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 fresh-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 open-ketchup-packet juggling. 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. A slathering of cleaner then expunges dirt and road backwash from tires, leaving them ready to rotate with a glossy glow. Technicians hand-dry all exterior panels, door jambs, 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.
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 and several mobile cleaning units. 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.
Paintless Dent Repair owner Tom Wilburn draws from more than 15 years of experience to repair automobiles' damaged surfaces while preserving factory-paint warranties. They travel to clients' homes or workplaces to assess damage, explain the service they'll perform, and smooth away dents, creases, and even damage from hail or falling acorns. The procedure is environmentally friendly, and Tom guarantees customer satisfaction. He also supports area nonprofits including the Food Bank and the SPCA.
Voted one of Modern Car Care magazine's Top 50 Car Washes of 2010, Cool Wave offers vehicles a state-of-the-art dirt-destroying experience. Drivers can treat their four-wheeled babies to an automatic wash ($6–$15, depending on service type), which features twenty-third-century Laserwash touch-free technology that lets customers busy their hands with more important things, such as giddily clapping or practicing umpire signals. Conversely, keep digits busy with self-service options. Clear your carriage of grime with a self-service wash ($2 for three minutes, $0.50 for each minute beyond that) and pick up insidious interior debris with a vacuuming session ($1 for four minutes). Cool Wave's self-service vacuuming and detailing bays are also extra wide to accommodate motorcycles with sidecars and overstuffed clown cars.
Car, truck, and SUV owners seek out American Pride Automotive's array of award-winning services to pamper and polish their machines' inner workings. Prices vary depending on make and model—smaller repairs such as wear-and-tear-preventing tire rotations start at $29.99, and oil changes, which ensure car motors are carefree, lubed, and ready to tamp down overgrown lawns, begin at $31.95. This Groupon's value can also be applied toward larger automotive ameliorations, such as fixing achy-breaky brakes ($145+), recharging worn air conditioners ($169.95+), or fine-tuning wheel alignments ($69.95+) to curb headlights from chasing their own trunks in circles.