Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.
Sparks Tire & Auto, a NAPA affiliated full-service auto repair center, has a staff of ASE-certified technicians and has been serving the St. Charles area since 1984. In 2004, Sparks moved to a 10,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the entire population of Lichtenstein and plenty more customer wheelmobiles. Building lasting relationships with people and their rides is the priority of Sparks' staffers, which they maintain by treating other's cars as if they were their own. With today's Goupon, mechanics will drain soiled oil and pour in a fresh batch to optimize engine protection, then they’ll rotate tires, equalizing their wear and prolonging their lives. A visual inspection diagnoses any potential issues such as an Oedipal complex or an inability to commit to one car, and a brake inspection ensures maximal stopping effectiveness.
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.
Celebrations are nothing without friends, which is why Showtime Limousines offers spacious rides that can fit parties large or small. Their fleet includes a classic stretch limo, a rowdier party bus, and a signature hot pink stretch hummer. Surrounded by the dim glow of neon lights, guests can cut loose, uncorking bottles of chilled champagne in the cooler or emulating episodes of Meet the Press on a flat-screen TV by dancing on a built-in pole. All rides include complimentary soda and water, and the guests of bachelor and bachelorette parties and weddings also receive a bottle of bubbly on the house. The chauffeurs can whisk guests around the town to locations of choice, or offer curated day trips to local wineries.