Lube Stop has been lauded by both local and national press outlets for its Sustainability Program, which decreases the environmental impact of the shop's auto services. Its signature EcoGuard oil change, for example, refreshes engines with re-refined motor oil. Lube Stop also recycles oil and antifreeze, and it plants two new oil-filter trees for every one it chops down.
Besides eight kinds of oil changes, Lube Stop provides multipoint inspections, tire rotations, wiper blade replacement, and other maintenance and repair services. More than 240 employees—who receive continuous training to keep up with eco-friendly practices—helm the company's 37 Cleveland- and Akron-area locations, all of which offer E-Check emissions-testing stations.
Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.
For more than 35 years, dentists at American Dental Centers have polished pearly whites and prevented dental disease with thorough exams. At each of the 14 locations that dot Northern and Central Ohio, patients walk in or schedule appointments so they don’t have to scrape off plaque using chew toys. The center maintains a 24-hour phone line so that patients can arrange to have emergencies treated as soon as possible, and it also offers a Forever White program, in which patients pay a one-time fee and then receive take-home bleaching treatments for as long as they attend their regular three- or six-month check-ups.
Dan Kennedy’s secondhand car is far from shabby—before the Rolls-Royce convertible was his, it belonged to Dean Martin. To ensure his ride was meticulously taken care of, Kennedy started his own luxury garage and concierge service, Imperial Auto Castle. The climate-controlled garage, which car owners can view 24 hours a day via wireless surveillance cameras, houses vehicles when they aren’t in use. Technicians can detail and repair the parked cars or even sell them and replace them with a newer model, such as a hybrid—half car, half horse.
The neon sign flashing OPEN outside of Ultimate Shine Auto Wash never shuts off. All day, every day, the full-service car wash welcomes cars into its arms for one of three washes. But it never actually touches them—lasers guide the 360-degree cleaning machine, adjusting its soapy almost-hug to conform to the shape of cars, trucks, and SUVs alike. Self-serve wash stations put the control in the hands of drivers, allowing them to spruce up vehicles with a foaming brush and discipline misbehaving hood ornaments with a high-pressure water wand.
In addition to computerized alignment equipment and gallons of durable, semi-synthetic oil, Auto & Tire Service Specialists stock quality tires from 16 brands, including Goodyear, Michelin, and Yokohama. They back up all repairs and maintenance with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.