A great place to chill with your friends drinking beer, wine or cappuccino, but you can also chow down on burgers, Michigan style sandwiches, or get your breakfast on - and oh did i say the staff is amazing? They are...if i could give it ten stars i would...
Recently I decided that it was time to paint my apartment, well actually I couldn??t look at the walls one minute longer, so off I went to Home Depot. I??ve been to lots of the larger home and hardware stores, and I usually end of feeling like an outsider but not at Home Depot. The staff helped me, and actually taught me a few things about the kind of paint I needed, as well as the tools, so next time it will be easier.
I opted to get some paint mixed and while I usually go for the flat paint, they suggested a semi gloss when I said I wanted to be able to clean the walls. Not only did the paint look great, I was really happy with the finish, and it cleans like a charm. Then I decided to change my light fixtures, and I received the same kind of customer care that I got in the paint department, in the electrical department.
They hire the nicest people at Home Depot, and thank god they know their stuff, because I don??t. Also the prices were right. The only thing is that it can get a little crowded on the weekends, so you may want to go on off hours.
One of my fav things is McDonalds night with my sister, and the kids, as well as their friends and their friends mom??s. The company is great, and the environment makes hanging out and chilling with them a lot easier. The staff is super tolerant of the kids antics, and sometimes mine too.
Oh did I mention that the coffee is really good there too? In fact I was pleasantly surprised, when my sister suggested giving it a try. She got a latte and loved it, while I also ordered a salad and snack wrap both were tasty, and healthier than my usual big mac ?? nothing hits the spot for me than a big mac and fries.
The Macy's on 34th street takes up the entire block, and it has everything ?? and I do mean everything, so much so, sometimes I find it kind of overwhelming. The good news is that there are directories everywhere so you can find the lingerie, just as easily as the shoes and bedding. They also run some stellar sales ?? last week I got a really comfortable Sealy mattress for less that $350.
I also love the fact that they have mini food and coffee stands throughout the store. Starbucks and Ben and Jerry??s both have stands, and frankly there??s nothing better than taking a minute in the middle of the ladies department, sitting down, and resting for a few while sipping a latte. Macys can be crazy busy, but the lines usually move fast, and the sales staff are really friendly.
Yay Chipotle ?? its one of my all time fav lunch places. It??s just around the corner from my office, and while it??s convenient, that??s not why I go ?? I go because it??s super yummy. And if I get the burrito bowl it??s also healthier too, plus I load up on the veggies, and guacamole, which costs more (hate that) so I don??t have to have any guilt while getting my ??taste on?.
The meat is really juicy and tasty, not stringy, like at some other fast food burrito and tex mex places ?? and the salsa tastes like its home made. While I??m all for the burrito bowl, I also indulge in the steak fajita burrito every once in a while and it is soooo damn good. The staff is really sweet and friendly too. That said sometimes if I don??t hit it right the line is kind of crazy, but all in all I??ve never been disappointed with my burrito.
The Levi??s Store is one of those places where I can easily get lost ?? there??s so much to see. Levis skinny jeans, boot jeans, flare, and boyfriend jeans for me, and well my guy doesn??t mind all that much going there either, since he loves to check out the newest arrivals. But that??s not all, they also have lots of shirts and accessories, so understandably I can be there for a while.
I also love the layout of the store. Sometimes shops are a train wreck in terms of inventory and lay out ?? there??s lots of stuff but it??s hard to sort through. That??s def not a problem at the Levi??s Store; it??s loaded with inventory, but still manages to have a light and airy feel to it. Also every time I??ve had to deal with the staff, I??ve found them to be helpful and super sweet. Just one thing- its kind of crowded on the weekends, so you may want to try to hit it during the week if you can.
Old Navy certainly isn??t old; it??s actually full of really cool stuff, at an affordable price break if you look. In fact they have lots of clothes for me, and my guy, which makes shopping so much easier. It also has stuff he likes, like cargo shorts, tee??s, and even some cool ripped up jeans, which he loves. The last time we were there I picked up a lovely bathing suit, some flip flops, a light shirt, two pairs of shorts and a sundress for my sister ?? and I spent less than a hundred bucks ?? it doesn??t get better than that.
The other thing about Old Navy that I love is that they have lots of locations, and the staff is really helpful, often willing to go the extra mile or two. In fact my guy wanted a pair of cargo shorts, but they didn??t have them in his size, so the sales person called another store to see if they had them ?? and they did!
I hate to admit it, and my frugal Irish catholic mother would roll in her grave if she heard me, but I love, love, love designer gear. But I cant afford it, so I spend a fair amount of my time trolling discount stores for the fashions I want, or maybe need, at an affordable price break ?? and consistently I??ve found the best deals at Filene's Basement. It??s a bit like century 21, which is well known for its price breaks, but its more accessible, they have more merchandise and frankly I don??t have to fight to get the dress I want.
Aisle after aisle of really cool stuff, and the prices are off the hook, and I never leave empty handed. In fact I scored some super cheap Ed Hardy perfume for my niece last week, along with a little something for myself. The staff is helpful and friendly too, so that's always a plus. But the lines can be a wee bit on the long side, so don??t go if you??re in a rush.
You can go to the Shake Shack for a shake but in reality it??s the burgers and fries you should be taking a look at, because their amazing, while also trying to ignore the line that seems to be present from the time the Shake Shack opens until just about closing time. There??s no avoiding it, but the good news is that the line moves fast, and I actually made a couple friends while online during my lunch hour.
Lots of times with burgers these days you can??t taste the beef, and maybe they don??t want you too, but with Shake Shack burgers you can, and it??s delicious. So the burgers are amazing but I have to say that the Shake Shack burger sauce is my new crack-I even ask for a side order to make a nice dip for my fries. The shakes are also really good, as are the corn dogs. All in all a trip to the shake shack is definitely worth it, and then some.
These days there??s pretty much a Starbucks every few blocks in NYC, but they can be a consistent haven when you??re looking for a break from the heat or snow, and that??s exactly what the Starbucks in the west village is for me. The coffee is always good; in fact they make it by the cup, and give you oodles of choices in terms of flavors available.
Starbucks also has some yummy sugary treats, and I love their Santa Fe panini - it has just the right about of spiciness. The space is light and airy, and the chairs are really comfortable, and they let you sit for hours, which is always a big plus. While Starbucks isn??t my favorite, it can be a good place to sit and have a coffee, a treat and a chat.