I hired a Yellow Cab several times for short distances (e.g. to the Caltrain station) when I had to go to the airport. They were polite when I made the reservations and were always ontime. The drivers are always helpful in assisting me with my luggage. I would definitely recommend their services.
A couple months ago, I brought in two bengal kittens whom I had bought from a breeder out of state. I was worried as they looked a little sick and had brownish stuff in their ears, so I brought them in to Stanford Pet Clinic for a checkup. The vet did not seem interested in the condition of the kittens but kept harping on how much I paid on the kittens and on buying them from a breeder. He barely took a look at the kittens and then said they were okay and charged me over $50 for the visit. Later, the cats fell seriously ill and it termed out that they had a serious case of mites and other parasites. This was about a week later. Apparently, the vet did not do his job. I would never go back to this pet clinic again.
I brought in a powerbook to be fixed, but DT&T fixed only the surface problems but did not really diagnose what was wrong with it internally. So I had to bring it back several times and was charged so much more. Paid over $500 to repair the powerbook, which seems overkill - should have just bought a new powerbook. I only wish they had diagnosed it from the start and told me how much it would cost instead of charging me incrementally for all the extras. I really don't recommend this place.
Lion supermarket is similar to Ranch 99 market, but specializes more in Vietnamese food ingredients. Vegetables and fruits are cheaper than Safeway by a huge margin and there are usually many products on sale. Customer service is average. There is plenty of parking just outside the store.
This is conveniently located near Stanford University. There are also many discount coupons offered in the Stanford Directory for dry cleaning services at Delias. For basic standard clothing, Delias does a decent job. However, they do not accept more exotic costumes. I tried asking them to clean two kimonos once, but they refused the job, saying that they were not equipped to do cleaning on such delicate fabrics.
This is a great store if you are looking for second hand deals in furnishings, furniture or clothes. Many of the items are of excellent quality and are sold at very low prices. So if you are on a tight budget or you simply want cheap, no hassle temporary furniture, this is the place for you. Goodwill does not deliver though, so be prepared to bring your own truck.
Even though Phototime is conveniently located in Stanford Shopping center, so you could technically shop while you wait for your photos to be developed, I do not recommend developing your pictures here, especially if you want ordinary basic prints. I opted for the cheapest, the most basic service, had a Stanford University 10% discount coupon and still ended up paying over $25 for 24 (5" by 7") prints and could only collect after 3 or 4 days. At this rate, just go to Costco or Walmart, it's definitely cheaper for the same length of time.
Juut is a high-end salon and spa, conveniently located in downtown Palo Alto. They offer makeup and styling, coloring, and are especially popular for hairdos for the annual Stanford Viennese Ball. Prices start at $55 a trim. Be prepared to spend lots here for all the extra services. I wasn't particularly satisfied with the trim I had, and I thought the service was average.
This eclectic, independent bookstore is located right next to the very hip Caf Borrone, so you can read a new book and enjoy a nice cup of coffee whenever you want. This bookstore has a good selection of books, and prices are competitve with Borders. This bookstore is a favorite hangout for many Stanford students.
Cambridge Barber is located about a mile from the Stanford campus, and offers traditional haircuts for men and women, as well as barber services like men's shaves. They have been cutting Stanford hair since 1966, and prices haven't risen much in the past few years. Cuts start at $11, making this one of the best deals around for Stanford students without cars. Still if you can go off campus, you can probably find better prices.