Voted number 1 Gourmet grociery store by Citypages recently, Kowalskis provides a pleasant shopping experience. They have many items of higher caliber than other stores, though at a slightly inflated price. The quality of the produce is usually much higher than other markets, and sometimes actually significantly cheaper.
Music go Round's selection can be sketchy at times, often consisting of clone/knock off brand guitars based off popular designs. Because of this, they cater mostly to the beginner crowd. I try to scan music go round occasionally however, because every now and then you can score a great deal on a piece of used gear, the sort of diamond in the rough idea.
You can find some great clothes at ragstock... If you look frequently. The prices are often good, but many times that I venture into ragstock, I have trouble finding anything I like in my size. Hopefulyl the truth is that it just gets picked over too quick for me, because I'd hate to believe that I'm not an extreme minority in wearing clothes that fit/ not being obese. If I could find size small more frequently on the particular items I may be interested in, I would be a very happy camper.
The new name wasn't listed on the site, so I will review under the old name, Musictech. I am enrolled in the Recording Engineering program and I am enjoying it immensely. The faculty is very knowledgeable and excellent teachers, and the studios are of good quality(from what I hear from other students, of much higher caliber than it's competitors in the region, though I haven't had a chance to check for myself). I am in an associates degree program, and sometimes wish it were a Bachelors degree. The only real gripe I have is that I am having some schedule issues with this new semester that is just begining.
PROS: Excellent faculty, great facilities.
CONS: Price, no current option for Bachelor degree, scheduling.
I often find this station to be between 5-10 cents a gallon cheaper than other stations nearby where I live. I'm not sure exactly how they do it, but it's consistent. Downside is that depending on what time of day you go, you may be stuck waiting in line where you wouldn't have to at other stations, obviously because of the price. The staff seem a little bizzare at times as well.
If you're in the market for vintage guitar/bass gear, Willies American Guitars is a great place to check out. They specialize in vintage and boutique gear, and most items carry a hefty price tag, so if you're on a tight budget this may not be the right place. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff and are a must see if you can afford it.
Guitar Center is a chain music store which carries beginer to high-mid level instruments and gear. It can be an okay place to buy some things, but their staff is often known for being unknowledgeable about much of the gear they sell. Also, often a high pressure sales enviroment. I'd rather support 'mom and pop' stores that often will go the extra mile to help you with any problem that arises.
I decided to check out this little dive bar on Randolph Ave in St. Paul after reading a newspaper article on the top 10 nacho places in the metro area (mexican restraunts aside). I believe Skinners took 4th on the list. The nachos there are a great value, only around 5 bucks for a plate of delicious nachos that are literally a meal for two people. I can't vouch for the rest of the food yet, because we always end up getting the nachos, but I can say the nachos and service are great.
Though some sections seem to be chaotically placed, if you have the time to wander around and browse(which is what you SHOULD do in a bookstore) then it is a very enjoyable place. Carry a wide selection of used books at good prices, and often have hard to find or rare books, including signed and first editions.
Honestly, I wasn't very impressed with Grand Ole Creamery. It recieves a lot of hype from people I've talked to, so I expected a lot out of it. They have a somewhat narrow selection of flavors in my opinion, most of which didn't appeal to me(not that the buisness can be blamed for my taste). They do have tasty waffle cones. Their prices are similar to Cold Stone creamery if i remember correctly, and I didn't find them as enjoyable. On the plus side, they aren't a chain like Cold Stone.