Winner of the New Haven Advocate's Best of New Haven Readers' Poll as well as Fairfield Weekly's Best of Fairfield County Readers' Poll in 2011, Splash Car Wash provides meticulous cleansings to all manner of auto. Following external pampering that includes the application of triple-foam polish, full-service The Works washes (up to a $26.99 value each) treat four-wheelers' innards to a vacuuming, window cleaning, and dashboard wiping. Wheel-bright and tire-shine services restore the dignity of circular feet after continuous altercations with the street, and a Simoniz clear-coat sealer equips car-outers to shake off needy dirt particles of the future. Finally, car attendants flush thirsty undercarriages with water, hydrating them with more liquid than what can fit in the mouth of a baby squirrel.
Andrew Goldstein saw the first Volkswagen Beetle roll onto his school's parking lot in 1958. He was in sixth grade, and his family's dealership was the town's main gateway for foreign cars. As Andrew grew, so did his love of the car industry. During high school, he took a job in a used car lot to gain experience before going to college, where he majored in automotive marketing. With a freshly printed degree in hand, he set to work at Riverbank Volkswagen under the watchful eye of his father, Seymour. According to Kara O'Connor of the Hour Online, Goldstein admitted that, though working for his father was difficult, "In the end it was better because now I run the business and I learned to do everything the right way." Today, Andrew is president of Riverbank Volkswagen, and two of his sons—Seth and Eric—work by his side. Much like his father, Seth started out at a young age, cleaning up grease and eventually landing a job as a technician before ascending the ladder to service manager. Eric, the Internet manager, learned the value of hard work by cleaning gutters and cars before finding his niche online. Both sons strive, along with their father, to maintain the reputation earned by their grandfather. For an auto dealership, surviving the past 50 years is either a sign that what they're doing is right or just the result of making three left turns.
The solar panels positioned on the roof of Greenwich Avenue Solar Car Wash are responsible for the facility’s warm water, which ably pries dirt and smears off cars. The solar photovoltaic panels, likewise, produce electricity that powers the car wash, making this spot an earth-friendly facility as well as a place where cars can recapture their cosmetic luster through wash packages and detailing. As cars move through the wash tunnels, kids can take aim with a spray gun and participate in the experience.
Voted Best Yoga Studio in Greenwich by the Greenwich Patch, Mantra Mind Body believes that mental stability, healthy diet, and physical exercise are the formula for a balanced life. On this three-legged wellness stool, the studio rests yoga and Pilates classes, TRX boot camps, as well as in-depth nutrition counseling with certified clinical nutritionists. Patrons are also free to indulge in teacher training workshops or retreat to Mantra's juice station for organic whole fruit and smoothies blended from fiber-packed fitness magazines.
From washing to fixing to selling, Elite Motors handles all things automotive. Detailing crews deliver sudsy hand washes and waxing services, treat interior vinyl surfaces to Armor All, and shampoo floor mats. In the repair shop, technicians change oil and take their best tools to broken engines, transmissions, and tires. Elite Motors has customized accessories, too, including Llumar window films—which control heat and block UV rays—and vinyl wraps, which are perfect for business owners trying to get their name out on the streets or drivers who want to demonstrate their undying love for flames.
Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.