I recently received a gift certifiicate for Kitchen Art and put off going in to use it because I wasn't sure I'd find anything I'd want. I like to cook, but didn't need any major appliances or anything. By the time I finally did make it in, I was kicking myself for not going in sooner. They had a little bit of everything and I found that they also offer classes. I ended up with gourmet soup mixes, recipe cards, and some sample sized spices. They sell smaller quantities of spices, which is nice since you occasionally need one for a recipe and might not use it again for some time. I also found some cute stocking stuffers for my aunt who loves to cook. Located in West Lafayette next to PEFCU on US 52.
PROS: Incredible inventory
My husband is an art teacher and recently took his class here for a field trip and I was lucky enought to tag along. Twin Rocker is one of the areas little known secrets. The paper company supplies art paper for artists all over the world. It is just a short drive from Lafayette. They have an extensive collection of prints from well known artists and sell beautiful staionary to the public. While we were there, they gave good sized scraps to each of the students. They also offer tours to the public. This is a great place to get a gift for the artist in your life.
PROS: Fascinating to learn about their art
Just went there to pick up some cigars for a friends birthday. I know nothing about picking out cigars and was pleased to find an extremely knowledgeable man working behind the counter. He took me into the humidor, askedme a few questions about my friend, and gave me several options to choose from, depending on how much I wanted to spend. While I was there two weeks prior to the event, he told me it might be better to come back closer to time so the cigars would be sure to be fresh. We wrote down my selections and I came back and ended up buying a case, too. They have lots of accessories to choose from as well.
PROS: very helpful
I have used Jim's Garage on two different occasions; the first time by choice, and the second time only because nobody else was available. While there was no harm to my vehicle, on both occasions the guys that were sent to tow were creepy, to say it nicely. They smoked while hooking up the car, cursed, and stared for too long. After the first incident, I tried to avoid using them again. When once desperate, I decided maybe the first time was just a flook and tried them again only to be disaapointed by the same type of character. Use this compnay only if necessary.
PROS: Many tow trucks in fleet
CONS: Made me feel uncomfortable.
I had a great experience at Lafayette Tent & Awning. We were holding a live radio remote at work and needed to rent some tents in case of bad weather. I called and was pleased to get in touch with someone who made it all very easy for me. She asked all the right questions and helped me select the right tents. She even asked about renting tables and chairs, gave me the number to call to rent Coke stations, and offered to call before we dug. I opted not to have them set it up and ended up regretting it about ten minutes into trying myself. When I called, they came right back and set it up for me, even though I wasn't on the schedule for that. They went above and beyond!
PROS: Great customer service
Now this in normally not a place I would go for clothing or shoes, but couldn't resist after a friend told me that she had found some shoe bargains there this summer. (Priscilla's is an adult gift shop.) I went in and found it not to be as intimidating as I had imagined. The place was clean and the staff normal and friendly. I even found a super deal on a pair of stacked sandals, only $4!, and some basic shirts. Try it for yourself:)
PROS: great deals on clothes and shoes
CONS: adult store
My husband bought our lawn tractor there last summer and we were very pleased. They drive a hard bargain at Holt Equipment. They ended up throwing in a maintenance package with our purchase. They delivered it for us and even took it back to the shop to detail it further because it was dirty off the truck. This fall, they called to make sure that we were still satisified with our purchase and scheduled maintenance for the coming spring. Holt is also one of the few places to buy John Deere toys in Lafayette.
PROS: Best selection in the area
I love visiting this bookstore everytime I travel home to see my parents. While you can get some of the newest titles there, it's the unique items I enjoy. I have found so many treasures there; like older versions of Nancy Drew books that I used to read as a girl. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The last time I was there, when I inquired about a book I had seen ther once before, the clerk took my information and said they she would contact me if they got another in. You can't beat the price either:)
PROS: Great selection
I lived in these apartments during my college days at Purdue. The staff is so friendly and prompt to fix any problems you may run into. While I lived there, I was fortunate enough not to see a rent increase the entire four years. The prices were competitive, the pool and laundry facilities clean, and maintenance staff wasn't creepy. Very close to Walmart and campus. Also a convenient bus stop nearby.
PROS: close to campus
It is never easy to have a sick animal. Last spring our cat became ill and I decided enough was enough when she seemed to constantly run into walls or objects. When I called Paw Prints, they told me to bring her in right away. The doctor told me that she was pretty sure there was a tumor, as the cat's eyes were not responding to light. I asked if there was anything that could be done and while she said that we could try Purdue animal hospital, she wouldn't recommend it because there was only a very slim chance that she could fully recover and she didn't want to mislead me. I really appreciated her honesty since vet bills can get steep. We put her down later that day and the staff was very supportive. They gave us plenty of info, and all of the time that we needed. A week later, we even got a condolence card from them. They cost a little more, but a worth every penny.