New 2018 Crosstrek Design: Sporty and Comfortable

2013 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2018 Crosstrek comes with a revamped exterior, comfortable new interior, and an array of intelligent technologies. This all-new model is set to premiere at the New York International Auto Show. Here at Ed Shults Subaru, we can’t wait to see the latest 2018 Crosstrek design.

According to Subaru, the new Crosstrek comes with a redesigned exterior, one built around the Dynamic x Solid styling language. This includes hawk-eye headlights, a hexagonal grille, and roof rails for added cargo space. Drivers will also find a longer and wider wheelbase, improving interior volume and ride balance, among other things.

“The all-new Crosstrek is built on the new Subaru Global Platform and offers enhanced performance, safety, capability and comfort,” reads the Subaru press release. “The fun-to-drive Crosstrek combines a bold new design with a new highly capable chassis for versatility in both off-road and city driving.”

The interior has folding seats so you can easily fit both passengers and cargo, and the rear gate opening has been enlarged as well. New technologies include things like the EyeSight Driver Assist safety system and STARLINK multimedia. Included in these technologies are smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth, remote vehicle access, and more. The new 2018 Subaru Crosstrek design is bound to impress virtually any driver!

Celebrating Earth Day: Taking a Day for the Environment

Earth Day was started in 1970 in order to draw attention to environmentalism. It’s celebrated every year on April 22nd and there are a number of ways you can mark the occasion. From recycling to driving habits, we here at Ed Shults Subaru have decided to share these ideas for celebrating Earth Day.

According to inhabitat, one of the best things you can do is share a ride. Joining a carpooling program is easy, especially if you look online or ask people at your workplace. This can help reduce emissions and fuel consumption – two major contributors to pollution. If possible, you should also change up your driving routine to avoid rush hour, as gridlock and idling can also lead to an increase in pollution.

Next, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Take up a donation of e-waste in your neighborhood to help cut back on litter. E-waste includes things like old cell phones, computers, and other electronics—major contributors to landfill waste.

Finally, plant a garden! You don’t need a lot of space to plant a garden of herbs or vegetables. In fact, many people have small gardens on their windowsills, though some prefer to use community gardens. Adding plant life helps to reduce CO2 emissions and it can also provide resources for local wildlife. This is especially true of wildflowers and herbs like sage, pansies, and sunflowers.

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How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

If you’re like us at Ed Shults Subaru, you’ll agree that spring is a great time to get things clean and in order. But we don’t let our spring cleaning stop at the doorstep. We like to take this time to make sure our vehicles are in tip top shape. Here’s how we recommend you get your car ready for spring.

Power Wash

There’s nothing like a buildup of road salt from winter weather to give a car a grimy appearance. Salt can also cause corrosion and rusting, so you’ll certainly want to clean it off as soon as possible. Use a power wash at a car wash or your own garden hose to rinse the exterior of your car thoroughly. Be sure to get the underside as well.
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Scrub In and Out

When the power wash won’t cut it, it may be time to apply some elbow grease. Scrub the bottoms of your doors or any area where the dirt seems caked on. Use carpet shampoo on the floors of your car, or run the floor mats through the washing machine for a fresh interior.

Check Under the Hood

Spring cleaning isn’t just about scrubbing—it’s about making sure the mechanics of your car are in good shape too. Check brake fluids, windshield wiper fluids, and oil levels. Consider taking your car in for a checkup each spring to make sure your vehicle can head into the new season performing at its best.

Practically Is One Of Many Reasons to Buy Subaru

Three Reasons to Buy Subaru

Though they started with a small, niche audience, Subarus have become iconic cars that win over fans for life. If you have yet to become a Subaru owner, but are considering your options, consider these three great reasons to buy a Subaru. Once you switch to Subaru, you’ll never want any other car.

All-Wheel Drive

One of the coolest things about this brand is that every Subaru is equipped with all-wheel drive. This is one of the many things that make Subarus ideal for outdoor fanatics. Thanks to the all-wheel drive system, Subarus can handle a drive down the roads less-travelled, even if they’re not paved. Plus, they’ll handle well in poor weather conditions.

Available Manual Transmissions

Almost every car in the Subaru lineup can be mated to a manual transmission. This hands-on approach to driving has become less popular and harder to find. But shifting your own gears can be fun and engaging; not to mention, it has a positive effect on the car’s fuel economy.

