I love Image Express just for the fact that you get your finished portraits in an hour. Sometimes you have to wait awhile before having your pictures taken, but I think that speaks loudly for the photographers. There wouldn't be a wait if they weren't good. They even do Senior pictures, if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
I don't often shop at Trader Joes unless I need something "off the beaten path". I can usually find just the right spices or ingredients that I am looking for when at other stores I can't. They offer up unique items as well as your every day type of supplies.
I really like banking at Bank of the West. I have accounts in several banks and enjoy the friendliness that Bank of the West employees offer. I also like the fact that I can do my banking on line. That is a real plus to me as I have a very busy schedule and don't always have time to get to the bank.
I recently had to take my daughter to see Dr. Rask at Hillsboro Orthopedic for a wrist injury. Knowing that she had volleyball try outs coming up, he sent her to have an MRI to make sure there was no stress fracture. He said we would have the results within a day or two. Now I know he has no control over the speed of the techs at the hospital, but he might have wanted to check with them before telling me I would have the results sooner than 5 days. He also was not in the office for the 3rd and 4th days of the wait so he basically left all this up to his nursing and scheduling staff. In their defense, they handled it all quite well and made me feel like they were at least trying to get me my answers faster. We'll see how the results turn out and whether her wrist gets healed before I make my final decision on whether I like this office.
At a reasonable price and great location, the New Oregon Motel is a great place to stay when visiting the University of Oregon. You can even get a room with a view of the duck run. The best part is, you can park your car and just walk across campus. You never have to worry about finding a place to park on the crowded University streets. There are plenty of good restaurants close by as well.
Oaks Park has been a mainstay for Portlanders for decades and although it's a little run down, there is still plenty for kids to get excited about. If you can't wait for the county or state fair to get here in the summer, you can go to Oaks Park and have that Carnival atmosphere, right down to the cotton candy and greasy corn dogs. Rides galore and a skating rink to boot, plus a beautiful view of the river.
I like REI and have purchased many things from them in past years. However, I've found in recent years that I can usually find what I'm looking for at a different store that doesn't actually specialize in outdoor equipment for a much better price. I think of REI as the Abercrombie version of GI Joes. If there is something specific in mind that you need, REI will have it and the sales people will know what they are selling you, so I guess you are getting service along with your sale.
I would highly recommend Dr. Malmquist to anyone how needs oral surgery. Two of my sons have had their wisdom teeth pulled by Dr. Malmquist and they both had a great experience; if getting teeth pulled can be great. The first son was very paranoid of needles, but Dr. Malmquist got the IV line in without my son even realizing it. Both boys healed quickly and without any complications. Thumbs up to Dr. Malmquist and his entire staff.
I wouldn't recommend buying a car at Berg Car Company. First of all, you can't tell the sales people from the homeless people. They are dressed sloppy and many are unshaven. I found one person there that was actually nice and seemed to care about the buyer. Other than that, I felt like I was being bamboozled by a bunch of money hungry bums that couldn't care less if the car I drove off the lot made it home or not. Don't buy a car from these jerks.
I like going to Classic because I don't feel like they are trying to get me to buy things for my pool that I don't need. They have all the latest in testing equipment and know how to use them so all you have to do is ask if you're unsure. They are conveniently located and their prices are very competitive with other pool stores in the area.