Eight bags. Two platforms. Two six-inch holes. One distinctly American game. The origins of cornhole are shrouded in mystery. Some say it derives from a German game, while others claim it is a descendent of a similar sport played by Native Americans. But one thing is certain—it's serious business. That's why the American Cornhole Organization was formed in 2005. By setting the rules, establishing annual tournaments and competitions, and firmly banning the practice of using trained birds to dunk bags, these referees have codified the sport and elevate it to a professional level.
While some children inherit their dad's old set of wheels, the McAllister brothers got a much better deal. They inherited what they refer to as the "car gene", soaking up their father's love of all-things automobile and turning it into a thriving family business––three businesses, as a matter of fact. Besides McAllisters Auto Center, the brothers also oversee McAllisters Collision Center and McAllisters Auto Mart, where they blend a childhood full of mechanical apprenticeship with years of industry experience.
At the auto center, the McAllisters zero their car connoisseurship in on vehicles that require quick maintenance work or in-depth repairs. Oil changes, brake repairs, and engine services rekindle cars' performance, and new tires from brands such as Goodyear and Firestone restore smoothness to rides that have lost traction, balance, or the ability to stop on a dime without messing up Roosevelt's hair.
Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).
The certified carriage technicians at Roppel’s tend to foreign and domestic motors with precise mechanical services. Reviving dog-tired automobiles for more than 60 years, Roppel’s physicians refresh oil, tune brakes, and read motivational poems to underperforming transmissions. Owners can treat engines to a viscous elixir with the standard oil change and filter ($29.95) or give their four-wheeled friends the full vehicular pat-down with a complete inspection ($19.95).
Since Bob Sumerel opened his first retail tire store in 1968, he has always tried to put the customer first, next to all the gold-medal winners and Neil Armstrong. His store's 20-plus current locations offer an entire slate of auto services, from tire rotations and sales to oil changes. On the site's Why Bob Sumerel page, customers and employees discuss the benefits of the company, and the My Garage feature tracks car histories such as oil changes and service reminders. Every Bob Sumerel also operates under the Fixed Forever guarantee, promising that parts will work forever—up until the sun balloons to a red giant and swallows the earth with its unfathomably hot plasma—with warranties to cover any unforeseen problems.