Almost a century ago, it was 1914 and William J. Cassidy was gazing out from his livery stable to watch the newfangled automobiles rumble past on Roosevelt Road. He knew then that he’d been right to expand from shoeing horses to also servicing tires. Never having children, Will took his 16-year-old nephew, Hugh, under his wing in the venture. When Will retired, Hugh took over and kept the company afloat even during the bleakest days of the Depression and WWII. Hugh’s six sons all followed in the family footsteps, opening additional locations in the suburbs, and then their children opened even more.
Today, those descendants operate 15 Cassidy Tire & Service locations throughout the city and suburbs. The Cassidy experts keep vehicles running smoothly as they grow old by practicing a full range of other auto services, from rotating tires to changing oil and flushing transmissions.
Discount Tire’s professional technicians install and service a vast trove of tires and wheels to keep wagons rolling safely. Experienced, trained mechanics manage an inventory replete with tires by brand names such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone ($60–$100/tire for most vehicles) and a huge range of wheels ($50–$100/wheel for most vehicles). Proud owners of newly outfitted buggies receive advice on how to improve their rubber-road marriages or ability to do donuts on the lawns of rival librarians. Along with recommendations on products and services, tire installations include new valve stems, road-hazard protection, and lifetime rotations.
Midas Fabric & Blinds' large selection of fabrics supplies all manner of DIYers with the materials necessary for their projects. Designers of all skill levels can select from hundreds of fabrics, then reupholster a timeworn sofa or relative with a durable new covering or swathe drab living spaces in swanky animal-print tapestries. Custom window treatments ($129/valance) surround panes in style, and a made-to-order set of 48"x90" curtains ($309/pair)—including fabric, lining, fabrication, wood rods, and finials—furnishes hard-to-cover windows. During an in-home consultation ($50), one of the store's talented interior decorators makes expert recommendations as to which fabric patterns best complement furniture, architecture, and the ghost chandeliers of tenants past.