Longtime friends Craig Cochran and Michael Pease have a lot in common. Not only do their mothers both have the same name, Terri, but they both believe that healthy food should be just as accessible as fast food. So in honor of the mothers who taught them the importance of nourishing their bodies, they opened Terri, a quick-service eatery that serves up nothing but vegetarian meals, all certified kosher and centered on nutrient-rich "superfoods." Their vegetarian menu may read as meaty—it includes items such as meatball subs and chicken caesar wraps—but herbivores can rest assured. All their dishes are meat-free, and as a result possess very low levels of saturated fat. In the place of animal products, they cook smoked tofu, soy bacon, and other vegetable-based proteins to lend a meaty texture to quesadillas, salads, and sandwiches. Guests can pair their healthy meals—some of which are also gluten- and soy-free—with fresh smoothies and juices, and conclude them with decadent chocolate cupcakes or apple cider doughnuts. For those looking for a fresh start, Terri also offers several flavors of its signature juice cleanse, which is made using cold-pressed fruit and veggies.
Auto electronics have changed a lot since 1989. Tape decks gave way to iPods, LCD screens brought movies to the back seat, and the Internet expanded from college campuses to car interiors. Frank Rodriquez and his crew at Exotic Auto Boutique have worked on the frontlines of this technological evolution, wielding a half century of collective expertise while tailoring vehicles' aesthetics and equipment. Specializing in seamless audio updates using Soundstream equipment, the team also sells listening gear for DIY installation from other brands including Pyle and Kenwood. With an enthusiasm for unusual projects, they invite big dreamers in for complimentary consultations for projects to make over school buses as limos, trick out children's bikes, or transform pumpkins into horse-drawn teleportation devices.
Drawing on big- and small-screen success, such as appearances in Tom Selleck's Her Alibi and on Late Show with David Letterman, as well as more than 25 national commercials, acting guru Mark Stolzenberg transforms amateurs into screen-savvy performers at the New York Acting School for Film and Television. Thespians hone their acting chops through monologues, improvisations, and cold readings in Mark's classes, preparing for time spent on television or the big screen. Essentials classes introduce neophyte film actors to the intricacies of playing to the camera, whereas advanced pupils refine their techniques by co-starring in a two-person short film directed by Stolzenberg, learning to handle more difficult scene work and larger crowds of crazed fans. For more targeted practice, Mark hosts one-on-one, on-camera coaching sessions to prep audition material or monologues for upcoming performances.
Delta Sonic Car Wash renews tarnished transportation with an innovative touchless car-wash system that automatically guides vehicles through a tunnel of high-pressure sprays and overhead buffing cloths. The hands-free wash massages mild lotions into paint jobs, leaving vehicles with sparkling, fingerprint-free finishes that are backed by a five-day guarantee. Detailing technicians do get their hands dirty as they make use of more than 100 hours of training to dote on vehicle interiors and exteriors with products from ValuGard, Aquapel, and Blue Coral. The team wields AOCA certification know-how when injecting engines with oil and devising rustproofing treatments that avoid drilling holes or covering corrosion in zit cream.
Ziebart-Rochester's car buffs continue a nearly 50-year tradition of maintenance and repair services that help defend autos against the elements. As clients enjoy free coffee and WiFi in the waiting area, detailing techs scour vehicle interiors and exteriors for unwanted smudges, debris, and backseat drivers. For protection against rust and other contaminants, the staff fortifies paint jobs with coats of Diamond Gloss paint protection and a signature rust-proofing process developed in 1959. Sheets of polyurethane mist from Rhino Linings spray-on bed liner tuck truck beds beneath a watertight security blanket. Offering an optional shuttle service for longer car treatments, the facility also helps shield drivers from the sun's flashlight with window-tinting sessions and bedecks rides with accessories, including remote starters.
Devonshire Discount Tire & Auto Center may have more than 60 years of service backing its reputation, but it probably didn’t have an online tire finder when it first opened its doors. The tire-finder system—which takes into account a car’s year, make, and model—cuts out the guesswork by spotlighting reasonable replacements and price quotes, as well as allowing customers to purchase tires online. Tires are then delivered to the shop, where the staff can affix them to the axles or use them to upgrade the nearest rope swing. This is just one way in which Devonshire Discount Tire & Auto Center works to convenience its clients, who can also come into the shop for repairs or maintenance services such as oil changes, collision repairs, or computerized engine analysis. And to sweeten select services, qualified repairs come with an extensive warranty on parts and labor.