Stylists at Tasha Maria Hair Salon hold court inside a modern yet charming salon boutique on Congress Street. Inside, they each specialize in using Wella, Redken, or Goldwell products and providing custom haircuts and color treatments. Their comfortable waiting area welcomes clients to page through magazines, sip coffee, and reminisce with their hair before promising they’ll visit it after the cut.
Yankee Ford bulks up worn-out engine blocks of all makes and models with a full selection of services to maintain a safe, smooth ride. Grease monkeys coddle coupes with up to five quarts of Motorcraft synthetic-blend motor oil and a Motorcraft oil filter to decrease friction, increase fuel economy, and serve as a tasty tilapia marinade for roadside grilling. Customers are welcome to drive in without an appointment and spend their downtime during the service using Yankee Ford's complimentary WiFi access. After the oil change, all underhood fluids are topped off, granting vans and sedans 5,000 sludge-free miles of clean driving or training for the Olympics of license-plate bingo. Esteemed car caretakers can also enroll in Yankee Ford's Owner Rewards program, which grants members a free oil change after the purchase of four, and a 5% discount is added to all future service bills. This Groupon counts toward the four-oil-change total.
Hydraulic lifts puff and sigh as they slowly lift cars above Duval Service Center’s shop floor, revealing each auto underbelly to Mark Duval and his team of ASE-certified mechanics. After pinpointing common breakdown culprits, such as overheating and always being picked last for dodge ball, techs get busy re-padding brakes, clearing out exhaust systems, and performing other services that keep vehicles running smoothly. While their cars get pampered, drivers can kick back in the red cushioned chairs of the waiting area to read a magazine, or wander Duval’s Service Center’s lot of foreign and domestic used cars.
The family of technicians at New England Imports has been tightening bolts and tinkering with engines since 1982. An oil change swaps out tired oil for a fresh supply, helping to keep parts moving smoothly and human-auto diplomacy intact. The shop's horseless-carriage vets then take vitals to ensure vehicles' overall health and fitness, examining tires, brakes, and shocks to ensure jolt-free starts and stops. A look at ball joints makes for more smoothly executed turns, and an exhaust-system check reveals signs of smoking or other forms of adolescent rebellion. After flickering lights, waving wipers, and inspecting belts for elasticity, durability, and proper coordination with hubcaps, the team gives coolant levels and filters a glance and certifies four-wheeled companions ready to hit the road.
Specializing in European cars, Merlin Motors’s lot glistens with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW vehicles. Though they mainly focus on those manufacturers, the techs at Merlin Motors broaden their automotive spectrum with Toyotas, Fords, Jeeps, and stalled alien spacecraft. Inside their two-car, full-service garage, they crawl under the hood of most makes and models for oil changes and check-ups.
A ground-to-glass facility, Maine Distilleries controls every step of its small-batch production to create award-winning vodkas and gin. The process starts on a farm in Fryeburg, where the business grows its own Maine potatoes. Eventually, those potatoes are combined with water sourced from the Cold River, and after three rounds of distillation, the final, gluten-free product lands inside hand-numbered bottles. Maine Distilleries' spirits are available in 26 states, and its highly detailed process has even been featured on the History Channel.