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Monthly Archives: May 2012

EVEN TODAY, A SERVICE STATION KEEPS YOU SAFE

It’s hard to believe now, but at one time the service station was actually seen as a literal safe haven – a place where experts would make sure that autos were running properly and in condition to make their trips without incident. In the 1940s, service station attendants really were the experts. They wore uniforms. In the early ‘50s, there was even a great government debate about self-serve stations; many of them were banned altogether because of the fear of fires, explosions or hazardous breakdowns that would result if drivers were to serve their own vehicles. Okay, those disasters never happened. Today there’s less empty space between towns, and we have cell phones to stay connected. Safety is built into cars now, too. But in Northeast Minneapolis, Columbia Heights, New Brighton and the surrounding Twin Cities area, the service station as a way to keep auto travel safe is alive and well at St. Anthony Mobil. Auto safety can be complex: for every safety feature in today’s au ... read more

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Auto Care

A VALUABLE STOP FOR THE MECHANICALLY CHALLENGED

There’s a reason St. Anthony Mobil has been a fixture in NE Minneapolis for almost three decades, and it may or may not have anything to do with the great people that we’ve served in Columbia Heights, New Brighton, Roseville, St. Anthony, Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you’ve ever done work on an automobile, you might have learned how easy it is to drop an important part into the engine block and instantly turn a one-hour job into an all-day affair. You might have finished the job and found a number of spare parts left over, forever a mystery. If you haven’t done any work on an auto, you might be one of the many who hear the engine knocking and simply turn up the radio. We’re not being boastful here: one of the great treasures on earth is a great mechanic when you need one. We like to think that St. Anthony Mobil is a safe haven for those who have worked on their cars – to varying degrees of success – and for those who have not. Our mechanics have been here for a long time, and ... read more

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Auto Care

THE SERVICE STATION VS. THE AUTO-MALL: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING

In our nearly 30 years of auto service in Northeast Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, we’ve seen the industry change quite a lot. At one time people got everything they needed in one spot – gas, an oil change, repairs and even a little friendly conversation. Back then people in Minneapolis and St. Paul didn’t rely quite so heavily on their cars. And cars were a lot easier to service; there were no computerized systems yet and the basics most people could do with an average set of tools. Like cars and trucks themselves, auto service quickly diversified. Service stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul had to offer engine and emission diagnostics, auto air conditioning service and repair and a host of other relatively advanced services. Now we have the “auto-mall.” You’ve seen them: a brand tire store, a muffler shop, a tune-up station, maybe a store specializing in transmissions, all in one extended location. Choice is good. But there are some industries where it can be too muc ... read more

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Auto Care

A LITTLE SERVICE STATION WHERE SOMETHING BIG KEEPS HAPPENING

Even in Northeast Minneapolis, something mysterious happens when you stay in the same place for a while. Businesses, restaurants and housing developments pop up. The familiar landmarks on Lowry Avenue, St. Anthony Parkway and New Brighton Boulevard are still here, but the neighborhoods grow richer and more developed. If you’re not careful, you can start to feel almost small. In fact, we are not a super-sized convenience store and we are not a part of a larger chain. Instead St. Anthony Mobil specializes in personalized and comprehensive auto service. You will see the same people here each time you visit, because the same people have worked here for at least the last nine years. St. Anthony Mobil has been part of the NE Minneapolis social fabric for almost three decades. That means that we haven’t just watched the neighborhood grow around us. We’ve grown with it. If that means that Northeast is one of the only neighborhoods where you can still stop in for full-service gas, or d ... read more

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Auto Care
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