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Bike Night: Raising Funds for Fun

 

This past weekend, Empire got the opportunity to attend 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night in Easton, PA. A local event with a lot of motorcycles, prizes and fun. Local motorcycle owners and their bikes are welcome to attend ‘Bike Night’ to compete for prizes, including a trip to Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, and of course, one of our motorcycle covers. But this night is more than meets the eye. Since 2005, 99.9 The Hawk has raised over $15,000 to benefit the Ronald McDonald Camp, an annual event by the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House is a well known, national non-profit organization that provides shelter and financial assistance to the families of sick children. In Philadelphia, those shelters are located near University City, on Chestnut Street, and besides St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, on Front & Erie. The expansive homes offer amenities such as private guest rooms,  home cooked meals, laundry facilities, and even a video game room. In close vicinity of area hospitals, both locations offer limitless convenience and comfort for their guests.

So what’s the Ronald McDonald Camp? For children that have, or are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, it’s an escape. For one week, the kids have an incredible camp experience at Camp Timber Tops in Greeley, PA that includes traditional and therapeutic camp activities. The children of the Ronald McDonald Camp are united, enabling them to share their similar experiences with cancer.  The camp allows children with the opportunity to be themselves beyond just their illness. Bike Nights unite the community to help achieve this goal.

The Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Camp aim to improve the lives of sick children and their families. The mission is simple- provide support to families during medical crisises. The charities strive to ensure that no family will face concerns about shelter, finances, or food while trying to support their sick child. As their largest donor, McDonald’s partners their franchises with local organizations to advance fund-raising efforts. Events such as 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night allows Ronald McDonald House to continue their noble mission.

Check out our pictures from 99.9 The Hawk’s Bike Night!

Jaguar Chills in Chelsea

At Empire, we all have our favorite brand of cars. For our Search Marketing Assistant Claire, it’s Infiniti. Our PPC Analyst Ashley loves Porsche. Our Creative Director Donna prefers Volvo, and our SEO/Social Media Manager Melissa loves Jaguar. In light of this, we decided to send Melissa to the Jaguar #ChillNY event in Manhattan on Friday.

The Rochester, NY native used her experience with cold temperatures to brave the Jaguar #ChillNY snowglobe. She also checked out the newest model of Jaguar AWD, visited Chelsea’s famous “High Line” urban park, and met up with Olympic Ice Skater Johnny Weir. In spite of the 90+ degree temperatures, she had the opportunity to “chill out” and check out some truly innovative Jaguars. Here’s what she had to say about the culture of Jaguar, seeing snow in Chelsea in the middle of August, and meeting the 2008 World’s bronze medalist.

“I love Jaguars,” Melissa says about the British based automotive brand. “I’ve always been a fan of the Range Rover, but find their new all wheel drive cars incredible. I’m used to snow and ice, dealing with really hazardous wintery conditions. They’ve taken the best design aspects of their sportier cars and combined it with really functional, innovative features.”

Jaguar’s AWD XJ, Courtesy of the Jaguar USA Press Page

Indeed they have. The newer AWD Jaguars boast luxurious features such as “precipitation sensing” windshield wipers, diamond turned rims, and audible sensors used for safer parking. In addition to the high standard of features Jaguar has always had for their vehicles, the new AWD Jaguars are designed for function as well. The cars offer a completely unique fuel distribution system, allowing the driver to get additional fuel efficiency. Regardless of your climate, the JaguarDrive Control™ is standard on all AWD Jaguars. The JaguarDrive Control™ allows the driver maximum control in more difficult weather conditions, contributing to a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.

So what does that have to do with snow in the middle of August? Jaguar provided a fun and free space for local residents to “cool off” in the record setting summer temperatures. Attractions included frozen treats from Handsome Dan’s Snowcones, complimentary iced coffee and drinks from The Mud Truck, a sneak peek at the newest AWD Jaguars and of course, a giant snowglobe with an ice skating rink. The event was located in the middle of Chelsea, just beneath the famous High Line urban park and patio space. On a sweltering day in August, Melissa called the community event “perfect”, and meeting the Olympic medalist Weir,  “Once in a lifetime!”.

What do you think of Jaguar’s new AWD cars?

