I've started to use the word Adler like an adjective - that's how much I love Jonathan Adler's designs and the store. Now if I see something that looks like it could be in his stores, it's Adler-esque.
PROS: high design, innovative, cleanly presented
CONS: expensive (but high quality)
My husband visited this shop to be fitted for a tuxedo he would be wearing in an out-of-town wedding. Having the measurements taken cost only $5, the man was quick and personable - we were in and out in less than 15 minutes.
This is the library in my town, and I feel that the staff is not very welcoming or approachable. Sometimes it is difficult to get someone's attention at the counter, or get help with the computers.
Their computer policies are outdated and they need more computers in general.
The selection is pretty good for such a small library, especially when it comes to newer movies.
There was a long wait (2 months+) to get an appointment with Dr. Serow, but it was worth the wait. I had heard that he was a good dentist with a friendly staff and it was all true.
His office is located in the same plaza as StopN'Shop and very convenient. I was treated very nicely (and gently) by the hygenists and the doctor did not keep me waiting. He did a thorough exam, took x-rays, and spent a few minutes with me going over them, which was a welcome change from some other dentists.
The office was spotless, with decent magazines and toys for the kids. I can see this being a great dentist for kids as he is friendly and welcoming. Great experience.
PROS: Friendly, gently, personal
CONS: Long wait for a first appointment
For someone who doesn't know anything about cars, going into an auto parts shop can be very intimidating. I like Big A because as soon as you walk in the door, someone asks you if you need help and can quickly direct you to what you need. The staff is always helpful and goes the extra mile, like helping replace light bulbs, installing windshield wipers, and being honest about when you really need the expensive brand (and when the cheap brand will do just fine.)
PROS: Honesty and good service.
I had my laptop repaired here a few months ago. I was happy with the knowledge of the staff members I interacted with, however a little upset at what happened when I picked up the computer.
One part of the service that I thought I was paying for had not been performed, and when I questioned this, I was told that the original part was at fault and that they were going to perform that portion of service as a 'favor' or courtesy. I was miffed at paying the full amount when everything had not been done, and even more unhappy when I was told that they would 'try again' with the part, but only if I paid an additional $40.
I don't build models, but for special glues and items that you won't find at larger craft stores, I go to the Time Machine. Located in an old brick building in Manchester, the shop is enormous and has tons of character. The first floor is a toy room (lots of unique and educational toys) and model kit room. Upstairs is model train supplies and accessories and dollhouse items. We have found that by just poking around upstairs, there are many interesting items that can be used in projects other than train sets and dollhouses. Check it out!
We watch a lot of movies, and found Netflix to be the most cost effective option with the biggest selection of films, including foreign, independent, documentary films that you would never see at a video store.
As far as timeliness, the only complaint I have is around holidays, when (I'm assuming) staff outages at the mailing facilities cause backlog and delays. If I put a movie in the mail on Monday, I generally receive a new one on Thursday.
I visit this store a few times a year to stock up on specialty foods and on certain occassions when I need that one odd item that I don't want to pay full price for.
Some examples of why I go:
Deep, heavy duty soup pot, $10
Brand name bedskirt, $5
Imported olives, chocolate, preserved items at prices much lower than grocery stores.
The service is less than great, and they don't always carry the same items (that's the nature of closeouts) but I always find things I need at good prices.
The Caprilands Foundation runs the Caprilands Herb Farm and store. The woman who ran Caprilands for many years died some years ago, and since then the farm has fallen into disrepair. I reccommend visiting the small store on site, especially if you are already in the area or visiting the Nathan Hale historic site nearby. Supporting this small and historic enterprise is important to keep it going. The shop sells items like dried herbs grown on site, local potpourri, garden and cook books, gifts, garden themed lotions and soaps, etc. During the 'green' parts of the year the grounds, while overgrown and not showing their full potential, are still beautiful. Go for a stroll, see the sheep and chickens, and enjoy the outdoors.