It sounds just like a movie: a former Disney employee and a former mayor team up to run their own theater. That's exactly what Jeff Brein and Sam Granato did in 1988 with Bainbridge Cinemas, where they still spend Friday and Saturday nights tearing tickets and scooping popcorn. Besides Bainbridge Cinemas, their theater collection—Far Away Entertainment —oversees seven other local theaters, including the historic single-screen Lynwood Theatre. Opened in 1936, Bainbridge Island's first talking picture house now specializes in independent features and foreign films in which actors rearrange the English alphabet to make strange new sounds.
Over at the two-screen Admiral Theater, projectionists give newer Hollywood releases a second run, plus host screenings every year for the Seattle International Film Festival. Far Away's five remaining theaters, each with three to five screens, show digital versions of Hollywood's freshest celluloid. Lean back in the Anacortes' reclining seats, or scarf down an all-beef frank at Oak Harbor while taking in a flick or live screening of the Metropolitan Opera.
Certified as extended-warranty repair center, Lloyd's Automotive populates its AAA-, ASA, and NAPA-approved car care facilities with a full staff of ASE-certified technicians. Mechanics walk cars through full-spectrum maintenance services, from routine oil changes and battery servicing to full engine overhauls. Ensuring no driver is left stranded, Lloyd's delivers customers to and from work in a convenience shuttle and attends to roadside breakdowns with available rescue towing. The center's doors are open during convenient hours Monday through Saturday.
Pro-Automotive & Tire has been run by the same family since 1982. Donna and Mitch Jaber Jr. and their son Garry have created a repair facility staffed by ASE-certified technicians and stocked with a large inventory of tires from many different manufacturers. The technicians here address myriad automotive issues, from maintenance services such as oil changes and tune-ups, to small- and large-scale repairs, including brake service, transmission work, and engine repairs. Services include a free nationwide warranty as well, and discounts are available for military personnel, students, and AAA members. The tire shop, meanwhile, carries brands such as Cooper, and Continental, and staffs techs who can install new tires so the car drives straight and smooth and doesn't get blisters.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
From more than 35 years with 350 facilities in six countries, Precision Tune Auto Care has spent the last three decades keeping more than 2.5 million vehicles on the road with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics lube engines with signature precision oil changes, rotate tires to ensure even tread wear, repair busted brakes, and test spark plugs to safeguard against ignition failure during dramatic drive-thru getaways. Whether performing complicated services on fuel-injection and cooling systems or simply aligning tires, the mechanics back all their services with a 12-month, 12,000-mile national warranty.