The hum of a smoothly running engine, the whisper of newly tinted windows rolling up, and the swish of industrious windshield wipers. The ASE-certified technicians at Specialty Auto Sales & Service create this symphony of sounds as they repair and replace vehicular components ranging from troubled engines to phlegmy exhaust pipes. They can also trick out autos with custom work such as tinted windows or high-intensity discharge headlights. In addition to repairs, installations, and basic maintenance services, the center matches drivers with used cars. Its shifting inventory ranges from Fords and Pontiacs to Chevrolets and Saturns, originally developed to zoom around the planet’s racetrack of rings.
Whether it’s a dime-size chip or a completely shattered windshield, the repair technicians at Accurate Auto Glass of America are up to the task. The shop boasts an inventory of thousands of name-brand windshields—a piece of glass for just about any make of vehicle. Well- trained staff members can attach a new windshield in about one hour or repair small chips in about a half hour. Each service comes with free disposal and is backed by a national lifetime warranty, but the warranty does not cover stone throwers who live in glass houses.
The staff at Big Apple Bagels toasts bread and bakes 18 different flavors of low-fat and low-cholesterol bagels using a classic recipe before slathering them with 10 different flavors of cream cheese or topping them with deli meats, cheeses, or breakfast favorites. The team also bakes cake-like muffins made with soybean oil, which produces a sweet treat low in cholesterol. Fresh-brewed coffee complements both the sweet and savory menu items while fueling heated discussions about the bagel’s natural enemy, time.
When customers enter Garden Supply Guys expansive retail location in Green Bay, they're greeted by vibrant, orange walls and a retro 1960s VW bus parked to the left of the welcome mat. At a counter just steps away, green-thumbed staffers await to satisfy customers' indoor and outdoor gardening needs by answering plant-related inquiries and directing them to affordable supplies. Experienced in sprouting seedlings, they can also help customers expand their hydroponic setups, begin traditional soil gardens, or fashion overgrown weeds into hula skirts.
The ASE-certified technicians at GB Auto Center work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, performing everything from oil changes to complete engine and transmission repair. Every service includes a 21-point inspection, allowing them to check for anything that might need repair. The technicians can also run computer diagnostics to find the source of funny engine sounds or red, itchy headlights. During services, customers can wait in a lobby with a flat-screen television and complimentary coffee, or stroll through GB Auto Center's used-car lot.
Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.