Breadsmith had good bread - very "earthy" flavors. I personally prefer some other breadshops in town (Great Harvest is much better).
You do get a sample - but it's a small sliver.
Staff is not as friendly.
Prices are about the same as other bread shops.
My husband and I heard some friends raving about PJ Murphy's Bakery in St. Paul. I wasn't as impressed. The donuts were fresh, but were nothing spectacular. Also, the staff tends to be a bit grumpy. The prices are same as other bakeries in the area.
There's nothing bad to say about Wuollet Bakery. Everything is always fresh and there's a wide selection of donuts, cookies, pastries, cakes...
The prices are fair.
I used to bring donuts to the office as a treat. Wuollet's puts pastries in a white box (not unique, I know) and wraps a red wribbon around it (the unique part). My coworkers could see right away when I brought the "good stuff."!
Great Harvest Bread is so great, I've actually looked into owning one myself (no lie - unfortunately they have a strict policy about how close together each shop can be).
My kids love it because you get a full slice as a sample (which is usually fresh out of the oven & warm). They sometimes walk up to "order" another slice & the staff is very friendly.
Loaves are priced from $4.50 - 5.75 and are worth every penny.
The breads flavors change daily, so go often!
Also, for every 12 labels saved, you get 1 free loaf!
Yum, yum and YUM! A Toast To Bread sells wonderful loaves of partially baked bread. All you do is pop it in the oven to finish baking for 10 minutes. They make a great basil bread. The bread is sold at their shop in East St. Paul, at the St. Paul Farmer's Market, and in some grocery stores (Lunds, Kowalski's to name two).
Our furnace broke down, so we called the number left on the furnace by the previous owner of our house. I described the problem with the furnace and they were able to walk me through a process to clean the "filbet" (or something like that) - which worked - at no charge!! It turned out that the dust created by a home project had causes this part to be dusty, which was shutting down the furnace.
It's not common to find a company willing to help, rather than charging $75 an hour for a simple process.
Please note: I'm not saying that ALL furnace issues can be explained over the phone, but in this case, I highly recommend St. Paul Plumbing and Heating.
The staff is always friendly at this vet office. I've had good luck with both a dog and cat. The prices are in line with other St. Paul vets. One note: I once brought my dog in for a check up/vaccinations and mentioned that he had been limping for a day. (The limp was not the reason for the visit - appointment has already been made BEFORE he limped). The vet bent his leg back and forth, said there was no swelling, and said to keep an eye on it. I was then charged a $20 exam fee, in addition to the original checkup/vaccination fee. I felt it was an unfair charge.