The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
Decorated coaches share the sport of fencing with first-time students and veteran duelists on Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy’s polished lanes. The instructors specialize in a variety of fencing disciplines, and a majority of them have speared their way through lofty certifications. Throughout the years, that experience has helped produce students who have competed in 12 different states, from local events to national championships and public readings of The Three Musketeers. Today, the academy offers classes in different disciplines throughout the week, with specific programs geared toward adults and children.
When Bonnie Diamond began her journey to acupuncture, she was living an unbalanced life. Her job as a computer programmer was an unhappy endeavor, and soon she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Acupuncture brought her back into balance, and she was so grateful that she began studying the ancient practice.
After 10 years of intense study, she earned a master's degree and today shares her skills with her clients. During treatments, she reads the "story" of each client's body, seeking to restore balance and eliminate the need to commute via unicycle. She inserts hair-thin needles into points in the body that will help improve energy flow, which should restore health and vitality to each client.
During the day at World Sports Camp, professional head coaches and assistants of college-level athletes head up lessons in golf, basketball, tennis, and soccer. Campers also get the chance to participate in sports leagues with competitions throughout the week and a culminating championship. There is a 4:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, which helps to ensure that young athletes get the personal attention they require. Campers get to choose their level of involvement and which sports they want to focus on. Beginners and advanced mini-athletes alike will then play together, adhering to the rules of good sportsmanship and gravity. Check out a typical schedule for an overview of the daily activities.
Owned and operated by Easthampton residents Rich Lyman and Jeff Cahill, Riff's Joint spices up everyday meals with bombastic and spunky takes on traditional burgers, burritos, and salads. Carnivorous consumers can sink canines into a starter of hoisin-marinated beef sticks ($6.00), while voracious vegetarians can test their mettle against the sweet-potato fries, which are flanked by jalapeño honey-mustard sauce and cooked in pure kindness ($4). Build an edible tribute to tastiness with Riff's custom-creation station, where gastrological Gauguins can craft Thai-inspired burritos ($8.50) or dramatic Greek cheesesteaks ($8.50). Fans of dining predetermination can opt for house burgers and wraps, such as the Alamo Wrap made with in-house roasted turkey ($7) and The Bandit, an all-beef patty topped with grilled onion, cilantro, and chipotle mayo ($8). Like romantic picnics and amorous parole hearings, Riff's is BYOB, letting customers method-act the role of master sommelier.
Voted among the best gift-basket providers in the Valley Advocate's 2010 Best of the Valley readers' poll, Laurel Mountain provides customers with tasteful solutions to gift-giving dilemmas. Welcome new humans to Earth with a Baby Buggy basket ($49.95) sporting snuggly stuffed friends, a bottle, and other infant essentials, or thank a cocoa-crazy coworker for years of borrowed paperclips and collating advice with a Chocolate Delights basket ($49.95) filled with cookies, truffles, and fudge. Laurel Mountain's assortment of assemblages includes numerous holiday baskets, such as a Hot Stuff! Valentine's basket ($49.95) loaded with a heart-melting mix of barbecue sauce, salsa, and other gastro-goodies, as well as care packages ($24.95–$34.97) to let off-site offspring know they're never too far to escape your benevolent grasp. To ensure freshness, baskets aren't assembled until orders are placed, and each includes a handwritten card with a message of your creation, allowing you to partner your package with a pig Latin haiku or romantic limerick.