The lady at the counter asked if anyone in line was going to use a credit card. When I volunteered, she repeated "credit only" as if I had a hearing impairment. I quickly confirmed that I had a credit card, apparently to her dismay because she was frowning the whole time. I didn't feel welcome at all under her death stare, so I accidentally walked off without taking my purchase with me. Luckily, my friends were still browsing the store, so I didn't go far before I realized my mistake. When I walked up, she gave me a brisk, "That's yours" as if she had known from the very start that I had forgotten to take my lip gloss. Looking at how idle the store had gotten, I don't think it was too much for me to expect her to at least call out after me as I had absentmindedly left the counter. Besides, I was milling about pretty close to the counter, and she had many opportunities to remind me that I had left my bag there. It was right there in front of her face, and so was I. It's almost as if she was hoping that I'd leave it there. What a strange vibe I got here.
This store has the most trendy school wear ever. It reminds me of Abercrombie & Fitch. I found the cutest pair of iridescent sandals. I had to buy a classic hoodie with the school's logo; but, I swear, I get strangled trying to take that thing off. I even bought it a size larger to avoid this problem, but it's still too small. (And no, I do not have a huge head.) When summer returns, I'm definitely going to buy a cotton skirt from here. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Even their notebooks have laminated covers with cartoons on them.
Don't go here for the fruit. The watermelon that I bought was quite mushy. I thoroughly enjoyed the curry sample that was provided by a kind demonstrator in the aisle. She cracked me up when she accidentally dropped the lid and couldn't figure out how to turn on the portable stove. I love Jasmine tea, and this is the only place where I can always count on them to have it in abundance. I buy them like six-packs of beer. My favorite ingredient is the torokeru cream stew. It makes cooking a cinch.
I find things here that I don't see at Ralph's such as fried pork skins. There are some items that seem really cheap here like fruit and eggs. I got a dozen for $1.09. When I shop for household goods, I love variety, even if it's something as miniscule as the color of a sponge. Imagine my delight when I found two brands for every item I needed. I've never shopped at a grocery store with a 70's mosaic floor to the tune of a mariachi band. It was quite an experience, and not unpleasant at all.
This salon has a nice, bright ambience, but the polishing could use a little polishing. I noticed that my polish wasn't as neat as it could be around my cuticles, but I didn't mind. What's important is that she didn't cut my cuticles. Sometimes, I feel horrible for the nail technicians who try to make small talk just to fill the dead air. With Kendra, you feel like she enjoys your company as much as you do hers.
There were only two hairdressers, but I didn't have to wait long. The lady who did my hair made me look quite classy. I wanted an updo even though my hair was barely chin-length. She must have put in a dozen pins, but the end result was simply beautiful. Most hairstylists charge $45, but she charged me $30. If you're looking for crazy colors or daring shags, this place probably isn't for you. This salon looks like it's been around since the 80's, so it's not your typical trendy salon. I still dug the vibe, however motherly the hairdressers seemed.
When I saw the exquisite comforter set my friend sported, I had to know where she got it. She told me that she saw the exact same set being sold at a department store for double the price. I spent $150, and that included the skirt for the bed, 2 standard pillow cases, and a reversible comforter. The jacquard weave was done in a silver embroidery over a pastel green sateen spread. The reverse side was striped silver and pastel green. One item that I pined for but didn't purchase was a damask striped bed bench. It's style is reminiscent of Mediterranean French. I felt like royalty sitting on it, and I've seen seats like these go for $600, but it was $275 here.
Fine, I admit my mistake in parking at Staples, but it's not like I left my car there for hours. I called this company immediately, but he told me that it would cost me $280 because it was after hours. I decided that I could wait until the next morning so that I wouldn't be charged the $30 after hours fee. Well, it came out to $278 the next day because there was a holding fee since my car was left there overnight. If the cashier would have pointed that out instead of being lazy, he could have saved me the trouble of being without a car for a whole day since I didn't save any money by waiting until the next morning. I've had my car towed before, and this place is almost double the price of other companies. Words of wisdom - - Don't park at Staples unless you're shopping there because the sharks are waiting.
I noticed that their flyers for their clients really stand out. They will blow up the best photograph, then laminate it on both sides. One side contains the basic information so that it doesn't take away from the spectacular photo of the condominium. The back side lists amenities such as the measurements of each room. Hagenmayer will stay a whole day for the open house. I don't know anyone as thorough as he is in helping someone sell their property. When I visited his open house, he had the works: balloons, a sign on a post, a freestanding sign, and signs pointing to signs. It was impossible for me to get lost.
Never will you find me at Ralph's ever again now that I can buy everything, even mints, for a dollar here. The store itself reminds me of a mom & pops business. I almost expected a bell to jingle when I stepped through the door. I like how they stock according to the season. It makes me look forward to see what wrapping paper they'll have when Christmas rolls around. The guy behind the register was kind of cute too...