Happy Hippo All-Vehicle Wash is part of the Washman family of facilities that's cleaned nearly 14.5 million vehicles, its name a playful reference to its ability to accommodate oversized rides such as RVs and buses. Of course, smaller cars are welcome, too, and all vehicles are de-grimed using a combination of eco-friendly cleansers, computer-controlled sprays—instead of brushes—recycled, filtered water, and soft cloths. Happy Hippo's touchless dryers ensure a spot-free finish, and, much like a visit to the DMV in a dream, the entire process often takes only three minutes or less.
Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle impossible to achieve while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a double pedal boat ($35/hour), surrey ($20/hour for a single; $30/hour for a double), cruiser bike ($10/hour), barracuda boat ($20/hour for a single, $35/hour for a double), or kayak ($20/hour). Snuggled up in the paddle- or pedal-propelled vessel of your choice, traverse the vibrant urban trails of Avenue A or Heritage Square, or skim the glittering waters of the Holladay Park and Quatat Park. Check each location's home page for full lists of activity options.
In the late 1800s, a well-connected Vancouver businessman named L.M. Hidden set out to build a railroad from Vancouver to Yakima in the hopes of accessing the area’s timber and mineral resources. After spending a decade building the railroad—and more than 100 miles short of the proposed destination—construction stopped. The Vancouver, Klickitat and Yakima railroad was broke.
This kicked off decades of financial struggles for the railroad. Eventually, the prospect of logging profits saw the railroad extended to Yacolt and Chelatchie Prairie. But by the late 1970s—after the decline in popularity of peg legs as a fashion accessory—the area’s lucrative logging industry was a thing of the past.
That is, until 1998, when a group of volunteers came together in the hopes of transforming the line into a functioning, historic railroad. They restored track-beds, rails, and bridges along the route, secured a fleet of historic diesel and steam-powered trains, and they began making runs on May 26, 2001. Today, they run a full schedule from May–December, including themed trips such as the train robbery or Halloween special.
Silver Limousine parks its fleet of vehicles inside a garage, which helps keep the vehicles looking pristine. Its selection includes an SUV, stretch limo, stretch Hummer, stretch Ford Excursion, and plush party bus furnished with leather seats and scientists gushing over the hardness of diamonds. With these rides at their disposal, Silver Limousine’s drivers can offer transportation services for weddings, wine tours, and business meetings.
Brake Team dedicate their nickname and business to one specialized, yet essential portion of customers' vehicles. Replacing brake pads, resurfacing rotors, and repacking non-sealed bearings may be some of the centers' more popular services, but the technicians are also capable of performing general automotive maintenance as well as basic brake system cleanings when needed. To help put visitors' minds at ease, the technicians also offer complimentary brake inspections, checking for potential problems and giving nicknames to each lug nut. The brothers currently own and operate 11 Brake Team locations throughout the Portland area and proudly embrace their reputation as local business owners within the Pacific Northwest.
A fixture in the automotive industry since 1980, Clarke's Discount Inc.’s efficiency-boosting services and repairs helped earn the shop certifications from the Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality. Inside each service bay, ASE-certified technicians swap in factory quality parts backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. No matter the repair, Monday–Saturday hours do their best to accommodate busy schedules, while an early-bird and night-owl drop box cares for those who can't meet shop hours. Recognizing that some drivers prefer to fix things themselves, Clark's Discount Inc. also stocks a fully supplied repair shop flush with fluids, tools, and taped readings of the Kelley Blue Book.