Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Masters of moving parts for more than three decades, the ASE–certified technicians at Automotive Services of Boston coddle cars inside and out with comprehensive details and repair services. Technicians eschew rough automated wash tunnels for gentle hand washes and waxes, coaxing showroom shines out of even the most shopworn autos. Their maintenance menu also covers car-care concerns across the alphabet, from air-conditioner and brake repair to towing services and tune-ups for the glove box’s built-in xylophone. Each service comes backed by the added peace of mind contained in the shop’s 100% maintenance warranty.
When the experts at Colonial Nissan of Medford aren't equipping customers with new and pre-owned vehicles, they mend careworn chariots in their service department. Of Colonial Nissan’s three factory master technicians, two draw on more than 25 years of experience with Nissan as they diagnose cars with computerized equipment, nurture them with maintenance services, and calm their frazzled fuel lines with promises of one-year or 12,000-mile warranties.
A comfy waiting room cossets customers with magazines and coffee while mechanics work. A 50-inch flat-screen TV entertains eyeballs with cable television, and free WiFi flows through the room in search of cell phones, computers, and brains to connect with. Colonial Nissan of Medford also offers a round-trip shuttle service to any destination within a 10-mile radius of the dealership.
Shield System Car Wash's three locations peel off automotive filth with soft cloths before slathering vehicles with shine-enhancing layers of foam, wax, and sealant. The five-minute wash whittles caked exteriors down to the original shape and showroom shine with triple-foam soaps and underbody rinses. Wheel and rim are cleansed with Tire Shine, plucking debris from car's lower extremities before applications of Shield sealant and Shield vivid wax glaze the car shell to give it a smooth, shiny veneer. Finally, doses of Shield ultrashine sealant cling to the finish to defend its sparkling luster against dirt and hitchhiking paparazzi.
Each day since 2004, the team of repairmen at Bavarian Performance Group has put the power of automotive specialization on display. Lead by a dealer-trained Master Technician, the team focuses its expertise solely on vehicles made by German automaker BMW, handling all service needs related to the suspension, electrical, and mechanical systems of the manufacturer's vehicles. Instead of using off-brand parts or building exact replicas of German manufacturing plants, the team uses original BMW parts for every service. They also trust their own work; each service comes backed by a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.