I was really disappointed by my first trip to Buddy Squirrel. I've seen them advertised everywhere and finally decided to give it a shot. We got licorice, some taffy, and several types of chocolates (nut clusters, raspberry truffles, and something else).
The licorice and taffy were both fine, as was one of the chocolate types (it was not Buddy Squirrel brand) but I was really surprised at how BAD the Buddy Squirrel branded chocolate was. It was worse than drug-store brand easter chocolate: very little chocolate flavor, overly sweet, chalky texture, and with a weird aftertaste. Maybe I'm just spoiled from the higher-end chocolate I'm used to. If you want a big selection of candy, it's a neat place to check out, but avoid the store-brand chocolates.
This place makes a decent NY-style pizza, with lots of flavor and the right type of crust. The slices are incredibly generous. The store itself is pretty basic so don't go expecting a romantic sit-down dinner. It's on State Street so it's often hard to find nearby parking, but it's definitely worth an occasional trip.
I like Picasso's Pizza despite the square cut and the cracker-crisp crust. The sauce is really flavorful and the toppings are ample and fresh. They have several varieties of thin and you can also get a more traditional thin crust which isn't so crisp. There's always plenty of seating and the service is good.
Blue Moon was my second experience with square-cut, cracker-thin WI pizza. I'm not particularly fond of this style of pizza but it wasn't bad. The cheese was good and the sauce flavorful. The decor of this place is really fun and it makes for a neat ambiance.
Klein's is a great garden center. Their selection of veggies is unparalleled. They carry nearly 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, which are nearly impossible to find elsewhere in Madison. I even found a patchouli plant there, which I have been looking for for nearly 10 years and never found except online! Their prices are about average, with multipacks being somewhat cheaper.
I have seen two doctors at Dean East and both really impressed me in terms of how much time they spent with me, and in terms of how hard they worked at establishing a good physician-patient relationship. The first doctor, whose name I only remember as Rebecca, asked me at the end of the exam if there was anything else I wanted to discuss. When I said no, she asked "are you SURE?" This is really helpful for patients who are nervous about bringing up sensitive topics. The second doctor, Patricia, spent nearly 30 minutes just taking my history and going over my recent health changes. She also listened patiently to all the concerns I had. Overall it was a great experience.
Shades of Blue in Carr Mill mall is my favorite place to buy "girl gifts". There are so many wonderful things that I never have trouble buying presents here, whether for a close girlfriend, my grandmother, my mother in law - every gift has been much loved! The prices are pretty high on some items but come on, you're buying something from the heart. It's well worth the price!
Bill and Summer at Arbor Realty helped me sell my house when I had already moved out of state. They made a lot of accommodations to the fact that I wasn't local, and put in a lot of effort (the house wasn't that close to their office). I chose them because on their website they talk about the value of land conservation and ecological preservation. I was very happy to know that any profit they realized from me would still go to support the causes I am interested in!
We used Weaver Street Realty to buy and sell two houses, and were very satisfied. Especially when we were buying, they were super helpful - we were never looking for a "typical" suburban house, and most of the previous realtors we tried didn't understand that. They kept emphasizing schools (we don't have kids), design (we don't care about that). The realtor at WSR listened to what we wanted and was happy to show us properties that met OUR needs, not some pre-conceived notion of what we "ought" to want. He also drove all over creation to show us houses in out-of-the-way corners of the county.
Let me also note that both of our houses were inexpensive - not a huge commission. These folks were in it to help us, and didn't write us off or show less effort just because they'd make less money on us. What a great company!
I had Don Hall come out and replace my gaspack. They did a full inspection and found a lot of ductwork that needed replacing. Their price for both the gaspack and the ductwork repair was really reasonable and I was very happy with the work they did. They also had to come out once or twice for a service call when I had trouble with the furnace and their service rates were also very inexpensive.