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.
Since 1945, Fuller's Carwash, Detail Center & Fast Stop has mollycoddled motor vehicles with a slew of auto services. Founder Bob Fuller's relatives manage each of the auto center's 11 locations, which sprout up every time someone buries a ratchet in fertile soil. Skilled technicians populate the work bays and invite vehicles inside for oil changes, auto repairs, and tire rotations that extend the life of vehicular shoes by encouraging even tread wear. Soft-cloth car washes and meticulous detailing services bolster a car’s resale value and ensure it stays as pristine as the day it was delivered by a factory-assembled stork.
The auto technicians and detailers at Kar Toyz Automotive turn simple modes of transport into jaw-dropping showpieces with a range of gadgets, augmentations, and upgrades. Wielding a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of all makes and models from Acura to Volvo, the team enhances driving experiences with sound systems from Bose, anti-theft measures from Crimestopper, and a range of keyless-entry and Bluetooth packages. Cleaners steam away stains from upholstery or polish paint jobs with hand-applied coats of wax, and electronics experts spice up cabins with neon lighting schemes or distract backseat drivers with LCD headrest touchscreens.
Welcoming harried hair owners to find respite amid high ceilings and dreamy blue hues, the professional pamperists at True Colors Salon rely on organic haircare products and advanced techniques to renovate neglected noodle nests. Spicy up boring head threads with a new hue ($55+ for all-over color), or bestow tinted spunk to the best-behaving strands ($45+ for partial foil). True Colors Salon’s friendly mane tamers will groom overgrown head gardens into well-coifed masterpieces free of tangles, split ends, and crabgrass ($30 for women’s haircut; $20 for men; $15 for children), or sculpt elegant updos ($45+) to suit any evening of dining, dancing, or fancy mopping.
For more than 25 years, Major League Auto Spa's team of automotive experts has been cleansing carriages inside and out with soft-cloth washes and detailing services. The automated washer gently nudges cars along a track flanked by a gauntlet of soap-laden cloths to deliver cars from their grimy fate and encourage wolf whistles from passing buses. Armed with vacuums and a keen eye for crumbs and stowaway dust bunnies, interior detailing crews lavish upholstery and carpets with equal attentiveness. Cleaners also apply glossy wax finishes by hand and smooth away imperfections with orbital buffing machines as auto owners wait in the Internet-equipped lobby, surfing the web for new stuffed animals to suction to the windows.
Offering four wash levels, Spirit of America Car Wash's automatic wash tunnels groom vehicles for shiny driving 24 hours a day, 365 days per year with Green Line Solutions products. They scour cars with Formula 575, a two-step cleaner that protects the environment with a low pH level and a dearth of harmful ingredients while safeguarding noses with a fresh citrus scent. A proud member of the Chicagoland Carwash Association and the International Carwash Association, Spirit of America scrubs mobile habitats and sturdy parade floats across the greater Chicagoland area with six locations.