It's not OK to drink and drive, but sometimes it's OK to have a little wine and do some mechanical work.
The folks at Boulder's Green Garage infused the process of learning about vehicles with an entertaining get-together they call "Women, Wine & Wrenches" on Thursday evening. They demonstrated how to change oil, rotate tires and check fluids as well as answering other questions.
Green Garage, at 55th and Pearl streets, is dedicated to giving customers enough confidence to make their own decisions about their vehicles. With 70 percent of the customer base female, the event intended to create more "smileage," as the Green Garage likes to say.
"I absolutely love it," said Ellen Headrick, a school bus driver from Boulder. In her earlier years, she was always able to turn to her neighborhood garage, which would explain what needed to be done and what could be put off. "I miss it, and this place is like that."
With an atmosphere as inviting as the coffee shop down the road, Green Garage's approach to the industry was to "flip it on its head," founder Ryan Ferrero says. The full-service shop aims to work with customers so they are educated and involved with the whole process, aiming to be the friendly neighborhood garage with eco-friendly driving approaches.
"Carhuggers" (mechanics) and "greenskeepers" (other shop employees) kept the energy high Thursday as Ferrero walked the audience members through every question they had.
Learning how and why it may not be necessary to start their car 10 minutes early in cold weather was a key point for many in the audience. For example, putting a towel on your windshield as your car sits out overnight -- reducing the need to heat up the car to melt ice and snow in the morning -- can save gas money, time and emissions.