Broadway quality and style right here in Orange County!
My family has been going "to the show" here for the past 4 years, and we haven't regretted a single dollar spent. We have even invested in season tickets the past three years, with additional tickets purchased for family and friends.
Major productions, such as Lion King, Phantom, and Miss Saigon are offered alongside opera and ballet; the production of Carmen 3 years ago was divine. The theatre is beautifully constructed, with peaceful patio areas, gorgeous chandeliers, and a cute cafe. The seats are comfortable and the acoustics outstanding.
There are several restaurants and parking within easy walking distance.
I love all Cost PLus World Markets. But the location in Brea is one of my favorites. Best of all. the store is very well-organized. You never feel as though you are missing an aisle due to a cluttered design. The furniture is well-presented, and theemployees are helpful and knowledgeable. The food, coffee, and wine sections are filled with international goodies that are presented in a tempting manner. All at a reasonable price, I can't help but pass by the store once or twice a month.
These ladies have been doing my nails for years. They are efficient and offer a wide variety of styles at reasonable prices. One cosmetician even paints nail art by hand, with a nice flair matching the customers' personalities. However, the employees are often running behind and often cancel appointments.
This is one of the absolute best-known bakeries in the Los Angeles area. Authentic Cuban treats offered year-round for all to enjoy-but be ready! The environment is loud and busy, and you are expected to have your order ready when your number is called. The big questions is---pastry or sandwich? Maybe both. The milk cakes and guava danishes are to die for, but so are the meat sandwiches. Take a cake home for a party, and you will be the star!
I was very impressed by Dr. LaCroix. He offers very convenient hours, including morning Saturday appointments. He was on time for my appointment, and was very sociable and professional at all times. He spoke to me with a pleasant tone and provided confidence in his skill.
He did not rush me when I was choosing glasses but did make some recommendations based on my preferences.
His staff is very friendly and patient.
I have been renting films from this site when I visit family in Anaheim for the past 4 years. I must say that I rarely have a positive experience at this site and only return because of the lack of alternatives in this area.
The staffing is consistently insufficient. You will usually wait a good 10 minutes to complete the transaction. Knowing that the business will be steady, I wish they would allow another employee to staff the site, at least on the weekends.
I often have trouble finding available copies of films I want to see, especially the ones that are not the biggest sellers.
My biggest complaint is that employees are often slow and/or rude. It is tough enough to wait 10 mintues to check your video out, but to then be treated disrespectfully is upsetting.
Not recommended- lets hope an alternative comes to town.
As with most Borders, my main complaint about this location is the poor organization of the books and music. You will often struggle to find your item as books are placed on shelves in a haphazard manner and are not reshelved in a timely manner.
The music selection is extensive, notably the international and classical sections. However, the store's intercom system is often blaring loud rock or pop music, making the browsing and reading process difficult at best. Frankly, you would expect more class from a bookstore.
I appreciate the abundance of large tables in the cafe, making the coffee/studying process more favorable. There are also several tables outdoors in a quiter patio area.
A Pasadena classic, Vroman's offers a homey environment with a surprisingly thorough collection. Most remarkable is an entire floor dedicated to children's literature! You will find many adults perusing the floor recalling favorite books, as all the"classics" seem to be available here.
The store is a bit more expensive than larger retailers, but you also get a homespun feel. Employees here know the business well and can be very helpful when ordering special items. There is also a well-knowncafe with very nice coffees and pastries; the cafe is located right on Colorado Blvd. and can be accessed from the street of from the bookstore.
One of the better-organized Borders around, the bookstore offers a wide variety of books, music, and research materials. I was surprised to find "off-the-beaten-path" items and an extensive variety of foreign resources.
However, I also found the children's sections to be a bit disheveled and it was difficult to determine in which children's section one should search when attempting to find juvenille literature.
The cafe offers nice pastries and coffee but there never seem to be enough chairs or tables. You may wait 15 mintues before finding an empty seat. They do not seem to enforce a "customer only" seating policy.
The Norton Simon Museum is one of those places if was dragged to as a kid...hated it...and delayed returning as an adult. Too bad. I went back a few years ago and realized what a gem we have here in Los Angeles.
One of few places in L.A. you can park for free and within easy walking distance of the attraction, the museum is easily accessible from major freeways. The locale is beautiful Pasadena, complete with gardens inside the core of the museum where reading, studying, and frolicking is permitted. There is even a Lily water garden...an homage to Van Gogh, perhaps?
Van Gogh, by the way, is the highlight of the gallery. Norton Simon features several of his works including a self-portrait that is stunning. You won't feel at all out of place if you spend an hour remarking at how Van Gogh in person is nothing like in the books (duh).
Several other well-known classics are on display as well as some modern pieces. I recommend the small cafe offering tea and goodies in a quiet, peaceful env