Performance Plus Quick Lube's team of trained technicians is well-versed in the most common oil myths and uses that knowledge during regular oil changes to transform coughing engines into efficient, long-lasting, high-performance car-hearts. After expunging the contaminated sludge from the engine’s crankcase, the Performance pit crew enlists up to five quarts of Quaker State Enhanced Durability synthetic blend motor oil for a three-month (or 3,000-mile) tour of lubrication duty that eases piston pounding and traps engine dirt in suspended animation. Once they've installed a new oil filter, they'll top off the car's coolant, power steering fluid, and umbrella drink.
Pennzoil’s rich raceway heritage spans decades, from its first appearance in the early 1930s lubricating the engine of Indy 500 driver Russell Snowberger to its recent use in 2007 Daytona 500–winner Kevin Harvick’s car. Whether on the track in the Sprint Cup Series or in a garage in the suburbs, car owners who lube their rides with Pennzoil motor oil benefit from a more than 100-year lineage that dates back to one of John D. Rockefeller's original companies. The velvety substance contains trademarked Hyper Cleansing Technology and Active Cleansing Agents, which help to purify the engine's components and ward off damage caused by gasoline byproducts such as soot, carbon, varnish, and sulfuric and nitric acid. Pennzoil’s many service stations dot terra firma from the Atlantic to the Pacific and feature friendly technicians who perform oil changes and replace parts gone missing after the neighbor’s metal-detector-club meetings.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Grand Village's stable of technicians systematically preens the pelts of grimy vehicles to restore showroom-quality sheen. Smudges and blemishes are buffed out during a soft-cloth wash and towel dry while crumb-sucking hoses scour upholstered terrain for vagabond bits of lunches from yesteryear. Regaining transparency, windows are washed to illuminate a freshly dusted dashboard and center console, and underbellies receive a meticulous spritzing. Polishing gurus gloss exteriors to a lustrous finish with applications of multiple waxes, including Rain-X and a triple-coat wax to help wagon shells ward off water and kamikaze dragonflies. Purged of road dregs, tires are furbished and shined before wagons get adorned with air fresheners, symbolizing their graduation to the upper echelons of purity.
Burton Street Car Care Center’s vehicle-improvement technicians care for automobiles’ internal components and scour their exteriors with thorough car-wash services. During a Pennzoil Gold oil change, engine goo that's past its prime is replaced with up to 5 quarts of the fresh stuff, helping maintain an automobile’s functionality and youthful spirit. A 20-point inspection places auto experts in a position to peek at the various mechanical parts that might someday go kaput, just in case that day is two days before tomorrow. Following the inspection, Burton Street’s Ultimate wash tenderly scrubs a vehicle’s visible surfaces of dirt and grime before a spray-on application of Blue Coral wax, which is wiped away by hand with a soft cloth, adds an impressive shine. Twelve complimentary vacuums are available for guests to conclude the visit, great for those with pet mammoths shedding their winter coats.
AAA-approved Community Automotive Repair has been revving engines since 1975, garnering a nod for "Best Auto Repair" from Grand Rapids Magazine readers in 2010. During a winter service package, qualified grease monkeys service engines with up to 5 quarts of fresh conventional oil, though an additional charge is required for synthetic oil and European models. After coddling coupes with a tire rotation and comprehensive maintenance inspection, ignition improvers finish the service by replacing wiper blades. Vans and sedans leave the lot hand-washed and shiny, ready to brave winter elements and obliterate low vehicular self-esteem.