Kwik Kar of Buda is owned by the husband-and-wife team of Reed and Nora Shoemaker, and their familial connection shows in the warmth of their business. For instance, between oil changes customers are welcome to stop by for a free fluid check or top-off, free vacuum, or free window wash. Then there's always hot coffee, also complimentary. But when it comes to auto services, the Shoemakers are professional and attuned to the needs of each vehicle. Trained technicians offer many services to keep cars on the road rather than beneath a tarp or at the bottom of a tar pit—oil changes, transmission services, radiator services, and tire rotations, as well as 16-point packages that render cars well-oiled, inspected for safety, and cleaned on the inside and out.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
People looking for the best pizza in the world flock to two places: New York and Italy. Debbie, the daughter of Austin Pizza Garden's owner, and an award-winning pizzaiola, was no exception. To hone her culinary craft she visited both locales on a transatlantic quest for the perfect pizza recipe. Once she felt she'd mastered one—preferring the thin-crust variety for its unmistakable texture—she flew home to Indianapolis, where she founded Bazbeaux. In no time, the pizzeria took off, earning it a top spot in Indy's pizza scene, an honor that still endures nearly three decades later. To spread her success, Debbie taught her recipe to her family in Austin, who set up a pizzeria of their own in one of the city's century-old historical buildings.
Today, the chefs at Austin Pizza Garden still lovingly make pies using Debbie's carefully crafted recipes, and spice up the original flavor with their own distinctive spin. They throw jalapeno slices into the mix of the texas fajita pie, for example, which is crowned in fajita chicken and avocado and served with a side of sour cream. They've even expanded beyond the traditional pizza sauce, swapping out classic marinara for walnut pesto or black-bean dip. Whether baking up familiar flavors or unique creations, Austin Pizza Garden blows a longhorn of plenty that gathers Austinites near and far.
University of Texas alumnus, husband, and father of two, Steve Takamatsu took up the reins at long-standing Lawson Tire & Automotive to better accommodate his growing family and to provide local drivers with the services of ASE-certified technicians. Steve and his crew keep cars running with the help of AC Delco parts and Mobil motor oils, brandishing AAA approval, a Blue Seal of Excellence from the Automotive Standards of Excellence, and three gold star stickers on the staff refrigerator. The team offers an expansive list of services that tends to almost all makes and models, and a specialized Fast Brake mobile brake-repair service that fixes or replaces faulty brakes at customers’ locations. Inside the shop, a comfortable waiting area helps drivers pass the time with amenities including DSL Internet access, TV, vending machines, and complimentary coffee.
Channeling Austin's spirit of community, honesty, and music through the doors of its service garage, the two mechanics who founded Groovy Automotive stand by their services with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee that is honored at a nationwide network of certified shops. At all four locations, Automotive Service Excellence–certified technicians leap into action to remedy ill vehicles with repairs or foster peak road prowess with upkeep and maintenance. The care they show cars also extends to the community. They donate to organizations such as the Helping Hand Home for Children, and recycle oil, tires, and coolant to relieve the environment of toxins and prevent disgruntled car-part protests outside junkyards. As an additional gesture of goodwill, Groovy Automotive's courtesy-car service lets clients keep on trucking while their own rides are down for the count.