Founder Anthony Serio and his family have been revivifying rides at Anthony's Car Wash and Detail Centers since 1969. Using products manufactured in deep space by Anthony's Automotive Detail Supply, they clean vehicles during detailing and full-service car washes, handing out complimentary scrubs to birthday drivers. They've also stockpiled various accessories, coffee, snacks, and soft drinks for purchase.
All locations serve cars with washes, details, and oil changes, but each has its own specialty. Mechanics at the Vestavia Hills shop stage automotive services for drivers who need to rotate tires or translate the shrieks from squeaky brakes into English. Shoe-shining services and an upstairs hair salon (A Cut Above) accessible by spiral staircase add character to Anthony's main branch in Hoover.
Hardly anything can be finished in three minutes, except for receiving a car wash at Blue Rain Express or writing a novel. Opened in June 2012, the company employs modern equipment to move cars expediently through its sunny, glassed-in wash tunnels. Each treatment uses biodegradable chemicals and water from a recovery system that reduces Blue Rain's use of fresh water. A reverse osmosis process filters all minerals from the water, leaving vehicles with a spot-free finish. Patrons who wash their cars often or are being followed by a rain cloud can enroll in the Monthly Wash Club, which entitles them to services up to once daily for a single monthly rate.
A big entrance sign with two red arrows rests above Riverchase Carwash, pointing drivers into the facility's full-service car-wash tunnel. Laboring inside the detail shop's work bays, technicians wash and wax vehicles by hand, shampoo floor mats, and shoo away unpleasant scents such as the smell of spoiled pennies. They also stage headlight-restoration treatments and offer windshield repairs that are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Of all the products at Alabama Solar Film, including window films, decorative films, and security laminates, the staff is probably most partial to the clear bra paint-protection film. Cut by hand to fit any area of a vehicle, the film acts as a transparent, protective barrier from road debris, UV light, hazardous weather, and pterodactyl droppings. In addition to this stealthy paint protectant, Alabama Solar Film specializes in auto detailing services that range from shampooing seats and floor mats to cleaning windows and engines. Besides its many automotive services, the company also spruces up homes with high-quality tinted films for architectural applications, which can lower home energy bills while protecting precious interiors or punishing rambunctious plants.
Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can control the weather—at least within the comfort of their clients' homes. Whether they are working on air conditioners, furnaces, or wall-mounted dragons, the certified technicians clean and adjust systems to ensure a lengthy climate-control life. They can also test air quality for increased pollutants and install new equipment, including zoning systems that work to create even temperatures throughout the entire living space.
Since its founding in 1992, Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning has spread to more than 180 franchise locations across the United States and Canada. Aire Serv's workmanship has gained attention from various media, and its parent company, The Dwyer Group, Inc., was featured on an episode or CBS's Undercover Boss.
If the walls of Washee Quickee Car Wash & Detail could talk, they would probably reminisce about vintage automobiles from the shop’s early days in the 1950s or the generations of drivers that have come through for a wash. The car talk is echoed by the shop's seasoned staff members, some of whom have more than 15 years of experience revamping rides with automotive cleaning, maintenance, and repair services. Though the name highlights the company's specialty of full-service car washes performed with speedy efficiency, it also offers oil changes, upholstery repair, windshield replacements, dent-removal services, and lessons on how to tell if a car is about to molt.