Express Oil Change and Service Center has spent more than three decades catering to the needs of man's best mechanical friend. In this time, it has managed to spread across 10 states, much like the Guinness Book of World Records's largest blanket, taking its no-pressure modus operandi and penchant for recycling oil to more than 170 locations. The shop's ASE–certified technicians ply their trade with a cybernetic hybrid of high-tech computerized equipment and old-fashioned friendliness, maintaining the optimum efficiency and safety of engines with thorough oil changes, tire rotations, and maintenance packages.
A family-run business, Destin Jeep Rentals outfits families, couples, and lone travelers with the wheels to traverse the scenic Gulf Coast. They rent out four-door Jeep Wranglers, letting drivers tackle the open road in closed-roof or convertible Jeeps. Daily and weekly rates are available.
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. The team of mechanics at Meineke Car Care Center of Fort Walton Beach performs an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Technicians at Clear Choice Glass secure glass craters measuring up to three inches, backing their deft workmanship with a lifetime warranty. During each individual repair, which last roughly 30-minutes, the techs stabilize window dings with adhesives that prevent the damage from growing into larger chips, turning into irreparable cracks, or spreading to nearby liberty bells. In-house staffers greet customers who travel to the facility, while customers within 40 miles can invite the mobile repairmen to their home, office, or the scene of the damage to ensure stable glass and restored visibility.
"It really is a BMXers heaven," boasts Bill Madden, founder of Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert. And he should know—he was a #1 NPSA Pro BMX biker and is an expert at building tracks and jumps. His passion helped shape the center's impressive dirt jumps and USA BMX–sanctioned track, which hosts weekly races. He also oversaw the construction of a 9,000-square-foot skate park, which encompasses a street course, challenging ramps, and extra-challenging loop-de-loops. The facility is constantly maintained for safety, and parents are always welcome to watch the action from provided chairs.
Betel Multi-Service helps homeowners beautify and maintain their living spaces with masterful, speedy repairs, installations, painting, and spruce-ups. Friendly, experienced workers tackle nearly any household project, from recaulking leaky tubs and hanging drywall to landscaping the backyard and dusting the Elvis shrine. The community-minded owners pride themselves on their commitment to customers and their deep sense of professional integrity, and they operate a local ministry program in their personal time.
At Adventures Unlimited, infants to 12-year-olds develop their love of learning through hands-on exploration in a safe environment, overseen by a team of first-aid- and CPR-certified caretakers. The center combines a park-like outdoor play area, ideal for aspiring tag-players and botanists alike, with an onsite trove of dress-up clothes to aid children as they become pirates or tiara-wearing pirates. Adventures Unlimited also fuels fun with snacks throughout the day, though children are responsible for bringing their own sack lunches.
Age-targeted activities abound throughout the year, with story time for infants and toddlers, after-school activities and transportation to local elementary schools for school-age children, and a pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds with semi-structured art, science, math, and language classes. A registered private kindergarten pampers 5-year-olds with attention before transitioning them seamlessly into local public schools. During the summer months, the center’s camp hinges on weekly themes that can transform participants into chefs or educate them on Oregon’s history of hiding gold in its rivers and children's ears.