Having opened nearly 900 locations in the United States since its inception in 1972, Meineke Car Care Center's steadfast staff revamps vehicles during a slew of automotive maintenance and repair services. Meineke's technicians will drain oil laden with built-up impurities or 3,000 miles of emotional baggage, or outfit rides with new brakes, batteries, tires, or mufflers. For customers' convenience, Meineke is open early mornings, early evenings, and Saturdays.
Let's Brew's basic brewer's starter kit comes equipped with all necessary tools to blend, process, and fill two cases of beer bottles, although only one case of bottles is provided. A home-beer-making book guides hop-hobbyists through the steps of crafting a thirst-quenching batch with the brewer kit's essential tackle, which contains one pound of corn sugar, a siphon hose, a 5-gallon glass carboy, a hydrometer, a 32-ounce funnel, and a transfer bucket that can double as a Sunday-morning cereal bowl. Although not included in today's Groupon, Let's Brew's staff of knowledgeable beerologists also educates wannabe draft-makers on the finer points of fermentation in classes at the facility's fully stocked kitchen and stout-filled scuba-diving pool.
The cozy interior of the lounge provides an inviting backdrop for tossing back classics and discovering new favorites. Peruse the creative menu, or ask a friendly bartender for a suggestion that suits the mood. Soothe a sore throat by gargling an Ambassador—a boozy blend of absinthe, St. Germain, grapefruit bitters, and soda with grapefruit ($9)—or quench a dry mouth with a Corpse Reviver ($7.50), featuring brandy, Menta Branca, Fernet Branca, anise tincture, and a lemon twist. Those who would say something like "Give it to me straight, doc" can slam back The Local ($4), an unadulterated sip of Olympia beer plus a shot of house whiskey. Soak up potency with clever eats that include grilled flatbread sandwiches ($7–$9); spiced nuts ($2); and a green-apple, roasted-garlic, queso-fresco, and blue-cheese pizzeta ($6), among others.
At Alternative Hope Massage, certified massage therapist Lindsay Burke works to release muscular tension with her broad repertoire of massage modalities. Swedish, deep-tissue, aromatherapy, and prenatal techniques are accounted for, allowing her to address everything from sore backs to sports injuries.
PotteryFun's simple, hands-on process lets visitors decorate and take home a piece of expertly crafted earthenware. Like a child emperor preparing to mobilize toy terra-cotta soldiers, potential painters can pace to and fro to eye the studio’s selection of unfinished daubale goods before selecting an item for decoration, fire, and containing. Clay canvases include magnets ($6–$8), tiles ($5–$10), plates ($18–$30), bowls ($20–$60), figurines ($12–$50), and more. Once equipped, owners can festoon their items as they please thanks to a selection of 64 paints and implements including brushes, stamps, sponges, and hands. Once painted, the ceramic vessel is set within PotteryFun’s kiln, thereby emblazoning the piece forever with the spongy markings, and then set to cool. Users swing by a few days later to pick up their nontoxic, food-friendly masterwork.