I have been patronizing this Blockbuster Video for about 5 years and have quite satisfied with the store. The selection is large, and several copies of the more popular films are always available. Though you will not find anything too out of the ordinary, the selection of foreign films is respectable. Video game fanatics seem pleased with the choices available at this store.
I was pleased with an encounter with the manager last year. Blockbuster had a deal going on, stating that if you were not absolutely satisfied with "Blockbuster Recommends" titles, you could receive a refund. I rented a particular film tha was laughably bad; I bashfully informed the manager and he refunded my cash with a knowing smile. I was so impressed!
The line seems to move quickly and the employees are reasonably polite, at least compared to the average Blockbuster employee. Prices are the same as at other Blockbuster locations, about $4.50 per rental.
Lets face it - TJ Maxxs and similar stores vary widely in selection, quality, and organization. Among its peers, TJ Maxx in Granada Hills ranks well above par.
The selection has always been quite good. I consistently see very well-regarded name brands and classy, well-made clothes for all ages and body types. You will wind "irregular" items here but not damaged clothes. If you do find damage, they have a good return policy (30 days with receipt).
Of course, I sometimes find sizes in the worng sections, but I encounter this problem less at this particular TJ Maxx than at others. Usually, the store is well-organized and neat; no piles of mess on the floor or random racks scattered throughout the store.
The dressing rooms are clean and well-maintained.
My only complaint is that the line for the cash register is often very very long. The employees are friendly but perhaps not quite efficient.
Overall, I really recommend this particular location. I almost always leave the store wi
I have been running around Balboa Park for years, and have learned that it is quite a favorite spot among SF Valley locals for all types of recreation. The perimeter of the entire park is a perfect 5-miles, very flat and alternating between hard dirt and cement. I always feel safe running this loop as it is parallel with major streets and steady traffic.
The park itself is quite serene, with a large "lake" enjoyable for paddle-boaters and fishers. Many walkers circle the lake; I believe it is about a mile in circumference. The sidewalk surrounding the lake is well-kept, and rollerblader/bikers/skateboarders are prohibited. There is also an asphalt path friendly for recreation involving wheels.
Beware that the park becomes VERY busy on weekends and holidays, as this is a favorite site for family barbeques and parties. Unfortunately, the parking is quite insufficient.
The playgrounds are colorful and sturdy, built atop a soft sand foundation.
I love the park best in spring, when th
This is a darling little spot, well-known to Venice and Santa Monica residents. The cafe is divided into a "sit down" restaurant with table service and a counter cafe. Both sections allow for inside eating or eating in an outside terrace area. Regardless of where you sit, you feel perfectly comfortable taking your time; there is no rush at all. In fact, most morning patrons bring the paper or good conversation and spend a couple of hours hanging out with some darn good coffee.
I feel that the espresso drinks are average. However, the brewed coffee is very good as are the baked goods that accompany your beverage. Its so nice to go to a cafe that actually assumes you want a mug or glass rather than a plastic or paper cup for your coffee!
Thebreaksfast menu is very tasty, and all items are fresh and warm.
There is also a really neat gift store, featuring modern decorative items and housewear and surprisingly affordable prices! Too cute!
You should be aware that there is a small parkin
Ann Taylor is a "godsend" for those of us that are a little too tall for petites and a little to short for regular sized clothing...women in the 5'2'to 5'5' range will likely have luck. The line is classy professional, without making the wearer appear too matronly. The line is also flattering: not too fitting or snug but also not too baggy. This Ann Taylor is well-organized, though sometimes sizes tend to "float" to the wrong section. The line for the dressing room passes quickly, and the employees are usually polite. For the quality of clothing you receive, the prices are quite reasonable, often considerable less expensive than comparable items at Nordstroms or Macys.
Like all Apple Stores, the Northridge location can be very busy and confusing, especially on the weekends. For those of us less-versed in electronic stores, finding items can be challenging. However, I have had a few favorable experiences at the Northridge location. When looking for add-ons for my iPod, I have been helped by very knowledgeable and helpful employees who directed me in the right direction. They seem to know their customers and ask several questions in clarifying needs. The store is always neat and all of the popular items or on dispay and available to try out. The financial transactions were efficient and simple.
Ah...the IPOD....everyone wants one. You go to the Apple Store in Costa Mesa and half of Orange County is shopping there. This store is always very busy, so don't expect to be able to walk in and get immediate customer service. It can be quite difficult to get help, but when you do find an employee, they usually know their stuff.
They stock the entire line of iPods and usually have a good number available. They also sell refurbished iPods with good waranties...I purchased a refurbshed iPod 8 months ago at a fantastic price and have not had problems with it at all.
Employees can be helpful if you get their attention. For example, a relative's iPod came without one of the wires. We called, and the employee agreed to put te wire on hold with our name on it in the office. No problem, no hassle. We arrived and it was given as promised.
Note that the store is in the smaller of the 2 buildings at the SC Plaza.
REI is widely recognized as a leading provider of camping, cycling, and hiking equipment. I have been visiting the REI store in Northridge for the past 8 years or so. As a runner, I primarily use the store for purchasing energy sources such as gels and bars. REI provides these supplements at a good price and will give you a discout if you buy a dozen. They have a great selection of these products, favorable to the carb and protein fans alike.
The apparel department has unfortunately been downsized in the past few years; they no longer have the entire 2nd floor reserved for apparel. Nonetheless, the offer very reasonable priced, durable clothing for outside activities. This isn't the best place to look for specialized sports apparel-I buy my running clothes elsewhere- but is a great place for reliable khakis, jackets, socks, etc. for general purposes.
The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The return policy is very favorable. Be sure to become a member!
I spent three years as a graduate student at USC, and went to this clinic about 10 times. As a student with health insurance provided as part of my tuition to USC, there was no other option for health care other than this clinic. Needless to say, I was not thrilled with this practice.
I can scarcely recall an appointment where I waited less than 1 hour after my apointment time to be seen; on 3 occasion I waited more than 2 hours. Particularly irritating was seeing "walk ins" treated before I was. We can all understand an occasional emergency, but this was the routine at the practice.
I never saw the same physician more than twice. When I had to see a different doctor than the one I scheduled with, I was never telephoned to inform me of the change. The office employees ranged from rude to mediocre.
The quality of practitioners varied videly. Sometimes I saw residents who were struggling to arrive at a diagnoses without leaving the room to consult with their supervising MD several times.
When one wants to forget about cholesterol while dining in the SF Valley, one heads to Les Sisters for some fantastic Soul Food.
Les Sisters offers a complete menu as fine as I have tasted in Louisiana. Ribs, BBQ chicken, and beef are abundant...butthe stars of the menu are the sides and the desserts. Check out the hush puppies, the beans and rice, the greens, and the corn. I challenge you to pick only 2! I recommend the BBQ chicken-simple enough, but the sauce is unique and delightful. Be sure to leave room for one of the 2 star desserts- a very unusual buttermilk pie or the reliable sweet potato pie. Also special is a homemade lemonade- made without sugar, so you can sweeten to your taste.
The environment in the restaurant is plain and simple. You feel like you are actually in a "down home" Southern eatery. But the the service is friendly and helpful and the prices are reasonable for the quality and portion (huge) you enjoy.
...make sure your physician approves before visiting, bec