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.
Spokesman Bicycles' mechanics obviously ride their bikes to work, but that's not the only thing they do to reduce their impact on the environment. They also donate used tubes and tires to Totally Tubular Bags, use a biodegradable fluid in their parts cleaning machine, and ride whales to work only on special occasions.
But they didn't get into biking just to help the environment?they love everything about the sport, and many of them have been seriously cycling and fixing up bikes since the '70s. At their shop, the mechanics build road and mountain bikes, as well as work with fitters who adjust each bike to fit the needs of the rider. To keep clients safe and happy, they pass on their expertise to riders during free maintenance classes every month.
Named Best Auto-Repair Shop in Santa Cruz by _Good Times _ for the past two years running, Specialized Auto offers a menu of maintenance measures to unstick bubble-gummed clutches and realign roaming steering columns. Trained car whisperers adjust fluid levels and exorcize possessed windshield wipers during routine oil changes ($43.50). Sweeten metal lemons with a 5,000-mile service inspection ($50.54), which thoroughly inspects all fluids, lights, and filters, or raise your auto's emission standards with a smog check ($49.85). The shop treats all modes of motion to a courtesy hand wash to compliment their newly invigorated interiors.
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.
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.
Doc Auto owner "Doc" Ken Potts combines his knowledge of technology with his passion for cars at his AAA- and Diamond-certified facility, which is staffed by ASE-certified technicians who service makes and models from compact car to light truck to plus-size. Doc Auto's 3,000-mile service ensures functionality for further excursions ($39.95), and a tire rotation meticulously adjusts tire position for even tire wear ($19.95). To ensure minimum emissions, Doc Auto's motor menders will perform smog testing and certification (starting at $39.95, plus $8.25 for certificate), or they can flush brake fluids ($89.95) so drivers can maintain control of their automobile friend without having to send it to obedience school. A complimentary brake inspection and motor mint are included in all of Doc Auto's services.