From services centers dotted across 10 states, the ASE-certified technicians at Express Oil Change have confidently tweaked the engine systems, brakes, and tires of broken-down rides for more than three decades. The oil changes, performed in speedy 10-minute windows, keep vehicles running smoothly on commutes, road trips, or marathon quests for rare Pringles flavors, and a commitment to quality work, friendliness, and integrity helps ensure that customers never feel pressured to purchase a service or add-on.
The Straw Hat's congenial owners, Charlene and Randa, curate a multihued microcosm of women's machine-washable threads. Tribal sleeveless T-shirts ($49) ward off heat and pesky cufflink salesmen by eschewing arm coverings entirely. Slip into the relaxed embrace of Not Your Daughter's capris in black, yellow, or white ($79), or caper through the shop's leg-liberating bouquet of dresses. A cornucopia of jewelry and duds by Brighton, Spanx, Pure Handknit, and a variety of other brands orbits around a lounge perched atop an ornate oriental rug. Personalized service allows patrons to opt for independent shopping jaunts or stylish support as trustworthy as Audrey Hepburn's rebounding game.
Named for its unique location between two railroad tracks, Between The Tracks Produce Market draws patrons in with hanging plants and rows of fresh produce, including its popular vine-ripened tomatoes. Here, owner Ken Washington has channeled his more than 30 years of experience in the grocery industry into creating a neighborhood market where fresh groceries meet small-town charm. Washington, who converted the space from an old auto shop to the veggie mecca it is today, takes great pride in providing sociable customer service, even suggesting that shoppers let him know what other items they'd like to see in the market or celebrities' faces they'd like to see in their potatoes.