Almost all of the foodstuffs at Santa Cruz Local Foods hail from farms within a hundred-mile radius, making a weekly shopping trip as eco-friendly as it is convenient. After ordering online, you’ll have a box ready for either pickup or delivery the following Tuesday, packed with eight selections of the season's ripest produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, pod-people pods, and lettuce. Bread, cheese, and olive oil might round out your pic-a-nic basketload of fresh, healthy vittles. Besides filling your body with fruit that doesn't have the waxy aftertaste of wax fruit, a box of goodies from Santa Cruz Local Foods fits your carbon footprint into the daintiest sandal and supports family farms in the community.
Locally owned and operated motorcycle service and repair for all makes and models of bikes. American, British, European, and Japanese.
Doc Auto owner "Doc" Ken Potts combines his knowledge of technology with his passion for cars at his AAA- and Diamond-certified facility, which is staffed by ASE-certified technicians who service makes and models from compact car to light truck to plus-size. Doc Auto's 3,000-mile service ensures functionality for further excursions ($39.95), and a tire rotation meticulously adjusts tire position for even tire wear ($19.95). To ensure minimum emissions, Doc Auto's motor menders will perform smog testing and certification (starting at $39.95, plus $8.25 for certificate), or they can flush brake fluids ($89.95) so drivers can maintain control of their automobile friend without having to send it to obedience school. A complimentary brake inspection and motor mint are included in all of Doc Auto's services.
Named Best Auto-Repair Shop in Santa Cruz by _Good Times _ for the past two years running, Specialized Auto offers a menu of maintenance measures to unstick bubble-gummed clutches and realign roaming steering columns. Trained car whisperers adjust fluid levels and exorcize possessed windshield wipers during routine oil changes ($43.50). Sweeten metal lemons with a 5,000-mile service inspection ($50.54), which thoroughly inspects all fluids, lights, and filters, or raise your auto's emission standards with a smog check ($49.85). The shop treats all modes of motion to a courtesy hand wash to compliment their newly invigorated interiors.
In 1940, Lloyd Johnson had the vision of serving Santa Cruz County with the very best in quality tires and service. Lloyd’s Tire Service, now one of the nation’s largest independent Michelin dealers, has been family owned and operated ever since.
The technicians at Soquel Collision and Mechanical Center spare vehicles the embarrassment of chipped paint or smashed frames with expert collision and repair services. Using top-notch equipment and paint, the I-Car–certified crew handles everything from changing oil and aligning wheels to repairing the damage from accidents or sudden boulderstorms. The garage also dispatches tow trucks to haul busted vehicles into the shop.
Owner Philip Wells opened The Smog Man Test Only Center to help take the pain out of auto-emissions testing and provide passing grades to in-shape exhaust systems. The shop's friendly team eases the stress of chariot maintenance by completing the tests in fewer than 20 minutes, and charging a flat rate for all vehicles, including regular-size cars, SUVs, motor homes, and motor jacuzzis. A DMV requirement for all autos that must be performed biennially, standard gas and diesel smog checks run even smoother when clients follow The Smog Man’s four pro tips before visiting the shop, such as warming up the vehicle for at least 10 minutes.
Submit your bug-splattered, mud-splashed, and cosmic-dust-enshrouded vehicle to the orderly experts at Cruz Car Wash for a wipe-down that will put the car-lot spring back in its step, be it sedan, SUV, or Studebaker. The express exterior supreme wash cleanses cars' pimply surfaces in about five minutes, during which the drivers may enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and free Internet access. The service includes a spot-free rinse and application of BodyShield paint protectant, adding a hydrophobic barrier that results in a shine rivaling the dome of Mr. Clean. Those wishing to upgrade beyond the included package may do so for an additional fee.
