We are definitely thankful to the wonderful staff at the Thunderbird Veterinary Hospital. Recently, our kitten became very ill, and we had no idea what was wrong with her. My young son would have been completely devestated if we had lost her, as she is really a part of the family now. We were able to get her in at Thunderbird on a Saturday afternoon, immediately after we called. They, not only took great care of Snowball, they were also very comforting to my children throughout the ordeal. We're happy to say that Snowball and the rest of the family survived the crisis, and we now know where to turn if we have another one!
PROS: Excellent care, great hours!
I had never heard of the Allstar Pony Rides & Petting Zoo in Blanchard, until my sister hosted a birthday party for my neice there. It was so much fun for the entire group! Now, my younger children want to visit all the time! They will plan events for you, and even offer supplies for your parties. You can reserve the zoo for several hours for your party, and the cost is very inexpensive. Pack your lunch and make a day of it, for less than the cost of a McDonald's birthday party, and so much more fun!
PROS: Host parties, plan parties
Moving to Norman, we were in need of a local dentist. Many of my friends in the area recommended East Norman Dental. The first thing that impressed me that there were no long waiting lists to be seen. We have always been able to schedule our visits within a week of calling. Another big thing that impressed me was that they offer sleep dentistry... a huge plus for those, like myself, who are terrified of getting fillings!
Dr. Larry Lavelett is a wonderful dentist, and he treats our entire family. He does a fantastic job with all adult care, as well as with the children. He takes time to explain preventative measures that can be taken, as well as any treatment that is absolutely imperative.
Dr. Lavelett is a dentist that can be trusted.
PROS: Sleep dentistry, Adult and Child Care
If you're planning a weekend visit to Norman for a big OU game, or on vacation, make your reservations early... at a different motel! Before I was familiar with the area, I went in, inquiring about a room. I immediately saw that their rates were high, considering the average hotel and motel rates in the area. It is only a few blocks from the OU campus, but there are also others in the area. The manager gave me the key to look at a one bedroom unit. I wasn't impressed with the outer appearance of the motel, but wasn't horrified either. It wasn't until I actually saw the inside of the room that I was disgusted. The rooms are filthy, the furniture ragged and stained. To be honest, I would not stay in this place with my child for free. Also, since I've lived in Norman, I have learned that the OU Motel has a reputation for having many drug and prostitution related arrests.
Check out the area, and make reservations early so you can stay somewhere clean and safe!
CONS: overpriced, filthy
Everywhere you look in Norman and the surrounding areas, you see OU tshirts and flags. On game days, the entire city dons their red outfits! The OU Atheletic Department Sportswear & Souvenier shop is awesome for the diehard fans, who have everything! Their prices are a bit higher than other similar stores, but, you will definitely find unique accessories and items in thier store that you will not find anywhere else. Any clothing item, sunglasses, even rugs and dishes, are just a few of the items they carry. For people like my son, this is a definite Christmas and birthday shopping stop!
PROS: The most unique collection!
Robinson Crossing 8 is the only theater in Norman that offers the latest movies at such a fantastic low price! All movies before six pm are only $1, and after six, $1.50! This is a true gift to all parents with children, especially teenagers, as we know how quickly the price of movie theaters can break us! These prices are good daily, even on weekends. They offer new release movies, just weeks after they've started playing in the higher priced theaters. Even with popcorn and drinks, an average family of four can enjoy the theater experience for around twenty dollars!
PROS: Low prices everyday, including weekends
I have always been really impressed with the technicians at Alameda Express Lube. I used to always go to large chains to have my car serviced, but I have found that I get quicker service, and more benefits by going to Alameda Express Lube. Their prices are comparable to all the other quick lubes in town, but they do a complimentary check of all of your fluids, your tires and even your brakes. Even as a female going in by myself, I have always been treated with respect, which is a very big plus in my opinion!
PROS: Great service, get treated with respect
My husband and I are new to stocks, bonds and mutual funds, but wanting to invest and save for the future of our children. I've done some research online, but just wasn't comfortable doing it on my own. We asked around, and friends recommended Edward Jones Investments. I called them, and they were so friendly and understanding. They made me feel completely comfortable with their professionalism and knowledge. We have started investing, making a little money, and are even learning a lot of tips from them! I would recommend them to anyone who is new to investing!
PROS: Very professional and helpful
If your kids are growing up and moving out, whether next door, or off to the OU dorms, they're going to need furniture. Second Home Furniture can be a real lifesaver for Sooner students and parents! The people who run it are so friendly, and willing to make you a great deal on whatever you need. Their furniture is used, but still in good condition, and their prices are hard to beat. If you're looking for something they don't have, they'll keep their eye out for it. This is definitely a place I would recommend for cheap, good furniture.
PROS: great prices, good condition items
If you are hosting a party, or just want something for a quiet night at home, Hob Nob Rob's is the liquor store that has it all!!! They have the largest selection of beers, wines and liquor in Norman. Their employees are very knowledgeable, and they can help you in selecting the perfect drinks for whatever the occasion. They offer kegs for large parties. They are also one of the few places in the area that offer 6.0 beer.
Some specials they have in the store include free gifts with the purchase of certain brands, and they also have recipe cards, to help you make awesome mixed drinks. They also have neat selections of beer mugs, wine glasses, and shot glasses.
A fun place to stock up for a party, and with their huge selection, they have drinks for every budget.
PROS: Wide Selection, helpful employees