Practically Is One Of Many Reasons to Buy Subaru

The interior space of a Subaru Outback

Practical For All Situations

Subarus are comfortable vehicles, always offering plenty of room and features on the inside, as well as big windows and great visibility. This means that Subarus are well-equipped to be the car that you take to work every day. The large windows make it easy to see traffic around you during rush hour. But those windows could just as easily be used to look out upon mountains or other natural wonders, as Subarus are also perfect for weekend getaways in the great outdoors, thanks to the all-wheel drive and generous ground clearances.There’s nothing quite like driving a Subaru.

There’s nothing quite like driving a Subaru. Call Ed Shults Subaru today to learn more about which Subaru will be perfect for your lifestyle.

Valentine’s Day in Jamestown

If you love your partner and you love Jamestown, you’re in luck. There’s plenty to do in Jamestown to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.

Ales for Sails – February 10th

The Ales for Sails event is celebrating its five-year anniversary. Here you’ll be able to try beer from nine local craft breweries and enjoy a live DJ and tasty food.

Wine and Cheese Pairing – February 11th

What’s more romantic than a wine tasting? Head over to Presque Isle Wine Cellars for an afternoon of wine tasting and yummy cheeses.

Erie ClaySpace Cocktails and Clay – February 11th

Want to get creative? Have a night out with your honey, sip wine, and make some pottery! No worries if you’ve never handled clay before, you’ll have a teacher that will guide you through how to make 2 or 3 pieces.

I Love the 90’s Concert – February 17th

Snag tickets now to this awesome concert. It’s perfect if you lived through the decade, and features Salt N’ Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Coolio, and more. It’s perfect for romance and nostalgia.

No matter what you do for Valentine’s Day, it’ll be the best one yet as long as your love is by your side. Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy Jamestown!

Korean food - Different New Year’s Resolutions

Easy and Different New Year’s Resolutions

Korean food - Different New Year’s Resolutions

One of the best resolutions to bring in the new year is the resolution to try new food!

Want some different New Year’s Resolutions that don’t involve hitting the gym and counting calories? We have some suggestions below.

 

  1. Try New Foods. Instead of cutting down on your diet, expand it!
  2. Make Friends. It’s hard to make friends as an adult; try striking up a conversation with someone new.
  3. Contact Old Friends. It can be just as difficult to stay in touch as it is to start new friendships, so make a point to call an old friend.
  4. Break a Record. There are lots of weird records in the world. Find one you think you can break and go for it.
  5. Turn Off Your Phone at Meals. Is social media eating up your actual face-to-face social time? Cut down on it by turning off your phone during dinner.
  6. Learn Something New. If you ever wanted to be able to do a handstand or learn a particular language, now’s the time.
  7. Make a Bucket List. Use your resolution to make more resolutions, and cross a few off your list this year.
  8. Take Photos in Five Interesting Places. Make a point to get selfies with some odd locations. It can be around the world or just in your city.
  9. Forgive Someone. I know, I know – it’s easier said than done. But try to let go and let live, and you may end up revitalizing a friendship.

 

Hopefully this has given you some creative ideas for some unique New Year’s Resolutions. What are you hoping to accomplish in the New Year? Let us at Ed Shults Subaru know in the comments below!

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It’s Not Too Late to Catch the Winter Lights at Audubon

Winter Lights along a path - Winter Lights at Audubon

It’s not too late to see the Winter Lights at Audubon!

It always seems like Christmas happens way too fast. We spend what feels like two or more months preparing for two days out of the year and then once they’re over, it feels like we got so busy that we missed all the festivities of the season. Never fear! The Winter Lights at Audubon aren’t over yet, so you have an extra bit of time to catch the Nature Center’s stunning light displays before the event ends.

 

Audubon Community Nature Center and Volt Vision collaborated on this event, which features over 10,000 lights along a trail. While the event opened December 17th, Audubon is offering times past Christmas, heading into the nights of January 6th and 7th. Each night, the Nature Center will be opening at 5:30pm and closing by 8:00pm. During your stay you can indulge in the many warm fires and mugs of hot cocoa that Audubon offers.

