Wireless Toyz's friendly team of electronics experts repairs and restores mobile phones to showroom quality. The proud parents of iPhones can bring them in for an engineered rebirth to mend cracked screens resulting from accidentally dropping the phone or flinging it skyward while using the still-in-beta boomerang app. Those with a BlackBerry can opt for repairs to any of the contraption's delicate parts, including charging ports ($59.99) and lenses ($30), and owners of other mobile devices can receive such fixes as cell-phone data recovery ($50) or a digitizer/screen repair ($85). All services and repairs are covered by a 90-day parts-and-labor guarantee, ensuring customers won’t need to resort to communicating by tin-can telephone.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.
The hiss of sizzling fajitas mingles with the maraca-like sound of a margarita shaker and the popping of caps from imported beers. Harmony such as this comes easy at Acapulco Restaurant & Lounge, where staff has been serving up authentic Mexican dishes for more than 20 years. Each night, tables populate with traditional Mexican fare such as charbroiled steaks and steaming chili rellenos in spicy sauce, as well as chilly margaritas in glasses and pitchers.
Sweating is a great way to meet new people, and Sports Monster has proved that since it started its first adult league in 1994. With year-round offerings that include volleyball, kickball, soccer, bowling, and other sports, interested kickers, hitters, and dribblers can sign up solo or with a fully formed team of friends or coworkers. Games take place all around the St. Louis area. With many nights available, participants can choose a time and location that best suits them. Annual members of Sports Monster leagues get an additional perk: free online dating opportunities with other league members, the only facet of the experience that doesn’t offer any season-end trophies.
When Alive magazine publisher Elizabeth Tucker first thought about LASIK surgery as an alternative to the glasses she had worn since second grade, she didn't think it was an option. She feared the cost, worried about the time off work, and was unsure about how safe the procedure would be. Luckily, numerous friends told her about the transformative effects of their own procedures, and she finally decided to take the plunge at Crown Laser Center. There, a team of seven board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, and surgeons put Elizabeth and other clients at ease as they correct corneas with trained hands and cutting-edge equipment, boasting a 99% surgery-success rate. Elizabeth is now glasses-free and doesn't regret a thing. "It's been life-changing for me," she says in a video on the laser center's website, "I would recommend it to anyone."
Nothing dampens a traveler's getaway glow faster than having to solicit friends and neighbors for a rush-hour ride to the airport. That’s why Skypark Airport Parking set up just a three-block jaunt away from Lambert–St. Louis International Airport, providing passengers with a safe, convenient place to park their self-driven taxis. After kissing cars goodbye inside the fully lit and fenced-in facility, guests can grab their luggage and hop aboard a shuttle that will transport them to their terminal. Parking patrons can even request optional upkeep such as car washes and oil changes to ensure vehicles are shiny and ready to roll when they return. The facility is open 24 hours a day to accommodate redeye flights, which often stop to peek inside and coo at the sleeping cars.