Besides having a knowledgeable staff and just about everything you need for any craft, they have CLASSES at Michael's. I took the WILTON method cake classes 2004 to 2005 and finished all 3 levels. The instructor knew her stuff and was very helpful and encouraging to everyone. The classes meet once a week and there is almost always some sort of promotion that makes the $25 class fee (covers 4 meetings but not supplies) even less. Sometimes the fee is waived if you buy the student kit or vice-versa. The classes are limited to 10 students so that the setting is a bit more intimate and friendly. Some friends of mine have taken the art classes and the specialty craft classes and not one of them has a bad word for Michael's or any of the instructors. When buying your supplies for class, watch Sunday's newspaper for "40% off any one, non-sale item" to save big on the tools and supplies you may need for each class (providing you do not already have said supplies)...they run that coupon at the bottom of their advertisement at least every other week.
PROS: Cheap entertainment that also provides a new or improved skill
CONS: Supplies can get expensive if you are not careful
My husband routinely uses this cleaner, though a bit more expensive than the discount place a few miles down the road, as the service cannot be beat and there is drive through drop off and pick up under a covered waiting area. We have never had a negative experience here. Lovely staff.
PROS: Drive-through drop off and pick up of items
CONS: A bit more expensive...and worth it
I am pretty hard to please and quite irritating to shop-owners sometimes, as I always have a coupon or some package deal that I know about. I have never had difficulty with the cashiers and am always happy when I walk out with my purchase. There's always some little sale going on and coupons are honored politely and without question.
PROS: Good service, good selection
CONS: Blind location. I did not even know the shop was there for 3 years.
I took my 3 children under 5 (big mistake) against my better judgement because we had a gift certificate. After calling ahead and talking to the management, I was convinced that the place would not be too swanky for kids and that there was a "non-smoking" side. Well, the lot of us stunk up the house with the smell of cigarette smoke and all had to take baths when we got home 2 hours past their bedtime (service was very...very slow). First of all, the waiter told me, "pizza is not an entree...you cannot use your gift certificate for pizza." The gift certificate said only that you had to order at least 2 entrees (which I did) and had to spend at least $35. The G.C. was for $25. So, instead of fighting with him (this was my night off from cooking) I relented and followed his guidelines. Our food got to us about an hour later. He corrected my children by telling them that if they put their elbows on the table again, the table would tip over. He was rude and snippy to all of us. Then, our bill only had $18 taken off (rather than $25)...the waiter said, "the manager says it is for 2 free entrees." I told him to let me talk to the manager because that is not what the G.C. says. He came back and the full $25 was taken off. Then, the waiter told us that he usually gets stiffed on the tip, though the rules are changed (for the gift certificates) by the manager. I will never, ever go here again. I many send my husband for "to go" orders only, as there food is pretty good but the service is awful. One side has 8 or 10 tables (small tables) and the other, separated by a glass picture window in the middle and nothing on one end other than a smoke-filled hallway. There are pool tables on that side, a big t.v. and a bar area.
PROS: The chicken parmisian sub sandwich was delicious and it's less than 7 bucks
CONS: Do not take your children here, no matter how well-behaved they are
We have gone to the Ft Worth Zoo so many times that we thought maybe we should get a membership for the Summer. Well, we did that and boy what a good deal that is. The first adult is $50, the second is $35 a third is $50. Children under 3 are free. 3 and up start at $20 (for the first child) and I believe $17.50 for the second. The price includes parking for members and you can bring a guest for $3 off or get a guest membership, with which you can bring a different guest every time, for $75.00. These rates are as of Spring 2005. There is a petting zoo with goats, an armadillo, pot bellied pigs and chickens...a possom was there today. There is a climbing wall in the Australian Outback and the newest attraction is the Barrier Reef, where kids can look for their favorites from the movie "Finding Nemo," and learn that "Dory" is a fish called a "Tang" and not a "Dory." There are Kangaroos, Koalas, large cats, large canines, reptiles, insects, bats, primates, and...unlike the Dallas Zoo...BEARS! We never finish the whole zoo in one day anyhow, and with a membership, you do not feel the need to push the kids for another 30 minutes worth of zoo time because you've wasted no money by leaving if someone is tire or has a meltdown. There are picnic tables and eateries, misting stations, a train (get the all-day pass or you have to get off and cannot get back on without a return ticket) and there are lots of trees shading walkways. There are shows to see (read: air conditioned) and new exhibits often. The best money I've spent this year.