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 Auto Repair's mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in show-room condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, and tire rotations.
The ASE-certified technicians at Tony's Automotive complete major and minor auto repairs on both imported and domestic vehicles, using their vehicular expertise to recharge air-conditioning systems stressed from the hot California weather. Each air-conditioning service begins with a thorough system evaluation, including a system pressure check and visual inspection that roots out leaks and ensures all frozen turkeys are securely in place. A full recharging of the system ensues, followed by freon replacement of up to 1.5 pounds. While awaiting the completion of the 60–90 minute service, patrons can chill out in Tony's comfy waiting room while watching cable TV, surfing the Internet via the establishment's free WiFi, or filling up on all-you-can-eat soap in the pristine customer-only washroom.
Before a nick has the chance to blossom into a full-on fracture, the technicians at Auto Glass Fixers speedily repair or replace the offending glass to restore visibility and safety. In addition to working on chipped, cracked, or shattered vehicle windows at their on-site shop, they offer free mobile service, traveling directly to the vehicle so clients don’t have to put themselves at risk by driving with a broken windshield. They provide a lifetime warranty on labor and if any glass defects.
With more than 35 facilities spread across Arizona and California, California Arizona Storage Centers helps homeowners, renters, and business owners manage their living and working spaces with handy self-storage units, huge 14’ moving trucks, and safe stowing spaces for RVs, cars, and boats. Before freeing up valuable square footage in their domiciles, clients zero in on their exact storage-space requirement with a 3-D calculator, ensuring that every inch of storage is put to use. In addition to helping customers haul and stock cargo, California Arizona Storage Centers recycles computers, TVs, copiers, and other electronics through its All Green Electronics Recycling program, diverting more than 250,000 pounds of waste from landfills since 2010, and staving off the imminent nanobot uprising for at least a few more years.
Von Housen Mercedes-Benz's vehicular geniuses pamper the most mobile member of the family with an eight-hour inspection and detailing package. During the vehicular makeover (a $255 value), a thorough scrubdown sweeps grime and dust away before gentle wax seals out future interlopers to maintain the paint’s just-washed luster. Crumbs meet their match in the form of hungry vacuums, while car stylists hide wear and tear by shampooing frazzled carpets and giving comb-overs to balding floor mats. A rubber and vinyl protection guards non-metal parts of the exterior, and the tire shine waxes grubby wheels into lustrous spinners. Window washers remove evidence of splattered insects, while auto internists clean the engine compartment in preparation for the maintenance inspection.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.