You know it's hard enough to get our son to sit still while eating, but to have him sit still while getting a haircut?
Well, Cool Cuts 4 Kids off of Silverado Ranch Blvd and Eastern Avenue provides a great atmosphere to keep your kids entertained.
1. For one in the small waiting area, they have a toy area as well as a couple of Nintendo or Playstation game systems to play on.
2. Their "chairs" that they have your kids sit on can be a regular salon chair (with a booster seat) or a car chair or a plane chair, etc.
3. Your kids can pick a video for them to watch while getting their haircut.
PROS: They provide toys/games/video to keep your kids entertained.
CONS: Could be a little cheaper.
Not like this is earth shattering news or anything, but if you're looking for an inexpensive haircut, Supercuts is the place.
This particular location isn't quite as busy as the one on Eastern/Serene, so what I usually do is to call ahead to both locations and only leave my name for the one that has the least time to wait which more often than not is this location.
This Supercuts is located right off of Windmill/Pecos in the VONS shopping center and isn't too far away from the I-215 Beltway so getting there is pretty easy.
The hair stylists are usually pretty good especially for a simple guy's haircut like mine. However, there was one time a couple of months ago when the hair stylist was going way too fast in cutting my hair. She didn't mess up or anything, but I could tell that she was rushing and a couple of times she would knick my ear with the comb (not the scissors).
PROS: Good location and inexpensive haircuts.
We had stayed at the Ritz Carlton for a couple of nights a while ago by taking advantage of a special rate that our company had arranged for ($149 per night).
Now, our room was a pretty nice one with fine dark wood furniture and a marbled floor bathroom. It had a great view of the mountains, a portion of the Lake and the Ritz Carlton's "Pontevecchio Bridge." It was a good size, but it was much smaller than the suites at the Venetian which costs less per night.
Room service was pretty good as well as we had dinner one night with NY Steaks and breakfast with dungeness crab & potato cakes with poached eggs. Sure, the prices were a bit much for room service, and I've had better steaks at Outback Steakhouse, but it still OK.
The 30,000 s.f. spa and fitness center is a full service spa that offers all of services that you would expect with a first class operation. However, when we did partake in a couple spa treatments, we found that there weren't enough staff around to tell us what to do and where to go.
The Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas Resort is worth going to but obviously not cheap and in my opinion, just a little shy of a 5 star rating.
Sure, I'm not Italian American or anything like that or from the East Coast like the other reviewer of the Albina's Italian American Bakery, but I really enjoy the pastries from this small bakery located in a Wal-mart anchored shopping center.
The thing that really caught my eye and stomach was their canolis that in my opinion are delicious and well worth buying several for yourself and friends/family.
Sure, they probably don't have the variety that a much larger bakery could offer, but what they do offer compensates for that.
PROS: Great canolis!
Quest Diagnostics has several locations around the Las Vegas Valley to service the bloodwork and testing needs of doctors and businesses.
I have personally been to several of these locations for bloodwork and have experienced varying degrees of service/wait times:
1. Flamingo/Burnham - Decent service with wait times of about 5-10 minutes.
2. Lake Mead Drive - Poor service (employees who wanted to close the doors before closing time because there were too many people in the waiting room) with wait times of 15 minutes or longer.
3. Green Valley Pkwy - Good service (friendly employees) with wait times of 5-10 minutes.
Best tip - Don't go to a Quest center near closing time as there will be a lot of other people waiting there with you.
CONS: Long wait times and inconsistent service.
We have enrolled our son in one of the summer sessions at Hillcrest Academy and so far have been impressed with them (as compared with the Challenger School not too far away).
The 4 week summer session that we enrolled him in only cost us about $400 (which includes a one-time registration fee) for 3 half days a week.
The campus itself is a pretty decent size like a small elementary school here but still obviously a private school (K-5) with private school tuition. They have a good sized playground area with a shaded jungle gym, swings, grass lawns, trees, gardens and even a quarter mile walking trail.
Uniforms are required for the regular school year but not for the summer sessions. They also provide for a healthy catered lunch during the school year at an extra cost per meal.
NOTE: I'll update this review after the school year has started.
PROS: Good sized facility and enough time for play!
CONS: Private school isn't cheap.
We got tired of spraying the outside of our home all the time for the pesky little insects that always seem to invade the house, so we had signed up for monthly service (about $32) for Bulwark to come out and spray the perimeter of our house once a month.
They do a pretty good job in taking care of the cockroaches, ants, and such, and whenever, we have a problem with anything, we just call them up and they'll either get to us that day or the next day with a solution. They're not open on Sundays, however, so if you have some infestation on a Sunday, you'll have to take care of it yourself until Monday rolls around.
We had stayed at the Hotel Vintage Park a while ago while staying in the Seattle area. They don't have a hotel shuttle, so you'll need to have your own car or rental car to get there from the airport. Sure you could take a taxi, but that would be a little expensive.
It is in a good location close to the I-5 freeway in the downtown Seattle area. It is close to the Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Safeco Field, and etc.
However, this is a boutique hotel with not a lot of rooms. Our first room was situated right next to the elevator (and you could hear the elevator) with a view of the guess what.....parking garage. Our bed also seemed just like a full-sized bed which wasn't going to do. So, I had called down to ask for a bigger room with some kind of view which cost us only $50 per night for the upgrade.
The new room was much bigger that had a decent view of some of the other skyscrapers in downtown Seattle. The bed was also king-sized, and the bathroom also had Aveda products as well.
But for a boutique hotel, you're not going to have a pool or jacuzzi or health club or anything, so if you're looking for a hotel with a lot more amenities, look elsewhere.
We spent about $340 for 3 nights in this hotel.
We had taken our son to Dr. Kami Larsen a while back, and our son liked the overall visit. They have a play area in the lobby with toys and lots of books to keep your youngster occupied.
Her office is located in Seven Hills and close to the Nevada Eye & Ear office as well which made it convenient for us.
Dr. Kami Larsen herself was good natured and obviously good with kids as she is a pediatrician afterall. She made our son feel at ease during the visit, and it prompted our son to want to see her again if he ever needs to go to the doctor agaiin.
However, we had tried to schedule an appointment with her several weeks ago, but she was unavailable and her staff at the time wasn't overally helpful on the phone call with my wife, so we would up taking him to a children's urgent care center instead who could see him that very day if need be (even though it wasn't an urgent need).
Ah, Sushi-Mon, I just love this place. It seems like there are a plethora of sushi restaurants here in the Las Vegas Valley, but none compare (especially for the price) with Sushi-Mon.
Sushi-Mon offers an all you can eat sushi dining experience that for an hour at dinner that you can eat all of the sushi that you want plus other side orders as well like gyoza, miso soup, etc. The best part is that it only costs you about $25 for this hour's worth of food. The quality of the fish is pretty good and the don't give you a large portion of rice with a small piece of fish as I have seen with other sushi restaurants. It is also owned and operated (for the most part) by Japanese. Hey, there's nothing wrong about a sushi restaurant run by Koreans or Chinese or anything......it just doesn't seem to authentic.
There are two little drawbacks that I must mention, however: (1) there is not enough room in the restaurant to accommodate everyone who wants to eat there as it is very popular and (2) in the summer, it seems as if they don't have enough HVAC capacity as it does get a little warm inside (and we are living in the heat of Las Vegas afterall).
I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for some good sushi, but I would also recommend that you arrive there before 6pm otherwise, you're going to have to wait.
PROS: Good sushi with an all you can eat price!
CONS: Wait times and warmth in the summer.