The brick walls of SLR Auto Spa & Cafe have seen it all, from tiny, rough paint patches that demand the careful caress of clay bars to windshield bug splatters that rival Jackson Pollock paintings. Without batting an eye, SLR's staff erases the damage with fast hand washes and detailing services that scrub autos from rear hatch to engine block. While awaiting their newly cleaned chariots, patrons sip cappuccinos or sink forks into plates of biscuits and gravy in the cozy café area as they surf the public WiFi or affix their eyes to the dual TV screens hung on a bright-red accent wall.
Inspired by small craft spirit creators of yore, Derrick Mancini founded Quincy Street Distillery as a way to celebrate traditional, and create new, American spirits. Today, Mancini and distiller, Danny Maguire, oversee a small crew that crafts and bottles 12 artisanal, small-batch spirits including a mead-based dry honey spirit, a railroad gin, a colonial-style single malt rye, and a young bourbon whiskey that's too young to drink itself. Take a tour of the distillery to bring the full story of these libations into focus. Distillery tours detail every step of the grain-to-whiskey production, including fermentation, distillation, cutting, barreling, and bottling. Conclude with a tasting in the Speakeasy cocktail bar that includes a brief history lesson about many of the spirit brands, and after where patrons can purchase classic and original cocktails or pick up bottles at the retail shop. You can also reach the distillery by train on the Burlington Metra line just a block from the Riverside station.
Dr. Ryan Molis specializes in Invisalign procedures, which he has performed since 2001, treating enough patients throughout his career to earn him a designation as an elite preferred provider and in the top 1% of all Invisalign providers. His staff at Molis Dental keeps patients smiling with everything from family check-ups to cosmetic laminates, crowns, and veneers.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
J&R Mobile Carwash and Detail will clean your car while you're at work or home. Technicians travel to the driveway, parking spot, or hammock where your car is parked and scrub it down until it shines. They'll wash, wax, and buff the outside, clean the windows, and dress the tires, and then wipe down the interior. Clients can also drop off their car for polishing at J&R's newly expanded shop.