Heloventure founders can say they've probably seen the Golden Gate Bridge from above more often than they've seen it from below. That's because in 2010, the aviation-loving duo joined their piloting experience and passion for flight with the purchase of an R44 Clipper helicopter, which they now use to give area tours, hands-on introductory flight-instruction, and even aerial support for professional and amateur photographers. Heloventure was born with that acquisition, with the duo respectively having 20 years of piloting experience and 10 years of hands-on mechanic experience and organizing lessons and instruction.
Since its start, the business has expanded from commercial flights to performing scenic tours by helicopter and airplane that grant stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Coast and Napa and Sonoma wine region, while Mt. St. Helena. Mt. Diablo. and Mt. Tamalpias rise high above the endless valleys. For passengers who want even more control in their sky travel, Heloventure's flight-instruction program grants its students ground instruction and flight time in either a Robinson R-44 chopper or in a fixed-wing airplane. As students learn to properly pilot their aircraft, they get a gleam of the forces that drive pilots to do what they do, and they learn the dangers of decorating one's home only from in-flight shopping magazines.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop—just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
"We love to wash your car!" is the motto at Napa Valley Hand Car Wash. With six iterations of its exterior hand car wash, this must be true. Whether car owners want a simple wash and towel dry, or a more intense package that includes paint protection and tire dressing, the staff cares for each vehicle with meticulous attention. Interior detailing packages get cars looking equally as good on the inside, with services such as carpet steam cleaning and leather rejuvenation that reverse damage left by dogs who just love taco sauce.
Mobile Pro Detail is a fully self-contained car wash on wheels. Its technicians travel to homes and business armed with their own supply of water—which they filter and de-ionize to prevent spotting—and set to work detailing all manner of vehicle, from cars to airplanes. Each of their professional-grade cleaning products is nontoxic, and their process complies with EPA regulations, bringing autos show-room shines without drawing crowds of protesting redwoods.
ECO Glass Repair's certified glass technicians ensure that sight-hindering blemishes soon disappear from windshields after treatment with up-to-date glass repair technology. The technicians, each trained up to rigorous Repair of Laminated Auto Glass Standards, repair up to three cracks that can each be up to three inches wide, eliminating the need for cars to hide them with generous applications of eyeshadow. Repairs generally take about 30 minutes, and technicians support quality of work with a lifetime guarantee against damage resulting from repairs.