The West Jersey Hospital in Voorhees is world-class. They have made their emergency room like a spa, and it helps you maintain sanity while waiting to see a doctor there. They have a fountain and comfy waiting chairs and even nice decor! Also, their cafeteria is nice by hospital standards and the food is actually edible. This hospital is well-kept, too. It is surrounded by medical offices and even the William Rohrer gym which is run by Virtua, the system that runs this hospital. You will feel welcome here; the staff are really nice, especially the nurses and the front desk/receptionists. However, keep an eye out for parking spaces! This place is very crowded and they need to expand their lot.
If you go to this hospital, someone can also take care of your grocery shopping and get something gourmet to eat from the Starbucks just down the street and the numerous supermarkets down Evesham and/or Springdale. Traffic is crazy during commuter times though, so be careful.
Location: off Carnie Blvd which is off Evesham Road on the Voorhees-Cherry Hill border.
Located in the new Audubon Crossings/Audubon Commons development by Nicholson Road, this curtain shop offers some really great deals. And they even sell bath mats and accessories too. Marburn has convenient parking, friendly staff (way better than those at JCPenney), and low prices. I think they give Wal-Mart which is almost right next door a run for their money on curtains. Why? This store is easy to navigate, has more selections, and has prices that are similar. However, I don't quite like the style of their products. For me even if I spend $9.99 on a curtain, I would rather not spend the money than get something of poor quality and bad taste and ugly color- the type of curtain they sell here. And I think that the store should be better lit. (But then the prices would increase, right?)
I recommend this store to newlyweds, people on a fixed income, and students.
Dockside is a very nice building in Penn's Landing. It is near the Days Inn and the Hyatt Regency. If you go down Columbus Boulevard just a few miles or so, you will be in South Philadelphia, where you can do all of your shopping by the river in a suburban environment. There's a Wal-Mart and a SuperFresh market just down the street!
Dockside has a really nice community area, complete with a big balcony for you to observe the Delaware River, a gym, and a pool. The view is pretty. The common hallways are a little narrow and could induce claustrophobia though. But the apartments have higher ceilings, and each one has its own balcony. They're expensive though, and the agents can be on the rude side.
Dockside used to be a rental, but now it is going up for sale.
I discovered this little bakery in the Bella Vista/Italian Market district of South Philadelphia today, and let me tell you, it is very nice! It's tucked in off a small street, bu the flow of customers never ends. The sign off the street says "Sarcone's Bakery." It's next to Ralph's Italian Restaurant.
Even on weekdays, you can find parking. Being that this is Philly, that is a major plus. Secondly, the breads are very fresh and tasty here. Their pizzas also look very tantalizing; they're square shaped and not as greasy as chain pizzas nor are they so cheesy.
The only things I don't like about this bakery are how their clerks do not wear gloves, using their bare hands to serve you and how some of the breadsticks I bought were stale while others were exceptionally fresh. (Oh and did I forget? The prices are very reasonable. Rolls are only $3 for a dozen- same price as my local SuperFresh! And, the sesame breadsticks I love cost only $4 for one pound.)
This is an old fashioned bakery, with a homey decor (like the counter) and an old balance scale. The scent of fresh bread will overwhelm you. This is truly worth visiting while you are in the area.
Getting x-rays is never fun, but at least with the nice atmosphere and close proximity to shopping South Jersey Radiology near West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees makes it a bearable experience. The office is sumptuous, with chandeliers and lush carpeting. The staff are mostly friendly, though they have some rough patches to work out. The reception was okay, but slow. And you have to wait here for a long time. Luckily they have some periodicals and the TV! The technicians are the best if you ask me; they explain everything and are prompt. But even once you have changed and are inside the x-ray area, they take time to get to you. This practice is busy. I came in on a weekday during the busy time, and it only took 45 minutes, start to finish. I guess that's okay.
This store specializes in Vietnamese and Chinese videos, DVDs, and music. They are right next to Pho 75, my personal favorite place to eat around here. Parking on weekends for this store is a hassle, but you will find space.
Jacky Pham Hoan Cau Video & Music sells a whole lot of different films and CDs. They have almost every popular artist from that Asian region that I've heard of. Prices are steep though. You pay more than you'd pay for an American movie/CD here. Like $25 for a music concert DVD, and they won't budge on the price. Too much if you ask me. I can live without all that. And other stores are much nicer and cheaper. This one is decrepit, and dull. It is not busy. The service is not super friendly. In case you are wondering, the owner told me that everything is authentic and real here. They are right near Hung Vuong Super Market in Bella Vista.
The Asia Supermarket in China Town is located underneath a parking garage in the "China Town Mall". It has all the makings of a nice supermarket, but falls short. First off, the aisles are messy and the place reeks of meat and fish. It is dirty. The produce is pathetic and not worth the money. The shelf products look old. At least they have an eating place and fast checkout. But here's what I don't like: the staircase to come in is so narrow and dark. The place has a low-end kind of scary feel that reminds me of a bad movie. I don't shop here too much, but many do. So it passes my litmus test. I won't return since for paying a little more I can shop in a better lit store that doesn't smell and is clean. Chinatown has so many other choices. Plus, prices here are a little more than you'd pay outside on say Washington Avenue in Bella Vista.
Asia Bakery is not one of the nicest bakeries in this area; it's not so shiny and clean and it doesn't look good at the outside. But the cakes here are ethereal. They are exceptionally fresh. You can even place an order and watch them make it in front of you, though the proprietor discourages that. He gets annoyed when you walk-in and watch. That's how you ensure freshness and good quality. I believe this is a Vietnamese bakery, so that's why it is different from the others in China Town. They offer a wide variety of tastes. You can specify fruit filling or creme or even taro or durian! I don't recommend taro or durian; durian is kind of stinky and taro in sponge cake is an esoteric delight. By the way: sponge cake is pretty much all they do here. They do it better than the supermarket for less, but that's all. No gourmet delights here.
If you like less creme, this store is good for you. It cost me like $33 for a cake for 20 people. Not bad but not the cheapest.
I live so near to this outpost of the Le-Bec-Fin pastry chef, that I routinely stop myself from frequenting this shopping center just so I don't spend like $32 on a cake or some creme brulee or some bread. Everything here is just so nice! The products are tasty. You get to sample. The decor is inviting and welcoming. You want to spend time here. In front of the door the "Village Walk" is landscaped beautifully. Only one thing's the problem. The place is usually like a mini ghost town. I can't speak of the freshness of the products either. I saw the clerk throw out the day old bread (wish they would donate it- it's still fresh), but she didn't touch the cakes. The staffers are nice. What I don't like is how you can't just park in front and go, and how you don't see anyone baking when you come. At least I didn't. But I will be back. Just after I lose some weight.
I consider myself to have a sensitive palate, and so I appreciate the subtle, refined bakery goods they sell here. The cakes are not overly rich and creamy and fatty (but still they aren't exactly figure friendly!) like cakes from Whole Foods, and they leave you feeling satisfied, not buttered up and ready to explode. Everything is fresh and of high quality. I always come here just for special occasions, or even to just pick up some coffee. I don't pass by much, but I am willing to make the special trip here now and then. It is nice how all the bakers and clerks seem so happy and enthusiastic. They know a lot about what they sell. You can count on them. They will steer you well. Sadly, the quality comes at a price; I spent $37.xx on two cakes for a loved one's birthday. That is more than I usually spend at the grocery store. But you get what you pay for.
This store gives you that folksy feeling. They have a little screen door I remember and decor is almost nonexistent. When you come early, however, the aroma of fresh baked foods is overwhelming and so tempting. If you just want to look don't come in. you will be tempted into buying something, anything.