: A Libretta. Customers can also don quirky accessories such as rubber watches ($18) or a patchwork jacket to complete an eclectic outfit, or adopt a piece of vibrant local art ($30+). Shoppers can meander at a relaxed pace through Cloz to Home's living-room-like space, absorbing the homey ambiance as they seek out wearable wares and scavenge for rare crossbreeds of quarters and bubble gum hidden under couch cushions.
Señor Rafael at the Mexican Inn enables festive, Mexican-themed revelry with big colorful drinks, garlands and hearty south-of-the-border fare. After chips and salsa, diners can give themselves beards of the refreshing but rich guacamole salad, or opt for the famous pork green chile, the spiciest and most popular item on the extensive menu. Entrees include a pair of chiles rellenos stuffed with melted cheese and topped with pork green chile, as well as classic Mexican fare such as enchiladas, quesadillas, and burritos. Sizzling fajita platters arrive with a touch of brown sugar and honey added to the meat's piquancy, and a roster of straightforward American eats sates culinary homebodies or confuses blindfolded patrons. Señor Rafael also boasts a full bar that houses a variety of Mexican beers and frosty margaritas.