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Let's be honest, choosing a car wash is the definition of a First World problem, but that doesn't mean you should go just anywhere when that problem arises. IShine Car Wash in Boca Raton isn't just some car wash — it's a club. While some places charge an arm and a leg for a single wash, IShine actually gives you the option of paying monthly, giving you unlimited washes all month for a flat rate ($22.95/Supreme, $32.95/Ultimate) when joining the "IShine Club." The family-owned wash also offers unbeatable $3 car-wash specials every "Wacky Wednesday" as well as $3 washes during its Happy Hour and Early Bird designated times throughout the day. The spacious and well-manicured building has plenty of places to chill out while your car is treated to some state-of-the-art spa treatment, and their service is friendly and as fast as you can drink a free cup of coffee.

Two main things come to mind when it's time to find the right mechanic: cost and honesty, two things Jackson Performance makes sure are not a worry when you drop off your car. Jackson Performance does everything from transforming your car into a Fast & Furious-worthy well-oiled machine to handling your quick, basic fixes that always seem to pop up at the worst imaginable time. Its prices are competitive and reasonable, and its service is second-to-none, making you sure your car is in the best hands possible. When you arrive at Jackson Performance, what it specializes in is obvious: elite fabrications. Unlike other places that may have five guys changing tires and oil when you roll up needing an engine rebuild, Jackson Performance specializes in the big jobs, so you can be sure the folks there know what they are doing when you're in need of a major repair. Located in the heart of Pompano Beach, Jackson Performance is the place to go when you need a mechanic.

A cigar isn't just something you smoke when you're on vacation. It's not just something stoners cut open and stuff their weed into. The cigar is a way of life. The cigar is a culture. Somewhere along the way, we forgot that. We started selling factory-made cigars in gas stations. We started chomping on them like gum. We lit them and puffed away because we thought it made us look cool. We killed the cigar. Or did we? If you look closely, you'll see a crack in the cigar's coffin. And through it floats a thin pipe of gray smoke wafting toward the sky. If you follow that smoke long enough, you'll find yourself standing on the patio of Cuenca Cigars in Hollywood. Take a seat. Enjoy the sun, and let one of Cuenca's friendly staff help you find the perfect — not just most expensive — cigar for your palate. Order an espresso, light up, and take it in. Meditate with your cigar; let it teach you about patience and luxury. The cigar still exists. And it's a beautiful thing.

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Polynesia-island décor, rockabilly, and the undead are not exactly three aesthetics that blend smooth as coffee, cream, and sugar. But for the past six years, Kreepy Tiki has pulled it off, becoming Fort Lauderdale's most interesting place to get something memorable burned into your arm. Really, the shop's whole raison d'être is about gluing together businesses that you wouldn't expect to complement one another. Boutique clothing with a tattoo parlor? Sure, why not. Throwback island vibe coupled with retro Rat Pack attitude? Give it a shot. Owner (and former tiki carver) Jackson Valiente and his crew of artists have never been afraid to shake things up. As a result, they're the most creatively reliable in the business.

To hell with you kids and your MP3s. Chuck your iPods. What's a Spotify? Get out of here with that weak sauce. The only real way to listen to music, the true audio experience, is vinyl. And the best locale to scoop up used vinyl in South Florida is Top Five Records. Located in downtown Lake Worth next to the Propaganda concert venue, the store is the baby of John O'Keefe, a longtime vinylhead who opened the doors with his own collection of 50,000 records. What sets the store's stock apart from the beat-up discs you'll find in most dustbins or lawn sales is the quality. O'Keefe is a fiend about presenting only the best preloved music, so you can walk away from Top Five sure the vinyl won't cough or skip on the player. But don't show up looking for the new St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, or any of those other nostalgia-soaked vinyl releases you pick up at Urban Outfitters (you hipster scum, you). The store specializes in the classic-rock sounds from the '60s and '70s, with a special sweet spot for blaring, raw-throat soul and head-tripping psychedelia.

