I've lived in Almaden for 8-years, and shopped at PW without ever having a problem. Good products, good service. Ron has been a great manager through the years, and it shows with friendly staff and customer loyalty. He doesn't forget a name or a face, and his family is part of this close community. Unfortunately, the powers-that-be have shifted Ron to another store, and it doesn't have the same neighborly feel that it used to have. I always run in to friends and neighbors whenever I shop.
The outstanding features of ACS is that students learn to be critical thinkers rather than learning from teaching to the test. My daughter attended grades 4 -8, and received an outstanding education that included a myriad of electives. The classes are small 15 - 18 students, and every students has a personal learning plan that follows them through each grade. Integrity and honesty are taught from day one, and I'm amazed at how confident and poised most of the students become. My son went to Bret Harte and we were somewhat disappointed in their curriculum, the huge class sizes, the lack of electives, and emphasis on testing over critical thinking.
PROS: Great Education
CONS: It's expensive
This is the third restaurant incarnation for this location, and the best of the three. Elements has consistently good food, especially the Vietnamese inspired dishes. They offer a nice variety of appetizers and specials. We have been to Elements many times over the last 1-1/2 years and have never been disappointed.
Dr. McGrath's staff is very professional and attentive to your needs. You rarely have to wait, and they always call the day before your appointment, and follow-up after getting your glasses, contacts, etc.
PROS: Great service.
CONS: A little more expensive than some, but worth it.
After using four different printers in the area with uneven results, Dave at Blossom Hill Printing was recommended. I've used their services for high-end printing. The service is consistent, and always good quality. This isn't an overnight type service like Kinko's. They are customer service oriented and offer graphic design services, and are family owned.
PROS: Good Qualtiy Work
Kinko's used to be a reputable print until FedX came along. For the last two years, every print order I had them print, had to be redone once or twice. This is especially frustrating when you have time sensitive material, such as newsletters, that have to be redone. The staff is not very knowledgeable about print terminology or processes, which they used to be.
PROS: You can still use their copy machines on site.
CONS: Their work isn't timely, or always done correctly.
I've been going to Cathy Grellet for almost 20 years, and have always enjoyed superior care. When HMO's came about, I left for one year, but was so dissatisfied by the limited hurried care, I returned. Cathy specialises in women's health-care, and is very knowledgeable. She and Lopa Patel,FNP, her Nurse Practitioner, always take their time with you, and never hurry. The entire staff is professional and wonderful, and I've never waited more than five minutes in the waiting room. They are also very prompt getting back to patients with test results. They are not patronizing, and always make you feel like whatever is wrong with you, they will do their best to resolve.
PROS: Great doctor & staff
CONS: Doesn't accept some insurance plans, but you can submit yourself.
Our family has been going to Dr. Mark for five years since we moved to Almaden. My two children (now teens) were terrified of dental work until we all started with the Stepovich practice. They are kind,caring, take their time, don't make you wait, have a great staff, and do beautiful work. Dr. Mark grew up in Almaden, and is always interesting to talk to, whatever the age. Everyone that I have recommended this practice to has been thankful!
After going to salons in Saratoga and Los Gatos for 12 years, I switched to a more local, Kim Skeen at Image Salon. Not only had she worked with and was comparable with other high-end stylist in above mentioned cities, but she is local and not as expensive. She is also very personable, takes her time, and works on one client at a time.
PROS: Local and friendly