If you are looking for a quirky or shabby chic housewarming present; if you are looking for elegant shower or wedding presents or just looking for something to update your own decor - the Sampel House is the place to go. You'll spend hours looking through the many delights there. But at this particular shop, you'll have to go searching for the clerks, so schedule enough time to shop and check out.
PROS: Amazing assortment of goodies
CONS: Staff disappears when you are ready to check out
The White House Black Market (which is owned by Chico's) has a splendid variety of casual and business wear. If you are about to go on a vacation to Europe and want to look "tres chic" this is the place to go. The sales staff is knowledgable, but not "clinging" - so you can look around without feeling pressured.
PROS: Great selection
CONS: Sometimes a bit pricey
Feat of Clay is a great place to unwind at lunch time or after work... it is a place that lets you choose a ceramic (plate, mug, vase, bank - they have lots to choose from) and glaze it any way you want to... the cost of the item includes the firing. They will help you if you ask for it, or even do it for you - a very popular thing is to do a plate with a baby's foot print or create fingerprint characters as gifts for Mom's or Dad's or teachers.
The staff is fun, friendly, informative and helpful. Sometimes it can be a bit chaotic if many Mom's and small children and strollers are parked in there, but overall it is a great way to relax or come up with a truly personalized goft for someone.
You can bring your lunch with you or even bring a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself. I like going with a friend or two and we can chat and catch up.
PROS: Fun, Different way to spend your time in an artsy way.
CONS: Around parental holidays it is a mad house.
I love lunches at Kostas. Tucked away towards the Tire place and sometimes overshadowed by the Swimming place, this restaurant is roomy and rarely crowded at lunch time. Each plate is generous, the staff are family and you will be remembered when you return. I especially love their hummus and pita appetizer, their lemon chicken soup, and the giros sandwich which comes with saffroned potatoes and tsitsukis sauce. Reasonably priced for lunch. The quality is good and consistent!
PROS: Separate room for smokers. Great specials.
CONS: Can't think of any.
While Jinbeh has a slightly above average sushi bar, it also has "Teppen" which is where the cook stirfries the food in front of you - sometimes adding theatrical flourishes. It is a fun place for wholesome and healthy Japanese Food. There is a small bar in the front with a wide screen plasma screen that usually is tuned to sports for the guys that get dragged there instead of where they wanted to go. And they have children's dishes on the menu too.
PROS: Plenty of easy parking
CONS: Bathrooms are a little cramped and dark
Let's get one thing out of the way first, I love sushi. I love raw fish. So it is ironic that my favorite sushi at Awaji is their Mamasan roll, which is a sweet tempura'd shrimp wrapped in spicey sauce and rice and rolled in cooked sweet crab meat. Everyone I know who loves seafood, even if they don't normally like sushi, goes CRAZY over the Mamasan roll. The general decor is pleasant and relaxing and very Japanese. The staff is friendly and obliging. They have crawfish in what they call a "volcano" which is also cooked and delicious. It is crawfish piled high in a volcano shape over a bed of avocado rolls. If you want to introduce your friends to sushi, this is the place to do it.
PROS: Authentic and appealing to the novice.
CONS: May be hard to find parking, it is around the corner from the Studio Grill.
Do you want to escape for lunch? Disappear at Dinner? Hide at Happy Hour? This the place to do it, a shop of imported items in the front, a great bar in the middle, and nice dining with an outdoor patio and beautiful koi swimming in a little pond...all combined make a wonderful little hide-away to escape to...try the desserts, they are to die for! The entrees and sandwiches are good and wholesome. Great if you are health conscious! I just like the feeling of being far far away in some exotic spot when I stop in for lunch or after work with the gals.
PROS: Good food, nice value, great ambiance
CONS: Teeny tiny parking lot
The situation for this really good Chipotle is that it is in a corner that is so close to the access road for 35 and to a 24 Hour Fitness and across the street is Sam's Club and WalMart...so the traffic is horrendous. I love the food, and the service but I hate the nearly suicidal attempts to turn in to the parking lot and the dings to my car. It isn't as horrible for parking on the weekends and at odd parts of the day, but be careful at the height of lunch time.
PROS: Great food.
CONS: Street Access, Parking is Funky
This Chipotle is in an odd spot in what seems to be a dieing strip mall. But it is a jumping place, the food is always fresh, the staff is always happy and friendly and accurate in getting your order...and the best part is that it is always clean. I love eating there. The music is great, the food is great.
PROS: Mmmm. Delicious and good for you.
CONS: Weird Parking layout.
This is not only well lighted, it is almost always the neatest. I am never assailed by dead ends created by stacked books that have not yet been shelved. I can always find things in the places that they are supposed to be in based on the labels. And the staff, oh the staff, what angels! They actually know what they have on the shelves and <drumroll> sometimes they know what they have waiting to be shelved!! They are definitely bibliophiles and I really appreciate the recommendations I have received there.
PROS: Great selection, staff and parking.
CONS: Can't really think of any.