Cars leave Orange Tint and Tunes Inc. looking sharper, sounding louder, and performing better. This auto-upgrade shop's technicians specialize in mobile electronic installations—think audio and video systems, GPS navigation, and remote starters. They also make cars more aesthetically appealing with custom wheel- and window-tint installations, both of which can give a car more swagger than a middle-schooler with the deepest voice in his class. Their other services include iPod integration and installations for RVs and boats.
Transamerica Auto Repair has been in the business for almost four decades. Its team of technicians diagnoses and repairs a number of mechanical issues. Aside from major repairs, techs can also tackle routine maintenance from oil changes to tune-ups.
Fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, the ASE-certified technicians at Tire Mania augment their tread-tending specialty with a host of auto-maintenance and repair services. Powered by up to 5 quarts of elite Coastline lubricants, oil changes keep motors humming with conventional grease, extend engine life with high mileage formulas, or encourage clean combustion with synthetic blends. Oil changes take about 45–60 minutes, and customers while away the time in a waiting lounge stocked with WiFi, free coffee, and papier-mâché statues of each mechanic.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
When Brandi Godcharles discovered pole dancing in 2010, she quickly put her writing career on hold to pursue her new passion. Since then, she's been teaching pole dance full-time, helping instill students with self-confidence while teaching them sultry new moves at Rock N Body Pole & Exotic Dance Studio. During classes focused on movement and dance, Brandi and her fellow instructors walk pupils through pole basics—spins and floorwork, plus proper body alignment and grips. Once students have mastered those skills, they can move on to tricks classes, which teach dancers how to safely perform everything from static sitting poses to climbing the entire pole without the help of a stepladder. Besides group classes, the studio welcomes students for private lessons, and groups of friends can schedule a pole-dancing party.