This Talbots Petites always has a wonderful collection of clothing. I especially like their dress slacks that are machine washable. I've bought the side-zip in nearly every color, and they are my staples while traveling. The staff is very friendly and helpful and never snooty, which can be the case for some of the other shops on El Paseo. You can really create a Talbots wardrobe from this store.
PROS: Lovely clothes and accessories; friendly staff
I really like Fancy Nails salon. It's so conveniently located near the popular Washington St/42nd St intersection and right behind A&W and Rite-Aid. The Vietnamese staff are friendly, skilled and welcome you with smiles. The staff cleans each pedicure spas after use. and the tools are popped into the sterilizer also. I love the great designs (flags, flowers, etc.) they do for the holidays on hands or feet. Reasonable prices.
PROS: Smiling staff; extensive nail designs; clean
The Palm Desert Public Library is an oasis in the desert! They have a good magazine collection, well-stocked new book section and lovely children's section. The extensive audiobook, video and DVD collections are wonderful for this small library. Since the distances are so great in the Coachella Valley, it is wonderful to have a book-on-tape or CD to while away the drive! They also have an innovative "free to take" area near the entrance, where you can drop off magazines/newsletters/Readers Digest books that you are finished reading. I love this! Also, the wait to use a computer (8-10?) is relatively short and signup (though low tech handwritten sheet) is easy. The reference librarians are always helpful and friendly. Nice small-town feel to this library.
PROS: Good collection books on tape or CD; "free to take" zone
CONS: Sometimes grumpy front desk staff (overwhelmed?)
This well-designed store presents a terrific variety of products and specially-produced foods for the diabetic or those following a low-carb "way of life." The low-carb muffins are to die for, and they have a wonderful collection of Walden Farms salad dressings and sauces which I appreciate, since I love the Balsamic! They have great fresh baked breads and a candy collection for the sweet tooth. One of their best marketing tools is their tasting table, where you actually can sample a large variety of products you are unfamiliar with. I found some of my most favorite foods this way! The staff is friendly and helpful, and it is great fun just chatting with them about all the products.
PROS: Taste testing of products; friendly, helpful staff
CONS: I only get in to the store when I visit my folks!
Cornerstone is a wonderful church community. From their high-energy music-filled services and their specialized religious classes to the well-stocked bookstore, Cornerstone Cafe and community ministry programs, this church combines religious commitment with enthusiasm and caring. I do feel it is more suited to the very young...as the majority of the attendees appear to be in their early 20s and the music during the service is of such high (overwhelming) volume that middle-aged and older individuals may be uncomfortable. I left with a headache every single time I attended services (4-5 times) because of the loud music...and I wore earplugs during songs 3 of the 5 times! I value my hearing for work and personally and just couldn't risk continuing there. But what a great environment should they tone down the tunes.
PROS: Committed and caring pastor and staff; great programs; high-energy
CONS: Service music way too loud! Crushing to the eardrums!
I recently learned about the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) and am so grateful for their support in legal matters concerning religious rights in America today and for providing education in this and other constitutional liberties areas. Their Legal Helpline (1-757-226-2489) is wonderful when I have a question about public schools and my rights. Even though I've never been able to get in, the call-in radio program (1-800-684-3110 from 12-12:30 PM EST/EDT) is informational and very helpful. I appreciate being able to use the petition call-in number (1-877-989-2255) to make my opinion known to my representatives in Washington. A great legal service.
PROS: Brilliant legal analysis; devoted staff; fights for underdog!
I love Magellans! While I've only been to the shop once, I shop regularly using their online website and catalog. I never run out of gift ideas with Magellans around. You can get everything here from luggage, travel stockings, toothbrush holders, travel curling irons, Jet Lag tablets to jewelry pouches, clothing, etc. I always have a running list of the things I want to buy from Magellans. They have exceptional customer service and returns are very easy if something doesn't work out. The staff at the shop are great and full of fun advice. Delighted to learn there now is a store in LA area too. Check them out! You'll be list making after you do!
PROS: Great products and selection! Fabulous gift ideas!
I was delighted to find the Victorian House Thrift Shop which benefits CPMC medical programs. It's on Fillmore Street, nestled among all the specialty shops and cafes. The volunteers who staff the shop are kind and helpful. I have found some wonderful outfits here...my Carole Little long navy skirt which I love for traveling, etc. Everything is very inexpensive!
PROS: Good selection; good customer service; good prices
Lori Viti does "fine sewing"--and that's a fact! Whenever I need alterations, Lori is able to make precision adjustments with fine detail. I've been known to bring in my favorite clothes, even ones not worth $ in saving, but she restores my "comfort" clothes to me with a smile. And for my finer garments, her skill shines in making my clothing fit and look better. She is friendly and caring and a skilled professional.
PROS: Attention to detail; really a talented seamstress
The thought of a colonoscopy--even just a screening one because of family history--can invoke fear in a person. So I really appreciated being referred to Dr. Sundberg (Internal Med/Gastroenterology) for this procedure. Dr. Sundberg was personable and professional. He explained exactly what the procedure entailed and reassured me that he would give me the most up-to-date medications to lessen the discomfort. Additionally, the pre-procedure fluids I had to take were 1/5 the quantity my poor father had to take per another doctor. Preparing for the procedure was then a breeze for me. The doctor's staff provided detailed steps for me to follow to ensure the easiest procedure, and they worked. It was nothing to fear at all! Afterwards, Dr. Sundberg personally discussed the results and explained carefully my responsibility for future screenings. Overall, he presented as a confident but caring professional.
PROS: Individualized, up-to-date care; professional; educates patients