Treads and Threads

Motorists cruising down Camden Avenue on the outskirts of San Jose can now fill up and dress up with one stop at Gas-N-Jeans, a new combination service station and fashion emporium. The gas pumps out front are standard enough, but inside the red-and green-painted garage, a carpet covers the grease stains. While the walls are still lined with tires, fan belts and hub caps, the steel hoists once used to lift cars now support jeans, sweaters, shirts and skirts bearing 20 different designer labels, including Bill Blass, Calvin Klein and Sasson. The gas...

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