Located within the building that houses the California Academy of Sciences, this little shop is a real treat for those keen on books in the "science explained genre", or for kids just looking for a cool knick-knack. With the recent chocolate exhibition (to end in early September, 2005), you could for a while actually buy a wide selection of chocolates! I purchased a bar made of chocolate that originated from the Ivory Coast, and it was great!
I am setting up a video gig with this company in which they film me and make a DVD. The guy running the show has been helpful and courteous. He's busy, so our schedule is a little bit slow. One more thing: I called around the Burlingame area for competitive estimates for our needs, and he beat the crowd pretty soundly. I can't comment yet on the final product we're getting from him, but based on his fairness in pricing and responsive attitude, I think he wil be conscientious of delivering a great product.
I use Mollie Stones Market almost exclusively for my peanut butter fetish. They have one of those machines that cranks out the butter from a mother lode of peanuts. And the peanut butter is pure and unadulterated. I also like browsing the olive bar and now and then spending a pretty penny for a 1 lb or so of the garlic-stuffed olives -- a pricey treat, but heavenly indeed.
This outfit is situated right next to the CalTrain. So on those late mornings when the best I can do in the way of food is to get a quick glass of milk or water, I stop by this joint on my way to the train and feast or their yummy, fresh morning donuts. The staff has generally been kind. The real bonus? It is open pretty late and pretty early, so if you've got that hankering for an late donut, this is your best bet in downtown Burlingame. Look out for the cops, though! They dig it, too.
I have now frequented this store about 5 times. Usually
I can find what I'm looking for. The rental prices are a bit
high -- with taxes probably around $3.50 a DVD. The help
is generally considerate, but getting to the counter for help
is sometimes difficult in the evening/night traffic. One bonus
is the inexpensive bottles of Sprite at the counter!
This hardware store carried the suction cups I was looking for. The price was ok. There were many other useful supplies, as well. The woman running the store did not know a whole lot about hardware equipment. But she did not rush me. As I left, she said there was a two-week return policy, provided the purchased goods had not been opened.
This store is pretty neat for those in search of office supplies. There is a little table near the front where the store regularly discounts items being cleared from shelves. There are recycled reams of paper for sale, and even a deal which offers such a ream if you return an HP Toner cartridge. The management evidently is environmentally conscious, as there was literature near the front counter that dealt with local environment-related efforts.
PROS: Conscientious management, great office-product offering.
Both on the phone and in person, the fellow running this store was incredibly personable. He clearly had a lot of business going on, but during my visit, I was the center of his attention. The business is pricey, and ultimately it was out-of-budget for me, but I got the impression this guy would go the extra yard for you if you did business with him.
This store is situated right next to Michaels. So, if you can't find something at one of these stores, there's a decent chance the other might carry it. The customer service was very friendly. Today when I went, there was a former NFL football player collecting donations for the March of Dimes -- which was kind of an unexpected treat. The parking lot was clean and I had no trouble finding a space.
PROS: Lots of stuff, easy parking.
I went to Michaels in search of nylon twine. Nylon twine I did not find, but otherwise, the visit stimulated many creative ideas. There are aisles full of nothing but special papers, or yarns, or crayons. It is amazing the assortment of crafts-oriented goods there are at Michaels.
PROS: Neat collection of crafts-oriented products.