At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Bob Sumerel Tire & Service Bob Sumerel opened his first shop in 1968 in an abandoned gasoline station. This business venture might have proved futile if Bob hadn't first revamped the dilapidated petrol dispensary into an attractive store brimming with tires for passenger cars and light trucks. He strategically set up shop in a high-traffic area, deducing that tires in motion are less likely to stay in motion as they wear out from overuse. Today, Bob's arsenal has grown from a few old gas stations to 26 locations manned by ASE-certified technicians, who skillfully nurture careworn tires with Bandag tire tread, refinish wheels and rims, and stay well-stocked with wheels for forklifts, earthmovers, and time-traveling Roman chariots. In addition to tire tweaking, the menu of services includes wheel alignments, brake overhauls, and shock repairs.
From humble beginnings as a coin-op car wash, AquaJet Express has blossomed into a network of 43 car-beautification centers since the opening of its first location in 1977. While its primary concern is the cleanliness of cars—a mission undertaken with soft cloths, environmentally friendly cleaning agents, and a gentle touch—its geographical growth has allowed the company to broaden its automotive purview. The ever-expanding team now includes a variety of maintenance specialists, who swap out spent oil and coolant or remove bodywork dents and unfortunate fender tattoos alongside their car-scrubbing coworkers. :m]]
The certified technicians at Sound Waves specialize in taking some of their clients' biggest purchases—their cars, their homes, even their boats—and improving them. Their work can help a client get more enjoyment at home by installing a home theater system or by helping keep families safe by wiring in a home security system. The team can also transform a newly purchased car into a fully customized driving experience complete with GPS navigation, iPod integration, and tinted windows.
Distinctive Shine treats auto detailing like an art form. Owner Darren Sargo uses his background in mechanical design and an emphasis on attention to detail to target every nook and cranny in vehicles. Steam cleaning, paint correction, and paint coatings leave vehicles looking like new. Service packages are tailored to everyday drivers or car enthusiasts, giving each customer the level of detail they desire.
For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.