Mark Wagner has been working under the hood of international automobiles since 1972. After securing a master's degree in mechanical engineering in Germany, Wagner ferried both his family and his familiarity with foreign cars to America, where, today, he teams up with the ASE-certified techs in his repair shop. The factory-trained mechanics dole out everything from tune-ups to engine, brake, and transmission repairs. And all of their work is backed by a 15-month, 15,000-mile warranty that prevents cars from worrying about waking up and seeing their name in the classified pages.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The self-cleaning house. It’s a vision of modernity from the 1950s that, unlike robots or manned spaceflight, never quite came to pass. Luckily, the insured technicians at Maid 2 Please remain undaunted by this failure of technology, fighting the war against domestic dust with a roster of diverse cleaning services. Crews can be deployed for a quick apartment spruce-up or a deep housecleaning, wherein they disinfect the bathroom and kitchen, dust off surfaces, mop floors, and remove lipstick smudges from plaster busts of James Dean. Maid 2 Please can also vanquish office dust bunnies with one-time or recurring commercial cleanings.
Seattle Green Limo started with a love story. The love story of owner Kevin and his discovery of eco-friendly fuel made from vegetable oil with a totally biodegradable byproduct. Kevin was so enamored with the benefits of bio fuel that he refurbished or restocked his entire fleet, and now his vehicles cart around guests in the lap of luxury while reducing their carbon footprint by 80% or more and their actual footprints by 100%. His eco-loving party buses ferry up to 14 people to parties, wineries, or special occasions, and eco-sedans and eco-SUVs suit more personal jaunts, road trips, or green demolition derbies.
Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.