The best store to find new and used CD's in the entire champaign-urbana area. They have tons of good stuff here, a really big indie and import selection, I once found an entire collection of Depeche Mode import singles here for $1 each. They have sections for all kinds of music, I was surprised how many different genres they have listed. The staff are friendly and always playing good music, you can see what they're playing up front too. Anything they don't have they can order for you, but their selection is so amazing you can find plenty of cool stuff here, including lots of bootlegs you won't find at chain stores like borders. They're right on green street near the quad so there is very little parking but you can just walk there from the campus. Upstairs they have a lot of posters you can buy as well.
PROS: good selection of CD's, good music playing in store
I went to Rubloff based on a recommendation from a friend when I was looking for my first home and everything about the experience was perfect. The agent I met with was very curteous and explained everything to me in detail. I received emails with different properties in my price range and there was no pressure at all, I simply checked off the ones I was interested in. The process went smoothly for the condo I ended up buying and I used my own mortgage broker and that was no problem at all. Their website is one of the best I've come across, it looks very professional and you can do extensive searches and look up the prices properties sold for previously (all the way back to 1995) They call themselves THE chicago real estate company and I don't know if that is based on their volume but they certainly know chicago and its people well. I plan to use them in the future when I sell my condo and possibly buy something else in the area.
PROS: professional company; excellent in all aspects
After not going to the dentist for a couple years I finally dragged myself in here because I wanted to get my teeth whitened and get a cleaning. The hygenist who cleaned my teeth said they were in good shape (no cavities) but said I should still have them cleaned regularly. The whitening cost $650 and I was not that impressed with the result. My teeth were not that yellow to begin with so maybe I was expecting too much but for the price I paid I expected more. I actually had it done a second time to see if that would make things better and it helped somewhat, my teeth are whiter now and I haven't had to go back for another whitening since this was done a year ago. The office is really cute and clean, I would recommend this dentist to anyone.
PROS: skilled hygenist, friendly dentist
CONS: somewhat expensive
I live a few blocks from this location so I decided to try it out after walking by it a hundred times and I was not disappointed. I received both a manicure and pedicure (part of a package) and I was extremely impressed. My manicurist worked diligently on my abused nails and offered some suggestions to keep them looking great afterward. The salon is very new and you can tell they spent a lot of money on the interior, but it definitely added to the experience. They're open typical business days for a salon (no sundays) and I would call ahead to make sure they can fit you in.
PROS: nice ambiance, good work
I went here once before going to a wedding and I was very pleased with my manicure. The best part was the price, this salon was much cheaper than others I have gone to in Chicago. The salon was well lit and clean inside, my manicurist didn't speak english very well but she was very skilled and I felt great after leaving. You can also get a massage here, however I did not get one at the time. I walked in on a weekday and didn't have to wait, but I would consider calling ahead on a saturday or evening.
PROS: great manicure, affordable
This was one of several apartment locators I visited in Chicago and they had the best selection of apartments. The office was extremely busy and I had to wait a good 30 minutes before I could meet with an agent but we were out looking at apartments after about 10 minutes. The first few places they showed me were rather small but after I expressed I wanted a larger place they showed me a huge studio that I decided to rent. The whole process was easy and all I had to pay was a $35 credit check fee.
PROS: friendly attentive agents, good apartments
CONS: long wait to see an agent
I visited this apartment finder service to find a small studio or one bedroom priced under $800 and they showed me the biggest dumps I've ever seen, I couldn't believe this was the best available in my price range. They did drive me around to see them and my agent was nice but I felt the selection was extremely poor and since I was going to be living there that is what mattered most. I went on a saturday morning and they were ready to go as soon as I got there with no wait but the agent was a little too anxious to get me into a unit that day when I made it clear I wanted to look around more.
PROS: no waiting, friendly people
CONS: poor selection to choose from
I went to Dr. De Camara for a breast augmentation procedure based on the recommendation of a friend about a year ago and to this day I'm extremely pleased with the result. I had not had any complications or any reason to return or have my augmentation fixed or re-done like so many others. My looks are extremely important to me and it really takes a close inspection to see where the work was done. I paid cash for the procedure for a slight discount but financing is offered as well. Not the cheapest surgeon you will find but I believe it was worth it, better not to risk your body to save a little money.
PROS: talented plastic surgeon
i'm very scared of dentists and having work done on my mouth and i've always had good experiences here. i have had a root canal and a filling done here and neither caused any pain however the filling fell out and i had to get it redone. i paid out of pocket and did not have to pay to have the filling fixed so i was very happy. it was not too expensive and they were able to get me in almost immediately.
PROS: friendly staff and good prices
CONS: small problem with the work (that was later fixed)