Publix is further away from my house than the supermarket I'd run to for extra sugar or a carton of eggs. However, that little longer trip is worth it for some excellent deals. Publix usually has buy one get one free specials on selected products every couple of days. Its floral department is also very nice compared to most other chain grocery stores. The meat department's prices are a bit higher all around, but for the savings you reap on everything else, it may just be worth it.
PROS: Sale items and wonderful floral department
CONS: Expensive meat & dairy products
Located in the Main Street South shopping center, SoBe Couture is a tiny little store packed with extremely expensive things. Some are one-of-a-kinds, others are mass-produced and super-stylish. From studded jeans to Louis Vuitton handbags or the shoes that Paris Hilton wore last night, you'll find something different and incredibly Beverly Hills at SoBe Couture.
PROS: Friendly sales people.
CONS: A bit over-priced.
Ab Stephens has made a name for itself. With more sheet music than you could ever play in a lifetime, a showroom of beautiful grand pianos, a great guitar selection, and many other instruments to choose from (as well as music lessons), Ab Stephens is the first thing to pop into mind when you're looking for music in Huntsville. They also carry a wide array of sound equipment.
Located in historic Five Points, Harmony Sound offers a little bit of everything country (with some city mixed in there too). Whether you're looking for a quality guitar, a stand-up bass, a set of conga drums, or a harmonica, Harmony has it. They also offer lessons for your new instrument. Let Bill set you up with something musically inclined. Harmony Sound is fantastic.
Not only is Avant Salon & Day Spa conveniently located on Bailey Cove Road, it offers the very best in hair and body care. Tim, a wonderful man and even better hair dresser, has been working with hair for 20+ years. He's on top of every hair trend. He uses the latest techniques in cut, color, and style. Wonderful people, wonderful hair care.
I buy ALL of my plants and flowers from Bennett's. The staff are unbeatable as far as knowledge goes. The selection is unbelievable. Located on North Parkway past A&M, Bennett's is located on sprawling property packed tight with scads and scads of anything and everything beautiful for your yard. They offer complimentary beverages too cool (or heat) you during your stroll around their various greenhouses. From seeds to trees, rose bushes to tomato plants, Bennett Nurseries is THE choice for Huntsville's gardeners.
Tai Pan Palace has been open ever since I can remember. They've been serving high-quality food coupled with great service for years and years. Located on Memorial Parkway, Tai Pan Palace has a wonderful atmosphere and fantastic food. From their buffet with its huge selection to ordering off the lunch menu, the prices are great. $3.99 for a lunch special including entree, egg roll, and steamed or fried rice!
For foreign cars, there is no better garage than Ashley Garage. They do the work quickly and efficiently, at a fraction of the price most other foreign auto repair shops in town charge. The mechanics are extremely knowledgable and friendly, and Mr. Ashley, the garage's owner, can diagnose any car problem. Located on Governor's Drive, it's a little hard to access. However, a little bit of parking trouble is worth a lot of money saved and a car that runs great.
Railroad Station Antique Mall is a must-see. Located in an old building downtown, Railroad Station boasts an incredible three floors chock full of fine antiques. From furniture to paintings, from salt and pepper shakers to crystal champagne flutes. They offer just about everything antique. Check out the amazing elevator instead of the stairs sometime. The prices are considerably low and the quality is above expectations. Beautiful stuff!
Big Spring Cafe is the type of place you see in the movies. A kind of cramped roadside diner with red bar stools and coffee-sipping regulars who sit in the same spot every day. The cooks are friendly and cook "whatever you want, hon" right in front of your eyes. The food is very Southern: a bit greasy and always oversized. Their fare is cheap and the whole restaurant offers something that everyone needs to experience at least once in his or her lifetime. Look for the block lettered sign on Governor's Drive and order up a hamburger. It'll only set you back $1.00 or so!