My kids like coming to Great America because of the fun rides, but I honestly hate coming here. The place seems tired and dirty. Also, the crowds seem to be getting more unruly. For example, on the raft ride, two kids who shared the ride with me and my kids would not stop splashing us no matter how much I told them to stop! The park employees couldn't care less if parkgoers don't follow the rules. I really don't care to visit this park again.
Since birth, my kids saw Dr. Charlene Shough at Pediatric Associates, and we were sad to see her retire. Her replacement, Dr. Veramini, is a wonderful pediatrician who takes the time to listen to the kids during their visits. She exudes a motherly vibe yet she is straightforward in her assessments. We highly recommend this office for children in the area.
Delicious, light, fluffy, moist cakes in unique flavors are sold at this Philippine-based bake shop chain. Prices are at a premium over your Safeway or PW cakes, but well worth it. My favorites are the mango cake and the mocha chocolate crunch cake. They really are amazingly good! Unfortunately, the horrible service costs them a star.
I travel almost 25 miles to get my hair cut by Paige Madrid at Voila Salon in downtown Los Altos because Paige is simply the best stylist I've found for me in the South Bay! For some reason, many stylists do not respect long hair. Paige HAS long hair so she understands why I want to keep mine long instead of trying to sell me a shorter cut. Her world-class technique is evident on the days when I just towel-dry my hair and it still looks great. Because of her talent, her fees are on the high side but she is well worth it. Also, because her cuts are so good, I get a haircut only every 3 months anyway. I highly recommend Paige at Voila (she also gives a great head massage before the shampoo and cut).
This is the outlet store to the regular BCBG store so most of the merchandise sold here is at least two seasons behind. I wouldn't recommend shopping at this store unless you frequent the Great Mall anyway. The prices really aren't that discounted to even be worth a long drive. Moreover, the store looks disorganized and cluttered. The dressing rooms are dirty and small. They also sell outlet-only bcbg clothes that are not as good in quality and style as those sold in the boutiques or department stores.
I've used Aaron Brothers twice for their framing services, once for a print and once to re-frame an oil painting given by my in-laws. They did an excellent job in suggesting a suitable frame. I would definitely use them again. I also go there to buy picture frames as they have a nice selection.
How much do I love this store? More than half of my wardrobe consists of BCBG Max Azria clothes. My girlfriends know to give me gift certificates to this store as a birthday present. The clothes just fit my body well and the styles are unique and trendy but not too young. Therefore, I frequently browse this store whenever I'm in Santana Row. The salespeople are friendly enough and the service is fine. The only complaint that I have about this boutique is their return policy. Merchandise has to be returned within 10 days and only for store credit. This is not really good for this stand-alone boutique because Macy's and Nordstrom also sell BCBG merchandise, although not the same ones that you will find in the boutique, and their return policies are way more flexible, so I check those stores first for my favorite styles.
I go to Lovely Nails in Almaden Center for most of my manicures, pedicures and brow waxing because of three reasons: it is very convenient, the prices are the lowest in Almaden, and I like the people who work there. Mai is great for waxing jobs and you will not find a $7 price for a brow wax anywhere in the Valley. The manicures and pedicures are hit or miss and may last only a couple of days, depending on the technician you happen to have, so if you have a favorite one, make an appointment. However, it's not guaranteed that you will not be kept waiting if you make one as most of their business seems to be from walk-ins. I don't think the place has failed a health dept. inspection since I started patronizing it 4 years ago so they must keep it adequately clean.
I love the selection at Restoration Hardware. They sell well-made, high-quality products for the home that are not overly expensive. Their designs are more on the basic side verging on the traditional so if you want unique or funky pieces, this is not the place for you. Admittedly their designs are not too creative, but I like the simple, clean lines of their products.
I have vowed never to patronize this Louis Vuitton store. In the few times I have visited this store, the salespeople have been way too snooty for their own good. How hard is it to be pleasant and friendly, especially if customers are about to plunk down upwards of $700 for a purse? If you must buy a Louis Vuitton product, better to go to the LV counter inside Neiman Marcus at Stanford where you will undoubtedly receive excellent attentive service (I have not been to the new LV store at Stanford Shopping Center and can't comment).