Keep Our Troops in Mind This Holiday Season

Veterans Day is the perfect time to remember and give thanks for the courageous men and women who are serving our country, those who have in the past, and those who lost their lives in doing so.  Fortunately, Canadaigua’s Blue Star Mothers offer an opportunity to make sure that your thankfulness conveys to the troops who are currently stationed overseas.   Throughout the year the Blue Star Mothers, with help from the community, send care packages containing some of the comforts of home for the servicemen who are so far from it.

Ray Sands Glass is proud to help support this organization, with your help we would like to make this holiday season a bit more comfortable for the men and women who followed the call of duty.  The BSM have composed a wish list of everyday items that have been requested by military personnel and we would be happy to accept donations of these items at any of our Western NY locations.

To show our thanks for those donating to a great cause we will be offering free windshield repair or Aquapel in exchange for donations to the Blue Star Mothers.  So if you have been postponing the repair of a small chip or crack, stop at the store and pick up a few of the non-crushable items from their wish list and bring them into the shop.  You will have done a good deed by making the holidays a little brighter for someone who misses their family and saved yourself from needing a replacement all at the same time.

Thank You Veterans!

Show Some Love for Local Business

Ray Sands Glass loves small local businesses, and not just because we are one!  We love the Rochester community – the friends, family and neighbors, the friendly faces on the street and in our shop, even all those other drivers out there on the road!  This community has been home to Ray Sands Glass for over 60 years and for many of our employees (and owners) this city holds a piece of family heritage.  We care enough to want what’s best for the Rochester area and it’s citizens, and that means local businesses.

Many people don’t realize how local businesses stimulate local economy so much more than big corporations.  When you spend a dollar here in Rochester at a local business, 43 cents of it stays right here in our area, but when you spend that dollar with a company based elsewhere, only about 19 cents stays here in our city.  Since small businesses are more likely to spend your dollar with other local establishments, you really are investing in your own community, and when you do that, that dollar comes back around to you in the end.

We often go out of our way to spend locally –  we buy an lease our vehicles from local dealerships, we buy our power tools, compressors and urethanes from people right here in our area.  In our efforts to back other local businesses, we have found that these small outfits do the same for us – not just by buying our products and services, but standing by their own, and with top quality service and accountability.

So please join us in supporting this wonderful city we call home, and all those neighbors and friends who benefit from a thriving local business community.  Buy from someone who appreciates your business, someone who is paying taxes to your city, someone who is spend their dollars in your own backyard and someone who cares for this community as much as you do. In short, buy local.  In this little slice of the world, our troubles are all the same and RSG is always glad you came!

Street Machines Motor Mania Car Show in Henrietta

Spring is here (believe it or not) and that means it”s time to bring out those beautiful street machines!  This weekend Henrietta will host the Street Machines Motor Mania Show  – with everything from classic cars and trucks to custom bikes and trikes.  This is a great show every year with something to interest everyone – low riders, hot rods and tons of breathtaking custom paint – and almost all vehicles new to this year’s show!

There will also be hand lettering or pinstriping on any item you bring into the show – done by some of the most talented pinstripe artists in the northeast, competing to benefit the Rochester Hospice House.  And of course Ray Sands Glass will be there to discuss our auto glass repair and replacement services as well as everyone favorite rain repellent –  Aquapel Windshield Treatment.

Event Hoours are :Friday Apr. 1st  – 4-9,Saturday Apr 2nd – 10-9, and Sunday Apr 3rd – 11-4.

Tickets are $9 at the door, with a $2 discount for those that bring a canned good to donate to the Open Door Mission, or discount tickets are available at Wegmans, Dunn Tire and Auto Finishers.

Charlie hopes to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win $10,000 in the Sand with Ray Sands Glass

Ray Sand Glass is excited to announce our summer contest “10 Grand in the Sand with Ray Sands” in conjunction with WHAM 1180.  The contest gives all of our customers and friends in the Rochester area,  a chance to win $10,000 dollars, a Carnival Cruise or a variety of other great runner-up prizes.   Our final drawing will take place on September 11, 2010, in an event held here at the Rochester location of Ray Sands Glass.

