When we began looking for our first home we went first to a large chain bank and got a fairly decent rate quote and preapproval amount from them -- We then met our realtor who recommended Trustmor Mortgage -- they got us better loan conditions (by FAR) and a better rate as well --
We live on a budget (who doesn't?) and having a realtor that didn't want to talk us into more house than we could afford was a great blessing -- Linda was parient, went on a number of wild good chases with us, gave us her honest opinion on every house we saw and was genuinely happy to see us find the house we now own -- she was a great help to our family when looking for our first home and I highly recommend her as a realtor.
The Great Big Greenhouse has a wonderful selection of plants, trees, flowers, garden tools, accessories and statues -- the prices are very reasonable and the staff is very friendly -- and when they say "great big" they MEAN it -- this place is huge -- it takes a good long time to go through it if you're just browsing but if you're looking for something specific just ask and people will be jumping to help you.
The Westhampton is pretty much the only place in town where you'll get to see a first run art film, foreign film, or anything else of less than popular value! Often the films I enjoy seeing aren't the huge box office hits, they're the ones which require a lot of thought and take a long time to catch on. The Westhampton has reasonable prices, a lovely decor, GREAT snacks (like cheesecake!) and it's a very friendly and welcoming place to go.
Black Swan carries used books from the more modern to the very very old -- everything is well cared for and priced accordingly. There are bargain books for when you're feeling frugal and very rare old books for when you're feeling historical -- the staff is very helpful and friendly and the store is involved in the community as well.
Piccaso Moon is a delight for all hippies of any age, they carry things for children and adults -- from t-shirts to lovely dresses, gift items from jewelry to stuffed animals -- the staff are incredibly helpful and it's just a nice place to shop even if you were never a hippie -- it's certainly fun to pretend!
Dr. Krickovic is one of those old fashioned doctors who actually TALKS to you about what's going on in your life, remembers you from visit to visit and makes sure that you're alright after you've been to see him -- We've been through a number of doctors in the time that we've lived in Richmond and usually we end up with a doctor who is just too busy to remember us, or to sit and talk a minute about how you're really feeling. Dr. Krickovic is like a breath of fresh air!
I love going in this store to shop but rarely can I find something that's in my price range. It's a nice place to find gifts and if you're willing to spend extra for beautiful unique bits of jewelry and other small items it's a great place to shop. It's also a true local company and I like supporting small business whenever possible.
Nostalgia comics is a mix of things I like and dislike in a comic book store -- they have a good selection of t-shirts, books and toys, they do tend to have higher than average prices (in my opinion) and not as many back issues as you might expect. The staff is pretty helpful but the subscription boxes are hard to come by.
Dave's is probably the most popular comic book store in the city, they have very expensive subscription boxes, the staff is less than helpful, they won't allow any customers to flip through boxes of back issues to try to find things, and the back issues are generally overpriced. They do have agreat selection of t-shirts and toys, but for what you're loosing in service you might as well buy them elsewhere.