I often go thrift shopping, and try to include the Julian Center's Thrify Threads each time. Proceeds go to the battered women's shelter located downtown.
I always do my donations here, as some of the more needed/wearable items aren't sold, but given directly to the shelter. Diapers, unopened baby food, baby toys, etc. are all very needed here.
The staff were very patient with my son as he tornadoed his way through the store, however, he was measured two days apart by two different sales people. The verdict was a "four and a half" and "five and a half, extra wide".
He ended up leaving with a pair of fives, extra wide.
We used to go to a private groomer, but found we could pay less and take her in on the weekends if we went to Petsmart. The groomers know their stuff, and the staff go out of their way to make drop off and pick up convenient for you.
They even offered to keep her an extra several hours on the day of a Colts' game, in case we wanted to stay home and watch the whole thing! That's service!
We've taken our dog to 56th street since she was adopted six years ago. Luckily she's pretty healthy, so we only go yearly, but they remember her name, get her in when we call within the week, and charge reasonable fees.
They also have convenient hours for those of us who work M-F days.
This place rocks. You select your pottery piece, use their materials, idea books, stencils, etc., leave it for them to fire and pick it up in a week.
I've taken groups here to do a ladies night out (flat fee on Thursday evenings), my daughter to do a mommy/daughter day out, as well as just gone in to make special personalized heirlooms for my kids and a large plate decorated with my family's name and "est.date" for family celebrations.
The best time I had was when my husband and I took advantage of their "two for one" studio fees on valentine's day and sat, talked, and painted together for an evening. Beat the movies (and cost about the same) any day!!
It's not cheap, but not overpriced for what you get. You pay per hour of studio time, plus the piece you select, with prices ranging from $3 up to $50.
If you need real quality paints, brushes, canvases, etc. this is where to get it. They also have a nice selection of portfolios (I gave one to a friend in landscape design as a graduation gift). They are a bit off the main drag, but worth looking into if you are into the real deal when it comes to art.
I love to go to the Food Emporium and sit with a cup of coffee and an alligator. Or a chocolate chip scone. Or a lemon muffin...
They have cafe seating which is heavenly in the summer, but also they give you a free cup of coffee on days it snows. A whirling desert case to die for, and healthy, made to order entrees.
I like to go in and shop around, but she does take phone orders for balloons, flowers, and more. But the gift shop is most fun...lots of cute stuffed animals, mugs, etc. Anytime I need a pick me up for a friend, I know I can find it here.
She also runs amazing sales when she's trying to clear stock.
Although I usually order my apparel and shoes online, when I need it NOW, I go to Kinney. They carry all the major brands in all sizes, including tights, leotards, pointe and character shoes. If you look closely, you can find sales as well. Staff is helpful and willing to take time to help you match your needs.
Also do special orders for groups or individuals.
We have never been disappointed in Gatsby's. Great food at a good value, as well as a full bar, pool tables, sports on the TV for those who like it, and enough room between tables that you can feel "away" from it all...this is where my husband and I go if we get a night away from children. Nice atmosphere, not as "bar-y" as some places, also not as smoky as most.