Hollister is like Abercrombie, but not as bad. They have a little bit better pricing for basically the same type of clothes. At least their store is more stylish and is more upbeat. But still, don't expect to get a lot for your money. The staff is friendly, but pressures you into buying their stuff, so just know that you'll get a lot of stares if you leave empty handed.
This place knows how to sell good clothes. They have some of the more expensive brands (like Le Tigre) for only a fraction of the price. Plus, you won't feel embarrassed of shopping here, because a lot of people do and know about how its a great way to get some cheap clothes. For those who want good clothes but dont want to go homeless, this is the place to be.
Anchor Blue knows how to please the majority of shoppers. They have both clothes from their own company and others (such as Quiksilver, Volcom, etc). Their stuff actually isn't too bad of stuff, considering that they are usually 60% of competitors prices. The staff is usually young and very upbeat. Being a shopper of Anchor Blue, this place fits a lot of needs of people and also has some cool non-clothing items, such as Gummi Hamburgers.
Abercrombie sports the lastest fashion for preps, but you have to have pretty large pockets to actually get a few outfits out of them. Sometimes I wonder why people would pay 50 dollars for a shirt that cost 20 cents to make, but I guess thats how clothes work out. The store seems stuck up and if you don't come dressed in Abercrombie approved clothing, expect some strange stares.
Old Navy is basically the bargain version of more expensive stores like Abercrombie and Hollister. They have decent fashions for outrageously low prices (sometimes they have things they are a dollar) and a pretty cool storefront. The music and cool workers help maintain the young feel of the store and pricing reflects the needs of todays youth.
Rite Aid is a store of all things. Need to get some photos done? Bingo. Crave ice cream? They have it too. Need some beauty supplies or school stuff? A few aisles of that. Hungry? They have that too. But they are mainly supposed to be a pharmacy. Their pharmacy is pretty good and I've been using it for years now, very friendly and fast processing times.
Over the years, the good guys have lost their standing in electronics to other corporations. Their knowledgable staff and decent pricing is okay, but uncomparable to today's standards. However, their exchange/return policy is great and I've had a lot of experiences with them concerning those. A so-so store that could have been better, but isn't bad either.
Cold Stone lets you do what you normally would only do at home, except with a cooler attempt to it. Take your favorite candy and mix it with your favorite ice cream. The results are infinite. Although the pricing is a little high for something you could do at home, the monstrously sized cones are plain cool. Its one of those things you need to try once, so you know the techniques to use at home.
To me, Vons has only one purpose to me. It is the major supplier of the most delicious food in the world, White Cheddar Cheetos (Natural Cheetos). I guess the cheap Vons Club prices are okay, but its all a gimmick, considering that Vons Club is free to join by everyone. The fresh baked goods are actually okay but I've tasted better. Basically just a place to get some cheetos.
Jack In the Box is where you fill your stomach up when you are in a rush. The cheap food that is actually not that bad (tacos or a jumbo jack for a dollar) and pretty good shakes make this a great place. The variation of drinks and new food items every month make JITB a place to visit a routinely. Since its open late, you can pretty much be sure that it will be there for you when you are dying from hunger.