I was shopping at Weekends Only, looking for some new living room furniture. My impression of the place is, it has a good selection of items to look at -- but anything with an "attractive" price tag on it is of mediocre quality.
All sales are final, and on some items, only the showroom floor model is available for sale. (Many of the showroom samples I saw had small rips in their fabric, legs partially breaking off, and other such issues.)
Some price tags will claim huge markdowns (like from $1000 down to $379 or so, but it's hard to imagine anyone ever paid the original price they claimed anyway. And if you don't pay the additional $97 or so for the extended warranty, you have NO recourse at all if something breaks - even 2 days after it's delivered.
I ended up buying a sectional from these guys, but I'm on a budget and don't have the time to keep spending hours in furniture stores looking at more items. I think I got basically "what I paid for" - but it was no "great buy" either.
I know few people in the computer industry care much for CompUSA anyway, but these guys went from "tolerably decent" to "not recommended" in the last few months. They were blessed with a few intelligent, decent employees and through bad management, let them all go. And forget seemingly simple things like returning a product purchased from their corporate sales counter. It can take them 45 minutes just to get it all properly processed in their archaic mainframe-based computer system! Totally gutted their once respectable Apple section too.
These guys have been around as long as I can remember, and they're known for stocking lots of collector and vintage stuff that's neat to look at. But wow ... you better be ready to lay out some major $'s if you want to buy any of it. I can't speak for their repair skills since I never had them fix anything of mine....
Schillers has been around for a long time, and if you need it, they probably have it. My biggest complaint about them is price. Even film developing costs a premium here - and new cameras and accessories can go for close to full retail price. But I've gotten an excellent used lens here before, and know lots of people rent A.V. equipment from them for presentations too. Plus, they're knowledgable - so if you want/need expert advice, they may be worth the price.
I know Imos Pizza is supposed to be a "St. Louis tradition" and all that ... but as a native St. Louisan myself, I say it's "average" at best. Because of the strong flavor of the cheese they put on their pizza, everything tastes almost the same. You can get pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, whatever... toppings still get drowned out by the cheese and spices. And if you don't care for thin crust pizza, you definitely want to skip them!
Since D&B first came to St. Louis, I was a big fan. My wife and I went quite a few times and always enjoyed it. But I can't quite give them a 5-star recommendation either.... For one thing, you can get stuck waiting a LONG time to be seated for dinner in the restaurant. And if you're part of a group trying to get seated together, you can practically forget it. Almost seems like they try NOT to let you ever do that successfully, because they want to force groups to reserve their meeting rooms in advance (more $'s for D&B). Plus, with drinks, dinner and games - can get pricy!
This place is reasonably priced if you're just wanting their basic car wash, but they make all their money on the "extras". Their staff is trained to keep offering you things to the brink of harassment while you're in line with your vehicle.
Somehow, it always bothered me that they expect a tip at the end too, when your car is just being driven through an automatic wash. I mean, yes - they do towel dry your car off afterwards and vacuum out the inside, but I'd rather just do that part myself and save a few bucks.
I dunno... If you have the money to blow on a car wash and don't want to do any work yourself, this might be fine.
My problem with the UPS Store is this: They keep insisting their prices are exactly the same as what UPS charges you if you ship through them directly. But I never find that's the case!
I shipped a set of 4 tires through them one time, and they charged me well over $160, for the slowest delivery method they had. This didn't add up at all to what their web site calculated for me based on their weight and dimensions.
I've used them other times, too, and run into the same thing. Somehow, they always seem to cost at least $2-5 more to send out a given package than if I just take it down to the main UPS office directly.
I've been to this "mini-store" in the mall several times, hoping they'd have such things as replacements for broken-off antennas on my cellphones or carrying cases. I don't think they've ever, once, stocked anything I needed!
One time, I wanted to get a firmware update done to my phone and nobody in this little store had any equipment needed to do it.
It seems they can't do much besides just set up new service for someone and give you one of the promotional cheap phones.
I had my SUV in here at least 3 times for oil changes. The first time, everything went fine. But on both the second and third trips, one of the guys insisted that the "transmission fluid was a little low and needed topping off". He proceeded (both times!) to overfill it, requiring them draining some back out again and starting over.
On that 2nd. trip when he overfilled it, it seemed like they got it right before I left. But the last time, I drove off and found the transmission shifting oddly and "slipping". I had to bring it back in and have them try again to get the levels right. (They insisted that it "didn't hurt anything!".)
Well, a few months later, I take my SUV over for state inspection, and my mechanic tells me "Wow, your transmission fluid really smells and looks burnt! You need to flush this out!" Who knows how much damage they really did due to this screw-up?