I wasn't particularly impressed with the furniture selection here--a lot of the things I saw were exactly what most people expect to find at a thrift shop: crap. However, there were a few pretty nice things that were very reasonably priced (i.e. a nice big armchair for $50), which is more than can be said for some Goodwills. Parking is pretty easy here, as well.
I came here hoping to find budget used furniture for my apartment (a la a $50 couch) and found that the cheapest couches were in the $300-400 range. Some of their furniture seems greatly overpriced (maybe simply because I might be able to get a steal on it if it showed up at Goodwill) but everything seemed to be in very good condition. This is a fun store just for browsing because it has so much stuff and a lot of it is old. They even sell pianos (all cost several thousand dollars). It is also a good place to find unique furniture that your friends won't have.
I have purchased several new computers here for prices much lower than what I would have gotten elsewhere. I am not sure if the prices I get have anything to do with my long-time relationship with the company or if they are available to anyone. The store looks junky on the inside, but that is not a reflection of the kind of products and services they provide. Also, when my computer crashed, they were able to fix the problem within about 24 hours. By the way, I am a PC user. Not sure if they service Macs.
Here's the scoop:
1. Walk-ins: Don't try to walk in if you need to see a doctor. You will need to make an appointment. For a Saturday appointment, plan to wait about a month. For a weekday appointment, you may only have to wait a week for an opening, if your time of day is flexible.
2. Once you have an appointment, don't expect to be seen within any reasonable amount of time. I have waited up to almost 90 minutes to be seen for an appointment. If you have a first thing in the morning appointment, arrive 30 minutes early and you can fight for the right to be seen first with the other 5 people who are also 30 minutes early. If you do this though, you may only wait 30 minutes instead of 90.
3. Expect to be frustrated. You will see people come in after you and get seen first. No idea why.
4. Bring something to read and some headphones. Otherwise you will get stuck watching Court TV or family planning TV and reading CosmoGirl for 90 minutes.
5. If you are low-income (under $30,000 a year, I think) your services will probably be free, and possibly your medications as well (you may qualify for medicaid, and they will give you a card, and it won't be embarrassing). If you make over this, you will pay on a sliding scale, your insurance probably won't cover it, and your visit will be quite expensive ($55-65, which might include a prescription).
6. Don't expect a male-free zone. Most of the people in the waiting room will be 20-something women, but some will bring boyfriends, and a few 20-something men seem to come here as well (I always thought Planned Parenthood was a women's clinic, but that doesn't seem to be the case).
7. As a party favor, you'll get a brown bag of 8-20 lubricated Lifestyles condoms. Woohoo!
I got yelled at when I came here because I didn't know where to stop my car. Look out for those stop signs, because if you keep going and you veer off course, your car will fall into a hole (this isn't that likely though unless you're stupid or not paying attention--I think I got the "you're a girl and don't know what you're doing here" treatment).
They tried to sell me their $99 fuel injection cleaning service (unnecessary) but didn't give me any trouble when I refused. I got an oil change for $30 with a coupon that came in the mail, plus a free car wash next door ($11 value).
They close at 6:30 or 7, but the car wash next door closes around the same time, so go earlier if you want to get your car washed in the same trip.
This YMCA has all-new weight equipment that is quite comfortable and has been well-cared-for so far. They offer many, many classes, including belly dancing and kickboxing (my favorites). Kickboxing was challenging, but most of the other classes I tried were too easy for a young, fit person. You can get a 2 week or 10 visit (whichever comes first) guest pass to try their facilities, which I found quite generous.
You will definitely not feel too old, too young, or too casual here--the clientele and staff are very down-to-earth.
The pool is quite nice, though if you have ever been a competitive swimmer, you will be frustrated with the likely slowness of whomever you end up sharing your lane with.
I liked the place a lot overall. I did not join though, because of the prices. For an individual, there is a $150 initiation fee, and the monthly fee is $49, which is pretty expensive, in my opinion. If you make under $30,000 a year, they do have a sliding payment scale, but it still won't be cheap. The discounted family rates are a deal, though. Ask desk staff about discount coupons--you may be able to get one month free.
Though I am not from Japan, I sense that Nijaya Market has a lot of authentic Japanese products based on the store's popularity, their clientele, and the number of packages that are devoid of English labels. I like to go here for the melon bread in the baked goods section. They have a decent selection of sake (but only accept California ID's). They are open until 11pm daily, and you might be better off going late, because parking is difficult here. You will most likely have to park in the underground garage (free).
The first time I went here, I really liked it because I found a nice (though quite old) couch for $30. The second time I went here, I didn't like it because they had a couch for $500. Who goes to a thrift shop to spend $500 on a used couch? Their clothing selection is smaller than Goodwill's, but not of any higher quality, and costs about twice as much. You are better off going to Salvation Army. This is the only location I have been to, by the way--other locations may be superior.
OSH has reasonable, though not cheap, prices. I have mostly purchased interior paint from them. I like their Dutch Boy brand--it looks good after only one coat. The paint mixing service is awfully slow though--there isn't usually anyone behind the counter, and you have to wait forever. One time though I was able to get a new bucket of paint for free when I didn't like the original color once I got it home. OSH sells pretty much everything you could need or want for your home, from cabinet knobs, to bathmats, to light bulbs, to ladders.
McCoy (court reporters) might not have the friendliest, most personable staff, but they still manage to get the job done. They?re good in a pinch?if you need a last minute fill-in for a canceled court reporter, chances are that McCoy can either get one for you or find you somebody else who can. They might not make with small talk, but they are quite capable at their work. Don?t let the cold demeanor put you off?McCoy is all business, and in a business world that?s what?s really important.