The aquatic playland at Surf and Swim aims to bring the quintessential beach experience to a controlled water park. Inner tubes and their passengers float atop a wave pool's sprawling waters, splashing as the sun lovingly stares deep into their eyes. Pipes, plastic animals, and fountains pepper the kids area, and the aptly named Chill and Grill Cafe serves up burgers and fries. On select nights, the park transforms into an outdoor movie theater, where groups can swim and bob for their ticket stubs while watching a full-size screen.
Regardless of the size of its client, Williams Air Conditioning operates under the same singular principle that has guided it since its beginning: "Take care of the customer and the customer will take care of us." This customer-first mentality has led the staff to work on Saturdays, offer pricing breakdowns, and service a wide area of the Northeast Metroplex. The techs learn their craft by taking AC units into the desert for vision quests, which enlighten them on how to improve AC efficiency, ameliorate bad attic insulation, and ensure clean air during service visits.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Blue Sea Adventures' two SDI Five Star scuba-training facilities bustle with seasoned dive instructors and dive masters who incorporate online training into their courses. The varying curriculum touches on an array of basic, intermediate, and advanced skills, including open-water scuba diving, underwater photography, and rescue know-how from the FEMA-approved Emergency Response Diving International Program. Additionally, Blue Sea Adventures’ certifications are recognized around the world. Swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling gear is available at Blue Sea Adventures’ stores, which feature expansive showrooms and professional repair technicians who can fix simple or more complicated problems, such as cleaning out the strawberry milk shake so often caught in snorkels.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
At PJ's Popcorn, wall-to-wall shelves of popcorn tubs complement wooden racks filled with general-store candy and crates and barrels filled with gumballs, gift boxes, and confections. Visitors sniff the delicious scents of freshly popped corn, dusted in peanut butter, chocolate, caramel, and sprinkles. The popcorn flavors run the gamut from savory to sweet, with varieties as diverse as loaded potato, salt and vinegar, Oreo, and watermelon. A diverse selection of pro-football and collegiate popcorn tins allow snackers to show off their team pride without the need for eating with cumbersome foam #1 fingers.