 

So stop by the Winter Lights at Audubon event to enjoy everything from the decorative entrance to many interactive stations along the way to the grand finale at the Blue Heron Overlook. The Nature Center is right here in Jamestown. General admission is $10 per person, but that drops to $8 if you’re a Friend of the Nature Center.

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Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept Debut Shakes Up LA Auto Show

2015 Subaru Outback - Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept

No matter if it’s the new Outback or if it’s the VIZIV-7 concept car, Subaru always makes a point to bring something new and exciting to every Auto Show.

Subaru is looking ahead to the future and it looks big—literally. The Japanese carmaker unveiled the Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, illustrating its future plan to produce a three-row SUV.

For the VIZIV-7 Concept, Subaru produced a vehicle that embodies the brand’s need to provide customers with “enjoyment and peace of mind.” This concept car does just that with its futuristic style and the brand’s reputation for safety.

“The concept expresses our core brand values, safety, dependability, capability for outdoor activities, and a forward-looking attitude,” said Takeshi Tachimori, corporate executive vice president for Fuji Heavy Industries. “We know customers in this segment want a full-sized vehicle and the next 3-row from Subaru will be the biggest Subaru vehicle ever.”

The VIZIV-7 Concept combined the three-row capability with Subaru’s DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy. It hints at the future size of the three-row midsize SUV that Subaru intends to introduce to the North American market in early 2018.

Subaru came up with the VIZIV name from the phrase “Vision for Innovation,” which makes it easy to see that this concept car is the future of the brand.

To learn more about the Subaru VIZIV-7 Concept and current Subaru design ideas, stop into Ed Shults Subaru.

Holiday Candlelight Tours

Enjoy the Holiday Candlelight Tours at Fenton History Center

Holiday Candlelight Tours

The Holiday Candlelight Tours are a great way to make memories and learn more about the history of our area.

The holidays are finally here, which means it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. Once you are finished decorating the house and trimming the tree, consider getting into the holiday spirit even more with one of the Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Fenton History Center.

This tour is part of the History Center’s Annual Holiday Exhibit, which takes place from now until January 21st. The exhibit turns the grand 1863 mansion of New York Senator Reuben E. Fenton into a “Space Age Christmas.” People can learn why the Christmas tree is one of the most popular symbols of Christmas, along with other traditions and customs celebrated around the world. These traditions include Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Los Posadas, and Christmas in Sweden and Italy.

There is even a display of various trees, including a Living Tree, the Depression-era tree, the Spider tree, a flocked tree, and the Juskrona, which is one of only two authentic Swedish trees east of the Mississippi. You can also learn about the legend of the Christmas spider.

After you enjoy this one-of-a-kind exhibit, go on a candlelight tour with a costumed museum guide. These tours occur on Saturday evenings in December and give you a night-time look at the wonderful holiday-themed exhibit. Stop by Ed Shults Subaru to learn more about this amazing community we support.

Thanksgiving Turkey in the Oven

Two Last-Minute Thanksgiving Hacks To Make Your Holiday Easier

Thanksgiving Turkey in the Oven

No matter if you’re hosting or just helping out, the kitchen is a stressful place to be during Thanksgiving. Check out these two tips to help make the holiday more fun and less stress.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. In a perfect world, everyone would have plenty of time to prepare for the holiday in the weeks preceding it. Unfortunately, life keeps most of us pretty busy year-round. The good news is that there are some last-minute Thanksgiving hacks that you can use in the kitchen this year to take away some of the stress this Thanksgiving.

 

Potato Magic

 

Mashed potatoes are a delicious staple at the Thanksgiving table. But, when you’re preparing enough for a large group of guests, the washing, peeling and cutting can eat up a lot of your cooking time—not to mention cause hand cramps. This year, instead of hand-washing your taters, stick them in the dishwasher and then peel them. Or, skip that altogether and go straight to the boiling. Once they’re cooked, blanch them in a bath of ice water and the skins will peel right off.

 

Pie’s the Limit

 

Thanksgiving seems like the one day out of the year that you wish you’d bought that pastry cutter. Instead of cutting butter into flour by hand, use a cheese grater to grate cold butter into the small, flakey pieces that will give you a fluffy pie crust.

 

Another pie-exclusive tool that many people may not have is a pie weight. Don’t buy one on account of this one day out of the year. Instead, use beans or rice to weigh down your pie crust before cooking.