Bob Sumerel Tire & Service Bob Sumerel opened his first shop in 1968 in an abandoned gasoline station. This business venture might have proved futile if Bob hadn't first revamped the dilapidated petrol dispensary into an attractive store brimming with tires for passenger cars and light trucks. He strategically set up shop in a high-traffic area, deducing that tires in motion are less likely to stay in motion as they wear out from overuse. Today, Bob's arsenal has grown from a few old gas stations to 26 locations manned by ASE-certified technicians, who skillfully nurture careworn tires with Bandag tire tread, refinish wheels and rims, and stay well-stocked with wheels for forklifts, earthmovers, and time-traveling Roman chariots. In addition to tire tweaking, the menu of services includes wheel alignments, brake overhauls, and shock repairs.
At LaserWash TouchFree CarWash, attendants don't soap up your car—instead, the cleans are administered by scrupulous touch-free automatic bays, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers simply drive inside and follow easy-to-read signs to receive their mechanized pressure washes, which include an underbody spray, a clear coat protectant, and biodegradable soaps and waxes.
A business has to have something special to survive for more than half a century. For Mr. Magic Car Wash, perhaps that thing is a signature blend of nine cleaning solutions that work together to cut through tough road grease and leave vehicles with a glimmering luster. Or perhaps it’s the business's attention to detail, manifested in its soft-cloth hand washes. Either way Mr. Magic has not only survived the passing decades and the end of the DeLorean, it has thrived and expanded, now boasting five Pittsburgh-area locations. Even when sending cars through the automated car-wash tunnel for a quick rinse, Mr. Magic keeps auto owners' interests in mind, spraying fiberglass surfaces with only fresh water and drying them to a spot-free shine with hot air. Extra services, such as underbody flushes and interior and exterior detailing, help enhance each wash, and coats of Magic Repel surface protectant deflect new smudges and wizard spells.
Big G Tire Pros' staff of technicians maintains horseless chariots and puts minds at ease with a variety of automotive services. A 30-minute conventional oil change swaps out each vehicle's weary lifeblood for up to six quarts of fresh, engine-lubricating ambrosia, while also changing basic filters. A 15-point inspection tasks the keen eyes of mechanics with checking key automotive systems, yielding insight into the condition of the transmission, hoses, hose clamps, and belts while also examining the air-conditioning, cooling, and charging systems. Coolant and wiper-fluid levels receive a professional scrutinizing, and oil-leak jailbreaks are completely halted. After analyzing the tire wear, preternaturally gifted technicians determine tire-pressure levels via esoteric soothsaying, and conclude the inspection by checking the shocks and lubricating squeaky door hinges.
The skilled car whisperers at Grease Monkey perform rejuvenating miracles on all areas of motorized horseless carriages. They'll gladly tackle a full-service oil change ($38 and up), radiator flushing ($90 and up), or automatic transmission servicing ($100 and up). The same professional care given to your car's inner workings carries over to its exterior. Relight a busted headlight or taillight ($10 and up), rotate a set of weary tires ($22), or clear the way for better windshield clearing with a wiper-swap (starting at $13 each).
For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.