Walden Pond books is a charming, well known oakland establishment. They have a good selection of new books, but the real gems are located in the used section. It is a little pricey, but there is a large collection of offerdable trade paperbacks. The intellectual atmosphere is perfect for browsing.
The staff seems very knowlegeble, but if your not a die hard cyclist this may not be the place for you. There is very little affordable selction for beginners or folks who just want something to ride around town (try box dog bikes on 14th and Guerrero for that). They also offer plenty of bike accessories to pick up while you're there.
PROS: Good if you're a die hard.
Although Budget Rent-A-Car is well priced and conviently located near Union Square and downtown hotels, I would not recommend it. The staff didn't really seem to know what they were doing and was not aware of my appointment. On return they also tried to charge me for the tiniest scratch that was definately not my fault. Their selection of cars was also pretty dismal.
PROS: Pretty Cheap.
CONS: Poor staff.
This movie theater is conviently located in the heart of the Mission on 16th and Valencia. They show a good selection of new independent cinemena, as well theatrical re-releases of great import. The staff is curteous and attractive. Unfortunately the screen is a little small and they could rotate their movies a little more often. It's clearly a labor of love and I always feel good supporting them.
PROS: Independent cinema.
Leather Tongue video is almost obsessively curated. From the moment you walk in, if you are a Leather Tongue kind of person you'll know it. Nick Zedd, Lydia Lunch: if that's your style, this is your store. No doubts there. For everyone else there's Lost Weekend down the street. This store does stock lots of VHS and is really cheap.
CONS: Little. Particular taste.
For the right person, Multikulti is a small little slice of heaven. This small store on Valencia stocks a large selection of jewelry, sunglasses, accessories, belly dance gear and ephemera from all the world. The staff is helpful. The store is colorful. The jewlery is large, gaudy and fantastically well selected. Best of all, the prices are angelic.
PROS: Unlike anything else.
Located on Valencia street this store remains my favorite video rental spot in the mission. The selection is pretty good. I enjoy the fact they have a section organized by director. They still stock a large number of VHS titles, although the DVD selection is coming along nicely too. However, it is a little too busy, often times I find what I'm looking for is out. Perhaps they should stock more of title in high demand.
PROS: Good Selection. For film buffs.
CONS: too crowded.
Although this store has a fairly large selection I generally find it to be overpriced, considering their stock of vintage and new items is the same as can be found at many other local stores. There's just so many stores to choose from on Haight, prices keep this one from being something to write home about. Their windows are lovely though.
This store is part of what I call the "retro-city empire," part a company that owns several vintage stores in the bay area including Held Over on Haight and Sharks in Berkeley. Clearly this store on Mission street is not getting the best they have to offer. Selection does not turn over often and is picked over. The atmosphere is nice and the store is scrupulously organized with a fine selection of new merchandise.
PROS: New Merchandise. Organized.
CONS: Picked over.
Went to Alan Malouf to have cavities filled and teeth cleaned. Unfortunately I did not recieve much face time with the doctor himself, however his assistants knew what they were doing. He is a very nice guy and made me feel comfortable. Everyone in the office was personable and kind. He also does cosmetic dentistry.
PROS: Comfortable, knowledgeble, nice atmosphere
CONS: didn't see much of the doctor