Over the past 20 years, SuperGlass Windshield Repair locations have cropped up across the United States like water drops on a windshield. This ubiquity, combined with their mobile automotive services that bring glass and headlight repair straight to homes and offices, helped earn the company a ranking of #157 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises. SuperGlass's signature windshield-repair system combines precise pressure increments, vacuum pressure, and a special SuperGlass resin to restore transparency and strength to glass. Clients can also solicit a skilled technician for an acrylic restoration that rehabs headlights yellowed by UV exposure or failed attempts to jump a swimming pool full of mustard.
ChiTown PartyBus’s four tiers of party transportation envelop guests in a private, mobile club as they make their way to bachelor parties, sporting events, or nights out on the town. Equipped with dance poles, the glow of disco lights, and a thumping stereo blasting CDs or iPod tunes of choice, buses plant the seeds for exciting evenings behind tinted windows that shield indoor escapades from nosy traffic cameras. Each bus’s plush, limo-style seating encourages guests to relax while their BYOB drinks chill in the onboard bar, which comes stocked with ice, cups, and napkins to lubricate the party experience.
Mobile Wash and Detail and Deck Refinishing wield power washers to blast houses, decks, and walkways clean and free of mold and mildew. They can also use pressure cleaners to abolish grit and grime from trucks and garage floors. With a lighter touch, they offer complete interior and exterior automotive detailing as well.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
Every two years, the United States and Europe deploy an army of their 12 best professional golfers to do battle in a team match-play format at a venue that alternates between the two sides of the Atlantic. For the 2012 Ryder Cup event, Team USA captain Davis Love III and Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead their teams into an intercontinental duel on the links at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Perennial stalwarts Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, will headline the United States team as they try to avenge a 2010 loss to the Europeans at Celtic Manor Resort. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, current world number one, leads a European team attempting to build upon a recent streak that has seen them win four out of the last five Ryder Cup events and successfully complete five out of their last six human pyramids.