Practice makes perfect and perfection is the goal of Centerfield Baseball & Softball Academy's staff. The roster of experienced instructors includes members with playing and coaching experience at the collegiate and Major League levels. During private lessons, these instructors share their insight and help players refine fundamental hitting or pitching techniques. Larger clinics allow the staff to work with groups and create well-rounded baseball and softball athletes.
These lessons can take place in the academy's 15,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility, which also allows players to refine their game on their own. Its four Iron Mike pitching machines are capable of slinging fastballs or water balloons at speeds from 40 to 70 miles per hour, and six of its eight open cages feature mounds, which help pitchers dig in while they practice delivering the heat.
Beneath the cheery yellow awning at Rapid's Auto Spa, muck-covered cars trundle in for a wash. With the detail and care afforded by human hands, the cleansers bring panels to a mirror sheen, with options including a range of waxes harvested from bees with naturally occurring racing stripes. Additional services include interior cleanings, tar removal, and clarification of foggy headlights.
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.
For 21 years, Splash N Dash Car Wash has washed, detailed, and fixed up vehicles from its retro, yellow service compound. Automatic tunnels lavish cars with tri-foams, clear coat, and conditioners, and rigorous detailers shine façades with Blue Coral waxes before restoring cabins to pre-carpool condition with interior shampoos and upholstery treatments. Onsite mechanics flush residue and Crackerjack prizes from stagnant transmission and cooling systems, and dispatch standard, synthetic, and diesel motor oils to mediate between friction-filled components. Customers flop down on plump leather couches inside Splash N Dash's waiting lounge, where flat-screen TVs and a small convenience store distract car owners from their desire to peek at their cars in the shower.
With a gigantic blue bucket jutting from its roof, The Appleseed Express Carwash is nearly impossible to miss. Beneath this eye-grabbing centerpiece, automatic washing tunnels call upon energy-reducing frequency drives, recycled water, and environmentally friendly products and polishes to restore sullied exteriors to a like-new shine. In addition to their environmental promises, the washing crew also commits to its community by donating to the Kids in Need program and occasionally hosing down mailboxes.
Parker Custer Tire & Service has been a Goodyear dealer since 1993. Their technicians are ASE-certified and ready to fix anything. They'll change oil, check batteries, pull nickels from hood ornaments’ ears, and install new tires from Goodyear and Dunlop. Transmission maintenance, heating and cooling repair, and wheel balancing are also among their offered services. While the technicians are at work, customers can take a break in the waiting room with some free WiFi or hop on the courtesy shuttle and head to work or home.