Michael's is always a good stop if you need supplies for anything even remotely craft related. They have the requisite yarns and fabrics, yes, but they also have ample supplies for woodworking, painting, sculpting, or whatever needs to be done. The store is nicely organized, making it a snap to find anything you need, and the employees are all more than helpful. The in-store lessons and classes are also a bonus, providing a good way to while away an afternoon.
I'm not sure that there's anything bad to say about CostCo. At first glance it may seem like a run of the mill discount warehouse, but looks are deceiving. The entire place is packed with fantastic discounts on brand-name and high quality products. The company constantly refines their selection for each warehouse based on the local market and season, and the employees seem to actually enjoy working there, as opposed to WalMart and the like. The return policy is more than reasonable as well, making it a no-risk situation when trying new products out. There's a membership fee to get in, true, but in one or two trips the fee will have paid for itself.
PROS: Pretty much everything.
CONS: Not close enough to my house.
All of the furniture on display looks great, but upon purchase one realizes that that's due to the fact that everything was expertly coordinated with other Ikea products. Unless one wants to furnish an entire home with Ikea's slightly slipshod furniture, the one or two pieces bought from them will always look out of place. The furniture may be fairly cheap, but the cost difference is made up by the fact that one must put it together with sparse instructions and the rather flimsy nature of the final product. The showroom itself is claustrophobic, designed to walk you through every part of the store before finally showing you the exit. I've had more than one friend have a panic attack and end up bolting out of a fire escape door.
This Sears is what you'd expect from a department store. Plenty of consumer products, but nothing that really jumps out as a compelling thing to purchase. The staff is, as always, friendly, but unless one's purchasing tools there are probably more economical places to shop. With that said, the photo department is all sorts of excellent. The photographers have good senses of humor and are more than willing to work with clients to get whatever shot is desired.
PROS: Great photography department.
I've had to run to this place late at night more often than I can count. The place has always been as clean as can be for an active store, with plenty of copiers available. I've stopped at other copy shops that had ridiculous waits, but that's not a concern here. The employees can be a little passive-aggressive sometimes, but that's to be expected when one's making copies at two in the morning.
Having to get my oil changed, I stopped into this Jiffy Lube. Despite there being only one other vehicle present, the wait was on the order of 20 to 30 minutes. Not unreasonable, but not too "jiffy" either. In addition, they tried to sell me on various unnecessary upgrades and replacements, including an offered replacement for my recently changed air filter. If you need an oil change it's worthwhile to stop in, just be sure to say no to anything else they try to tack on.
This particular Hollywood Video was what one would expect of a large chain. There was decent selection, but the employees seemed listless and uninterested. This isn't to say they weren't helpful, but there's only so far a video rental store can go to differentiate itself from the rest. Overall, while there's no real reason to avoid this location, there's no real reason to make it a point to visit it, either.
PROS: Selection, Price
CONS: Few obscure or specialty titles
I wasn't expecting much at first, seeing as how Game Crazy is an adjunct to Hollywood Video, but I was pleasantly surprised. As the place was an extension of a Hollywood Video outlet, there wasn't much space, but what space there was was filled with a rather good selection of games both new and used, from the 8-bit generation to today. The selection of used peripherals was a bit skim, but depends entirely on what people in the area trade in. The staff was friendly and actually knew what they were talking about, which was nice and sadly unexpected.
PROS: Good selection, Good prices
CONS: Small store space
If you need a quick cut for whatever reason, then the La Jolla location will do the trick. Otherwise, you might be better served going to an actual salon. The usual caveats with getting one's hair cut at a chain store apply, but with the added bonus of longer waits depending on the time of day. As this particular SuperCuts is on the UCSD City Shuttle route, it's occasionally clogged to overflowing with random UCSD people who don't know where else to go. Be sure to call ahead and see what the wait is like.
PROS: Simple, generic haircuts.
CONS: Long waits, simple, generic haircuts.
There isn't really anythign unique about the La Jolla location, which is probably the entire point of the chain. As usual, there's an impressive amount of kitsch attached the walls for no reason and nearly no natural light on the inside. This is, of course, assuming you can get in. This particular location seems to be prone to exceedingly long lines and waits, probably due to its proximity to UCSD. More often than not the place just isn't worth the wait, and if you do get in the food is, of course, unexceptional. Just good enough to keep people from coming back while homogenous enough for a consistent experience any place, any time. If you're dead set on going to a TGi Friday's, then go for it. Otherwise, the wait isn't worth it.
PROS: Exactly the same as every other location.
CONS: Exactly the same as every other location, long waits.