This is a great church if you are looking for a place that isn't too small and isn't too big. Their music program is great and holiday presentations are a lot of fun. The nursery workers are wonderful, caring people who love babies. The pastoral staff is friendly and available for any questions you may have. This is a very missions oriented church and they support many missionaries throughout the world.
This is definately a place to check out.
Edwards Theater is a very comfortable, classy place to see a movie. They are always playing the big movies and usually they have more than one screen playing them, so you can more often than not see the one you want to see. The surrounding River Park shopping center has quiet a few restaurants available in case you want to grab a bite before your show. IF you have some time to kill, Borders is there too and you can get some coffee and read a book or magazine.
Whether you are looking for books, magazines, music, or a place to relax and read for a little while, this it the place to go. Their selection of books is massive and you can find something on nearly any subject you want. There is a fun little coffee shop inside the store and you can get your drink, find a book or magazine and sit and read for however long you want. The layout of the store is easy to navigate so you don't get lost. The restrooms are usually pretty clean and well stocked.
I have been known to lose half a day in this store.
This is a medium sized theater on the corner of Campbell Ave. and Saratoga. It is usually pretty nice, though it can get pretty crowded. Parking is usually not too much of an issue. There are a few restaurants around in case you want to eat before you see your movie. Since there is a high school nearby, things can get a little rowdy when the teen crowd shows up. Inside the theater, it is usually pretty clean, but the restrooms have been known to need some attention. For some reason this one does not always have the big ticket shows, which can be frustrating, if you assume that it will be there and just show up.
If I am going to see a movie in the theater, this is the place I prefer to go to. It is HUGE and therefor gets pretty crowded on the weekends or when a big new movie is released, but they have so many screens that you can usually get in to whichever one you want to see. The parking can be a hassel, since it seems that the planning of it wasn't all that well thought out. The surrounding retail stores are very nice as well and there is a large variety of restaurants around I case you want to eat before your show starts.
The theater itself is very nice and plush. The seating is very comfortable and almost always very clean. The restroom facilities are nearly always clean. I don't know about the men's room, but the ladies room is huge, which is nice when a few movies let out at once.
I always have a good time when we eat at Applebee's. The wait staff is usually very friendly and helpful. The place cam be pretty crowded on the weekends, but that is because it's so popular. Crayons and colorable kids menu is provided for children and sometimes there is even a balloon artist roaming the restaurant making balloon animals for whoever wants one. This is one of my family's favorite places of eat.
This Goodwill store is usually very clean and organized. Their prices on clothing and furniture are very reasonable. The store is on the smallish side, which can make for some crowding, but that is generally expected in this kind of an establishment. There are actually quite a few items that look new or never used. As with any resale shop, you have to kind of search for what you need, but its usually rewarding.
This Salvation Army store is the largest I have seen. They carry a surprising amount of furniture in a variety of styles. Their clothing selection is also extensive. Now and then the store has great sales, but generally speaking, the prices are quite a bit higher that I would expect. My experience has been that Goodwill is a better choice for "vintage" clothing.
PROS: Large store, big selections
CONS: high prices
Borders on Santana Row is quite nice, as it would have to be at this location. The store is two stories and has quite a bit of seating available if you like to just sit and read before purchasing your books. There is an in-store coffee shop, which makes it and even easier place to waste a few hours. There are also computers available throughout the store so you don't have to track down an employee in order to find what you are looking for.
I had my wedding in the "garden" of this charming house in downtown Merced and I wish I hadn't. There was one problem after another. A server dropped the cake topper and broke it. There was a scheduling conflict and a fashion show was using the room we were supposed to have for dressing. My parents' credit card was charged twice for using the facility. It was just a mess. My advise is to choose someplace else.