Steffens used to be my favorite twin cities mechanics, but I felt a little ripped-off last time. I took the car in for one thing, and ended up being sent back out with a battery that should not have needed replacement. Of course there's no way to prove it now, but I happily take my business elsewhere these days.
PROS: Not a chain store.
CONS: May be selling unnecessary parts.
I love this clinic because I don't have to park in a huge garage or take an elevator to see my doctor. Smiley's is great because they're linked to the U of M (if you need specialized treatments), but they're independent and seem to have everything I've ever needed right there. I usually do not have to wait more than 5 minutes before getting in to see my doctor, and my doctor is now my favorite - she's smart, listens to me, and explains everything very well. I love this clinic.
PROS: More personalized, very nice staff.
This cute little grocery store is probably the world's last non-chain grocery store. They have competitive prices, a great selection for being about 1/4 the size of most grocers, and very helpful baggers who will even carry your bags to your car for you!
PROS: No long lines, always a bagger at the checkout!
CONS: Not as much space as the big guys = not as many product options.
You may be surprised at this store's low-tech whiteboard with columns of options and prices, but don't let that fool you. General Nanosystems offers a world of computer parts for a fair price...and if you don't know what to do with parts, I understand they'll do that for you too! They offer a full sprectrum of pricing from the cheapest available model to the more expensive end.
PROS: Outstanding selection
CONS: You may have to wait in line!
This uptown store offers many traditional as well as unconventional pet supplies. The Wellness human grade food that they carry is the best - and stopped my cat's food allergies for good, I think! The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful as well. On top of all this, they have a couple live-in animals who are super friendly.
PROS: Central location, awesome selection
Their store front is unassuming, but the service is wonderful and affordable. They offered the price before I'd even dropped my quilt on the counter! And the silk blanket came back in a wonderful, revitalized condition! If anything, they might rethink their parking lot, which is a little hard to navigate.
PROS: Helpful, great service
CONS: Strange parking situation
This theater's decor is decidedly retro - most of the interior is close to original! Since the films are "second-run," the prices are super affordable. A great neighborhood cinema scene!
PROS: Cheap fun!
While their warehouse showroom may not be fun to walk around, they have a lot of appliances with minor (and I mean MINOR) dings that take a lot off the price tag! Our salesman was very helpful and friendly, and the delivery team was unbelievably fast and just as nice! They also hauled our old one away either for free or a very low price (I think maybe $15 if anything). The fridge we picked out was brand new and we compared the price to another store where it was $20 more - not much, but every penny counts!
PROS: Low prices, fast installation, nice employees
CONS: If anything, the warehouse feel to the "showroom"- but I don't mind that!
While this may be the place to go if your pet has a strange illness, I do not recommend their services if you have a typical pet problem. We had to wait a very long time to get in to our scheduled appointment, the doctor did not help the cat to relax at all, and the price was terribly high.
CONS: Expensive, slow, not very helpful.
Cedar Pet Clinic got my cat in right away, and finally solved a strange sore on her upper lip that another clinic couldn't solve. Our veterinarian was right on time and genuinely seemed to care about our cat -- took the time to calm her down while in unfamiliar territory. I give them top marks and all of my future vet-business! They also had a very big range of animals in that day - a bird, rabbit, dog, and our cat. It seems like they must handle all pets with great care!
PROS: Friendly Vet, treatment that works!
CONS: I didn't go to them first!