The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service oil-change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube’s savants perform air-filtration, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians’ quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with Saran wrap.
Michael's Party Rentals began in 2000 as a one-tent operation led by Michael Linton and his brother when they were teenagers. More than 10 years later, Michael is now the sole owner of the company, which possesses a 3,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with more than 60 tents of all sizes, as well as tables, chairs, a dance floor, staging, lighting, and various other party accessories. Michael's Party Rentals is now equipped to handle up to 50 events each week, which range in size from small barbecue get-togethers to elegant wedding ceremonies. Michael’s crew delivers all the equipment, and setup is always included.
At Goldsmith Jewelers, owner Ludwig Goldsmith tackles a wide range of jewelry repair and touch-ups, from fixing damaged and broken chains to setting stones and stringing beads. In addition to ensuring rings fit snugly and diamonds shine brightly, the versatile jeweler also performs house calls for grandfather clock repair.
Instrumental guitarist Tom Kopyto is the musical energy source that powers Tom Kopyto Music Lesson Studios. Following a teaching method that blends technique, theory, and performance, Tom and several other instructors pass down the art of rock—not only to guitarists following in Kopyto’s footsteps, but also to drummers, pianists, and singers. Students begin playing their favorite tunes as soon as possible in the speedy programs, which focus more on achieving concrete results than exploring the difference between a piano and a burning piano.
At Lux Boutique, shoppers browse eclectic fashions from an oft-restocked inventory with the assistance of a friendly, dedicated staff skilled at assembling stylish, seasonal ensembles. Fashionistas can array themselves in items such as a paint-splattered dress—a far cheaper alternative to full-body paint-splattered-dress tattoos ($38)—and a lace-detailed chiffon top, ideal for denim-accented outfits ($42). A motorcycle jacket ($48) stylishly protects wearers against chopper-grade winds, and an asymmetrical wool jacket ($50) strikes a blow against the tyrannous forces of symmetry. A selection of accessories, including a topaz necklace-and-earrings combo ($25), add sparkle to lobes, throats, and scarecrows in need of a makeover.
Frame Corner helps its clients deck their halls with photographs and artwork using premium framing materials selected to match each individual project and the surrounding décor. The store’s on-staff certified picture framer, artistic design consultant, and needlework expert form a three-headed framing machine that can help you preserve your most precious memories for millennia. Thousands of molding options (including wood, colored aluminum, and 22-karat gold-leafed materials that can also be used as currency), hundreds of museum-quality matting choices, and millions of seconds of framing experience make every project a one-of-a-kind work of art. Whether you’re framing your dog’s photograph or your dog’s diploma from dog college, prices for each job vary significantly according to the materials and presentation method used; most custom projects run between $200 and $300.