Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Welcoming autos of all makes and models, the dealer-trained technicians at Tire MD help keep roadsters running with services backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. They play suitor to cars' inner Cinderellas, slipping on different sizes of Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Continental tires till they find the perfect fit. Their car-care expertise reaches far beyond the realm of tires, touching engines, transmissions, air-conditioning systems, brakes, and even the recently discovered "battery."
Audio Dezign's talented technicians arrive at customers' doorsteps and driveways to enhance their driving experience through installations of speakers, onboard entertainment systems, keyless-entry systems, and GPS navigators. Accent lights give interiors and engine parts of cars and motorcycles a neon glow, and smartphone or key-fob remote starters allow drivers to safely enter their vehicles without needing to fumble with keys or remember magic spells. The team’s versatile mechanics can also turn boats into mobile party units with marine speaker installation, and turn car seats into sleek, modern-day thrones with personalized Katzkin leather restyling.
Since he was 14 years old, Matt Gineo has heard the sea?s siren call. As a youth he joined the Sea Scouts, where he learned how to sail, tow, and safely traverse the water. Now the owner of Oldport Marine Harbor Tours, he maintains a fleet of boats that tour Newport?s rocky coastline daily, showing off the area?s sparkling waters and natural beauty.
Harbor tours work their way up the shoreline, dotted with lighthouses, historical mansions, and bottles containing unread pirate grocery lists. As boats pass by sights such as the Newport Bridge, Jamestown, and the early-19th-century Fort Adams, guides share facts and anecdotes about Newport?s historical role in the pirate world and the slave trade. As tours travel back down the coast, the narrative returns to the present, with tales about the America's Cup and the city?s success as a fishing center.
Oldport Marine Harbor Tours offers a number of other aquatic services as well. Staffers build and repair boats, install engines, and run a water taxi that zips customers across the city faster than riding on the back of a sea serpent.
Mansion Rentals sends riders cruising down the streets and sidewalks of historic Newport on pedaled and powered transport. Whether perched on bicycles—which can be rented for as long as a week—or mopeds, guests enjoy some traditional two-wheeled cruising as they follow the pavement's spoken directions to local beaches, art galleries, or ornate mansions. Couples can also take a spin in three-wheeled Scoot Coupes that come in bright hues of red, blue, yellow, or green. While one person handles the traditional moped steering bars, the other can supply the high-pitched "vroom vroom" sounds to keep dogs from giving chase.
Every year come springtime, Jamestown Newport Ferry's vessels wake from their winter slumbers to tote passengers around lower Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. Since 1974?when boats finally replaced motorized sea turtles as the main form of water transportation??the service has made summer travels a cinch with one-way and round-trip ferry rides to the region's scenic shores. Passengers enjoy unlimited hop-on, hop-off capabilities that allow them to sightsee, join historical tours, visit museums, and savor new dining experiences. Jamestown Newport Ferry rents out its ships, Jamestown and Katherine, for special events, too, including birthdays, weddings, and company outings.