My boys have been going to the Dutch school last year in order to maintain the Dutch language, and get some cultural education about the country their mom and dad come from.
Kids of all ages are in one classroom together and get instruction on their grade level for 2.5 hours a week.
They charge a fair price and Ms. Miriam is great with the kids. They even hold Dutch events during the year.
Going to Patchen California Christmas Tree patch is an annual tradition of ours. The weekend after Thanks Giving we drive up there and cut our own Christmas tree in the woods.
Patchen has a huge lot with all kinds of trees. You get a saw to cut down the tree and they will put a net around it and help you load it on top of your car.
There is a "photo spot" with a big beautiful wreath where you can shoot your Holiday cards. They serve hot apple cider and they sell things like holly and wreaths. The owner are really nice too.
It is not very cheap: you pay about $50 for a medium size tree, but it is a priceless holiday tradition.
Expo Daily is a Home Idea Center where we went when shopping around for our bathroom and kitchen remodels.
It is a huge space where home improvement contractors show their product to the public. From kitchen and bathroom to water softeners, artificial grass and lighting contractors, they are all there.
You get a card you swipe at each booth you are interested in, and when you are ready to leave you get brochures of those vendors.
Pros: You don't have to shop around the entire bay area
Cons: You will get phone calls from the contractors you got info from within a week. You are barely done with going trough all information and not ready to decide on anything yet.
We use Screened Magic for printing lunch bags, t-shirts and other prizes for our school events.
They deliver within the promised time frame and the prints look great. For a small fee they improve your logo design.
Communication goes easily by email or over the phone. It's an advantage to go with a local printer, instead of using an online printing co.
We love riding our bikes, and when looking for a good bike we ended up at ST Bikes. They take time to measure your height so that they can advise on the correct frame height and tire size.
They have bikes for all ages in many brands and they have a repair shop on site.
You get what you pay for!
Our doggy stayed at this "pet hotel" twice. The owners and personnel are very kind. There is a small dog and large dog section indoors and there is a little dog run outdoors for letting the dogs do 'their thing".
I liked the fact that there is a doggy cam, so that you can see your pet from your vacation destination. There is even a little play structure with slide for them!
When we picked Missy up the first time, they had lost her collar. I was not happy about that at all. When we picked her up after her second stay she had soiled herself in her crate that morning. My dog is not like that at all, so I wondered what happened there. Probably stayed in her crate way too long. They even lost her little pet bed.
The good thing is that the place is never fully booked. Even during holidays and summer vacation there is always room for a little dog.
I always bring my husband's dress shirts to Bona's. If you bring 4 or more shirts at the same time you only pay $2 per shirt. For this amount of money I don't wash and iron shirts myself anymore!
Once I lost my receipt but fortunately they could track down items. The owners are very nice.
The Design Mart has lots of furniture pieces and accessories in the showroom, which also can be bought from the floor.
The owners, Sharon and Kevin, are very kind and are assisting rookies like me patiently.
The fabric selection is not very large but includes major brands, and fabric swatches are being delivered at home within a few days.
Instead of going all the way to the SF Mart, this is a great alternative close to home.
For our school we held an E-Waste collection event with ASL Recycling, and we raised nearly $1000!
ASL provides you with a document about how to get started and they provide flyers for in the kid's backpacks. They also give posters to distribute to local vendors and to post at the school and the neighborhood.
The day of the event they have a crew of ten people taking the E-waste out of people's cars and stacking it all up. They are very friendly and clean up the site when they leave. I am very satisfied about working with ASL. And another thing: It is "money for nothing" and everyone in the neighborhood is happy that they can get rid of their E-waste.
Southbay design center has a huge selection of interior and exterior fabrics from leading brands like Robert Allen, Duralee, Highland Court, Sunbrella etc. Also fabric trim and window treatment hardware is on display.
Fabric swatches are available or can be ordered.
They work with furniture manufacturers but they also have designer's custom built and reupholstery services available.
In other words: They offer anything a designer/decorator needs for the client under one roof.
Carla and her staff are also very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.