Not your typical grocery store, the Ashland Food Co-op brims will local flair and personality. Near the entrance sits a well-worn, well-utilized bulletin board of flyers representing Ashlands intrinsic creative, cultural vibe. Adorned in earthy, hippy-eque conformity, the Co-ops youthful employees appear comparably affable to the rather snooty vibe among its patrons. One cannot fault the Co-op for drawing such arrogance; this nuance clearly represents Ashlandic Culture, the status quo. Social commentary and ambiance aside, three simple words clearly define the Ashland Food Co-op: quality, quality, quality! Take a traditional grocery store such as Safeway or Albertsons; replace all the processed, mass-produced garbage with high caliber organic, healthy selections andvoila! For patrons on the go, the Co-ops deli counter offers tasty conveniences including soups, sandwiches, coffee beverages, and delicious fruit smoothies.
The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library (a.k.a. RVML) is not your typical library. The RVML combines metaphysics, spirituality, scientific study, and religious nuances to create an alternative resource center for esoteric higher learning. While unappealing to societys rank-and-file fundamentalists, the RVML suits Ashland vibe perfectly. Located on A Street near the Ashland Food Co-op, the RVML hosts weekly seminars on assorted metaphysical topics and offers an array of audio and audio/visual media, books, and other publications for loan and for sale.
...mainly because it's just fast food, the bottom rung of culinary delights (with the exception of public school lunches). Yet, when choosing my roadtrip sewage, Ill choose Taco Bell as the lesser of most convenience evils. And rightfully so. Despite the revolving door of its employees, the service always revolves around its customers. Never have I received such friendly service, with the expectation of a particular Jack In The Box in Lynnwood, Washington. Still these rather young attendants always, always get my order correct. They are never rude, oh so pleasant and offer correct change every time. Recommended for the fast food junkie in all of us.
One nicety about small town living is the absence of corporate chain overhaul. Instead, youll find a welcome array of small business, each unique and brimming with personality. Here at Lube-N-Shine, the experience is no different. It only takes these guys 10 minutes to change your oil and top of your fluids. Fast, friendly service is the norm around here, and the prices are always reasonable. Besides, theres a multi-service carwash built into the same facility. Highly recommended!
Southern Oregon Credit Union on Harbeck Road sprawls nearly 10 times the area of its Savage branch. Located on the south end of Grants Pass, the SOFCU headquarters contains two drive-thru teller lines, one drive-thru ATM, and plenty of customer parking. Still, I really dont recommend this credit union in general because of its foreign ATM charges and overdraft policies.
Although SOFCU is my personal credit union, there's really nothing to write home about. Its foreign ATM fees and overdraft policies are ridiculous. The drive-up ATM machine, built into the sidewall of this Cave Junction branch, forces most customers out of their vehicles in order to make deposits. SOFCUs customer service remains the only redeeming highlight.
In the Illinois Valley, the bar scene remains the sole avenue for an adult evening out. The Red Garter proves the rendezvous point for IVs beer guzzling, liquor chugging, wine-swilling elite. I have personally never eaten in its restaurant, but then again, Im not into steak house food. The Gutter, its tongue n cheek nickname, instead lures me with its drunken karaoke nights equipped with humorously outdated songbooks (unless you prefer crooning modern-day country music), dinosaur rock cover bands (although booked sparingly), poker machines, and motley cast of patrons. For the weekenders, DJ music serves up a sometimes-unhealthy dose of dance fever with the same, predictable playlist night after night. The Garter is gritty, working class haven, and if you are into drugs you will more than likely find them here, but still, its a hoppin little joint for a sleepy little town.
In the age of corporate coffee, the little ma 'n' pa coffee/espresso stands as a testament to true entrepreneurial spirit. I always look forward to my trips to Z Coffee, consistently receiving fast, friendly service. I especially appreciate their bonus system; get a free coffee/espresso-like drink for every 10 you buy. Starbucks should take a hint.
Wow, Ive never seen so many strung-out or intoxicated individuals in front of ANY business in my entire life. Just stepping out of my car on a Friday or Saturday night was agonizing enough, but when the worst (or "best" depending on your point of view) of the whos who among Grants Pass delinquents come out into the night, take heed: take your convenience shopping elsewhere.
In the heart of Grants Pass old town lays Listen Here, a relic of ol timey, pre-corporatized record stores. Okay, so records are out, and CDs are the durable music format, but the store has the ma n pa soul missing from todays retail chains. Yes, youll spend less money on CDs at Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer, Circuit City, and Best Buy, but what lacks in discounts is quickly compensated by quality service. In case Listen Here doesnt offer the CD you seek, the employees utilize the Internet to pinpoint your selection and will special order it just for you. Pretty cool, eh? In addition, the employees are ultra-friendly and knowledgeable of multiple music genres. They also purchase used CDs but unfortunately, they rarely offer reasonable prices for them.