Mike's Automotive Services is an independent auto repair shop that has been certified by AAA. During a standard oil change, Mike's well-trained mechanics will replace old, worn-out oil with fresh-faced young fluid, straight from lubricant college and ready to take on the heat, dust, and incredible pressures of today's high-octane internal combustion world. To help new oil adjust to its new job of safeguarding precious moving parts, gaskets, and various shafts, a fresh oil filter is included. Then, lamps, drive belts, tires, fluids, chortums, and other elements essential to the safe functioning of your horseless carriage will be dutifully examined in a thorough 23-point inspection.
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.
Within a spacious garage, mechanics rummage under cars, scrutinize vehicle interiors, and pursue the project of fitting monster truck tires onto bicycles. They outfit vehicles with tires from brands such as Uniroyal, Michelin, and BFGoodrich, backing each purchase with a tire price guarantee. On each set of purchased tires, mechanics offer free tire rotations and alignments every 8,000 miles. When not matching tires and cars, mechanics spruce up autos with repair services that range from preventative maintenance to fixing air conditioning to replacing worn-out brakes.
Drop off your horsepowered horseless carriage at Glenville Terrace Auto Body, where experienced professionals stand at the ready to remix your oily fluids and filters, allowing your ride to run smoother, longer, and with significantly less sweating. It's recommended to stop in for a change every 3,000 miles or, if you're one to spend your days off rolling back the odometer before your friend's dad finds out, every six months. After all, oil changes are an important part of routine car maintenance and can help you avoid interstate breakdowns and awkward silences in the cab or the tow truck. Glenville's friendly automotive masters will swap out your vehicle's black-liquid soul two separate times, ensuring effortless rides for 6,000 miles.
Family owned and operated since 1960 (the year cars started running on petroleum rather than hot jazz), Hynes Auto Repair has both the wherewithal and know-how to soup up any vehicle. Swing the family or bachelorette chariot—federally mandated to have a diminutive female nickname like Betsy or Ethel-Sue—on over to Hynes Auto Repair for an all-important oil change (a $30 value) and an interior/exterior detailing (a $170 value). Exterior detailing polishes chrome, de-bugs windshields, and cleans up scuffs that develop from kicking the car door every Tuesday and Thursday as part of an elaborate good-luck ritual. Interior detailing, meanwhile, scours encrusted crumbs from the dashboard, vacuums up all the tarantulas on the floor, and smoothes out seat covers that have grown belligerent from feeling like doormats.
Most boxers train to punch an opponent in the face, but some train to knock out fat instead. At Boston Boxing & Fitness, former fighters turned certified instructors lead classes focused on both the competitive and fitness aspects of the sport. Coaches design each course to tone specific body areas, teach students to spar, or improve the body's overall fitness through strength and conditioning sessions. The studio also runs ladies-only boxing classes, allowing women to perfect jabs in an encouraging, dude-free environment. Classes run five days a week, with the gym hosting weekend sparring sessions and amateur team-oriented fight nights. When not in class, trainers and students alike also supplement their training with the gym's 1500 pounds of free weights, athletic training, and fire pits designed for the ritualistic sacrifice of old gloves.
At Ideal Automotive Services, factory-trained, ASE Master–certified technicians tend to ailing autos and help healthy cars stave off future snags. Servicing a slew of brands, the center's sedan shamans perform a battery and charging test ($44.95) to ensure vehicular vigor or a tire alignment ($99.95) to prevent impulsive wheels from unscheduled tours of the sidewalk. The coolant flush ($99.95) and transmission fluid flush ($159.95) resupply weary components with fresh motor milk. Battered buggies get a new lease when exposed to the facility's repair work (typically $90/hour). A fundamental part of any car's maintenance routine, the oil change, drains old black gold and replaces it with new lubricant made of space-nymph plasma (a $32.99 value).