The ASE-certified technicians at GB Auto Center work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, performing everything from oil changes to complete engine and transmission repair. Every service includes a 21-point inspection, allowing them to check for anything that might need repair. The technicians can also run computer diagnostics to find the source of funny engine sounds or red, itchy headlights. During services, customers can wait in a lobby with a flat-screen television and complimentary coffee, or stroll through GB Auto Center's used-car lot.
When customers enter Garden Supply Guys expansive retail location in Green Bay, they're greeted by vibrant, orange walls and a retro 1960s VW bus parked to the left of the welcome mat. At a counter just steps away, green-thumbed staffers await to satisfy customers' indoor and outdoor gardening needs by answering plant-related inquiries and directing them to affordable supplies. Experienced in sprouting seedlings, they can also help customers expand their hydroponic setups, begin traditional soil gardens, or fashion overgrown weeds into hula skirts.
Whether it’s a dime-size chip or a completely shattered windshield, the repair technicians at Accurate Auto Glass of America are up to the task. The shop boasts an inventory of thousands of name-brand windshields—a piece of glass for just about any make of vehicle. Well- trained staff members can attach a new windshield in about one hour or repair small chips in about a half hour. Each service comes with free disposal and is backed by a national lifetime warranty, but the warranty does not cover stone throwers who live in glass houses.
Powers Comics & Collectibles transports pen-and-ink proponents to new realms with a large selection of current and collectible comic books, graphic novels, action figures, posters, and other memorabilia. Action figures range from comic-book characters to notable athletes known for frequenting arctic ice castles (average price of $16.99). Sought-after keepsakes from the 1950s share shelf space with newly acquired graphic novels (average price of $19.99) and comic books (average price of $3.99), with the inventory changing as regularly as Ghost Rider’s hairdos. For updates on new releases and in-store appearances by comic-world notables, check out the store’s Facebook page.
The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
The Orchid Bug helps spruce up terraces and gardens with a robust inventory of orchids, green plants, and growing supplies. Stationed at the front of the shop, a large window sends sunlight splashing across thriving displays of flora. Visitors snaking around those displays can indulge their budding curiosity by quizzing owner Denise Kirchmayer, or by participating in one of the store's classes. For a general overview of orchids and their culture, Orchids 101 fertilizes the minds of new and seasoned collectors alike, and more in-depth sessions, such as Orchids 102, explores the natural habitats of specific genera and why water is better than Tabasco sauce for sustaining a plant's life. Hands-on gatherings, such as Plug at the Bug, guide students through the planting process.