Voted 'Best of Auto Repair' by readers of Hartford Magazine, Roggi's Auto Service tends to the jalopies of its clients at its location in downtown Hartford. First opened in 1950 by Henry Roggi, the business has since passed down through three generations of the Roggi family.
From washing to fixing to selling, Elite Motors handles all things automotive. Detailing crews deliver sudsy hand washes and waxing services, treat interior vinyl surfaces to Armor All, and shampoo floor mats. In the repair shop, technicians change oil and take their best tools to broken engines, transmissions, and tires. Elite Motors has customized accessories, too, including Llumar window films—which control heat and block UV rays—and vinyl wraps, which are perfect for business owners trying to get their name out on the streets or drivers who want to demonstrate their undying love for flames.
Since 1948, Elmwood Pastry Shop has crafted French, Swedish, Polish, and other European confectionary creations entirely from scratch. Named one of Hartford’s best cupcakes by CBS Hartford, Elmwood Pastry Shops’s delectable cupcakes are built with a foundation of chocolate, yellow, raspberry, carrot, or spice cake. Pastry purveyors then shelter their blissful baked treat with a roof of all-natural icing, which comes in a vibrant array of taste-bud-tempting flavors, including chocolate, butter cream, whipped cream, and cream cheese. Each pint-sized pastry is injected with an indulgent dose of butter cream or another specialty filling, perfecting a mouth-watering dessert that’s ideal for afternoon teas, dinner parties, and bribing Benjamin Franklin at the historical reenactment center to break character.
Crowley's crew of factory-certified technicians tend to vehicles of every make, model, and color. Parched engines can quench their thirst with a fresh batch of up to 5 quarts of oil and a new oil filter ($36.95+). To further optimize performance, a fresh engine air filter prevents unfriendly particles of dust, bugs, and vaporized roadblocks from bringing your car to an unexpected stop ($24+). Falling rain and rocks have little hope of obscuring a driver's vision after the installation of a new set of front wiper blades ($28+) and wheel alignment services restore a graceful vehicular gait, ensuring that the driver never has to touch the steering wheel again ($89.95+).
From their three locations, the auto mavens at Platinum Car Wash & Oil employ advanced water-reclamation systems and power-conscious equipment during cleaning and maintenance services. The facility's full-service car-wash tunnels spray paint jobs with Simoniz soaps, waxes, and foams before staff members dab rides with microfiber towels. They continue hands-on touch during signature or 20-minute express detailing sessions that unfold as auto owners explore the waiting area's magazines, complimentary WiFi, or leather couch cushions.
Opposed to using recycled or reprocessed oils, the crew spurs pistons with Mobil oil and complimentary top-offs between services. They also help boost car with lube services, such as transmission drains, tire rotations, and VPS fuel-rail services that dislodge harmful debris and misplaced CDs from fuel- and air-intake systems.
Soap, wax, and vacuums fly into action at Fred’s Car Wash, tackling the layers of grime and salt that cling to cars and trucks. Fred’s has been fighting the battle against dirt for more than three decades, watching as the jalopies of yore gave way to the hovercrafts of today, which the car wash’s experts pamper with four levels of express or full washes. This range of services lets clients decide whether their autos need a basic showering and hand drying, or if they could benefit from coats of foam protectant and Rain-X products. The car wash’s technicians also perform detail services, rejuvenating vehicular interiors with leather cleaner and vacuums or shining hulls with paste wax until hoods reflect the clouds and pterodactyls soaring above them.