The technicians at Progas perform a kind of everyday magic, calling forth flames from grills and summoning hot water directly from the tap. Instead of spell books, they draw their power from a more natural source—propane. The shop’s service crew brings their versatile fuel, which is clean, nontoxic, and odorless, into residential and commercial spaces. They specialize in tank installations, leak checks, and appliance conversion, ensuring that old-fashioned home accessories that run on wood or feathers from passenger pigeons can finally join the 21st century.
In less than a decade, T-Mobile transformed from the sparkle in a CEO's eye into one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. The company—known for its vibrant pink logo and the charismatic celebrities who've filled its ads—takes pride in pioneering new cell-phone trends. Their newfangled 4G network sprawls across 217 markets to reach 200 million people, making it one of the most sprawling networks in the United States. Chatters access this invisible web via contract-free plans, which release them from the boot heel of years-long agreements enforced by most cell phone providers. The company's modern cell phones are lightweight, multi-functional, and double as secret explosive devices while you pretend to be an international spy. Despite its success, the company remains dedicated to its principles, earning a spot on the Ethisphere Institute's list of world's most ethical companies for three years in a row.
The staff at My Spa & Boutique aim to beautify guests in a relaxing atmosphere. Massage therapists incorporate fragrant aromatherapy into candlelit couples massages and technicians combat signs of aging during facials with ?minence Organic Skin Care products. The team's tool of choice for tightening lax skin or removing hair is the Soprano XL laser, whose skin-cooling tip and gradually heating IN-Motion technology minimize client discomfort. The device can disable follicles on any skin type, be it pale, tanned, or made of plaster.
In the salon area, experienced stylists craft custom cuts and colors and perform specialty services such as feather extensions. Tiled floors, arched doorways, and soft lighting from ornate sconces give the space an ambiance reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
By using centuries-old techniques, the aestheticians at Just Stringz are capable of designing trendy, dramatic looks for their clients. They rely on their extensive training in the ancient art of threading as they use cotton thread to swiftly uproot unwanted hairs and meticulously shape brows. Though the spa's henna tattoos and Swarovski body-art services also embrace time-honored strategies, the team doesn't ignore modern advances in cosmetic care. Facial treatments use Dermalogica skincare products to address skin concerns such as dehydrated patches or breakouts. Or these blemishes can be covered temporarily with an application of Glo Minerals Makeup, which also nourishes skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and pure Nobelium atoms.
Game Trade stocks its shelves with thousands of retro and modern video games and diverts patrons' skilled thumbs with an on-site game center. Develop hand/eye/prehensile appendage coordination on Xbox 360 controllers positioned in front of one of 12 HDTVs inside the game center ($3.50/one hour, $8/ three hours, $16/all day), embarking on journeys filled with mythical creatures, zombies, and hypercompetitive life-insurance salesmen. Gamers can opt to feed their at-home game consoles and TV sets with medieval conquests in Divinity II: Ego Draconis ($19.99) or wow household pets with head-banging performances in Rock Band ($19.99). Action-packed first-person shooters such as Halo Reach ($59.99) and Call Of Duty: Black Ops ($16.49) can also be enjoyed at home, preferably with a warm cup of tea and the neighborhood pan-flutist piping away softly in the background.