Island Time's dessert devotees craft 14 all-natural, kosher flavors of frozen yogurt, which boast live, active cultures and swirl into cups from customer-operated machines. Frozen-yogurt masterpieces begin once customers select a palette of flavors, combining cookies and cream with sensational strawberries or cake batter with a liquefied spatula. Guests festoon their frosty bounties with 55 different toppings, layering on freshly sliced bananas, nuts, and candy before Island Time's dairy gurus weigh each customized sundae ($0.49/oz.). The yogurt emporium encourages island-style relaxation with an outdoor patio gussied up with umbrella-shaded picnic tables and palm trees trained in shiatsu massage.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
For three days, the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show turns the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center into the nation’s most exciting parking lot. Deluxe rides from the likes of Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche dazzle attendees with sleek lines and plush interiors, and innovative autos such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt show off their efficient electric engines. The newest models from more than 25 other manufacturers line the floor, doors open for guests to lean back in the seats or measure how large a ham can fit in the glove compartment. During daylight hours, a lineup of drivable cars idle outside to give curious patrons the chance to try their dream rides.
Working from two locations in Jacksonville, Gunner Tire's certified technicians help cars reach their maximum mileage with a range of maintenance and repair services. After performing free safety inspections, the team draws from a stockroom of top-brand tires by Michelin, Falken, and Cooper to outfit cars with the best spinners in every size. They confiscate dirty oil and replace it with standard or Mobile 1 premium fluids, and toss away dingy filters wrought with engine-clogging debris. While cars receive service, customers can lounge in shop's diner-like atmosphere, where black-and-white checkerboard floors and vintage red walls box in a coffee bar and fresh air saturated with complimentary WiFi.
The car doctors at Auto One Service Center perform preventative and repair services to keep vehicles on the road and safe for motorists. Skilled mechanics feed thirsty motors up to 5 quarts of fresh 10W30 oil to ensure that the pistons are well-hydrated and don't cramp-up after long drives. Improved road readiness comes in the form of a tire rotation, which promotes longevity by ensuring even tread wear. Brakes benefit from a thorough flush, which removes old fluid, cleans the brake lines, and fills them with new solution to help cars brake smoothly for chickens crossing the road. With the EVAC, vehicular cooling systems undergo a detailed examination to uncover possible leaks and recharge air-conditioning units weary from sunny summers. Up to a pound of refrigerant will be replaced, creating a refreshingly cool cockpit environment.