Chopper Charter Branson's flights range from aerial photography to scenic tours and hands-on instruction and training. Each student learns on the Robinson R44 helicopter, touted as the most popular helicopter in the world. The FAA-certified air carrier meticulously maintains their choppers, taking all safety precautions and plopping them onto a treadmill for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week.
Inspired by the same brainwaves as the Build-A-Bear Workshop, RIDEMAKERZ allows visitors construct a customized toy car from the axles up with dozens of options that add up to nearly 650 million unique combinations. Guests begin by choosing a body from a stock of Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks, and hot rods that can then be accessorized with free stock parts or specialty chassis, tires, rims, and oil slicks. The hot-lava Chevy Camaro ($32) sports a metaphor for the rubber it plans to burn with orange flames on its sides, and the jewel-blue RZ Rascal body pairs its smooth curves with working headlights and taillights ($22). Sets of multicolored or racing slick tires maintain traction while pushed across carpets, hardwood floors, or up the sides of living-room furniture ($4 for two). Glistening hubcaps ($3–$4 for two), undercarriage-glow lighting ($10), and other car accessories offer further customization, while sound-effect chips ($3) relieve vocal cords strained by persistent engine imitations. Builders can also upgrade to a radio-controlled street chassis ($25) to assert hands-free control over the vehicle's movements.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Decals
Pro Tip: If you're using your own artwork, a vector format will save money.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Q&A with Josh, Owner
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Our turnaround time is much faster than others and our prices are very competitive.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The love of designing stuff.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Designing something original.
Using a toolkit of Meguiar's car-care products and a decade's worth of know-how, the maintenance magicians at Epic Rides are suitably equipped to prime roadsters, boats, motorcycles, and jalopies to withstand the elements. The team of technicians can travel to customers’ locations, detailing rides by hand in driveways or backyard marinas, or they can polish the chrome of a hog or truck at the shop. Although well-versed in sprucing up vehicles of all makes, models, and hues, the teams specializes in refurbishing the bodies of black-colored vehicles, whose nicks can appear more pronounced than those of their candy-colored counterparts. Epic Rides’ other forte revolves around sealing and polishing all types of rims, including chrome and custom powder-coated rims, to protect them from fading, chipping, rusting, and scratching.
Blak Traks Mobile Oil Change's vehicular gurus truck their maintenance equipment and experience conveniently to each car, providing autos with the care they deserve. During a full-service oil change, one of Blak Traks's jalopy therapists will change and add up to 6 quarts of premium synthetic-blend oil before checking windshield wipers, hoses and belts, gearboxes, differentials, and flux capacitors. The motor magician will top off fluids, pump up tires with hose-to-valve resuscitation, and smooth out bumpy rides with a chassis lube. On top of this regal treatment, a tire rotation provides for an even distribution of wear and tear on each car's rubber sneakers, in much the same way that marathon runners swap shoes between their feet midrace.
With drive-thru car-wash technology that executes quick environmentally friendly washes, Boomerang Carwash transforms armies of unkempt automobiles into fleets of clean cars. Auto-tidying technicians greet each customer upon arrival with a sucker and a menu of three cleaning levels, and greet cars with their best honk impressions. The basic Boomer's Good car wash ($6) purges fenders and underbodies with biodegradable solutions, purified forms of detergents, and under 30 gallons of fresh water per car. Condition cars' hard outer shells with Boomer's Better wash ($9), boosting full-body shine with a Tri-Color foam and safeguarding paint with DuraShield protectant with Body Armor. Boomer's Best ($12) adds on a complete and long-lasting tire shine and wheel cleaner, keeping treads clean, polished, and free from profane haikus written in their dust.