Empire Covers Sisters of Bethany Convent

Here at Empire, we love to do our part. Once in awhile, we come across a truly touching story, as we did with the  sisters at the Bethany Convent of the Community of Jesus. The sisters had recently acquired a donation of bicycles, and wished to keep them well maintained with covers. We were more than happy to oblige, and sent them enough durable,  100% waterproof covers to fully protect their new modes of transportation.   They were even kind enough to provide us with a glowing testimonial, AND incredible homemade chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

“The personnel at “Empire Covers” are so helpful and easy to work with!! We called them asking for bike covers for some of our sisters who bike to work and teach school in the next town over. They could not have been more kind and generous! They provided us with 10 brand new bike covers and these have been SO helpful for us. They come packaged in a convenient carry bag, they are easy to use, and they completely protect our bikes from the rain. We were fortunate to receive some donated bikes recently for our sisters and this was the best solution to keeping them well covered and taken care of! We keep our bikes outside our convent and they are now well protected from the elements thanks to “Empire Covers.” We called several companies to see who could helps us out and Empire Covers was a great company to work with and talk to. They were prompt, efficient, helpful, kind and generous. We highly recommend this company and their covers!!”- Sr. Genevieve Cleverly, Bethany Convent of the Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA.

 Check out more pictures of the Sisters of the Bethany Convent!

 

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Empire Classics: A Summer Classic, Ford Woodies

Sadly, beach bums and bunnies are preparing for the end of Summer. That means packing up our surfboards, flip flops, and beach bags, and getting ready for the start of school, pumpkin carving, and fall foliage. But let’s take a a few minutes to reflect on how great Summer really is. Summer has a different meaning for everyone. Besides sand, waves, and sunshine, everyone feels a bit nostalgic when they think about Summer.

Lovestruck bad boy Danny Zuko and the wholesome, innocent Sandy Olsen sang about “Summer Lovin” in the 1978 classic film, Grease. In 1983, Bananarama sang a different tune about summer, the hit “Cruel Summer”. But the true anthem of summer, specifically surfers, is the 1963 hit by Jan and Dean- Surf City. The duet famously sang, “I bought a ’30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody, you know it’s not very cherry, it’s an oldie but a goody….Surf City, here we come!”

The catchy song captures the timeless feeling of cruising around with the windows rolled down, surfboard in tow, ready to go to the beach. We could practically hear the upbeat tempo when we visited the New Hope Auto Show, and saw this classic 1946 Ford Woodie Wagon.

The Woodie Wagon has an incredible history. During WWII, there was an dire need to save valuable resources, such as steel, for the troops. The idea of using wood in the production of cars wasn’t new- even before the war, the cars were also easier and more cost effective. During the war, substituting steel with wood was necessary. The cars, nicknamed “Woodies”, we’re quite popular in North America. Even after WWII, “woodies” were a popular family car, but eventually, the expensive upkeep of the wood panels would be the “Woodies” downfall.

Do you remember “Woodies”?


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Empire Patio: The High Line, the Ultimate Urban Green Space

Scenic. Meticulous. Charming. It’s not a surprise that these words would be used to describe a popular area of Manhattan, but it may be surprising that it’s used to describe a public park. A park, actually, that isn’t Central Park.

High Line Park, a public park owned by the City of New York, is easily one of the most scenic, meticulous, and charming urban green spaces. The park, maintained by the Friends of the High Line, was founded in 1999. Once a railway, the space had been unoccupied for years, and narrowly avoided being demolished. Luckily, local residents saved the area by opting for a public park. Since, the park has revitalized the Chelsea neighborhood, encouraging even more development in the neighborhood.  Spanning over a mile long, the park provides a safe green area where locals and tourists alike can relax, cool off, and even catch a nap.

Green spaces are preserved and constructed every year in overpopulated, urban areas. Besides the attractive scenery, green spaces also provide crucial outdoor entertainment areas for urbanites of all ages. In a place where parks, yards, and playgrounds are few and far between, green spaces provide a necessary oasis. The High Line is no exception, and is a true escape from hectic city life.

The High Line has a variety of unique architectural features that contribute to it’s overall beauty and function. Built in chaise lounge chairs, modern looking park benches, and even an innovative “water walkway” that allows bare feet are a few incredible amenities. Hungry? No problem- you can grab a light lunch from a variety of food vendors at The High Line, including Bark Hot Dogs, Blue Bottle Coffee, Melt Bakery, People’s Pops, and The Taco Truck.

What do you think of The High Line in Chelsea?

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New Hope Auto Show: Our Favorite Classic Cars

We have a thing for vintage cars. Here at Empire, we love learning about the history of various classic  cars. We believe that every car has it’s own unique story to tell. Over the weekend, we attended the annual New Hope Auto Show in New Hope, PA.  We were so excited to search for our favorite Ferraris, Chryslers and Chevys, and with 250 stunning automobiles on display, we were quickly introduced to new favorites. Check out our top ten favorites, and find this years winners at the New Hope Auto Show website.

