Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
Sullivan Brothers Service Center's three locations staff factory-trained technicians who bolster cars of all types with standard and synthetic oils. During each 45-minute service, the deft technicians drain spent fluids and replace them with conventional lubricants or high-performance synthetics, which urge the engine to perform better by crafting study cards of the owner's manual. The able technicians then eavesdrop on the car's components and assess their performance during a vehicle inspection, and conclude the service by shuffling the tire positions in order to equalize tread wear, prolong tire life, and give wheel wells some much-needed alone time. Customers who opt to leave their car for further service may hitch a ride on Sullivan Brothers' complimentary shuttle, which runs to the Kingston MBTA Commuter Rail System.
Audio Dezign's talented technicians arrive at customers' doorsteps and driveways to enhance their driving experience through installations of speakers, onboard entertainment systems, keyless-entry systems, and GPS navigators. Accent lights give interiors and engine parts of cars and motorcycles a neon glow, and smartphone or key-fob remote starters allow drivers to safely enter their vehicles without needing to fumble with keys or remember magic spells. The team’s versatile mechanics can also turn boats into mobile party units with marine speaker installation, and turn car seats into sleek, modern-day thrones with personalized Katzkin leather restyling.
At Auto Shine Detail, customers weave through a well-waxed inventory of quality pre-owned vehicles. The automotive stables include performance sedans from Audi and Volkswagen, sporty Jeep Wranglers, and heavy-duty Dodge trucks. A dedicated sales staff helps facilitate the car search process with detailed information about each vehicle’s history, condition, and snacking preferences on long road trips.
Since he was 14 years old, Matt Gineo has heard the sea’s siren call. As a youth he joined the Sea Scouts, where he learned how to sail, tow, and safely traverse the water. Now the owner of Oldport Marine Harbor Tours, he maintains a fleet of boats that tour Newport’s rocky coastline daily, showing off the area’s sparkling waters and natural beauty.
Harbor tours work their way up the shoreline, dotted with lighthouses, historical mansions, and bottles containing unread pirate grocery lists. As boats pass by sights such as the Newport Bridge, Jamestown, and the early-19th-century Fort Adams, guides share facts and anecdotes about Newport’s historical role in the pirate world and the slave trade. As tours travel back down the coast, the narrative returns to the present, with tales about the America's Cup and the city’s success as a fishing center.
Oldport Marine Harbor Tours offers a number of other aquatic services as well. Staffers build and repair boats, install engines, and run a water taxi that zips customers across the city faster than riding on the back of a sea serpent.