In my opinion, Godiva makes the most mouth watering chocolate!! I just love their truffles!! You can find a big variety of truffles at the store. Godiva is quality chocolate and tends to be expensive. It's not comparable to Hershey or Milky Way.
During the Summer, the golf course offers classes to teens. My step-son took advantage of the golf lessons. He learned the basics of golf from a professional player. At the end of the session, his class celebrated with a pizza party. The golf course itself is small as compared to the more well known courses. It's not a La Costa but it's great to learn how to play the game.
The Southwest community center offers alot of programs for children and teens alike. However, the center is not in the most desirable location. The center hosts "Hip Hop" classes for children ages 3-5 and 6 and up. The class is offered throught city of Santa Ana Recreation. A dance instructor meets with the kids for an hour once a week. This is a great way for you're child to develop self esteem and stay fit!
The cost to use the lamination machine is a bit pricey. This store has everything an elementary or homeschool teacher needs. From posters, games and science supplies. I wasn't too thrilled with the selection of books though. Lakeshore is located inside the OCTFCU shopping center. I have found their prices to be more expensive as compared to other school supply shops.
Dearden's is located in a busy section of downtown Santa Ana. It's one of the few free parking lots left. The store hires a security guard to patrol the lot. You'll be given a card that needs to be stamped by an employee. It's a bit of a inconvience. The store itself has decent furniture that is overpriced. The salespeople can be a bit pushy. I was looking for a bedroom set but I could find better quality at Ashley for about the same price. You can also pay you're phone bill at this location.
The Samoan Community is large at this parish. During Easter and Christmas, the Samoans decorate the church with their traditional flowers and lei's. The Samoan choir sings every Sunday at 9am as well. The church is old and traditional.
Bimbo Bakery caters to the Latino consumers. Bimbo is famous in Mexico. The white bread is what makes Bimbo famous! Bimbo's mascot is a bear like creature, the kid's want their products for this reason. The muffins and cookies have a traditional Mexican taste! I love their products!! You can find Bimbo foods at Food 4 Less, Northgate and Stater Bros.
The Social Services Agency is located on the corner of St. Gertrude and Grand. There is plenty of parking space. I suggest that you come in very early since it tends to get crowded, especially on Mondays. If you need help getting Medical, Food Stamps or Cal Works, you need to come here. There is a lunch truck on the premises as the average wait time is 3-4 hours.
The price of gas is just unbeatable here! My toddler's swim school is just around the corner from this gas station. I'm just flabbargasted on how much the station charges for the fuel. Last week, the station was charging 2.99 per gallon of gas!! The only catch is that you had to pay cash to the cashier. So, I usually wait to fill my tank after my toddler's swim lesson once a week.
PROS: Price of gas is usually below the average!
CONS: The great deal brings in lots of cars and impatient customers
Norris is a very small market located in the heart of a residential area in SouthEast Santa Ana. The entrance is very compact, so you have to be careful not to hit a patron as you enter. This market has been in business for over 35 years. The carne asada is the absolute best! The butcher will season the carne asada at your request. The prices can be high since it's a Mom and Pop store.
PROS: The seasoned carne asada is fantastic!
CONS: The parking lot needs to be paved, it's in poor condition.