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.
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.
Somerville Car Wash de-gunks autos sporting grime-soaked exteriors, delivering sparkling sedans and smudge-free trucks. A quintet of gold wash treatments will put a smile on each car's grill and make it forget the time it was covered in plastic wrap while napping. Soft cloths gently lure exterior dirt particles from tucked-away hiding spots, and high-pressure streams blindside unsuspecting stains. Next, blowers work in tandem with hand towels to soak up every drop of moisture, delivering a streak-free finish. Rust inhibitors help ward off salt from crashing into pretzel stands, and a gentle massage of triple-foam paint conditioner detangles each car's wispy locks. Finally, twin coats of spray-on sealer wax and polishing wax shine metallic hide and provide a formidable line of defense against incontinent seagulls. Groupon buyers are also entitled to half off a paint-sealant treatment when purchased online.
Ming's Auto Repair pampers steely chariots of most makes and models with a painstaking diagnostic service and tune-up, leaving them in peak health and optimal performance condition. An oil change replaces charred fluids with up to four quarts of Castrol nonsynthetic oil, prepping parts to work together as smoothly as an army dressed in silk (a $35 value). Next, a team of vehicle virtuosos exorcizes engine demons and performs up to one hour of performance tests on horsepower hubs (an $85 value). The shop's seasoned techs will also rotate tires, leaving talented rubber artists free to carve muddy midnight masterpieces into neighbors’ lawns (a $40 value).