At ACTing Smarter ACT Test Prep, learning how to ace the daunting standardized test is not only effective, but also affordable. University of Michigan alumnus Josh Gottlieb runs the classes—made up of small groups of 5–10 students—and incorporates 15 years of experience teaching math and science, plus two master's degrees in education.
When the licensed and insured staffers from Ultra Clean Detailing aren't scouring cars, boats, RVs, and motorcycles, they're fixing dings and dents without paints or fillers. The company’s other services include headlight restoration, odor removal, and polymer-paint sealant, which uses molecular cross-linking to protect paint jobs from ultraviolet rays and scratches caused by overeager sheriffs sliding across the hood.
The sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $25 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.
Slip ‘n’ slides. Mud pits. Tire runs. A tarzan swing. Regardless of whether you choose the 1.5- or 3.5-mile route, the Muddy Patriot has one goal in mind: to get you dirty. With adrenaline pumping and live music from The Bronk Bros. filling the air, racers aged 13 and older take on the Muddy Patriot obstacle course, which is made, like a pig’s-dream montage, almost entirely of mud.
Though it may technically be considered a competition, Muddy Patriot’s founder, Chris Bushart, intended it to be fun, first and foremost. As a veteran of the United States Navy, Bushart’s time spent traversing the globe made him realize how much he loved his country and how much he wanted to give back. The Muddy Patriot not only brings excitement to Michiganders for a day, but also supports local businesses and children’s charities such as Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Jet’s Pizza—ranked among the best-selling pizza franchises in 2010 by PMQ Pizza Magazine—has exploded with more than 200 locations since brothers Eugene and John Jetts opened their first shop in 1978. The menu teems with customizable pies, each built on traditional hand-tossed crust, New York style thin crust, or deep-dish crust, available in eight flavors such as poppy seed, Cajun, and garlic. Chefs fling dough disks into the air while Olympic shooters blast the flying, red-sauced rectangles with one of 18 available toppings. Before digging into a main dish, share an order of bubbly, triple-cheese Turbo Stix, which come topped with mozzarella, cheddar, romano, garlic, and butter and are served with pizza sauce perfect for dipping or drawing designs on crisp dress shirts.
There’s a long trail of glossy paint and polished chrome following Matthew Gieseler, who has spent 17 years in the auto reconditioning industry. His work continues at AMG Automobile Detailing, now with the help of a trained staff of detailers who are well-versed in the art of hand-washing and buffing cars. With the singular goal of getting vehicles as clean as if they'd just rolled off the assembly line, the team details the interiors and exteriors of cars, heavy-duty trucks, and even boats, using eco-friendly products and eagle-eyed focus. AMG also offers pickup and drop-off service for customers whose stubborn cars don’t buy the line that they’re “just going to the park.”