For Robert Stokes Jr., making a vehicle shine like it did the day it left the assembly line isn't just a talent, but a family dedication passed on from generation to generation. His father first taught him the value of caring for an automobile, giving him the inspiration to open his own mobile auto-detailing service in 1995. Robert's down-to-earth approach to dealing with clients and his scrutinizing eye for detail helped his business grow into a full-service production with two physical locations. No vehicle is too big or too small for Robert?s crew at The Gift Auto Detailing Center; they have serviced everything from tiny coupes and honey-I-shrunk-the-station-wagons to speedboats and large storage trailers.
Recognized throughout the area for their automotive know-how, the ASE-certified technicians at Tune Up Plus have been caring for and correcting wayward vehicles for more than 20 years. Their skill powers a wealth of services, from basic tune-ups and full-service oil changes to axle repairs and headlight restoration; they can also keep roadsters legit with state inspections and state-bird-shaped stickers. If the promise of Wynn's car-care products isn't enough to attract passing vehicles, Tune Up's technicians lure them off the road with free air-conditioning, engine-light, and brake inspections.
Mike’s Express Car Wash’s trusty team has been cleaning muddy motor vehicles since 1948 with a combination of state-of-the-art equipment, specially formulated shampoos, soft cloth scrubs, and touchless hot-air dryers. Get The Works and soiled sedans will be lovingly scrubbed during a high-quality express wash, brushlessly brushed with heated water and eight different signature soaps. An application of Mike’s clear coat shields hunched hatchbacks from the elements, rotten tomatoes, and good-natured ribbing. Wheels roll away polished to perfection, while sparkling clean underbellies are wrapped in a soothing rust-inhibiting cocoon to survive winter’s storms of snow and salt.
Depending on the day, someone walking past Williamsburg Cupcake might pick up the scent of Madagascar bourbon vanilla, lemon, or even bacon. Inside, the aromas come alive in the form of nearly 40 unique cupcake flavors—including Coconut Dream, Lilly’s Lemon Drop, and pancakes and bacon—made in small batches each day. Once they pull their standard-size and miniature gourmet cupcakes from the oven, the neighborhood bakers either arrange them in the store’s display cases to entice passersby or pack them up in gift boxes to deliver to customers around town. Williamsburg Cupcake also caters to special events with customized toppings and decorations, such as a Star Wars theme for a birthday party or red, white, and blue flags to celebrate whichever amendment says we don’t have to brush our teeth if we don’t want to.
Buggy Bathe’s state-of-the-art system restores vehicles to a right-off-the-lot gleam while adhering to environmentally friendly business practices. The Governor’s Carriage package—which lasts between 15 and 25 minutes—begins with a meticulous vacuuming of seats, carpet, and mats, leaving no trace of french-fry snacks or reckless donut indulgences. Autos then indulge in a full-exterior automated sudsy shower with a triple-foam protectant before an undercarriage scrubbing sloughs away hidden gunk for a clean bottom layer sure to impress mechanics and sewer dwellers. Then a slathering of cleaner expunges dirt and road backwash from tires, leaving them ready to rotate with a glossy glow. Car-wash artisans hand-dry all exterior panels, door jams, bumpers, and wheels, and pamper four-wheeled friends with a two-sided window cleaning and a thorough wiping of dashboards, steering wheels, and center consoles.
Twice a day, Virginia Balloons' hot air balloons roar to life, elevate into the air, and showcase the landscape that makes Virginia an ideal place to defy gravity. The colorful balloons float above farmlands, along Virginia Beach, and over the lush forests that grow in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains. And if natural wonders aren't enough, the wind can carry balloons over historical Virginia for a bird's-eye view. Pilots, each with thousands of hours of flight time, guide these high-flying adventures. And, to create lasting memories, they toast each completed flight before sending balloons back to Oz for storage.