When faced with a choice of tossing my laptop or trying to repair the screen, I decided to find a place that could do the latter. Most computer repair shops shunned the idea, and the manufacturer (Sony) plainly refused to do it. Alpha Computers, however, took my laptop in, and requested a week and $90 for diagnostics. In 3 days they told me a bulb that lit the screen needed replaced, and they'd have to send it out to do it. It took a while (but not much longer than they projected), but I got my laptop back, functional.
It's rather useful to have a PEFCU account if you are a Purdue student or employee - they have ATMs all over the university, and they usually work (unlike the ones of other banks, I remember trying 3 locations for BankOne, for instance, none of which worked). Cashier's checks are free here - you can get one a day from a cashier, and any number of them from the teller machine in the lobby. Oh yes - they also have free coffee!
The Limo stops by PMU and goes to the Indianapolis airport, and two-way ticket costs about $30. The schedule is rather convenient (I was always able to get on the limo no more than an hour after flying into Indy every time I used it), and with the current gas prices it's much cheaper than to go on your own and to pay for parking at the airport. The drivers are incredibly friendly, will wait for you as long as you call the service and warn that your plane is a little late, for example, and they also stop other places besides PMU - you just have to ask.
PROS: good price, friendly
This flowershop is located nicely right off campus, so it's great for last-minute buys. They also have a loyalty card, which will give you 15% off every time you go (this actually changes, but do ask for the card). The selection includes flowers, cards and baloons, but the prices are a little high. The way to get the best deal is to ask to go into the cooler and select flowers yourself. The florists, however, are very knowledgeable, and will gladly sell you flower tape and pins, along with a free explanation of how to make your own butonniers.
I went in to replace a tire on my bike - it kept leaking, and I couldn't find a leak, so I had to change the inside tube. Granted, it can be done on your own, but for $6 and 5 minutes in the store they did it, and I didn't have to mess with all the tools (some of which I don't even own anyhow).
The store also had excellent rollerblading equipment (including replacement breaks, for those who - like me - were always wondering where those can be bought).
PROS: fast, cheap
One serious drawback of this place is the way they inform you about billing. I went in for an eye exam, and didn't take off my contacts. The doctor said, I didn't have to take them out, and asked if they fit ok (he prescribed them for me last year). I said - sure. And when I walked out, I found out that on top of the eye exam price, he was charging me with a "contacts fitting fee" - another $30! But since it was the receptionist who billed me, and the doctor left by then, I couldn't argue - after all, she wasn't in there to know what he meant to charge me for.
However, when I went to get glasses at another place, they did fax in my prescription on request, and did it in a timely manner, which is nice.
CONS: odd billing
It's really not that easy to find a shoe repair place in this town. Cobbler Shoppe does fit the bill if you know what you want done, and when. They called to let me know my shoes were ready and I could pick them up. The only minor complaint I had was that they didn't match the color of the sole to the thing they put on the heel. But otherwise - good experience. Their business hours are a bit funky, though - 9 to 5:30 on business days.
For those who are considering getting a pilot's license, but aren't sure if what you are planning to spend 4-5 thousand dollars on is your cup of tea, this is the place to go. Here, you get a real flying experience (the instructor will land the plane for you, but you can takeoff and fly according to instructions all on your own) for $50. Hint: there's a $10 off coupon on their website!
CONS: need excellent weather!
The nail service was the worst ever. Basically, the technician whipped up the nailcolor in the bottle so that when she pained my nails, they were all covered in tiny bubbles. Nothing done on cuticles. I had to take it all off when I got home.
The facial consisted of alternative rubbing of some lotions on my face, I had no idea what they were or if they were for my skin type - they never asked or looked! It's cheap, granted, but you don't get anything for your money - at all.
CONS: you can do everything yourself at home - better
Especially good introduction to horseback riding. The groups fill fast on sunny weekends, so come early or call to reserve a spot. Even the absolute beginner group will go up and down some hills, a creek (twice), and across a field or two. Also, they have a nice enclosure in the back (zoo-like), which houses some llamas, some goats, and deer - some of which will come to the fence and let you pet them. When the horses have foals, the guides sometimes take the kids to see them, too.