Justin, Sam, and Sean?three friends and unrepentant auto enthusiasts?spent years working in dealerships before teaming up and opening The Auto Shop. Their joint venture is a dream come true for them; here, they can put their vast knowledge to use repairing engines and adding plutonium to flux capacitors. It's also a dream come true for their customers, who can kick back in a lounge equipped with cable, Wi-Fi, and cushy leather chairs. There's even a shuttle to ferry customers home or to work while their cars are being cared for.
AQUA Steam?s staff steam cleans carpeting, tile floors, counter tops, patios, showers, and natural stone floors using non-toxic, low odor, and biodegradable solutions that are safe for families and pets. The IIRC-certified technicians follow an extensive seven-step process that includes vacuuming, pre-spraying, pre-spotting, grooming carpet, applying foil tabs, deodorizing, and hot water extraction. With a firm grasp of cleaning techniques, they also offer an 11-step upholstery cleaning service, tile cleaning, stone polishing, and carpet stretching, leather cleaning, and carpet repairs for everything from cigarette burns to pet damage, and they guarantee all of their work for 72 hours following service.
The licensed and BASF-certified technicians from Pacific Match Paint travel to their customers to render a wide range of auto-body services, from wheel and rim repair to detailing. When working on dents and dings, the technicians use the SmartTrak computer color-matching system for exterior toners and an SEM-3M system for interiors to ensure an accurate color match. All of the mobile outfit's repairs—whether headlight restoration, interior leather rehab, or bumper refinishing—are guaranteed for life, or at least until cars make the prophesied exodus back to their home planet.
The staff at Checkered Flag hand-washes cars with care, but that doesn't mean customers endure long waits. Thanks to efficiency measures implemented eight years ago, the locally owned and operated business can get a chassis glittering in just 10 minutes. "We don't compromise the quality," Manager Chuck Morris told the Orange County Register, which named Checkered Flag one of the best car washes in the county in 2012. "Our teams on the dry-off work hard to do a quality job of cleaning your car inside and out in a timely manner."
To make the short wait feel even briefer, Checkered Flag pampers guests with perks such as complimentary Wi-Fi, espresso drinks, and gourmet coffee. Inside an attached boutique, they can browse high-end gift items or admire the racecar in which Kevin Cogan zoomed to second place at the Indianapolis 500 in 1986.
Laguna Canyon Spa may be a touch off the beaten path?the wellness center rests at the edge of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park?but that just means the facility's surroundings match its tranquil interior. After all, it's there that massage therapists perform more than 10 massage styles, including the ancient techniques of Ayurvedic and shiatsu. It's also where yoga and Pilates instructors guide students through postures using mats, reformers, and wall tower equipment, and where aestheticians tend to aging, dehydrated, and acneic skin types using the muds and herbs of eight types of facials. But though the wellness center is usually as serene as a glockenspiel solo, it can still be a fun place to party. The center plays host to birthday and bachelorette parties, during which guests enjoy spa packages that can include jewelry making and henna tattoos.
The expert installers at OC Tint Shop not only cover just about any glass surface with precisely cut film, but also do so in a timely manner and back their work with a lifetime warranty. With a mobile unit at their disposal, the window techs can travel to each customer’s location, be it a driveway, a residential home, or an office building made from repurposed glass eyes, and coat windows in brand-name films from SunTek, Solar Gard, and 3M that reduce heat, glare, and UV rays. The shop provides same-day service for both estimates and installations, and supplies a range of specialty films such as antigraffiti, security, and decorative tints.