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.
Don and Rick Wood, owners of Cooks Collision, can trace their auto-repair roots back to the 1930s. Their grandfather, Clyde, built cars for Ford Motor Company and later started his own body shop, where he passed his knowledge on to his son, Bob. After working as a body-shop manager for Saltnes Volkswagen, Bob took out a mortgage against his family home and purchased Cooks Auto Body, fulfilling his dream of starting his own shop?just like his dad. Today, Don and Rick carry on the family legacy with more than 30 locations, dozens of employees, and one magical vintage racecar. Their ASE-certified mechanics are factory-certified by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Jaguar, and Volvo, and they repair around 30,000 cars each year.
For the auto fabrication experts at Noise Kreations & Performance, every car, truck, RV, boat, and bike begins as a blank canvas and comes out as a work of art. The team can add window tints, which reduce harmful UV rays and make cars feel like they're wearing sunglasses, or install customized xenon HID headlights, halo lights, and fog lamps. They can also deck out vehicles with navigation units, exterior and interior vinyl wraps, and everything a car audio enthusiast craves, including customized enclosures for sub-woofers.
Second to None was born out of its owners' desire to create an environmentally conscious car detailing company. Their service list is totally waterless, as their detailing treatments use specially formulated solutions and technology to maintain their green status. During the basic package, technicians vacuum interiors and hand wash exteriors. The exterior cleaning solution also has UVA and UVB protection to keep paint safe from the damaging effects of the sun, including if the sun suddenly erupts into a supernova, flinging your car out of the Milky Way.
The environmentally conscious staffers at Eco Auto Care Park and Wash cleanse each vehicle with little more than a teaspoon of water, helping reduce both runoff and water pollution. Stationed at area parking structures, they guide vehicles into parking spots for several tiers of detailing services, all of which employ organically formulated products. Specialized serums rejuvenate rubber and add shine, and a wash-and-polish solution with UVA and UVB light absorbers protects paint against light from the sun and cheese crumbs from the moon.