In business for more than 50 years, Corvette Cleaners and Belvidere Cleaners transform sullied garb into spotless attire without losing a square of fabric in the rotating rack. The shop's servicemen remove coffee stains from silk blouses ($6) and grass stains from sport coats ($5.75) worn during gentlemanly football games. The staff can also remove a spill from a pair of pants ($5.25) or the dignity of a cat by freshening up its soiled shirt ($2). Other serviceable items include dresses ($11), suits ($11), blazers ($5.75), and jackets ($9).
Valu Auto Care Centers' ASE-certified technicians look under the hoods and slide beneath undercarriages to identify and fix automotive maladies. The centers keep cars rolling smoothly and efficiently through several services, including air-conditioner tune-ups, muffler repair, state inspections, and oil changes. Valu Auto Care Centers has repaired cars for the past 20 years at locations in both Florida and western New York.
The staff at Mr. Magic Auto Detail Service scours vehicle interiors and exteriors, removing dirt and grime by hand while ensuring refreshed cars glow with pride after receiving car-wash and detailing services. Since setting up shop in Denver in 1975, and then settling in at its current Kenmore location in 1999, Mr. Magic Auto Detail has taken in countless cars for a bath and cleaned out several tailpipes with a giant cotton swab. Customers looking to renew paint jobs can do so with color and wet sanding, polishing, and waxing sessions. Inside car cockpits, shampoo suds soak into carpet fibers to help remove smells left over from barefoot friends who usually tenderize venison inside their socks.
Since 1976, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.
Bison Automotive's cozy, turquoise garage houses a legion of ASE?certified technicians who repair and maintain foreign and domestic rides with a professional courtesy that earned them the Best of Buffalo Award in 2010 and 2011. The skilled techs perform maintenance services such as oil changes and cooling-system flushes along with major repairs such as engine work, air-conditioning repair, and counseling for transmissions after painful breakups with the drive shaft. Detail services coax top luster from paint and interiors with hand washes, vacuum, and crevice work that banishes grime from autos? nethermost nooks.
The team of expert auto docs at Total Automotive deftly diagnoses and treats ailing domestic, foreign, and hybrid vehicles. Technicians first freshen engine cocktails with an oil change, replacing up to five quarts of synthetic blend oil to reduce grime, lubricate moving parts, and increase resistance to malaria ($40). Wheels are shifted during tire rotation ($21) to reduce uneven wear, while a thorough New York state safety and emissions inspection keeps the ride legally in the clear ($21). Finally, motor mavens consult with drivers to address their vehicle's recurring problems, such as a faulty transmission or a gearshift that fails to cause time-travel, and make recommendations from the inspection's findings. Visits vary in length from about 30 to 60 minutes, after which point staff stays within reach with a year of emergency auto club membership, good for two tows.