When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
With soaps, waxes, clay bars, and shampoos in tow, S.O.S. Mobile Detailing’s technicians make house calls to cleanse dirty vehicles. They offer five different packages to accommodate all states of filth. Basic wash packages include an exterior wash, scrub, and tire shine, and full details use clay bars, hand waxes, and rim polishes to get cars glowing inside and out. In addition to detailing packages, S.O.S. also offers hard-water spot-removal treatments and engine cleaning.
Ready To Shine’s detailing crew goes from one Tampa home to the next, sprucing up cars, trucks, and SUVs at their owners' convenience. The team eliminates the need to take rides to the car wash with a sudsy hand wash and dry, followed by one of three detailing packages. Clients can choose the Silver package for a quick interior vacuuming and spritzes of Armor All, or spring for the Gold package and treat their car to a wax and buff. At the top of the spectrum is the Platinum deal, complete with interior shampooing and a pep talk for bobble-heads that have been feeling apathetic.
Wilson's Tire & Automotive relinquishes rides from the stresses of sludge buildup and clogged filter conundrums with meticulously handled premium oil changes. Wilson's experienced, ASE-certified technicians will supplant curmudgeonly oil for up to five quarts of a fresh-faced synthetic blend. Afterward, a discerning mechanic will survey the essential components of your four-wheeler for any problems, top off any depleted fluids, and reward well-behaved cruisers with a lollipop. Amid a clean and family-friendly atmosphere, proud auto owners can wait for their roadsters while surfing the Internet on Wilson's free WiFi or practice harmonizing with their car horn in the quiet waiting room. For car owners with children, Wilson's Tire & Automotive's playroom keeps future adults entertained while pavement-pounders are worked on in the service center.
Precision Time’s mall kiosks brim with trained watch repair technicians and display cases stocked with timepieces from manufacturers such as Casio, Invicta, Fossil, and Sottomarino Italia. Use today's deal toward men's or women's watches from Fossil ($65+) or peruse an extensive collection of clearance timepieces. Festoon wrists with durable plastic Rave watches ($29.99+) aglow in vibrant shades of blue, green, and pink that match with outfits or display solidarity with a feuding crayon box faction. Long-delayed exercise plans are jump-started with Timex’s sporty Ironman Basic 10 Lap Digital watch ($39.95), and the dressy stainless steel T2H281 ($39.95), marked by a genuine leather strap and classic white dial background, guarantees entry to fast-food restaurants’ velvet-roped VIP rooms.
Gussying up rides at locations in 15 of the continental states, Tuffy Auto Service Center's technicians perform full-service auto repairs backed by lifetime and nationwide warranties. In addition to keeping cars running smoothly with preventative maintenance services such as oil changes and tire rotations, the staff performs full-service repairs, including overhauling worn-down brakes, noisy mufflers, malfunctioning engines, and ingrown windshield wipers. Other services include alignments for off-kilter wheels, which promote better gas mileage, and tune-ups, which ensure such components as the fuel injectors, ignition system, and spark plugs are in ship-shape.