Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
From custom leather seats to eye-catching spoilers, Autoplex by Vanworks refurbishes cars, trucks, and SUVs with interior and exterior accessories. Window tints by 3M, Webasto sun roofs, and bumpers are just part of the shop’s exterior enhancements; technicians also equip rides with tires by Michelin and Good Year. On the inside, technicians install both luxuries and necessities, including seat-heaters, floor mats, and LiquiCell Comfort equipment, which save drivers from a sore coccyx after a long road-trip or stake-out of their old principal's house. Alpine products drive Autoplex’s electronics division, where the professional installers can soup up systems with everything from overhead video units to vehicle-specific navigation systems.
A windshield chip can turn into a crack, and a crack can cause glass to shatter. The experienced, insured technicians at Crack Master Auto Glass keep that from happening with repairs that incorporate high quality resin. Customers can also opt for services such as glass replacement or VIN etching that protects against theft. As an added assurance, the company backs all of their work with a lifetime warranty.
At Richie's Express Carwash, cars roll through an automated, brush-free tunnel where a cutting-edge computer system hones in on each vehicle's dirtiest spots. It cleanses exteriors with soft cloths and a secret eight-ingredient solution, and then blasts away suds with high-pressure hoses. Patrons can build on this express package with luxurious extras such as underbody rust inhibitors, applications of Richie's Wheel Brite, and triple-coat protectants. At the end of each session—which takes about four minutes—cars travel through a drying tunnel whimsically decorated with stuffed animals. There, a system of 15 high-velocity fans brings exteriors to a spot-free shine. Drivers can blow raspberries at their newly cleaned rides from the viewing station before sprucing up interiors at complimentary self-serve vacuum stations.
Mountainview Tire Factory began in 1984 as a network of independent tire dealers who teamed up to find better prices for their customers. Today, they supply a chain of independently owned locations across the Western U.S. with tires from brands such as Goodyear, Kelly, and Dunlop. At each location, ASE-certified technicians specialize in the installation of both tires and wheels, and outfit every tire purchase with a warranty that includes free flat repairs for the lifespan of the tire, free rotation, and an inspection. They also perform a wide slate of maintenance services—such as oil changes, brake servicing, and electrical work—to ensure cars are healthy enough to make the most of their new rubber running shoes.
Nominated for ABC 7's Best Ice Cream Shop five years in a row, Gelazzi whips up 34 flavors of gelato fresh every morning, using fresh fruits and dry ingredients carefully culled and imported from Italy. Introduce your flavor receptacles to caramel from Avellino, rich chocolate from Torino, or lemons from Aversa, available by the scoop ($3.75) or in a belgian-waffle bowl ($6.99). Gelazzi's fluffy frozen treats are also made using 2% fresh milk rather than cream, making it less fattening and giving the unique flavors room to dance in your mouth.