 

 #10- Vintage Chrysler

#9- Vintage Austin Healey

#8- 1953 Jaguar

#7-1954 Porsche

#6-1973 BMW

#5-Vintage Triumph

#4-1957 Chevy Corvette

#3-Classic 1961 Studebaker

#2-1951 Plymouth Cranbrook

#1. Vintage Morgan

Which is your favorite classic car?
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Get Around: Rome, Italy

Tired of the scenery on your morning commute? Imagine what it would be like to pass the Colosseum and the Pantheon on your morning route. Instead of mile after mile of highway, imagine enjoying the scenic views of the Trevi fountain. What would it be like to drive around every day in Rome? We found some key differences between driving in the United States and getting around in Rome.

 

#1-Sorry, Teens. In Rome, you can’t obtain a driver’s license until you’re at least 18 years of age.

#2-Get Pumped- for gas! Similar to Oregon and New Jersey, gas is pumped for you in Rome. That is, if the attendants aren’t out to lunch. It’s not uncommon to have to use a self service pump during 12:30 and 15:00, when most Italians take a long lunch break.

#3-Prepare for Smog. Smog, caused by air pollution from cars, is a big issue in Rome. In fact, it’s been so severe at times, vehicles have been banned from the road.

 

#4-Get ready for busy roads. Rome is notorious for heavy traffic, hectic driving, and limited routes.
Some parts of the city, such as Centro Storico, private vehicles are not permitted.
So while you’ll feel like a true Roman in your Fiat, expect to be very stressed while driving it.

 

#5-Do as the Romans do. Because driving is difficult in Rome, many Romans prefer to scooter,  take a taxi, or hop on the Metro.

  

 No matter where you live, Empire has you covered! 
Our high-quality cover materials protect your Fiat or other Italian import
against harmful UV rays, dirt, dust, snow, rain, and yes, even smog!

For more Rome, check out the photos one of our Empire employees took while on vacation!

Dogs of Empire & Car Rides: An Infographic

It’s a well known fact that dogs love car rides. We’ve all seen the classic pose- Sparky sticks his head out the window, ears flapping in the wind, barking like a madman. It’s adorable, but we wanted to know- why do dogs love riding in cars?

According to popular dog expert, Cesar Milan, it’s all about their senses. Milan describes the behavior “like going to a 3-D, sense-surround, smell-o-rama, virtual-reality movie”, where dogs can smell, feel, taste, and hear their surroundings (more about Cesar Milan’s car riding theory). Here at Empire we love dogs- so much, in fact, that they come to work with us. Office dog regulars- Zoey and Wex- absolutely love coming into EmpireCovers, and of course, love the car ride over.

We compiled all the reasons the dogs of Empire love car rides, and turned it into a nifty infographic. Check out why Zoey, Wex,  Ruby & Sully, Russell and Molly LOVE car rides!

 

 

Why does your dog love the car?

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A Man and His Truck

Some bonds are like steel. A boy and his dog, a captain and his vessel,  and of course, a man and his truck. Few bonds are stronger than that. That’s definitely the case with John Shuster and his Ford truck. John, of South Berkwick, ME, says his truck has never let him down.

“It’s the only thing in my life I can rely on,” says John of his eight year old truck, nicknamed “Big Blue”.

Big Blue is a 2002 Dark Blue Ford Excursion. Similar to Paul Bunyan and his famous blue ox, Babe, John and Blue do everything together. In fact, John is planning a road trip with Blue up Mount Washington later this year. John and Blue, joined with wife Renee and their dogs, take frequent weekend excursions to hunt, fish, and camp. John refers to them affectionately as “The Griswolds”, referring to the popular Chevy Chase movies from the 80′s and 90′s.

Renee says that John practically lives in Blue. Big Blue is chock full of John’s tools, outdoor gear, and emergency supplies. He even keeps a secret stash of beef jerky in Blue.

John and his Ford Excursion truck, “Big Blue”

“It’s a guy thing- you wouldn’t understand,” John tells Renee, of his love for trucks.

John’s love for trucks goes past just driving one. John has been a diesel mechanic since High School. It’s the only job he’s ever had, and has been working for the same company for 18 years.

John’s Paul Bunyan/Babe the Blue Ox relationship with his truck got us thinking. Who else out there has a great bond with their car, truck, SUV or recreational vehicle?

We want to hear from you!

Email us at melissa[at]empirecovers.com to share your story.

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