Second to None was born out of its owners' desire to create an environmentally conscious car detailing company. Their service list is totally waterless, as their detailing treatments use specially formulated solutions and technology to maintain their green status. During the basic package, technicians vacuum interiors and hand wash exteriors. The exterior cleaning solution also has UVA and UVB protection to keep paint safe from the damaging effects of the sun, including if the sun suddenly erupts into a supernova, flinging your car out of the Milky Way.
The experts at VIP Auto Customs help car owners protect their vehicles from the scourge of thieves, the elements, and dull, boring hubcaps—and they’ve done so since 1993. VIP's high-quality 3M films reject incoming heat and decrease interior visibility, and its staffers can also install premium features like Avital keyless-entry systems to keep drivers in control of their vehicle from a distance. Technicians can equip roadsters with iridescent, brand-name rims or deck out trucks with new surround-sound speakers. VIP Auto Customs also offers Scotchgard paint-protection films for when you drive off with something on the roof of your car, such as coffee or another car.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, have auto-repair roots that reach 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 nearly 20 locations, 300 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.
The event planners behind QueenVee Entertainment throw themed bashes that immerse partygoers in elaborate experiences. Founded by CEO Joanna Vargas—a producer, dancer, and choreographer who started her career by staging events such as The King of Pop, a dance-tribute show to Michael Jackson—QueenVee has staged past events such as Phenomena, a mash-up of a dance showcase and a fashion show that benefited Dance for Peace Charity. Ongoing events include booze cruises aboard a three-story Grand Romance cruise ship in the style of a 19th-century steamboat, complete with an open-air top deck and a team of acrobatic Mark Twain impersonators. Further amenities entertain the up to 320 passengers, including two full-service bars, a professional DJ playing over a large dance floor, and a professional photographer who posts images on Facebook. Raffle and door prizes reward attendees with keepsakes, and tables and booths offer respite from the dance floor and a private place to run Y2K safety drills.
Performance parts and auto accessories from companies such as Injen, AEM, Brembo, and 3M decorate every inch of The Carshop's walls, displayed as a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts. Technicians with more than 20 years of experience give these parts new homes, using them in services that include engine work, lighting conversions, and custom audio-system installations. They also sell premium wheels and tires and free cars from dents caused by debris on the road or the scornful gaze of golf carts.