Quality Cafe is a small restaurant that is open until 3am. It serves Hong Kong styled cuisine with breakfast specials, fried noodles, rice plates, hot pots, and bubble tea. Their drinks and food are made to order. The portions are huge, you get a great deal for your money. However, you cannot go to the restaurant and order a drink and sit there, there is a strict $5 minimum per person. Overall, pretty neat restaurant and large portions.
Many families move to Newton for the public school system. It is well budgeted, and most of the elementary, middle, and high schools are up to date. It is better to move to Newton for the public schools than to live elsewhere and send children to private schools. There are four middle schools and two high schools. The teachers are well qualified and are eager to teach. There is a special education program and English as a second language program as well. The sports teams are pretty good too.
I got my jeans tailored here, and I needed them to be hemmed before a trip (one day). They got the job done, and it was fast service. I was impressed with their customer service. However, they are not open on Sundays which is inconvenient. This place does a fine job with dry cleaning my suits as well. It is located in a little plaza on Saw Mill Brook parkway.
This place is a hip place located in Chinatown. The hair stylists are experienced, and will do their best to give you a great hair cut and style. The price is a little more than average, but it is a well known place in Chinatown. Just a little tip, some of the hair stylists may or may not be able to understand/speak English. So, perhaps you can bring a photo from a magazine of what style or hair color you would like.
I had a great experience as a young dancer growing up at Paulettes Ballet Studio. I took ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. I remember bright, colorful, sparkly outfits for the end of the year performances. I learned a lot, and it is a great place to begin a dance career. The class sizes vary, but they are mostly about 15-20 students. The classes are taught by young professional dancers who are qualified for the job. There are also boys classes (usually jazz).
It is a family owned gas station located conveiniently on the VFW parkway. It seems to always be open, but I am not sure if it is just the times I drive by there. I go there regularly and never have any problems. It is well kept with not a lot of trash lying around.
This would be the cleanest gym you have ever been too. The locker rooms are spotless and the gym area is updated and neat. The atmosphere is calm and non-competitive. They also offer some classes, such as yoga, kickboxing, and dance. The group class rooms also seem new and very clean. The usual cardio (tredmills, elipticals, bikes) machines, free weights, and weight training machines are also there. Although the membership price is more than average, it's the price you pay for an all-women's gym, cleanliness, and "personal" attention.
This place is pretty clean for a hair cut place. There are quite a few hair dressers here. I think this place is better for men to get their hair cut because it is more simple. For women's hair styles or straight hair (especially), I was not satisfied. My brother though always got decent hair cuts. I think these types of chain hair salons are the cheapest you can get a hair cut for.
I took a few summer and winter session courses at Mass Bay. I have never had a bad experience there. ALL the professors (five of them) were enthusiastic about teaching and really wanting the students to learn. There was a fair amount of reading and course work, and they are comparable to University courses I have taken. The price is affordable, and I learned a lot. I would definitely take more courses (if needed) at Mass Bay. It is also in a nice area with a lot of parking.
UMASS is a great public school. Within the first two years, the classes may be lecture style, but when you take upper level classes within your major, the classes are smaller (30 students). UMASS has its fair share of great, unforgetable professors but there are also some who are not so great. However, the dorms are fine - if you like grassy area, live in Northeast, if you never want to sleep - live in Southwest. I've had great experiences living in both areas though. The dining commons are huge with tons of food. Oh yeah, but don't forget to order Wings!