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.
Seattle Cycle Center's motor mavens cater to motorcycle owners with an array of gear, apparel, and Kymco Scooter sales and service. Hide hands in a leather and poly-mesh pair of Olympia Air Force gel gloves, whose precurved fingers and pleated knuckle joints foster more finger flexibility than bare-knuckle typing tournaments ($29.95). Armed with a River Road Fork Bag ($24.95–$29.95) and an Ogio Throttle black backpack ($69.95), bikers can securely tote home important work documents or a year's supply of tableware from fast-food restaurants. A bevy of bulbs and lights keeps roadsters night ready ($7.95–$134.96), and helmets and riding apparel provide a perfect disguise for hiding from overbearing grandparents. An authorized Kymco Scooter service hub, Seattle Cycle Center can also tweak and tune cruisers to bolster their day-to-day rideability or prep them for upcoming cross-country adventures.
United Limo's courteous drivers chauffeur passengers throughout Washington State in luxury sedans, SUVs, vans, and limousines. The drivers are familiar with Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, and other surrounding areas, and can recommend restaurants, nightclubs, and other points of interest.
Alfred can accommodate up to 20 guests at a time with his cushy seats, fully stocked bar, and multiple TVs. He would be the life of most house parties, if he could only fit through the front door. Alfred is a super-stretch Hummer limousine, and the newest addition to the Cordial Limousine family. Though Alfred is Cordial Limousine’s pride and joy, the company also offers plenty of other options for those looking to cruise around town in style. Krystal and Bruce, for example, are stretch limos with space for 12 and 14 passengers, respectively, and Jasmine, Lucy, and Ninja each fit six inside their classy interiors.
Beyond limousines, Cordial’s fleet also includes BMW, Lincoln, and Land Rover town cars and SUVs, each ideal for impressing business associates or gaining instant respect at fast-food drive-thrus. Cordial Limousine dispatches its professional drivers to locations across the city through appointments made in advance, as well as last-minute requests.
Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.