For passers-by, Anthony Arms is hard to miss, what with a sky-blue-camouflage tank sitting in its parking lot. Walking past the armored vehicle, visitors enter an 1,800-square-foot facility that houses many marksmanship amenities, including a climate-controlled, 16-lane pistol range rated for .22- to .50-caliber fire. Range officers supervise marksmen and lend their expertise during classes, including the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation and private one-on-one training sessions. Anthony Arms’ expertise also extends to a pro shop where the staff intermingles its display of new and antique munitions with mounted game, including a trophy buck and a bear. Further services include an onsite gunsmith, as well as range memberships that extend amenities such as free range time and daily wake-up calls from Bruce Willis.
Perseverance pays off. Waterfront Auto Complex, like many other family-run businesses, struggled to maintain its footing after the closing of Homestead Steel Works. Their approach? After nearly four decades in service, they decided it was time for an upgrade. The team added a window-tint and detail shop to their automatic car wash and, after an uptick in business, a full-service Quaker State oil change. Waterfront now looks forward to many more years of servicing cars, SUVs, and, eventually, hovercrafts. “I really see an opportunity for growth in the Homestead area, not just for the waterfront, but all of the businesses and neighborhoods," says James A. Laux, president of the company’s corporate parent. "I'm not the only one making an investment in this community. As more people see the opportunity, the Mon Valley will do nothing but grow!”
The ASE-certified technicians at Pons Auto Body & Service prepare vehicles to start, run, and roll smoothly during the harsh winter weather. To start off the inclusive package, staffers pump mechanical bellies free of their used engine goo to replenish them with up to 4 quarts of fresh conventional oil and a new oil filter. Mechanics then drain the coolant system of its weathered fluids, flush out built-up residue, and serve it a 2-gallon helping of new coolant brewed from ground-up thermoses.
Whether for aesthetic reasons or to preserve and protect the paint, most car owners know they need to keep their ride clean. Yet, the lifeline of the car—the engine—doesn’t always receive that same respect. As dirt and mud cake onto it, combustion fails to escape and the car can easily overheat. That’s where an autopsy at Auto Asylum Car Care Center can, ironically, save a vehicle's life. The team begins with a comprehensive interior and exterior detail—complete with a clay-bar treatment, buff, and interior shampoo—before popping open the hood and treating the engine to a full degreasing and dressing.
Though the Autopsy treatment is Auto Asylum Car Care Center’s most comprehensive service, the team doesn’t turn its collective cheek on swifter arrangements. They dole out seven other packages, from a basic exterior wash to a Crazy Clean full detail that not only washes rides, but also puts unruly carpoolers in straightjackets.
The car shiners at Auto Bathouse's original and new Butler Street locations leave no stone unturned with bumper-to-bumper cleaning services and top-brand oil changes. While the Lawrenceville location was formerly known as the Unique Auto Wash, the business still showers cars with a soft-cloth wash, heated blow dryers and a climate-controlled towel-drying area to keep teeth and grills from chattering. Select detailing services at the Monroeville location take more invasive measures such as engine degreasing, carpet steaming, and odor removal. Aesthetic upgrades spiff up auto bodies with paint sealants and chip repairs that fend off road debris, as well as window tints and carpet dye jobs that cover up graying fibers and keep aging autos feeling youthful. To keep clean cars from becoming mere driveway ornaments, techs keep pistons whirring with oil changes from brands such as Castrol and Pennzoil.
Solar Control Window Tinting swathes panes in professional films that diffuse sunlight and maintain even-keeled climates in cars, homes, and offices. Residential and commercial windows don sheer or dense privacy films from brands such as 3M and Piper, which block up to 99% of UV rays, trap warmth in the winter, and block heat in the summer, keeping energy consumption in check and environments comfortable. The coatings also protect art and upholstery from sun damage, and can reduce the number of flying shards should storms or soprano houseguests shatter windows.
Solar Control’s techs apply the same surface savvy to car windows, precision-cutting film to fit individual panes or covering vulnerable auto paint with weather-resistant urethane film. While technicians work on rides at the company's headquarters, drivers can settle into plush couches, peruse satellite TV channels, and join a free WiFi network in the waiting room.