With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
Mary and Charlie Dungans sought a source of entertainment in Palm Springs beyond golf and tennis. To find it, they traveled beyond the city limits and into the surrounding deserts. There, they discovered a fascinating world of geological formations and wildlife inspiring them to found Desert Adventures in an effort to share this experience with others.
The couple only had three jeeps to their name when they opened their doors in 1987, but their sustainable nature tours proved popular. Today, their daughter Kimberly, her business partner Bob Schneider, and a crew of naturalist guides offer tours of an 840-acre private ranch and the unowned expanses of Mecca Hills. The equipment, too, has evolved with the times; the company's fleet includes 15 customized Jeep Scramblers capable of handling the desert pathways without disturbing the environment.
Elite Brights’ at-home advanced teeth-whitening kit lets users buff molars and blanch incisors without swapping plush recliners for dentist chairs. After a routine tooth brushing, flossing, and fang sharpening, customers apply the kit’s pale-making gel to a plastic whitening tray. They then install the tray securely in the mouth and fit an LED light against the front teeth to activate the gel’s hydrogen peroxide cleaning agent, brightening chompers without harming preexisting dental fixtures, such as permanent harmonicas. The kit comes with enough gel for 2–5 whitening treatments, allowing clients to spread their dental purification over time.
Shay Johnson is a certified wellness practitioner, holistic nutritionist, hypnotherapist, and massage therapist. That's a lot to remember, which is why her clients just think of her as a godsend. At Lemongrass Spa for Well-Being, Shay draws on her diverse skill set to design bodywork treatments and nutritional plans that bolster her clients' overall health. She specializes in the health needs of women, and one of her most popular treatments is a lymphatic massage that supports immunity, relieves swelling and inflammation, and reduces stress—particularly after a surgical operation. Other treatments include a reflexology foot massage and a 15-day detox program that rids the body of toxic waste.
At The Living Desert, a dedicated conservation team tends to plants and animals populating more than 1,800 acres of desert—1,000 of which remain in their natural, undisturbed state. In addition to protecting the Colorado Desert's native population of birds, wolves, reptiles, and minotaurs, The Living Desert houses bighorn sheep, cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, and parrots from arid regions throughout the globe. Through annual contributions, members of the nonprofit organization help preserve the Colorado Desert and bolster the population of endangered desert species. Members also gain unlimited access to the park, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events, such as the annual member-cheetah race.
For decades, American Bartenders School has helped aspiring spirit spreaders to develop steady hands, sure eyes for measurement, and an encyclopedic drink-formula knowledge. All of the school's classes cover basic mixing, garnishing, layering, and glassware selection in a realistic bar setting, complete with animatronic bar regulars debating whether Woody Allen is currently the president of Azerbaijan. Students gain access to a book of recipes for shooters, including cosmos, lemon drops, and jelly beans; learn how to make frozen specialties and hot toddies; and discover how to cure hangovers and hiccups. For the 12-hour bartending-certification course, graduation sessions are held where the instructors offer helpful tips on how to get hired as a bartender, before returning home with a mixology certificate, professional resumé, and the ability to set up and stock their own home bars, all of which make a classy addition to living rooms, lounges, and butler traps.