This is the kind of place that is hard to imagine still exists - it's straight out of the 60s, although with a mod, metal-ish kind of edge to it these days.
It's a psychedelic shop, and has all the things you'd expect from such an establishment, from the funky posters and t-shirts to the stranger paraphernalia. Some of this stuff is definitely not for the younger crowd. But this place is worth visiting, if only for the curiousity value.
This is a decent enough convenience store made better because of its hours... it's open for all of them. It's nice to find an independent 24-hour convenience store in the area (which is already full of 7-11s and such).
The refrigerator is stocked with a wide variety of beverages - and I'm not just talking about alcohol. They often have strange or interesting sodas here.
And they have all the stuff you'd expect in a convenience store, including lottery tickets and scratch lottery tickets.
This is one of the best liquor stores in the area. There is a world-class selection here. It's hard to come here when you just want one thing because you know you'll end up leaving with more than you intended - it's hard to resist some of the unique items they have for sale here, whether it's local wine, wine from overseas, or just a new and different kind of vodka.
The prices here are very good too - and it's a great place to go to re-stock the liquor cabinet when you're running low. The aisles are bright and wide, and the staff is helpful.
This place is like a zoo - and I mean that in a good way. This place is full of strange and exotic animals, and lots of strange sea creatures too.
The wide assortment of exotic animals makes this a great place to wander around in even if you don't have any pets and don't plan to buy any.
Of course, they have the usual array of charming puppies and kittens, but it's animals like monkeys that really make this place special.
There are a couple little convenience stores near Mineola Station and a little kiosk. This is the one I tend to use more, if my train is not about to arrive. They have a slightly larger drink selection than the others, and the prices are a little bit lower.
They also have typical convenience store items, a little stationary, some snacks and so forth. And you can buy lottery tickets and newspapers here.
If you train is about to arrive, though, you're better off sticking to the kiosk.
They can fix just about anything here - shoes, jackets bags, etc.
This is a tiny little shop with just a counter and a little space in the back for them to fix your items. But that's all they need. And the prices are amazingly low.
This is a dying breed - most people just throw stuff out these days, and most places would rather sell you new stuff than fix your old stuff.
I am so glad this store is here - and if you need it, you will be too.
This is a tiny local florist that manages to have a bouquet for every possible occassion. It may not look like much from the outside, but if you need to make a quick stop to get some flowers for a friend or loved one, this is the place.
It's near Mineola Station, so it's a great stop on the way home if you need to get some flowers for the little lady.
And if they don't quite have what you are looking for, ask - they have some flowers inside and it seems like they can make an appropriate bouquet.
This is a small shop packed with goods you'd find in Japan. From household items to snacks to frozen foods - all either from Japan, or similar to items sold in Japan.
The staff here is all Japanese and they speak Japanese.
Be sure to pick up the pack of yakult drinks - they're supposed to be especially healthy and improve digestion.
It's also a great little place to just browse. My favorite is the sumo tea cups. I've never actually bought them... but someday I will.
Parking here is a little tricky, but there are some extra spaces behind the store.
It's always hard buying an autograph in a store - it is so hard to figure out what is real and what is fake.
This store sells autographs. I don't know if they are real or fake, but they have some very nice looking pieces. They trend towards baseball, but also have items from every major sport. They also have non-autographed collectibles, jerseys, caps and so forth.
They don't sell many unsigned photos, so if you are looking to get a bunch of pictures for your own collection, to get signed on your own, this is not the place to go.
But they do sell cases and frames for your signed items, and they sometimes have athletes in the store signing autographs.
This is a good basic laundromat. They have self service machines if you prefer to do you own laundry. Or you can drop it off and they'll do it for you for a reasonable price.
They charge a little extra for sleeping bags and comforters, maybe a little too much. But they did a very good job with our sleeping bags and comforters so at least they earned the money for that service.
I would reccomend this laundromat for both doing your own laundry and their drop -off service.