Best National Franchise You Can’t Help But Love

Discount Tire


In life and for lists, we love our indy businesses. But when it comes to tire shopping, we vote for the ubiquitous, uniform Discount Tire. The guys there are consistently helpful, upbeat and fast—with “consistently” being the key word. All 19 stores are links in the 53-year-old chain, so everybody’s on the same page no matter where or when you go. Sometimes, corporate predictability’s a blessing. Plus, Discount Tire’s prices and selection are pretty competitive. And there’s nothing like hearing the words “no charge” after they patch a flat tire—one you didn’t even buy there—that threatened to make your whole day terribly unpredictable.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.