In 1940, Lloyd Johnson had the vision of serving Santa Cruz County with the very best in quality tires and service. Lloyd’s Tire Service, now one of the nation’s largest independent Michelin dealers, has been family owned and operated ever since.
From the shore, Seal Rock—with its rounded crags and compact shape—looks like an oversize mass floating on the Pacific Ocean. Upon closer examination, one can see its silhouette shifting as hundreds of sea lions atop the rock bob their heads or dive into the water. In addition to hosting this majestic hoard, the rock makes for a popular stop for Segway Santa Cruz tours, which peer at it from shore on their way to other sights. Aboard eco-friendly two-wheelers, guides lead groups along Westcliff Drive en route to an array of seaside attractions, including Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, as well as Santa Cruz Wharf's boardwalk, restaurants, and shops. The tours are open to guests of all ages with no experience driving a segway, as guides prep each person on safety of the segways before taking off on sightseeing around the town.
Owned and operated by Master ASE Technicians, Extra Mile Repair treats cars to skilled workmanship and their owners to thoughtful customer service. Besides harnessing special knowledge of the Land Rover and Mini Cooper, the shop's mechanics know how to keep most wheeled things rolling smoothly through all seasons. Services range from brake repair and tire rotations to oil changes, safety inspections, and other ways to make improvements on one's auto without having Ursula the Sea Witch steal interesting voices for the GPS.
As a testament to its 46-year history of trusted service and repairs, Opal Cliffs Auto Center has garnered certification from the California Green Business Program and approval from AAA. During the premium oil change, ASE-approved technicians inject engines with up to 5 quarts of clean, standard oil and fortify wheels with a tire rotation, tire-pressure check, and brake inspection. Next, the motor masters conduct a multipoint inspection of 25 parts—chosen by importance and kinship to Henry Ford—including the seat belts, exhaust, shocks, and fluid levels. The initial maintenance session that combines the oil change and inspection can last up to two hours. Additionally, the facility's state-certified smog inspectors monitor harmful exhaust during the standard smog check, ensuring vehicles comply with state laws and that tailpipes aren't clogged with old bumper stickers.
Almost all of the foodstuffs at Santa Cruz Local Foods hail from farms within a hundred-mile radius, making a weekly shopping trip as eco-friendly as it is convenient. After ordering online, you’ll have a box ready for either pickup or delivery the following Tuesday, packed with eight selections of the season's ripest produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples, avocados, pod-people pods, and lettuce. Bread, cheese, and olive oil might round out your pic-a-nic basketload of fresh, healthy vittles. Besides filling your body with fruit that doesn't have the waxy aftertaste of wax fruit, a box of goodies from Santa Cruz Local Foods fits your carbon footprint into the daintiest sandal and supports family farms in the community.