Friendly Ford of Crosby’s maintenance masters cosset automobiles with thorough preventive services. Re-slick your horseless carriage’s pumping pistons with a 30-minute lubricating oil change. The service begins with an experienced auto technician draining the used, grimy oil and removing the expired oil filter. Then, engines undergo a 5-quart transfusion of new oil and get acquainted with a fresh new filter to sift out any potentially harmful impurities, such as dislodged particles of debris or misplaced oil-rigger hardhats. Appointments are recommended.
Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefitted from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.
Import and domestic vehicles stand poised on the lots of Nexar Auto Repair, where an ASE-certified staff of technicians bolsters rides with Pennzoil lubricants, official state inspections, and myriad repairs. Pre-owned cars from BMW, Mercedes, and Chevrolet receive extensive quality-control inspections before awaiting the opportunity to show off their road prowess and encyclopedic knowledge of the Industrial Revolution to new owners. In-house technicians also nurture visiting vehicles by swapping damaged oil for clean lube, balancing and rotating tires, and checking vitals with computer diagnostics. Additionally, the facility doles out official Texas state inspections with quick in-and-out automated systems that authorize healthy autos to legally flex their muscles on the open road.
At Texas Car Stereo, versatile mechanics and designers care for the interior health and exterior design of cars, trucks, and SUVs, treating autos to everything from routine oil changes and major repairs to decorative overhauls of chrome-covered rims and ink-black window tint. The automobile artisans have a wealth of impressive work under their collective belt, with past projects including a Corvette decked out in a sleek hydraulic hood, racing stripes, and a yellow and black interior and cars crowned with custom neon lights that spell out the opening lines of The Great Gatsby. The team carries out each labor of love with factory-direct materials from trusted brands such as Kenwood, Kicker, JBL, Boston Acoustics, and Sony.
Since it was founded almost three decades ago, Child Advocates has developed and maintained a team of court-appointed advocates, guardian ad litems, who support individual kids in cases of abuse and neglect and advocate for these children in court. After sending volunteers through 30 hours of specialized training where they learn about the court system and how to tell when a gavel is banged sarcastically, the nonprofit organization links each guardian with a youngster who's in foster care and in need of a permanent residence. By assigning each advocate to only one child or sibling set, Child Advocates provides individualized attention that caseworkers and court-appointed attorneys can't always deliver.
Originally run out of one pickup truck, Houston Auto Glass & Windshield Replacement has spent nearly two decades growing a fleet of mobile technicians big enough to serve customers throughout Dallas and Houston. The techs swap out windshields lacerated with cracks and replace them with shiny new units, allowing drivers to easily see when the road ahead is actually their neighbor's swimming pool. Urethane adhesives and quality sealant join a steadfast warranty to keep new panes in place. The glass gurus also repair rock chips and tackle other services such as painting and body repair.