Owned by its members, Peninsula Co-Op shares profits from its grocery, petroleum, and convenience stores with its members and the larger community. Beginning with a simple Food Centre on Keating Cross Road in 1977, the burgeoning co-op expanded into fuel services and now operates 14 gas centres throughout the area. Members receive a rebate on all petroleum purchases made throughout the year, and the original Food Centre offers a full service deli, bakery, and host of local and national-brand meat, produce, and groceries. Peninsula also keeps homes running with access to heating fuel and frees cars from grime with a full-service car wash. Each visit channels profits back into community enterprises, and affords a chance to rub elbows with Cooper, the co-op's mascot and quality-control expert for all salmon and honey.
Unique Auto Werx's owner and chief vehicular rejuvenator, Andy, details the interiors and exteriors of boats at docks, dry ports, or within his shop. At all locales, Andy consults with the vessel's captain to decide which services will best cleanse the effects of a boat's summer mud-fights with rival catamarans. Depending on need, preference, and time, Andy's detailing digits may scour the cabin, vacuum rugs and upholstery, polish mirrors and glass, and shine chrome rails and fixtures. A soft buffing and protective waxing can pamper the exterior, along with conditioning treatment for teak hardwood and lessons for the keel on how to handle unintended crashings of octopus weddings.
At City Discount Tires, mechanics treat vehicles of all kinds to tire changes, full-service repairs, and extensive detailing, leaving automobiles ready to face the rigours of the road with gleaming paint jobs and purring engines. They use Interstate Batteries to help cars, trucks, and ATVs stay charged. New and antique tires from brands such as Cooper, Hercules, Michelin, Uniroyal, and Excelsior keep wheels turning with trusty durability and stylish grace. A 90-day warranty backs these tires—if there's any kind of damage from road hazards such as cartoon banana peels, the technicians will replace the tire for free.
Though Fountain Tire specializes in tire sales and installation, the centre’s technicians are also aptly trained in a variety of repair and maintenance services. They right wobbly cars with new Goodyear and Dunlop tires, kick engines into high gear with Quaker State motor oils, and replace anything from transmissions to belts and hoses with Napa auto parts. The techs also take a similarly restorative approach to cosmetics with detailing services for cars as well as more obscure equipment such as farm, mining, and industrial machinery.