From the shore, Seal Rock—with its rounded crags and compact shape—looks like an oversize mass floating on the Pacific Ocean. Upon closer examination, one can see its silhouette shifting as hundreds of sea lions atop the rock bob their heads or dive into the water. In addition to hosting this majestic hoard, the rock makes for a popular stop for Segway Santa Cruz tours, which peer at it from shore on their way to other sights. Aboard eco-friendly two-wheelers, guides lead groups along Westcliff Drive en route to an array of seaside attractions, including Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, as well as Santa Cruz Wharf's boardwalk, restaurants, and shops. The tours are open to guests of all ages with no experience driving a segway, as guides prep each person on safety of the segways before taking off on sightseeing around the town.
Owned and operated by Master ASE Technicians, Extra Mile Repair treats cars to skilled workmanship and their owners to thoughtful customer service. Besides harnessing special knowledge of the Land Rover and Mini Cooper, the shop's mechanics know how to keep most wheeled things rolling smoothly through all seasons. Services range from brake repair and tire rotations to oil changes, safety inspections, and other ways to make improvements on one's auto without having Ursula the Sea Witch steal interesting voices for the GPS.
In io motors’ multibay auto shop, ASE-certified technicians keep cars running smoothly with services that range from routine maintenance to engine overhauls. Customers can browse the Internet during quick maintenance in the shop’s WiFi-equipped waiting area or take rides on the free shuttle bus if their cars are in need of major servicing.
As a testament to its 46-year history of trusted service and repairs, Opal Cliffs Auto Center has garnered certification from the California Green Business Program and approval from AAA. During the premium oil change, ASE-approved technicians inject engines with up to 5 quarts of clean, standard oil and fortify wheels with a tire rotation, tire-pressure check, and brake inspection. Next, the motor masters conduct a multipoint inspection of 25 parts—chosen by importance and kinship to Henry Ford—including the seat belts, exhaust, shocks, and fluid levels. The initial maintenance session that combines the oil change and inspection can last up to two hours. Additionally, the facility's state-certified smog inspectors monitor harmful exhaust during the standard smog check, ensuring vehicles comply with state laws and that tailpipes aren't clogged with old bumper stickers.
Watsonville Auto Body’s technicians bring diverse training and certification—ASE and I-Car Gold Class Professionals, to name a few—to every damaged car that limps into their facility. Seldom do vehicles limp out, though, thanks to the techs’ meticulous collision repair and finish matching that returns frames, finishes, and fenders to their straight-from-the-factory glory. Structural ailments aren’t the only ones they remedy, though; onsite detailers also combat aesthetic blemishes on the inside and outside with washing, waxing, and buffing services. Watsonville Auto Body offers a lifetime warranty on all of their repairs as well as courtesy transportation within the immediate vicinity.
Proof of Gomez Mobile Auto Detailing’s dedication to customer service can be found in its vehicular-revamping services, which are performed by expert technicians at customers' homes or workplaces and scheduled to accommodate their busy lives. Armed with an arsenal of equipment and cleaning supplies, the techs perform all manner of detailing service, from pressure steaming and scratch removal to leather conditioning and interior shampoos. Though Gomez Mobile Auto Detailing specializes in spiffing up cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, it also tackles grime clinging to alternate rides such as motorcycles, RVs, and piggyback-giving grandfathers.
At Deep Reflections Auto Detailers, clients don’t have to be an expert in automobile care to know they’re getting efficient, high-quality service. Techs take the time to explain to each customer—in layman’s terms—the condition of their vehicle, and they make customized recommendations based on each vehicle’s needs, from interior and exterior cleaning and detailing to paint touchups for the dark circles under an exhausted minivan’s headlights.
Staffers execute this thorough detailing with polymer-based Zaino products that polish and protect auto exteriors. When paint jobs need extra attention, they first restore luster with 3M and Menzerna products before applying Zaino as a finishing touch. While they specialize in durable shines, their detailing includes comprehensive cleanings with hand washes, vacuuming, vinyl conditioning, carpet shampooing, and more.