Before the day of the contest event we will randomly select about a hundred contestants from all the entries submitted to come down and participate in the event.  At the event contestants will hunt for a token buried in the sand and select one that is numbered from 1 to 100.  After each contestant has drawn a number they will take the envelope that corresponds to the token they selected and see which prize is inside – each contestant will receive a prize. The grand prize winner (one of the hundred tokens, chosen and appointed before the drawing) will have a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize, a Carnival Cruise or a selection of other consolation prizes.

For people interested in finding out more information, the contest will be featured on Jim Salmon’s Home Repair Clinic radio show.  We hope to see all of friends in the Rochester area registering online at Ray Sands Glass.com – all customers who do business with us are automatically entered.  There are some great prizes to be won and some great fun to be had down at our Chili Ave. shop on September 11th.

Windshield Chip, Scratch and Crack Repair

Ray Sands Glass loves windshield repair.  Not just because it’s our job, or that it makes damaged glass beautiful again.  It’s because it helps our friends in the Rochester community save money, and it is, by nature, the green alternative.  We believe that being green is an essential part of what makes a business an asset to its community, and this belief has motivated us to make a lot of changes around the shop and provide free repair to our customers – so they don’t wait until the damage becomes too extensive.

But we want customers to understand that not all damage can be repaired, and the limitations are dictated mostly by safety.  As a general rule, damage that cannot be covered by a quarter cannot be repaired, but there are some exceptions to this guideline.   Some smaller damage can be too extensive, or even too slight for repair.

A scratch on your auto glass can be an eyesore as well as an obstruction in your line of vision when driving.  And while light scratches can be fixed, the rule of thumb states that if you can feel it with you fingernail, it cannot be repaired.   The opposite idea applies to small nicks in the glass, often caused by flying highway debris, which can be too slight to affect the structure of the windshield or to fix aesthetically.

But even if you have doubts about whether or not your windshield damage could be beyond repair  we encourage all our friends in Rochester to come on in to the shop on June 12th.  We can take a look at it and if it is fixable we will do the repairs FREE on the spot.   If not we can schedule a replacement, either down at our shop, or at your home or office!   And remember this event is for charity so clean out those closets and storage spaces and come on in!

Fix Your Chips on June 12th

Ray Sands Glass is proud to be partnering with our friends at 92 WBEE, Today’s Country Station, to invite Rochester area residents to our Fix It Fast Festival!   The Bee’s own Newman will be joining us as host of the event, where we will be encouraging car owners to come in and get their minor windshield chips and nicks repaired FREE, before it turns into a larger problem.

The festival will take place on June 12th from 10am to noon, with a special offer on Aquapel rain repellent applications as well as the chip repairs.  You can come in and have the long-lasting windshield treatment applied by our own glass professionals for a special price of $9.25, with some of the proceeds from this service going to our local Goodwill organization.

We will also be accepting donations at the Fix It Fast Festival for Goodwill –  including clothing, small furniture and appliances, books and computers and anything that could be of use instead of eventually filling a landfill.  If you think that someone else could use it, Goodwill will probably take it!   So get rid of any useful items cluttering up your home and bring them down to Ray Sands Glass – you can enjoy some snack chips, fix you windshield chips and make a contribution to a worthy local charity, all while enjoying some great music and even better people.

Auto Glass in Chili NY – A Brief History

Ray Sands Glass has been an enthusiastic member of the Rochester community for almost as long as anyone can remember.  Though the shop came from meager beginnings,  we have been fortunate to be able to build up our business with the support of the community we love.

Ray Sands began the company in the late 1940’s when he bought one of the first homes after the war and began auto glass work out of an old converted school bus which he parked next to his home near the Chili/Rochester border.   By 1961 Ray Sands was able to build the first auto glass shop at 3320 Chili Ave which was a simple one door garage that was two cars deep. Continue reading