Les Schwab Tire Centers has a reputation of being a great place to buy tires, with a guarantee that is unmatched but we had an experience quite the opposite. It takes just one salesperson to damage the reputation and turn away dozens of customers. We purchased tires at the Beaverton Les Schwab and one was of low quality. When we returned to ask for a replacement or credit towards a new tire we were denied. We went to another Les Schwab where they were amazed at the outcome we had encountered at the previous Les Schwab. It soured us on using this tire company when there are plenty of businesses out there that would love to sell us tires.
Sweet Oregon Grill has some great home cooked meals and specialty items. They have a hopping bar and great music. During summer hours they have super bands come in for outdoor music concerts. The restaurant can be called for a schedule of upcoming events. They specialize in Kettle Corn and different jams. The breakfasts are good, fresh food and the desserts are scruptious. They make hand dipped milkshakes that you can't get many places. Come early because it does fill up on the weekend evenings.
Stanfords is a great place to have a quiet dinner that is of great quality. The service is super and the food fresh. If you are lucky and sit in a booth, it is private and intimate. They have fresh fish daily, scratch soups, homemade desserts and out of the ordinary entrees. You will never sit for more than a minute upon arriving, before someone gets you started on a drink or appetizer. The prices are reasonable for the quality. It's a great place for a celebration.
Bed, Bath and Beyond has a great selection of kitchen, bath and home items. They have the items "as seen on TV". They also have novelty items that are too cute to pass up. Their kitchen utensil area is enormous. The best part is though, that they take their own expired coupons, and the coupons of their competitor, Linens and Things. When you have a 20% off coupon it makes the price terrific. If they don't have an item they will be happy to check their computers to see which stores do have your item in stock. Gift certificates are a great idea from this store because it has something for everyone. Brides - don't forget to register here.
Waterhouse Place is a satisfactory apartment complex that is fairly quiet and clean. They have a walking trail that is a nice addition. The omly complaint here is that it may take sometime to get someone to come look at any repairs you may need. The rent is fair but not spectacular. Most of the balconies are about 10 feet by 3 feet (I'm not exaggerating when I say only 3 feet deep). There isn't room for you to barbeque and put a chair out there too. There are plenty of apartments in the area so shop around so you can strike up a good deal.
The Madhatter hasbeen a fixture in Cedar Mill for the last 30 years. The quality is good but the service is extrodinarily slow. It's a one woman shop and you may have a hard time finding her in the piles and piles of clothes and fabrics that fill the store. One thing that may become frustrating to customers is that you may stop by and find the shop closed without notice. If you can pin the seamstress down, she will do a good job for you but make sure you make your timeline clear.
Portland Community College is great for the new college student or for people who have made a career out of taking classes. They offer a catalog full of "for credit" classes that will well prepare students for a four year institution. They also have community ed, or adult ed classes that are reasonable in price and have excellent instructors. There are a number of physical education type classes that older students can take for fun, or classes to brush up on Spanish or Sign Language. If you have a yen to learn, PCC has the class for you. Their counselors are extremely helpful and the registration is easily done online.
If you're looking for a certain shampoo, Trade Secret is sure to carry it. They have the largest selection of shampoo and conditioner I have ever seen. They also have nail items, hair accessories, make up and a ton of other beauty supplies. The prices are usually set by the manufacturers so it isn't like you can shop around to find these items cheaper. On top of it all, the store smells great because of all the great products they carry.
JoAnn Fabrics is the place to find great holiday bargains. They have aisles and aisles of decorations for whatever the nearest holiday is. They are quite reasonable in price and the day after the holiday they are really a steal. Come early though so you get a good selection. There are bolts and bolts of beautiful fabrics and other sewing and craft items. The employees are not always knowledgable but they are friendly.
Pier 1 Imports has many beautiful items for your home that your neighbor won't have. It gives you the chance to feel creative by mixing and matching all the really cool items that they carry. There are loads of candles that are unique and heavenly smelling. They also have items for the bath and kitchen that you won't find anywhere else. The nice thing is that the prices are reasonable and the salespeople helpful.