From behind the wheel of imposing Lincoln town cars, Cadillac Escalades, and stretch limousines, Mellow Ride Limousine’s seasoned drivers guide refined rides down bumper-to-bumper streets or wide-open roads with professional courtesy. The plush fleet delivers passengers to events and occasions in stylish comfort, containing the wedding party’s infectious excitement on the way to the reception hall or helping families to take theme-park excursions without the hassle of growing a pumpkin and waiting for it to turn into a carriage. Drivers operate throughout a wide service area, delivering fliers to a slew of terminals at LAX, Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, and other major area airports.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Center's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Continuing a 57-year legacy, the experienced mobile-electronics technicians at Al & Ed's Autosound equip car owners with safe driving solutions during two-hour hands-free Bluetooth installations. Armed with an extensive arsenal of adapters, the technicians integrate Parrot CK3000 Evolution Bluetooth units with existing audio systems, allowing calls to be heard through the vehicle's speakers. Any phone equipped with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with the handy hands-free device, regardless of manufacturer or carrier. Responding to voice commands from the driver, the unit conjures up contacts from its database of up to 150 names when called upon, much like a faithful robotic court wizard.
Hamburger Hamlet has its roots in the original Hamburger Hamlet, an upscale burger joint opened in 1950 by actor Harry Lewis and his wife, Marilyn. Much like the studio system and rampant anti-Communist paranoia of that time, however, that Hamburger Hamlet is no more. In its place is a chain of restaurants that have retained the original's commitment to quality food, A-list service, and morose Act III soliloquies. The new Hamburger Hamlet's menu, overseen by executive chef Tony Zidar, updates much of the original Ham Ham fare while expanding upon the available eats. Still on the roster are burgers with beef, turkey, or veggie patties, such as the all-American classic cheeseburger ($9.95–$10.95) or the avocado-topped Marilyn Burger ($10.50–$10.95), all served with regular, mesquite, or garlic fries. On the new menu, however, are entrees such as a pan-roasted chicken served with spinach and garlic-parmesan fries ($16.95–$17.95), a barbecue meatloaf sandwich with garlic mashed potatoes on its arm ($10.95–$11.95), and a California market salad loaded with nuts, vegetables, chicken, cranberries, and goat cheese ($13.50–$13.95). Chocolateers and fudgeistadors will hit pay dirt with Hamburger Hamlet's ultimate hot-fudge cake ($8.95–$9.95), just one of the several rich desserts offered.
A sleek white Ferrari purrs in the parking lot, and suddenly the opaque window rolls down to reveal Kim Kardashian behind the wheel, beaming with joy at her new custom-tinted windows. Fresh Window Tint’s owner Junior Ayala smiles, knowing he has satisfied yet another customer. Since his father and uncle opened the first location in 1990, Junior has expanded their automotive empire to include three locations, each of which cares for clients personally with custom window tinting and other services.
Using only premium products with at least a 20-year history, which includes Llumar protective window tint, insured technicians wrap windowpanes to reduce heat, solar glare, and up to 99.9% of UV rays. They also protect cars’ bodies with vinyl vehicle wrap or enhance headlights with 3M products. Like wallpaper made from dictionary pages, tinted windows are also stylish and practical for residences and businesses, allowing owners to save up to 40% on energy costs. Customers who live in the Santa Clarita/Valencia area may take advantage of Fresh Window Tint's pickup and drop-off service. Customers visiting from farther-flung locations can relax on the lounge’s plush leather sofas, enjoy snacks and beverages, and watch TV while their cars are being armored against heat and the blinding glare reflected off glass-bottom airplanes.
Randy barely recognized his own car. The year was 1977, and he had just picked up his cherished ride from a new detail shop, astounded by the glossy finish that gave it a sleekness he didn't know it could possess. For the next few years, he was a dedicated customer and continued to be inspired by the crew's work and attitude toward their customers. In fact, it made such an impression, that he decided to open his own shop, following the same simple business model––great work and top-notch customer service––that he'd come to admire.
For more than 30 years now, Randy and his crew have been doling out double takes to motorists, helping them see their cars in a shiny new light. After delicately washing every inch of the exterior, Elite Motorcar Polishing's techs then get to work buffing and waxing the paint to a high shine and detailing every inch of the interior. On top of cleaning, the staff also revamps rides by repairing wheels, surface dents, and bumpers, and can even refurbish leased cars on their way back to the car stork. Above all, though, Randy continues to put his relationship with his customers at the forefront of every service, offering them quotes, and the occasional joke, free of charge.