The Pep Boys chain of auto parts stores was founded in Philadelphia, and this outpost in the West Allegheny neighborhood sits in the shadow of Pep Boys’ headquarters building. As usual, the aisles overflow with car-related merchandise for the hardcore home mechanic or the nonchalant daily driver, including everything from important parts to silly knick-knacks and colorful car accessories. The back wall is a motor-oil oasis, and elsewhere choices abound – windshield wipers, floor mats, tires and batteries are all on offer here. The latter can even be tested on site, or swapped in by one of the friendly staff members. And just across the street from the retail outlet, a service center takes care of anything beyond your own car-repair capabilities.
Since 1933, three generations of Blatts have kept area cars running smoothly and safely. Today, the business has gown to encompass three Blatt Tire locations, each of which keeps a large stock of tires on hand from leading brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, and Bridgestone. When it comes to replacements, each location employs well-trained technicians who install new tires and maintain existing ones with wheel repairs, tire rotations, and computerized balancing. Mechanical issues are no sweat for the team either, whether they're performing brake repairs or steering and suspension services. Oil changes and preventive maintenance are also at the top of the Blatt list, helping make sure cars don't end up on the side of the road or being sent off to the junkyard before their time.
At eight area locations, Philadelphia Car Care's teams of technicians keep motorists driving safely in healthy, happy automobiles. The auto techs perform tasks big and small, from major transmission overhauls to routine maintenance jobs such as balancing tires, fixing flats, and giving chest bumps to fired-up bumpers. They also have plenty of on-the-road advice for drivers to keep machines moving smoothly year-round.
While the scoring may be faster and the tunes louder, Wynnewood Lanes still maintains the laidback atmosphere it had on its opening day in 1962. At the 24-lane alley guests mow down pins and snack on pizza at The Beer Frame Lounge. As weekend evenings fade into night, live DJs start blasting tunes through the sound system, inspiring guests to dance under the alley’s glowing neon lights. Simultaneously, a fog machine fills the room with a haziness that confuses bowlers into thinking karaoke singers are really the ghosts of long-gone rock 'n' rollers.
Utilizing custom-formulated products, AutoKraft Detailing’s team hand scrubs everything from family vans to trucks, cars, and SUVs. Besides scouring engines clean and polishing coats with protectants, they also rustproof buggies and affix tinting film to windows.
The technicians at Northern Liberties Auto Repair LLC—an official Pennsylvania inspection station—repair and reinvigorate foreign and domestic vehicles with steady hands and automotive acumen. The sounds of jovial engine revving and ribbing between cars about balding tires reverberate throughout the shop as the techs unburden engines of spent motor oil. During brake services, staff members ensure that the car’s stoppers are in healthy shape and outfit wheels with fresh rubber during in-shop tire installations. They’ll also reward cars with new stickers after assessing their health during state inspections, confirming that vehicles aren't emitting excessive amounts of pollutants, toxins, or unearned bravado.