The certified technicians at Bay Street Auto Center's five locations keep cars road ready and street legal with New York state inspections and oil changes. Techs begin inspections by examining the battery and starting charging system, taking pains to confirm that the battery has an active charge and hasn't been using all its energy taunting solar panels. Techs then aim their expertise at tires, scrutinize the brakes to confirm safe stopping, check the suspension, and conclude the examination by casting trained eyes and hands at belts and hoses. Oil changes drain dirty and damaged oils before replacing them with up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil (synthetic available for an additional charge) and a new filter to guard the engine from contaminants and invitations to the transmission’s next fondue night.
"My car has never needed any professional help to keep it in tip-top shape," proudly proclaims no car owner ever. In reality, automobiles require regular maintenance and people with know-how to keep it in drivable condition. Fortunately, Aamco Transmissions is well supplied with such people. An official inspection center for New York State, Aamco Transmissions' expert technicians make sure cars are road-ready with computer diagnostics, multi-point inspections, repairs, and maintenance services.
As the name would indicate, transmissions are something of a speciality here. In fact, the company is considered the world's largest transmission specialist—with more than 850 centers across the country, Aamco Transmissions has worked on 20 million transmissions since opening their first location nearly 50 years ago. After sending out complimentary tow trucks to haul away cars in need of servicing, they get to work rebuilding and repairing transmissions on every make and model.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.