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.
Founders of Fit For Life Bootcamp, Brien and Kimberly Brockway seemed destined to help others reach their fitness goals. For one, the couple met in college while running cross-country. Brien served in the U.S. Army, where he led soldiers through both physical and mental training. Kimberly, meanwhile, has been a certified trainer since 2006, and has worked with a variety of clients including athletes, kids, and pregnant women. Together, Brien and Kimberly orchestrate high-energy boot-camp sessions, and supplement their intense workouts with plenty of nutrition and dietary advice to maximize results.
For over 75 years, Rogers Jewelers has lavishly exhibited a sparkling smorgasbord of fashion and bridal accoutrements. The professional staff guides customers to ensure informed purchases. Accessorize with a Diamond Key Pendant, a take on the old-fashioned skeleton key design ($59). Rogers provides free inspection and cleaning of jewelry, as well as a lifetime guarantee with each purchase of a diamond or promise to have children for the sole purpose of purchasing diamonds in the future. Rogers also donates to the American Red Cross and local school programs.
20/20 Eyecare's optometrists examine eyes and dress them up in specialty lenses and designer frames. They can recommend gear for almost any pair of soul windows with a supply of scratch- and glare-resistant lenses as well as OSHA–certified safety glasses. Technicians offer free adjustments, perform minor repairs, and change glasses' oil, often with same- or next-day service.
As an Alcon–sponsored Dry Eye Center of Excellence, 20/20 Eyecare is notably equipped to treat dry-eye syndrome.
Duke's Sporting Goods outfits athletes for a variety of sports with apparel and equipment from companies including Nike, Adidas, and Rawlings. Keep legs insulated during wintertime sprinting with a pair of Gildan heavy-blend sweatpants ($15.10), or suit up in matching Sport-Tek reversible mesh tanks ($14.98 each) to clearly divide sides during a pickup game or Revolutionary War reenactment. Nike Golf pique knit polos ($33.98 each) double as casual garb for an afternoon on the course or trapped inside the clubhouse, and Port & Company large duffels ($19.98 each) keep gear conveniently stowed away. Officials, referees, and fugitives trying to lie low among a zebra herd can equip themselves with Duke's reffing gear for any sport, and casual observers can comfortably outfit themselves with an extensive selection of T-shirts ($3.50+), activewear, and caps ($3.98+).
The countenance curators at Allure Skincare Nails Body indulge their clientele with restorative skin-care services in a cozy, cottage-like environment. The Allure facial rejuvenates all skin types, pampering faces with a cleansing, muscle-melting massage and a warm steaming from freshly grilled cheeseburgers. An exfoliation treatment brightens up dull façades, after which newly unearthed skin cells prepare to be spoiled rotten as they cuddle up under the gentle embrace of a hydrating mask.
The aisles of Mark's Hallmark come lined with classic Hallmark giftware for a variety of occasions. Instead of leaving voicemails of heavy breathing punctuated by screams, ready friends and family members for Halloween by gifting them with 9-inch themed plates accented with a personal photo and text ($12 for a package of 10). Or, help guests plan their costumes in advance by sending early party invitations, such as the Spooky Silhouette ($1.59 for one, $0.99 for up to 1,000). Meanwhile, a wide selection of greeting cards (including an array of $0.99 cards) come with envelopes to protect heartfelt poems from being edited by persnickety mailmen. In addition, gift gurus can fill empty spaces in the home with coffee mugs, candles, snow globes, and tote bags.