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The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.

In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.

1501 11th St.
Huntsville,
TX
US

Tiremax keeps autos in effortless motion with professional, painstaking tire care and motor-refreshing oil changes. Vehicle virtuosos revitalize cars' arterial systems by removing aging lubricant and giblet gravy and replacing them with up to five quarts of fresh, life-sustaining oil. In a speedy tire rotation, certified technicians change the location of each tread to address uneven tire wear and increase wheels' longevity and performance. Buggies' suspension and steering components also undergo fine-tuning before a 21-point inspection puts filters, belts, hoses, and crocheted windshield-wiper cozies under the microscope. The technologically advanced facility employs only manufacturer procertified technicians who have completed Tiremax’s rigorous training program and an underwater obstacle course.

209 Highway 59 Loop S
Livingston,
TX
US

Stylist Janna won’t let you leave the salon with your head down. To ensure her clients exit with confidence, she brings to bear skill in precision haircuts and coloring services. Certified in Platinum Seamless and Fusion hair extensions, she also can add length and fullness to hair, or give a supercomputer hair to make it less intimidating. Janna works alongside more than 20 beauty professionals who offer facials, massages, Magic Tan services, and hairstyling with Bed Head, Redken, and Tigi products. The team works between yellow dividers, which create individual, semiprivate beauty stations, and a small boutique sells costume jewelry, crosses, candles, and skincare items.

1105 12th Street
Huntsville,
TX
US

The Whistle Stop Café halts hunger throughout the day with hot, homemade meals. Taking an old-fashioned approach toward food, the restaurant plates up classic comfort eats, including all-day breakfast favorites: fluffy pancakes and buttermilk waffles. More savory options include chicken fried steak, pulled pork baskets, and meaty entrees served with such sides as mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

11133 I-45 S, Ste 250
Conroe,
TX
US

It's a common misconception that the city of Houston is named after the Houston Rockets basketball team. The truth is far stranger. The city is actually named in honor of Sam Houston, a key player in Texas's bid for statehood. The Lone Star State as we know it today would not have been possible if Houston hadn't led the Texas Revolution and subsequently assumed office as the Republic of Texas's first and third president.

Houston—both the city and the man—is the focus of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum. Located on 15 acres of the leader's own estate, the sprawling museum lets visitors learn about Houston's life and accomplishments via artifacts, manuscripts, and even buildings he frequented. Houston's hunting lodge along with the Steamboat House have been moved to the museum grounds from their original locations, and a replica of his kitchen was hand-built with period tools on the same spot as the original. In the rotunda building, visitors can examine personal effects and articles of clothing to get a feel for what Houston was like as a person. Though the museum is open six days a week year-round, the summer months are perhaps the best time to visit, as the museum offers free tours twice daily with paid admission.

1402 19th Street
Huntsville,
TX
US

At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.

Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.

460 Cullen Loop
Texarkana,
AR
US