The event planners behind QueenVee Entertainment throw themed bashes that immerse partygoers in elaborate experiences. Founded by CEO Joanna Vargas—a producer, dancer, and choreographer who started her career by staging events such as The King of Pop, a dance-tribute show to Michael Jackson—QueenVee has staged past events such as Phenomena, a mash-up of a dance showcase and a fashion show that benefited Dance for Peace Charity. Ongoing events include booze cruises aboard a three-story Grand Romance cruise ship in the style of a 19th-century steamboat, complete with an open-air top deck and a team of acrobatic Mark Twain impersonators. Further amenities entertain the up to 320 passengers, including two full-service bars, a professional DJ playing over a large dance floor, and a professional photographer who posts images on Facebook. Raffle and door prizes reward attendees with keepsakes, and tables and booths offer respite from the dance floor and a private place to run Y2K safety drills.
Unlike some car washes that employ potentially abrasive brushes and cloths, Monterey Car Wash liberates locomotives from filth and grime using only soft, lamb's wool mitts that won't mar the paint finish. Most services are designed to get cars clean, dry, and back at their cubicles in about 20 minutes, while still ensuring every auto is thoroughly wiped from window to wheel rim. Always keeping customer comfort a topmost priority, the car wash offers both a shaded outdoor seating area as well as an air-conditioned gift shop stocked with cards and appropriate gifts for hard-to-shop-for valet attendants. Monterey Car Wash helps cars to gleam every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Temple City Car Wash beautifies auto exteriors with meticulous washes and detailing beneath a cheery-red roof. Certified Meguiar's detailers draw from the shop's 38 years of expertise as they wield soft cloths, spray bottles, and whirring wax buffers during 10-minute express washes or lengthy detailing sessions. Recycled water splashes eco-friendly soap off hoods and guides shampoo suds through interior carpets, and luxe waxes and clay-bar treatments polish paint and stave off oxidation before molding into ornamental hood golems.
From washes to waxes, the technicians perform everything by hand at Super Kleen Car Wash. Cars can quickly scoot in and out of the garage during the basic wash, which techs top off with a full interior vacuuming, wipe-down, and giant smooch. Meanwhile, more extensive packages, such as the VIP, take cleanings a step further with Armor All treatments, carnauba wax, and Lexol leather conditioner.
Nu-Way Hand Car Wash's dirt disputants employ a slew of services and tender hands to efficiently purge filth from roadsters of all types. During each 20-minute expert wash, expert muck-busters soap up metal chassis by hand, eschewing automatic cleaners that scar vehicles with scratch-prone clumsiness and unmanicured robotic hands. Next, a shower washes away suds-encased gunk before a thorough drying renders exteriors radiant and ready for reflecting sunlight in Morse code. As a clean-certifying bonus, each wash finishes with an interior cleansing, which vacuums away dirt and crumbs, wipes down dusty dashboards, and cleans cup holders left sticky from turn-induced soda overflow.
The technicians at Overland Car Wash reach for premium products from brands such as Meguiar's, Rain-X, and Armor All as they scrub autos clean with gentle microfiber towels. The team is well versed in vanquishing grime and odor, performing eco-friendly detailing packages and car washes that focus on interiors, exteriors, or both. Technicians wax and shampoo surfaces by hand and make heavy use of steam cleaners to brush up trunks and gas cap compartments. Two-wheeled vehicles also receive gleam-inducing services, as Overland Car Wash handles motorcycles, bicycles, and penny farthings.