LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — They say cash is king. But these days, it feels like time is actually the most precious commodity. We're always in a rush. Now, some businesses are responding. 13 Consumer Advocate Tricia Kean looks at the growing mobile industry, working for your convenience.
You've probably seen a mobile dog groomer or grocery delivery, through apps like Instacart. Well, it turns out these popular services are just the tip of the mobile industry iceberg. More and more companies are earning your business, by rolling up to your door.
"I don't know why somebody wouldn't want to do it," says Lisa Durette.
After six bouts with cancer, Lisa says her immune system is shot. She can't take a risk of going to the salon and getting sick. That's why she uses Nails Envie mobile nail spa.
"When you're bald, in the middle of chemotherapy and physically things just aren't as they used to be, I think it's a very worthwhile expenditure and experience to feel pretty and pampered," says Lisa.
She's not alone. Nails Envie Owner, Karen Aguirre, says business is good.
"We do kids' spa parties, bridal showers, patients in hospitals... Professionals with tight agendas, says Karen.
Prices start as low as $55 for a basic manicure, including a traveling fee. Best of all, Nails Envie provides 24-hour service by appointment. Karen's actually done a nail job as late as 1:30 in the morning for a business client.
"She's like please, I need to get my nails done. I'm flying out for a business meeting and I need to have my nails done. They look horrible," says Karen.
Lisa points to another great benefit of hiring a mobile service.
"You can have some wine, while you're getting your nails done at home," says Lisa.
While you're getting a mani pedi, you can also take care of a car repair.
"You pick the location, you pick the time and we're gonna be there for you," says Tyler Galbraith.
He works for Wrench, a mobile mechanic company.
"We like to say we can work on about 80% of all repair work in the field... A lot of brake work, a lot of electrical, a lot of oil changes, preventive maintenance," says Tyler.
You can book Wrench in advance or the same day. They're available seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. But can arrange early morning and late night appointments.
"If you go to a shop you're into a line of people and you don't know how many that is. You have to give your keys to somebody else and they'll say we'll call you later and we'll tell you how much it is later," says Tyler.
But with Wrench, you get the price up front. Basic services like an oil change, start as low as $65 for some models. For a quote, just go to their website or use their app.
"You can go in, plug your vehicle in, get an automatic quote... You're going to know exactly how much you're paying with us," says Tyler.
Another convenient service taking off are pre-made meals. 702 Prep specializes in healthy meals ranging between 300 and 500 calories. Co-owner, Chef Rob, says his menu is not only delicious, but a huge time saver for the week.
"People can spend seven or eight hours doing this. Plus you got to go shopping, you have to cook everything, you have to clean all your dishes," says Rob.
Ranging from about $10 to $12, the options cover breakfast, lunch and dinner: like a Korean beef and quinoa bowl, Thai basil turkey lettuce wraps or a grilled burger with a teriyaki glaze, topped with grilled pineapple.
"Everything is bought fresh on Sunday. All the produce, all the meat's fresh, fillets, everything. Then we cook everything on Sunday," says Rob.
Every dish is then delivered on Monday, so you're covered for the week. Best of all, there's no commitment.
"No membership fee. No contracts. Everything is week by week," says Rob.
Going mobile is so hot right now even Starbucks is getting on board, recently announcing plans to start delivering drinks through the popular Uber Eats app. But, it's not available in Las Vegas just yet.