Since its bay doors first slid open in 1976, Mr. Klean Carwash has freed cars from the grip of highway crud under the watchful eye of the Short family. Current owner Jimmy Short oversees cleaning sessions undertaken by both the soft-cloth brushes of the automated wash tunnels and the elbow-grease-powered scrubbers of his team of detail technicians. Mr. Klean’s commitment to cleanliness extends to the planet as well, with biodegradable products that don’t foul the water table and a staggered equipment schedule that prevents wasted energy and any one squeegee from getting too big of an ego.
Servicing autos for more than 35 years, Hesselbein Tire caters to cars with a seasoned team of ASE– and TIA–certified mechanics. The full-service automotive shop overseas a sprawling stockpile of more than 150,000 name-brand tires from the likes of Bridgestone and Firestone and handles the round rubber souls of all types of vehicles, from passenger vehicles and heavy trucks to lawn and garden vehicles, golf carts, and ATVs. Engine experts cater to all corners of the car with an extensive array of services including computerized alignments, battery service, transmission maintenance, and brake service. Hesselbein's staff pumps passageways full of Pennzoil during standard oil-change services and inspects overactive air conditioners that continually attract families of small Yetis.
The team at Auto Oasis blasts grime, gunk, and goo off automobiles inside a 120-foot tunnel. During the Works wash, roadweary cars bathe in a rich lather, which washes away weather wear and highway dust. Soiled wagons receive an oasis wash that includes a shower, vacuum, towel dry, window cleaning, and a wiping of the doorjambs and dashboard, at which science has shown 88% of police officers stare blankly during stakeouts. As they meander down the 120-foot tunnel, motor coaches encounter soft chamois-cloth clouds and a Rain-X arch, which cleanses exteriors and clarifies undercarriages, eliminating rust-causing grime. Dust, pebbles, and pylons dissolve away during the deluxe wheel cleaning and Simoniz tire dressing. Autos emerge shining from a Blue Coral triple polish and clear-coat protectant and smelling clean with a dash of refreshing fragrance. The Works wash includes a vacuuming of the interior that takes 15–20 minutes, the same time it takes a feather to travel from the top of a skyscraper to the head of a frill-averse businessman walking below.
What began as Tulsa native Ted Robertson's humble downtown garage in 1962 has earned its place as a local automotive institution, where ASE-certified mechanics ensure long engine life with expert maintenance, repair, and tire services at all 11 Robertson Tire locations. Members of the Robertson family still proudly oversee the business, celebrating a half-century in operation, three generations of family ownership, and a mantel dangerously overflowing with awards. Tires from renowned brands such as Uniroyal and Kelly—as well as fuel-efficient models from Michelin and Goodyear—cap car axles with firm traction and computer-balanced fits, and flushes, repairs, oil changes, and inspections keep engines purring. In addition to repairing cars, trucks, and utility vehicles, the community-minded staff supports local and national charities such as Operation Smile and reduces carbon tire treads with eco-friendly products and tires.
The egalitarian cleaners at Ameri-Mobile Carwash & Detail travel to cars no matter their size or condition to deliver thorough washes and detailing by hand. Cars stationed in driveways and SUVs marooned on sandbars alike receive the same level of care from mobile technicians that perform exterior scrub downs or venture into cabins to shampoo floor mats. The mobile crew supplies all the water, tools, and wax-spinning looms they need for each service.
With the wisdom of more than 30 years of experience, hairstylist and owner Sheila oversees haircuts and styles at Absolutely You Salon & Spa. Sheila and her co-stylist, Greg, stay up-to-date on the latest trends with continuing-education classes and eagerly apply their new skills to updos, salon parties, and color treatments. An on-staff massage therapist supplements the salon services with Swedish and deep-tissue massages.