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Social Distancing In Your Car

Getting in your car and going for a drive just for the sheer pleasure of the open road is about as American as baseball and apple pie. Well, COVID may have taken away baseball, at least for a while, but baking—apple pies and otherwise—has become a favorite pastime during lock-down, and social distancing from our cars is the thing to do! From drive-thru graduations and celebrations to birthday parties and simple coffee dates sitting car-to-car, our friends, neighbors and fellow quarantines have become quite creative with how to come together and still enjoy some of the hallmarks of daily life. Here are some of our favorites. The Drive-By Party or Party Parade – Have a special occasion coming up, a birthday to celebrate, or just feel like throwing a party? We say go for it! Invite your guests to decorate their cars with happy wishes for the guest of honor, or a fun theme with balloons, streamers, and signs. Then give them a designated time to dri ... read more

Adopting An Attitude Of Gratitude

In the face of all that has happened in our world during the first half of 2020, it may come as a surprise that we find ourselves adopting an attitude of gratitude. Between a global pandemic and a social uprising sweeping across our country, our lives have been thrown into turmoil, to say the very least. Yet, through it all, rather than sinking into a funk of gloom, we have found so much to be thankful for and this has left us, well, in a pretty good mood. So, what has us feeling so good? Well for starters, we are lucky enough to live in a great community—a community that comes together during tough times to support each other and a community that isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right. We are grateful for this. We’re also fortunate to have an army of frontline workers and businesses who have remained open to make sure we can still get the goods and services we need. We are grateful for this too. And we are especially grateful for you, our loyal cus ... read more

Dreaming Of A Road Trip?

If the past few months of indoor confinement have left you with an acute case of cabin fever, you are a lot like us, and your daydreams are filled with thoughts of getting away. It could be some time before we all start flying to far off destinations and tropical vacations, but things are starting to open up, restrictions are lifting, and road-trips are a real possibility. How lucky that we live in such a natural paradise! With beaches, mountains, high desert, lush valleys, rivers, lakes, and streams, all within driving distance, it’s no wonder the open road is calling! Before you jump in your car, truck, or RV and dash off to the coast, or some other favorite Northwest destination, a bit of pre-planning and prepping is in order. Not just to make sure you are welcome—not every community is open to outsiders yet and many parks are still closed—but to also make sure your vehicle is travel-ready. Of course, the first step is finding out what’s open! Whether you ar ... read more

White Glove Service: Going The Extra Mile

Special attention to details. Extra consideration and care. Customized service catered to you. Yes, please! Isn’t a little extra TLC always appreciated? Fine restaurants and luxury hotels have mastered the art of pampering. So have top retailers, health clubs, and spas. So why not your mechanic? We’ve been pampering cars for decades, but that’s not exactly what we’re talking about. We’re talking about White-Glove service. Service above the norm. Think of us as your auto-concierge and you start to get the idea. Take vehicle delivery and pick-up, for example. A convenient service, no doubt, especially for busy folks with little time to spare. Well, how about ensuring the cleanliness and sanitation of the vehicle’s interior during transport? We know this is a top concern for customers and our crews take every precaution covering seats and floor mats, wiping down touch-points with sanitizer and disinfectant, and yes, wearing gloves – a fresh pair every time we driv ... read more

Community Spirit And Random Acts Of Kindness

In the past few weeks, as the coronavirus crisis has begun to hit home, impacting lives in our own community and surrounding towns, we have witnessed our neighbors, friends, family, and strangers coming together in wonderful ways while remaining apart. We have been reminded of the good that is woven into the fabric of our society and is at the heart of the community we call home. Yes, these are hard times, but there is much to celebrate. So, we want to take a moment to share the random acts of kindness, the good deeds and the warm-hearted neighborliness we see all around us. Walks in the neighborhood. Have you noticed how more people are out for walks with their spouses, partners, children or pets? We love this! And how about those friendly waves? We may be across the street from each other on opposite sidewalks or maintaining our distance on a trail, but rather than keeping to ourselves, we are connecting. That smile and friendly wave from a stranger ... read more