This is one of the older Toys R Us's, but has been remodled in the past couple of years. I like this store because it is a very friendly and fun place to shop for grownups and kids. They let the kids ride the bikes all over the store and have a lot of toys that kids can try out and play with. In addition the store offers fun community events like Camp Geoffrey, which offers activities for the kids. The sales associates are very friendly and helpful, the only complaint is that I wish there were more of them on the floor, because sometimes they semm a bit sparce and overworked. This place is pretty packed on the weekends so don't expect to just run in and by something quickly, because you will be in line for a while.
This Ross store location is OK, though, not my favorite, I prefer the one in Pacifica. The store itself is pretty huge and they have the usual Ross merchindise of inexpensive clothing, shoes, linin, comforters and gift items from third world countries. The only complaint I have about this store is that it is in a high traffic shopping area that is right close to Serramonte Mall, so all of the stuff in the store is pretty picked over. I really like the towels and comforters that they have for sale here, they are so much cheaper than the Depatment store and have better looking patterns and colors too.
This is one of the better Ross stores. I think because the location is a little out of the way, the things are a little less picked over. The store is pretty large and they used to have a large selection of better furniture than any of the other local Ross stores I've been to. I got a cool Indian wooden cabinet there a couple of years ago that I still use a lot. Now they have started to stock more wicker furniture, which I don't like so much. Still this is a great place to go for gifts, and they have a large clothing clearence section with prices that are usually better than what you can find at most thrift stores.
The building is really cool on the outside, it's totally vintage 50's style. With skylights over each of the bowling lanes, this place is totally stylin. Located between Linda Mar Beach and Rockaway Beach, this is a fun palce to go on the weekend after a day at the beach. It's usually not too crowded, with ample parking and the lanes are very well kept. They have a lttle snack bar where you can grab a bite too eat, but not a full-on dinner, so I would eat before you go, because there are not any resturants within easy walking distance, other than that, it's a great weekend getaway/enertainment spot.
This Fry's Electronics is one of the original ones and has a cool western theme. It has changed a lot over the years from being an electronic parts store in the past, that was mainly frequented by computer geeks, to now mainly selling home appliances, consumer electronics, computers, and music, movies and video games. I always go here to look for CD' s because they have wide selection and seldom run out of stock on titles that are very popular, because they keep such a large stock on hand. They have some good deals on consumer electronics and home appliences if you watch the sales, but watch out for the Sales People themselves, they work on comission and it shows, good luck trying to get help in buying a non-pricey item, you pretty much get ignored.
When they moved the San Francisco Public Library from the old location in the charming vintage 1900's building, that actually felt like a library and was condusive to reading, they forgot to leave room for all of the books. This is the basic attitude that shows in the new builing, that books are not #1 here. The new building is a glassy, noisy mall like structure, built around an open area in the center that is supposed to be an archetectual wonder but also serves to conduct souds from every floor into every other floor. I try to avoid coming here.
Foothill College right off of Hwy 280 in Los Altos, is in a very convenient location for the commuter. The college is located on the top of a steep hill, which offers some challenges in terms of that most of the studnt parking is located at the bottom of the hill so there is a very steep climb in mostly 85-95 degree temperatures, to get to the college. Except for that, the college offers some very good vocational technical courses, such as Dental Hygenist, Vetrinary Tech, and Biotechnology Tech. They also have their own astronomical observatory which is open to the public on certain nights.
This College is in a pretty location on top of a hill, if you like fog, which I do. The campus is very compact and easy ti get around, with no hills. They have a full sized track and playing field. The academic classes here are pretty good, with very small class sizes. This is one of the few junior colleges that has its own Automotive Shop and program. The art, music, and dance classes are especially good here, with some really good professors and they even have their own small art gallery where they display student and professor artwork. They also offer piano practice rooms. I like the small campus feel of this campus and the easy parking.
This place is small but with an OK selection of books and a nice reading room for reading newspapers and magazines. It used to be a good place to study but now they don't open until 11am and when they do the place is filled with elementary school kids running around the library and shrieking. I guess all that stuff about being quiet and reading in the library has gone by the wayside. The library discard book sale area, is really handy. The location is nice, because it's within walking distance of the beach, so it's a good place to grab a book and take a stroll.
Walden Pond Bookstore is a cool used bookstore on grand Avenue near Lake Merritt. It's a great place to go during the weekend to browse for a book and sit in one of the many sidewalk coffee shops in the area, or take a walk around the lake. They have a pretty good selection of used books and offer some new books too. The prices range from resonable to expensive. I like the paperback pocket book section, which is pretty cheap, and I have gotten some really good and eclectic books in the doller book, sale carts which they always have outside the store.