One of the benefits of yoga is you can do it anywhere. It requires very little equipment — not even a mat if you've got a good towel or a comfortable surface. The only thing you really need for yoga is your body, your breath, and your mental presence. But let's face it — having a cool, Zen-like space helps a lot. YogaFox in Delray Beach provides just such a space while focusing its teaching on what's truly important. Located on Federal Highway just north of the happening downtown area, YogaFox has the comfortable and homey air of, well, a private home but all the Nag Champa, Tibetan-prayer-flag aesthetic you're looking for. Gaze up at the open, wood-beamed ceiling as you lie in savasana or meditate on colorful tapestries as your legs tremble to hold Warrior II. It is the most perfect place to do yoga in South Florida — with the possible exception of the Ganesha Garden out back, where special classes are held under the open sky. YogaFox teaches all levels of classes, from beginners to teacher training, as well as cohosts the annual YogaFest in downtown Fort Lauderdale along with the Yoga Joint Studio.

Gyms can be a drag. Sure, you want to be able to fit through doors, but is it really worth putting up with all the crap you face at a gym? The guy who won't stop staring at you. The sweaty man who keeps flicking sweat into your face as he dances to Lady Gaga on his elliptical. The jungle of locker room penises (all no less than 80 years old) that you have to all but machete your way through on the way to the urinal. It's easy to see why TV and potato chips usually win the battle. But what if I told you there was a place where working out could actually be beautiful — crunches and squats all done under the Florida sun, mere feet from the salty waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach? Well, turn off the TV and throw out the potato chips (OK, have one more first), because that place exists, and it is known simply as the Gym at Fort Lauderdale Beach. What was once an oceanfront hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach eventually turned into a gym. We can go on about the smoothie bar or group exercise classes, but what really makes the Gym special is the rooftop workout area with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Isn't that better than creepy Chad staring at you while you do jumping jacks?

It's a family affair, blood relation or not, and the family keeps growing. It started in 2005, when Sara Turk, a spirited young woman from suburban South Florida, and Alberto Conceicao (formally, Contra Mestre Betinho), a Brazilian-born master of capoeira, the deeply musical and flowing Afro-Brazilian martial arts form, met and fell in love. The couple's Boynton Beach school, now in its third year, includes their daughter, 2-year-old Sallianne, and a devoted and enthusiastic following of students of every age, male and female, with a special emphasis on youngsters. As with all martial arts, self-discipline is central to the teaching. What sets Capoeira Karkara apart is its spirit — joyful, earthy, and welcoming, like that aspect of the Brazilian national character embodied in the phrase so alegria ("only happiness") — and a vision that embraces music, acrobatics, and yoga. The school's demo team makes regular appearances throughout South Florida, at schools and community events, where its displays of power, grace, and just plain fun are infectious, a carnival of the body as art.

"Girlfriend! Do you want to go get your nails did?"

"Yeah, girl. Let's go."

There is no shortage of nail salons in South Florida. But Cool Nail offers unmatched service unlike anywhere else. The technicians here are superefficient and attentive, spending ample time with each client to ensure satisfaction. Want a Miami Heat logo on your ring finger? They've got you covered. Plus, this place doesn't do quick-and-dirty jobs — ever — and that's why Cool Nail stands out. The facility is clean and well-kept, and the tools are disinfected after every use. From gel nails to soothing spa pedicures and meticulously done wax jobs, a gal or guy can sit back and get beautified at an affordable rate.

Is he a bit of a diva? Was Maria Callas? Can he cut hair? Could Callas sing? It's all part of the experience at David K's ultrahip, eponymous, Northwood snippery. People go here the same way out-of-towners go to the Carnegie Deli to soak up the attitude of the show-biz boîte's legendarily brusque wait staff or A-listers line up to be targeted by Don Rickles' quips. K pirouettes from chair to chair, overseeing his staff or himself wielding the shears, precise and exacting, a master of the craft out of the Vidal Sassoon school, offering running commentary and analysis that bespeaks an understanding of hair style and depth psychology. (You thought they were unconnected?) The décor is appropriate: industrial chic interior; fine, avant-garde art on the walls. On occasional evenings, the space hosts special events, the Beautiful People come to strut their stuff, and as K's motto proclaims, "New York is closer than you think."

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