For those who like some privacy, this is not the spa for you. The showers have no curtains and no doors and there are no areas to change clothes discreetly. The bathroom is pretty small and would be difficult to change in. Also, the area for the salt scrubs/etc. is near the showers/changing room/etc. and there are three tables in the room and no door, so there's no privacy at all during these treatments. This spa is less expensive, which is nice, but you can tell exactly where they cut corners, which makes the experience feel a little cheap (dollar store lotion, scatchy robes, small towels, no sandals). They do have a hot tub, which is rare to find in a less expensive place (but there are soap-like bubbles in it, which is a little wierd), as well as a sauna and a steam room (both quite nice). Also, I was practically pushed out of the room when my massage was over--if you've ever had a massage, you know how hard it is to get up and walk before the blood has had a chance to flow back to your head. Overall, I didn't find the experience very relaxing and I think it's worth the extra money to go to the Massage Therapy Center or Burke Williams.
This florist is an incredibly small outlet in an office building. As a result, their selection is quite limited (and they?re not that easy to find). However, the new ownership has taken care to improve the shop?it now has a nice serene atmosphere, quality flowers, and reasonable prices (not Farmer?s Market prices, but comparable to other florists). The improvements go a long way towards legitimizing the store and making it worthy of business, but its small space still holds it back. You?d still be better off going somewhere with more options.
A sparse, empty-looking gift shop/convenience store that always looks like it?s in the middle of restocking, 1888 Cards is another one of those stores that probably only attracts business from the building. There would be no other reason to go there. The selection of candy, magazines, etc is unremarkable at best and pathetic at worst, and the prices are nothing noteworthy. The only thing worth going for is lottery tickets, which seem to have a better chance of giving you a minimal return than tickets from other nearby stores.
This excessively expensive supply store fails on most counts: the prices are way higher than you?d get at an Office Depo or Staples, the selection leaves a lot to be desired, and the quality of their products is adequate at best. Where Systematic does succeed is in friendly service. The guys working there are always helpful and happy. Unfortunately, you won?t be too happy after paying their prices.
A very well-organized store with excessively high prices, Plaza Cards is only advisable if you?re in the building already and you?re in desperate need of a card or a candy bar. The only reason this place has been sustained is the convenience factor for employees who work in the office building. The service is faux friendly, which you?ll realize when you try to exchange your $2 winning lottery ticket for cash (rather than more tickets). There are better stores in buildings across the street, so if you have the time go visit them.
This convenience store has more products than space. The result is a cramped feeling while shopping, which is enhanced if the establishment is crowded. The selection of candy and snacks is extensive, but a lot of the other items (such as sandwiches, etc) don?t look appetizing. In fact, a lot of the stuff there runs the risk of being old or stale, so double-check expiration dates. The prices are fair, the service is unfriendly, and the location (in the basement of the building) isn?t so convenient. But the candy is good.
Run by Cornerstone Christian Church, the school has both junior high and high school students occupying the same space. This can be both a good thing (as younger students get to experience the same lifestyle and routine as the older kids) and a bad thing (as younger students might feel intimidated or get picked on by older students). The class sizes are very small, with the average graduating class numbering under 25. Religion is a heavy focus at Cornerstone, with mandatory weekly chapel services and a mandatory Bible class. You would expect a private school to have top-notch facilities, but a pathetic baseball field, a sub-par science lab, insufficient computers, and lack of a gym make Cornerstone fall far short in that department.
As a three-year high school (10th-12th grades), Royal doesn?t experience the overcrowded feeling that larger high schools often experience. The average class size is about 30 students, and there is ample space in hallways and campus grounds to accommodate the student body. The teachers are largely competent, and several are exceptional and dedicated educators. The library leaves a lot to be desired in terms of content and facilities. The athletic programs are by and large quite competitive and successful. The campus security seems rather lax by today?s standards, but there has never been any incident at Royal warranting metal detectors or security guards.
You can get killer prices on some items, like pita bread and pistachios, here. The produce section leaves something to be desired (sometimes stuff seems a bit old). There are a few parking spaces in back, which is nice since parking on Wilshire is such a drag. I highly recommend their halva (ask for it at the counter--so much better than the prepacked stuff) as well as the faludeh they sell (in the freezer case at the counter). They also sell rosewater, orange water, and the like, which are good for making Persian desserts. At Tehran market you will not only find exotic ingredients, but a variety to choose from.
I must confess that I am not really a label person, and that this store may be better suited to those who are. I found the service to be somewhat snobbish and skeptical of me for no apparent reason. I didn't think that the clothing was anything special, and it was certainly expensive. If you aren't a slave to brands, you aren't going to find anything special here. Also, based on what I saw, the store seems to cater more to women who are 40 and up.