This pair of photographers created fantastic pictures of our wedding day. They did all the portraits that we asked for and then did hundreds of photo-journalistic style shots throughout the day--including preparation at my house, photos of us setting up the church, the wedding itself, the whole reception and shots of us leaving. They were there from start to finish and got absolutely fantastic shots. They were really unobtrusive as well. During the day, we hardly even realized that they were there, which is just how we wanted it--we didn't want to have to stop to pose for the camera at every major moment, they just captured it as it was happening. Their prices have gone up since we used them in 2003. But, based on the quality of the pictures that we got and knowing that they have had 2 more years to get even better at what they do, I would say they are worth the extra money.
PROS: GREAT photos, capture the moment as it happens
CONS: A little expensive
This bookstore has been at the top of my list for years. They have a wide selection of books on all topics that you can think of. They have chairs throughout the store where you can curl up and read for a while, and there are a couple of cats that might curl up with you. They have a fun collection of wacky cards and postcards that book nerds are likely to enjoy. Their staff is knowledgeable and always happy to help you find whatever you are looking for. And, they have a great location. They're just a few steps from the waterfront, good restaurants, other shops, and a major historical site in the area.
PROS: Great selection, cozy atmosphere, good location
These guys were the florists that I chose for my wedding. The flowers that I got from them were beautiful, but not the colors that I had asked for. I wasn't terribly disappointed as they were quite lovely, but still, I wish that they had tried better to fill the order as requested. When they dropped them off, it seemed like they maybe knew things weren't quite right since they really dashed off VERY quickly. But, I'd still recommend them because the flowers we got were so pretty.
Dr. Portier is such a great doctor! You can just tell that she loves her work and really cares about her patients. She will take all the time that you need in your office visit and really gets to know you while she figures out how to get you healthy again.
This is an outstanding orchestra filled with musicians who record the scores for movies. The quality is fabulous. Tickets are really affordable, too. Students and seniors can get it for just $10 and their regular rates are pretty affordable too. They do free kids concerts on the mornings of all their regular concerts and they are so much fun!! They also do a ton of work in the community to promote music education.
I love this mechanic and am sad that I can't take my car to him any more since I've moved out of the area. Bill's is a great place for affordable and reliable car care. You always feel like they know what they are doing and they aren't going to sell you extra services that you don't really need. They don't talk down to you if you don't know a lot about cars and will try to explain the stuff in ways that make sense to lay people. Their rates are really reasonable and the quality of the work is excellent.
They have a really nice facility, with all new equipment. One of my favorite features is a cardio room that's set up like a movie theater. They show DVDs on a giant screen in a darkened room to help keep you entertained during your workout. They have a good mix of classes that seem to have something for everyone--my husband and I each found classes that we liked. The only problem is that the front desk staff aren't really knowledgable about the classes and sometimes the posted schedule doesn't match what's happening in the classrooms. But, overall it's a really good gym.
What a great dental office! They do a great job. Dr. Probst and his staff are so nice and so friendly. The doctor has very gentle hands, which makes the whole experience much more pleasant. They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and happy with their services. They gave me a free professional bleaching kit as a thank you for being a new customer. Those are usually a couple hundred dollars, so I thought that was a great thank you present for getting dental work done that I had to have anyway. Also, if your copay for your next visit in advance, they give you a 10% discount on the part you owe. Generally, I hate going to the dentist. These guys make it not so bad. :)
PROS: Super nice and do good work
CONS: None--they're great!
These guys were both honest and affordable and they fixed our car quickly. The staff there were friendly and helpful and they also seemed like they really cared about their customers. We are really glad to have found a good and trustworthy mechanic so close to home. We will definitely be taking all of cars to them for future repairs.
PROS: They do good work at affordable rates
Last Christmas, we were leaving town for almost 2 weeks and couldn't figure out what to do with our bunny. We found the Bunny Bunch and they were great! For about 10 or 12 per day, they kept our bunny inside in a decent size pen, fed her all the right sorts of things, gave her toys to play with and healthy but yummy treats. The only reason I'm not giving them absolute top marks is that the toy we had left with them did not come home with us (but they did give us a different toy since they couldn't find it).
PROS: Experts in rabbit care
CONS: A little expensive for a long trip