That Stereo Shop's staff specializes in modern auto integration, leveraging their expertise to equip cars with audio, video, and security upgrades. Digital sound blossoms from speakers by top brands such as Kenwood and Infinity after technicians transform basic factory stereos into sonic amphitheaters with iPod-compatible components. GPS navigation systems, security alarms, and remote starters from CompuStar further equip motorists with gadgetry that enables smooth, worry-free commutes.
Lest exteriors feel left out, technicians outfit windows in SunTek tinted films that add style to the car and keep the cabin's high-tech equipment out of sight and out of UV rays. They also dress vehicles in vinyl graphics and banners that portray company advertisements.
After more than 120 years of sprucing up homes with high-quality paints and home décor, Westmoreland Supply continues the tradition with a variety of PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Made from a 100% acrylic formula, Manor Hall interior paints ($48.18–$51.57) coat walls in several stain-resistant sheens, such as the soft, subtle Eggshell. Or, Manor Hall exterior paint with Manorshield ($53.49–$58.84) has an urethane-fortified mildew-resistant finish that prevents cracking and peeling in any weather condition, from heavy summer downpours to winter cold snaps to Halloween toilet-paper storms.
Michael Trusky first tried his hand at air-conditioning repair after a contractor told him it would cost $800 to replace his home unit’s run-down blower motor . Rather than write the check, Michael tracked down the correct motor online for $85 and taught himself how to install it while blindfolded and submersed in a tank of water. Inspired by this do-it-yourself approach, he decided to go back to school and study air-conditioning repair, eventually founding an HVAC-repair business that embraces his straightforward, transparent approach to customer service . Michael and his team of licensed and insured technicians shuttle out to doorsteps throughout the Pittsburgh area, touching up just about any make and model of home climate-control system.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Operating one of Pittsburgh's largest airsoft facilities, Valhalla Indoor Airsoft's owners named their arena after the legendary hall of Viking warriors as a sign of respect and a celebration of camaraderie. Realizing that airsoft can look intimidating from the outside, they maintain a nonaggressive, family-friendly atmosphere to encourage new players to try the sport. The house rules emphasize safety, such as never intentionally taking headshots, saying "bang bang" when within 5 feet of an opponent, and never planting old banana peels.
With the house rules in mind, players enter a warehouse filled with cover such as rooms constructed of wood, camouflage barricades, stacks of tires, and even a car crashed into a stop sign. These challenging obstacles foster a battleground-like ambience that demands teamwork and tactical thinking for players to win Valhalla's scenario-based and objective games. And to complement bouts of "Rob the Bank" or "Get Out of Jail," the facility also house an onsite pro shop, Cool Stuff by L&M, where the staff services gear and dispenses advice.