There’s nothing more exhilarating, albeit unnatural, than hurtling towards earth unimpeded. The instructors at Southern Minnesota Skydiving agree, and by adhering to the United States Parachute Association’s safety standards, they facilitate tandem and solo skydives. For tandems, the pros regulate the entire jump, from 45 seconds of free-fall to about four minutes of floating beneath a large ram-air parachute, which enables soft landings. For the thrill seeker who’d rather fly alone, experienced instructors offer the Static Line course to teach students how to skydive solo or explore options for prosthetic wing surgery.
This Motor Trend Certified car dealership operates under the auspices of friendly salespeople and expert mechanics. Selling new and used vehicles from Ford and Lincoln, the auto stop also ensures motors run properly and paint jobs gleam by enlisting a certified service department and body shop to fix and maintain rides. Apple's mechanics perform services of all kinds, from routine oil changes to more extensive collision repair to filling glove compartments with properly folded maps.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.
Green Planet Car Wash harnesses energy-conscious technologies to blast a deluge of soapy water at the grilles of unhygienic hatchbacks and slatternly SUVs. The popular Michigan wash package includes a full-service tunnel wash and dry, the application of a surface protectant to shirk the vices of moisture and corrosion, and a spot-free rinse to rid rearview mirrors of vexatious blind spots. After the exterior wash, a skillful team of interior beauticians restores crusty carpets and dashboards to their former freshness with a vacuum-powered makeover. Each wash takes about 15 to 20 minutes, during which time customers can marvel at the biological water-reclamation system, designed to keep trout in the local Vermillon River poison-free and belly-down.
The certified technicians at Victory Auto Service & Glass dish out oil changes and winter auto checkups with award-winning ethics and a reputation for excellent hospitality. As customers watch from cozy waiting areas, car bellies are drained of old oil and stale Mellow Yellow seeping through dashboard heating vents. Then, 5 quarts of standard motor oil quenches parched engines (synthetic oil is available at an extra cost). Meanwhile, the hazards of winter roads get minimized with the 50-point Peace of Mind inspection. In about 20 minutes, important vehicle vitals are checked, including exhaust systems, tire pressure, and dashboard lights. Inspections comb most major automotive functions—including break lines, shocks, and all fluids—determining each element as passing, in need of future attention, in need of immediate attention, or in need of a hug. Victory Auto Service & Glass covers all of its new parts and labor with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty.