In 1987, the Dayton Daily News briefly outlined the life of Charles L. Marshall, the then 86-year-old president and owner of Grismer Tire. Though the article appeared a quarter of a century ago, it still captured 55 years worth of history at Grismer, from its purchase during ?the dark days? of the Great Depression?thanks to Marshall?s winning personality and a banker?s $13,000 loan?to its transformation into one of the most successful auto centers in Ohio.
Today, at each of its 22 locations scattered across Southern Ohio, ASE-certified technicians continue to dispense the top-notch service that made the garage famous. They drain and replenish oil, align wheels, and fix busted transmissions and cooling systems. Equipped with nine brands of tires, including Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich, the team outfits rides of all makes and models with brand-new rollers, allowing them to zip down highways or blend in at parades with ease.
Sam Meineke opened his three-bay muffler shop in 1972 with a single product line, and through time, he and his successors have expanded the business into a complete automotive car-care center. Today, nearly 900 franchise owners operate their locations around the globe, still standing on the firm foundation of Sam's ideal of nursing vehicles back to health at fair prices. Meineke Car Care Centers’ mechanics perform an array of services, keeping rides running in showroom condition with tune-ups, 23-point inspections, tire rotations, and deep-tissue windshield massages.
Armed with their in-house line of cleaning products, Downey Company Protec's detailing technicians clean vehicles during in-shop and mobile detailing services. They fend off grime with hand washes and waxes, or execute the shop's signature treatments to fortify vehicles against hindrances including UV rays, corrosion, or carpet stains shaped like a disparaging driver's-ed instructor. While waiting for services, customers can nab bottles of Protec's products?car-wash concentrate, exterior gloss preserver, or spot remover?for at-home auto pampering.
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra not only celebrates some of the most beautiful music ever written, it helps artists create more. Since its founding in 1978, it has commissioned 59 pieces and presented more than 100 world premieres by composers such as Peter Schickele and Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis. This, coupled with the ensemble's tendency to mix time-tested pieces with modern American masterpieces, has helped it rack up eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
With 45 full-time technicians in central Ohio, Dent Magic helps restore autos to their original showroom finish. The auto-body experts restore bumpers, wheels, upholstery, and paint, helping mend the tiny imperfections that come from hail, small pebbles, or an errant shopping cart. Dent Magic also deploys a phalanx of two-dozen mobile repair units that tend to doors, hoods, and bumpers in the one- to two-hour blink of an eye.
Owner Ron Stein’s business has been trucking along for 48 years now, and his gear-centric crew of ASE-certified mechanics regularly tackle any automotive problem you can shake a shifter at. C.A.R.S. can also handle all makes and models, so don’t be shy about bringing in your puttering 1959 El Camino. During your diagnostics, Ron and Co. will check your engine lights and test for any driving or electrical problems. Once your vehicle is thoroughly diagnosed, the car-care gurus will concisely explain its condition while remaining honest, professional, and avoiding confusing terms such as “16-cylinder dual overhead patty pudding charger.” Any repairs you have done at C.A.R.S. will come with a minimum 12-month or 12,000-mile nationwide warranty.