Since 1966, Jon Nichols has divided his time between cruising atop a motorcycle and lying beneath it with a wrench and a perfectionist's determination. Spurred by his discontent with a bike's stock performance, he used his industrial acumen, honed by years as the owner of an aerospace-machine shop, to begin manufacturing lightweight motorcycle parts to help his bikes to perform better, faster, and with less whining about how all the other neighborhood bikes have little sidecars to play with. Years later, Jon and his wife, Lettie, opened Nichols Sport Bikes and staffed it with a team of skilled technicians. Bikes can be heard bolting from their 2,500-square-foot facility bolstered by revitalizing oil changes, maintenance, and a full line of Jon's Ducati replacement parts.
Air tools trill beneath racks of synthetic and standard oil at Acclaim Auto Care. Technicians perform oil changes, brake services, and preventive maintenance packages, drawing on gear and parts certified by an original equipment manufacturer. They also keep the latest diagnostic technology on hand to properly differentiate between urgent warning lights and dashboards trying to catch the eye of a supercomputer. Jugs of colorful liquids top off power-steering, transmission, and coolant fluids as the crew moves busily through the shop, installing superchargers and carbon-fiber enhancements.
At Flash Mobile Car Wash And Detail, technicians thoroughly clean vehicles inside and out, using the power of steam rather than running water. The flexible team can travel to clients' homes, offices, or attached-garage treehouses, or perform wash and detail services at their Main Street shop. Staffers condition leather with natural oils, restore headlights, and apply synthetic paint sealant to protect finishes. They also sell and install car stereos and tint windows.