Essentially buried, tucked well away from Redwood Highway, Southgate Cinemas is a difficult theater to access unless youve mastered the geography of this part of Grants Pass. So yes, minus one star for its deplorable location. Yet on the bright side, this theater is more contemporary than The Movie Six across town. Southgates seating is comparably more comfortable and better arranged for surround movie viewing, along with its comparably superior audio and screen quality.
Although slightly hidden from clear public access, it's nestled in the comer, with it's own parking lot, of Grants Pass' largest strip mall. As its name implies, this theater carries six movies at a time, always offering current and popular big screen entertainment. Although inferior to Southgate Cinemas in seating, audio, and screen quality, The Movie Six sits far enough away from this would-be competitor to remain in operation.
Sure McKenzie River Music sells other instruments, the usual variety, but this music center offers the greatest assortment of electric guitars in Eugene. Fender, Gibson, Peavey, Santa Cruz, and Taylor include some of the available brands. The sales people are especially helpful, whether youre shopping on a budget or simply wanting a musical test drive. The only real downfall with this location is limited street parking.
My Brothers Pub is a prominent stop for traveling bikers and a host of Illinois Valley locals. Here, youll find gambling machines, pool tables, a large screen television, and sometimes live music. While this pub reeks of beer stench more so than other local bars, My Brothers still makes a worthwhile hangout after a long days work.
Within 30 minutes northwest of downtown Portland lays a sleepy little community called St. Helens. Nothing much happens here, and if it does, it's more likely to happen at Wal-Mart than anywhere else close by. A community comprised primarily of families and the elderly, locals will likely find someone he/she knows with every stop at Wal-Mart. Still, as a small town, its also a smaller Wal-Mart, less hectic then its usual suburban sprawls. The St. Helens store also includes a speedy oil change facility.
This little music nook, approximately the size of an apartment bedroom, has been a part of Grants Pass for as long as I can remember, maybe at least 20 years. Although Relics specializes in older, by-gone music, one can also find an abundance of new age, jazz, blues, classical, and novelty records. In addition, this store also buys and sells used and new CDs.
The Illinois Valley Family Coalition, servicing approximately 15,000 Illinois Valley residents, comprises services including welfare/state aid, job assistance, women's health, computer training, and DSL Internet for all. While the services are departmentalized, the ladies at the front desk will always point you in the proper direction for whatever assistance you and/or your family may require. It remains questionable however, as to why women comprise 95% perhaps 100% of its staff, and why they hire sometimes rude and otherwise unfriendly employees. As this coalition is run and financed by the Oregon state government, one could expect major delays and mishaps for requested services; however, the Coalition?s building/staff size to service capability ratio remains unparalleled.
While much of The Original Cut Company's clientele includes Cave Junctions large retirement community, the two friendly female stylists have proven adept in cutting hair of any type or length. There is never much of a wait, the prices are inexpensive yet competitive, and most importantly my hair always comes out just right.
Just off the 405-Canyon Creek exit, this Texaco has always been favorite gas, etc. stop of mine. Its always an easy in and an easy out, always keeping the gas about average-priced. Besides fueling up, the service at the convenience counter is also quick and friendly. This location contains a carwash as well.
Jalisco's sits on both sides 1st Avenue, at the south and lowest end of Queen Anne. On the east side of the street, there's the cozy restaurant-only location, and on the west side, there's the larger, more bar-oriented location. At first, I stopped in on either side on the street simply to grab a bite, depending upon my momentary whim. Regarding food, both locations are at least decent in comparison to the area's other Mexican restaurants. As I began going to more Sonic games and concerts at the Key Arena/Seattle Center, I would spend more time in bar/lounge portion, sometimes testing my chops on karaoke nights. From my recollection, the wait and bar staff ranges from absolutely arrogant and forgetful to pleasant and efficient. However, with happy hour, game days, festivals, concerts, and weekends, the crowds tend to get rowdier during these rather exciting periods. When the sods overflow, so do certain egos, and you know how that goes. If you prefer a cozy place to grab a drink, I recommend elsewhere.