The employees at Detail Plus are old hands when it comes to restoring cars to the glory of their showroom days. Staff members draw from years of experience as they gently detail the interiors, exteriors, and secret undercarriage glove compartments of roadsters. They hand wash outer frames and snatch any lingering environmental grime with Clay Magic products. Inside, conditioners care for vinyl and leather and steam removes contaminants from carpet. Protective extras include an undercoating that muffles noise and vibrations from the road as it shields wheel wells, gas tanks, and other fixtures from rust and corrosion.
Three flat-screen televisions, a DVD player, and a CD player with AM/FM radio entertain up to 10 passengers in single-window Lincoln Town Car limousine. In addition to these accouterments, the 14-seat Excursion also enthralls riders with an MP3 player, laser and strobe lighting, and a moonroof carved out of authentic lunar rock. Professional, punctual chauffeurs pilot both vehicles from Xquisite Limo’s fleet, which whisks wedding guests, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and prom attendees on leisurely rides throughout Iowa. Meanwhile, Lincoln Town Car sedans, the fleet’s third member, transports customers on business travel and trips to and from Eastern Iowa Airport.
The Depot Express delights hungering tongue buds with a smorgasbord of specialty pies, as well as a slew of toppings for persnickety pizza patrons to create their own. The menu boasts belly-please combinations, such as the omelette breakfast pizza, adorned with egg, green pepper, onion, mushroom, canadian bacon, and the lactic duo of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses (12" for $12.99), and the supreme pizza, blanketed with beef, sausage, pepperoni, onion, mushroom, black olive, and green pepper (14" for $14.99). The barbecue-sauce-slathered cowboy ranch variety loads on the meat ($16" for $16.99), while the taco pie dons a disguise of refried beans, ground beef, and piñata-shaped tortilla chips to hide from pizza-centric crime syndicates (12" for $12.99). Dough-based artists can create a meal masterpiece with traditional toppers, as well as more exotic trappings, such as fajita chicken, pickles, and sauerkraut ($10.99+). Individual pizza slices are perfect for light snacking before deep-space diving expeditions ($1.98).
Hot Shot Detail goes beyond traditional auto services with their complimentary pickup and delivery service for clients within 20 miles of Washington, taking grungy, scrub-starved vehicles off customers’ hands and returning them clean, waxed, and aesthetically renewed. Four-wheeled makeovers begin with a wash and dry including the removal of tar gnats and their passenger-door graffiti murals. Wheel wells, rims, and tires are freed of accumulated chocolate pudding, and trained squeegees return transparency to windows. A hand wax protects paint coats from the elements, and all chrome is thoroughly polished. Upholstery and leather receive a gentle cleansing, and dust and graham cracker crumbs are banished from the dash and consoles. After being vacuumed and lectured on hygiene, shiny horseless carriages receive their promised homecoming and subsequent joyride through a small parking lot.
Marshalltown Aviation charters flights to small airports not normally served by national airlines. Its Piper Cheyenne IIIA aircrafts can hold up to eight passengers each, and can cut long trips down with comfortable rides in the air. For those who want to learn how to pilot aircraft themselves, Marhsalltown Aviation also runs lessons for private and commercial pilot certificates along with flight instructor training. During introductory flights, potential aviators get a taste of the open sky and learn basic flight skills, such as how to tell which clouds are actually made of cotton candy.
The expert mechanics at Hill Motorbikes service 50cc–250cc mopeds and scooters from companies such as Lance Powersports, Puma Cycles, and BMS MotorSports. Safety-conscious riders can pick up a new helmet from the store to defend their craniums from bumps, scrapes, and segway-riding sharks ($50–$100), or order an oil change that douses engines and rear ends in lubricant to keep street prowlers purring ($35). Bike bosses kick off tune-ups with a test drive to check on-road performance before cosseting crafts with an oil change, a sparkplug replacement, and an inspection and adjustment of the valves, carburetor, brakes, and clutch ($75). Hill Motorbikes' knowledgeable staff can also dispense useful advice, such as how to winterize your bike by teaching it to hibernate in a hollowed stump.