Laser tag, ziplines, hang-gliders, and paragliders aren't your typical bumper crop. And yet that's what can be found at Morningside Flight Park, which uses its green expanses as a training ground to help humans conquer the domain of birds and Frisbees. As students master the principles of piloting a paraglider, steering a hang glider, or flapping their arms really hard, they're treated to picturesque views of New Hampshire. All the while, expert instructors relay techniques and principles of safety in a fun and focused environment.
Led by head technician Scott "Yogi" Montaquila, Clinton Tire & Repair's technicians specialize in oil changes, brake inspections, and tire rotations. Their services also include balancing wheels, inspecting belts for correct alignment, and ensuring that air conditioners are loaded with enough snowballs to power them through summer. Besides performing maintenance work, Clinton Tire & Repair's crew outfits vehicles with parts from Bridgestone and Cooper alongside tires and wheels from manufacturers such as Nexen Tire and Mickey Thompson. The garage's technicians are available to tinker with cars Monday–Saturday.
It may look like a two-story home, but the brown building on Melendy Road is indeed Zak’s Auto Industries, where ASE-certified technicians take in cars of all makes and models for a range of services. In addition to offering oil changes, complete frame repairs, and engine rebuilds, the family-owned shop doubles as an official New Hampshire inspection station where drivers can ensure that their vehicles meet the standards required by state law.
In business for more than two decades, GS Audio Wurks enlists expert technicians to customize vehicles of all shapes and sizes with convenient amenities that range from remote starters and tracking systems to Bluetooth hands-free sets and window tints. During harsh winter months or after nights parked in a fridge, drivers can hop into a warm and already-running vehicle with an expertly installed CompuStar system, whose discreet remotes may also be programmed to lock and unlock doors from up to 3,000 feet away. Conversely, Madico tints prep vehicles for sunshine by blocking more than 66% of solar heat and nearly 100% of ultraviolent stingrays trying to wriggle through windows. In addition to readying cars for all kinds of weather, GS Audio Wurks' technicians buff up leather interiors and maintain rides with a retinue of detail services.
Northampton native John Richi practices the same hands-on approach when working with his customers that he has honed since opening Pro Lube Auto Center in 1990. He draws from more than 20 years of experience and intensive training in diagnostics from a number of car companies, including Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors, and shares his expertise with a team of certified technicians. Together, they perform tune-ups and oil changes in addition to part replacement and transmission work, all in an effort to keep vehicles safe and in working order. As part of a nationwide network, the shop allows out-of-state work under the business’s 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty should breakdowns occur while driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania or the saloon of an Arizona ghost town.