Ikea has become one of my favorite stores to shop at. Their prices on items for the home cannot be beat. I can get lost in that place for hours before I realized how much time has passed. They carry furniture, anything you might need for your kitchen, bed and bath decor, linens, baby items, toys, Storage units, I could go on and on. There is also an in-store restaurant that serves Swedish food and a Swedish foods market. It is basically a self-service, do-it-yourself place, but the prices make up for any inconvenience.
PROS: Great prices, huge selection
If you have lots of laundry to do and you need it done fast, this is a good place to go. They have HUGE washers and dryers which are great for sofa slip covers, comforters, blankets, or anything else that won't fit in a normal (or even extra-large) washer. The dryers are high-power and will get your clothes dry extremely quickly. I'm always surprised at how quickly my stuff is done. I wouldn't recommend going at night, but it's fine during the day.
The DeAnza Flea Market is available once a month. This is a very large flea market with a huge variety of merchandise. You definately have to search through the junk to find the treasures, but if you love to treasure hunt (as I do) it can be a lot of fun. There is everything from hand-made crafts to off-brand necessities to old farm equipment. I have found it a very pleasant way to spend a weekend.
This is probably my favorite bookstore. I'm able to find almost anything I'm looking for. Their children's section is great and story time is a lot of fun. With an in-store coffee shop and comfy chair through-out, I've been known to lose a few hours in this place. There is ample parking available, so that is almost never a problem. I have also been able to meet a couple of my favorite authors since this store seems to be popular for book signings.
Target is a great place to go if you have many different things that you need to buy and don't want to go all over town to get them. Whether you need clothes, shoes, electronics, cards, prescriptions, food, home decor, cleaning supplies, whatever, you can probably find it at your local Target. Higher class than Walmart, it still has great prices and variety. Target is also a good place to go if you need Maternity clothes (like I do right now).
This dance studio is of the highest quality. It has turned out dancers that have gone on to have careers in televion and the stage. The owner, Keith Banks, is the best male dancer I have ever personally seen. Whether you are a novice, professional, looking for some fun exercise or just a place for you kids to get some lessons, this is definately the place to go.
I spent 3 weeks in this hospital with my newborn baby when she came down with meningitis. With the exception of one nurse, it was a wonderful experience. The hospital is cheerful and colorful and the nursing staff was very accomodating. The cafeteria was amazing! The food was restaurant and deli quality. The rooms are large and comfortable and I was able to stay with my baby the whole time she was hospitalized. Every other hospital I have been to pales in comparison.
PROS: Cheerful, colorful, great nursing staff, great food
My only experience at this hospital has been with the labor and delivery unit, but it was a great. The nurses are friendly and helpful as well as great sources of information. The rooms are very warm and comfortable and even feature a sleeper couch so that fathers (or parents or friends) can stay overnight. They definately spoiled me there. I would certainly go back for the birth of my next baby.
PROS: Warm, comfortable rooms; knowledgeable, friendly staff
The rest of the hospital notwithstanding, my experience at this hospital was terrible. Twice I have had to take my infant daughter to the ER and both times it was close to four hours before we were seen. Even after we were given a bed, it didn't get better. The nurses didn't listen to me enough to understand what I was telling them and even when I got my point across they spoke to me like I didn't know anything. If you have a choice, pick a different hospital for an emergency.
CONS: Slow service, unreceptive staff