During the first Hopkins Holiday Pub Crawl, cheerful throngs of yuletide party-goers make merry at five area bars, sipping drink specials, taking home raffle prizes, and benefiting the ICA Food Shelf. The festivities kick off at Tuttle's Eat, Bowl, Play at 3 p.m., where the clatter of pins intermingles with the strains of belted carols and clink of glasses. Periodic shuttles escort revelers through the next four bars, ending at 9 p.m. at The Hopkins Tavern, at which crawlers can horde tickets to win raffle prizes. Pints of Miller Lite and UV Vodka mixed drinks flow at each location for $2.50 apiece during the six-hour crawl. All comers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday apparel, donning Santa suits, sporting reindeer horns, or fashioning robes out of popcorn garlands.
Jeff's Auto Service uses only Mobil oil during the change, which also includes swapping out the filter and removing any hazardous waste. Lube is applied to the chassis and any squeaky door locks, and all fluid levels, batteries, air filters, and tire pressures are also checked. The skilled mechanics will inspect headlights, turn signals, brake lamps, belts, hoses, the exhaust, and the suspension to ensure your ride rides to the best of its abilities. The knowledgeable mechanics may also suggests a variety of tips to keep your car humming a happy tune between visits.
Members of the Seehusen family have roamed the halls of Hopkins and Southwest Firestone since 1975. The current owners, Tim and Rick Seehusen, worked with their father for years before taking the helm in 2003. Both the Hopkins and the Southwest shops boast a staff of trained service technicians. Some specialize in replacing tires and wheels, and others specialize in general service for common auto ailments such as squeaky brakes, sputtering engines, and rhythm-less turn signals. Work bays are stocked with auto parts and stacks of tires from brands including Firestone, Michelin, Toyo, and Bridgestone.
Handling more than just the swap-out of your car's oily core, the Jiffy Lube Signature Service oil change comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box filter; a checking and filling of transmission, differential, power-steering, and windshield-washer fluids; and a detailed inspection of the antifreeze and coolant reservoirs, engine air-filtration system, serpentine belts, wiper blades, and exterior lights.
Car-X Auto Service works wagons into shape with an array of alleviating automotive services. The trained lubricant sommeliers will pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil while rim rejuvenators revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation. Heroic windshield wipers are retired from service and replaced with fresh recruits, and the vehicle's road trip longevity is ensured with a 30-point courtesy inspection.
With a passion for boating the waters of Lake Minnetoka to take in views of the region's natural beauty and lush green landscapes, Wayzata Bay Charters' owners charter their 60-foot lake cruiser to make the experience accessible to all. The owners decked out their two-level cruiser?which can host up to 60 people?with a full bar, two satellite TVs, satellite radio, a 2,000-watt sound system, and enough helium balloons to keep both the boat and the party afloat. Believing a jaunt on the lake makes for an ideal event whatever the occasion, they've designed packages specifically for weddings and bachelorette parties, and they still offer public cruises to assure everyone has a chance to take to the water.