The technicians at Soquel Collision and Mechanical Center spare vehicles the embarrassment of chipped paint or smashed frames with expert collision and repair services. Using top-notch equipment and paint, the I-Car–certified crew handles everything from changing oil and aligning wheels to repairing the damage from accidents or sudden boulderstorms. The garage also dispatches tow trucks to haul busted vehicles into the shop.
Owner Philip Wells opened The Smog Man Test Only Center to help take the pain out of auto-emissions testing and provide passing grades to in-shape exhaust systems. The shop's friendly team eases the stress of chariot maintenance by completing the tests in fewer than 20 minutes, and charging a flat rate for all vehicles, including regular-size cars, SUVs, motor homes, and motor jacuzzis. A DMV requirement for all autos that must be performed biennially, standard gas and diesel smog checks run even smoother when clients follow The Smog Man’s four pro tips before visiting the shop, such as warming up the vehicle for at least 10 minutes.
Almost all of the foodstuffs at Santa Cruz Local Foods hail from farms within a hundred-mile radius, making a weekly shopping trip as eco-friendly as it is convenient. After ordering online, you’ll have a box ready for either pickup or delivery the following Tuesday, packed with eight selections of the season's ripest produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, pod-people pods, and lettuce. Bread, cheese, and olive oil might round out your pic-a-nic basketload of fresh, healthy vittles. Besides filling your body with fruit that doesn't have the waxy aftertaste of wax fruit, a box of goodies from Santa Cruz Local Foods fits your carbon footprint into the daintiest sandal and supports family farms in the community.
In 1940, Lloyd Johnson had the vision of serving Santa Cruz County with the very best in quality tires and service. Lloyd’s Tire Service, now one of the nation’s largest independent Michelin dealers, has been family owned and operated ever since.
From the shore, Seal Rock—with its rounded crags and compact shape—looks like an oversize mass floating on the Pacific Ocean. Upon closer examination, one can see its silhouette shifting as hundreds of sea lions atop the rock bob their heads or dive into the water. In addition to hosting this majestic hoard, the rock makes for a popular stop for Segway Santa Cruz tours, which peer at it from shore on their way to other sights. Aboard eco-friendly two-wheelers, guides lead groups along Westcliff Drive en route to an array of seaside attractions, including Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, as well as Santa Cruz Wharf's boardwalk, restaurants, and shops. The tours are open to guests of all ages with no experience driving a segway, as guides prep each person on safety of the segways before taking off on sightseeing around the town.