Keepers of the Wild founder Jonathan Kraft has always loved animals. As a child in Holland, he rehabilitated and released injured birds every winter. When he became a magician performing grand spectacles in Vegas, his affinity for animals led him to raise two baby tigers to integrate into his act, then eventually acquire and train more big cats. At first Kraft didn’t see the connection between his chosen career and the prevalence of animal mistreatment, but gradually he began to realize how cramped, stressed, and unhealthy his peers’ animals tended to be. His first steps toward rescue weren’t ideal—he didn’t have the space to give each animal the sprawling habitat it craved. So the next step was Keepers of the Wild a place designed to rescue exotic creatures from inhumane conditions and let them roam both safely and freely.
The center, located on historic route 66, now hosts more than 175 animals that include lions, tigers, leopards, and monkeys. Walking and hiking trails lead to enclosures where cougars lie in the sun or wolves trot between bushes. Plenty of lookouts offer photo ops or a chance to spy on capuchin monkeys’ poker games. Visitors can explore the grounds on their own or hop on a guided tour, where they’re shuttled to various habitats and can watch the predators feed.
At Extra Mile Auto Spa and Hand Car Wash and Detail Center, owner Alan Krahenbuhl and his staff use decades of experience to restore dirty vehicles to immaculate condition. In the shop or at a client’s home, technicians hand wash the vehicle exterior, vacuum the interior, dress wheels, and apply a coat of wax so your car looks nice and shiny when you're driving it through a crowded mall.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Paint and Party's skilled local artists offer step-by-step instructions as students mimic and modify each painterly technique to create their own unique masterpieces. After groups of two or four arrive with their favorite beverages in tow, artisans pass out aprons and non-latex disposable gloves to protect their clothes and priceless Jackson Pollock manicures. Students then gather before a featured 16″x20″ painting and watch intently as artists model each necessary brushstroke. Pupils can inject individual personality into each piece with careful brushwork or a turkey baster, then take home their newly dried masterworks by the end of class.
Country Club Auto Spa revamps vehicles with a deluxe car-wash tunnel and the hands of trained cleanliness engineers. Horseless-carriage whisperers soothe and prepare each easily spooked auto before sending it into Country Club’s wash tunnel, where automated washers remove grit and grime from the exterior and inhibit undercarriage rust. Wax, sealant, and tri-coat conditioners maintain the body’s luster and lock in a newfound sense of self-confidence, and jump-suited technicians deliver compliments and affirmations as they carefully hand dry the sparkling finish.