Global Beads has the largest selection of beads and other materials needed for creating your own unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They have beads for all price ranges, all very beautiful and high quality. They also have a large selection of ethnic wares and clothing.
The Bookbuyers is the place to go to purchase used books and CDs. They have a huge selection of all genres, including a great kids section. They also always have selection of calenders, at a great price early in the year.
Peninsula Day Care Center offers consistent after school care to schools in Mountain View and Palo Alto, at very reasonable rates. A Peninsula bus picks the kids up after school and takes them to the center- you can also arrange to drop you child off at Peninsula before school and Peninsula will take them to school. The staff, lead by Pastor Shaw, is very caring and responsible. Even little kindergarteners enjoy getting on the bus after school. They offer a study room for older kids, and provide care on all school vacations, holidays and during the summer.
Covenant Children's Center offers care for infants-pre K, in a warm, family style environment. The majority of the staff have been there for many, many year, and many of the families are repeat customers. An added bonus is the flexibility they allow parents for part-time care- as long as you sign up for a minimum of 20 hours per week, you can set you own, regular schedule (i.e. don't have to sign up for just mornings etc).
Hoot Judkins has the best selection of real wood furniture in the area, at reasonable prices. The range of woods they carry make them competitive with anyone. They also have a huge range of unfinished pieces, and can order anything you want. They offer refinishing services also.
Mancini's Sleep World carries a wide selection of mattresses and boxspring sets, like many stores. What set them apart is their customer service, specifically Rainey Thomas. After purchasing a box spring that ended up being too high for our bed (even though she asked us about it beforehand), she graciously offered to replace it at no charge, waiving any exchange or delivery fee.
Sharon at Larry Wells Salon is a fantastic hair stylist. She is very experienced and confident in her suggestions to clients. The salon itself, consisting of individually rented chairs, is a very pleasant place to be, especially around major holidays when the decorations come out!
The Cardinal Bicycle Shop is a great place to go for everyday bikes. They carry both new and used bikes, so if you're not interested in a bike for the Tour de France, but just need to get around town, this is the shop for you. They also have reasonably priced parts, again both new and rebuilt.
Dr. Thurber is a conscientious no-nonsense chiropractor. She's very thorough in her initial examination, and is careful to tailor your treatments to your individual problem. She's also very responsive to her patients' comments regarding follow-up visits.
West Valley Music is a great place to rent or buy instruments for school bands. They have a full selection of instruments and a number of different programs for renting or buying. They will also buy back good-condition used instruments. They also have a full range of supplies and books, and very knowledgeable and helpful staff.