Every person that I spoke with at Advantage Moving was competent, friendly and efficient from the first point of contact through the very extensive and careful walk-through to the pre-moving prep and all the way through to the end. The estimate was fair and very accurate. The crew was great! We got 3 estimates for our office move and chose Advantage for their thoroughness of the walk-through and their low-key approach to our very extensive move. At every step of our move, the Advantage staff went beyond our expectations to provide service, assistance and support when we needed it. I would highly recommend Advantage to anyone (commercial or residential) who is looking for reliable, dependable movers.
Edit: I wanted to mention that Advantage moved and stored a number of furniture items given to me by my former employer for our new office prior to our office move. They carefully inventoried each piece and stored it for a very reasonable rate and delivered it when we were ready for it at the new office. SO much better than me renting a truck, begging people to help move the stuff, renting a storage unit, etc.
Our goal was to find a quiet place that we didn't have to spend half our time in transit to/from. I love the Point Reyes National Seashore and found Windsong via Internet search. We were not disappointed in our selection. The Emerald Cottage provided a cozy getaway within an hour of the East Bay yet it felt like we were miles and miles away. We enjoyed the private hot tub under the starry night sky. The cottage has so many homey touches. But mostly it was a restful, relaxing place for us to recharge our batteries, wander around the area without having to rush or fight through traffic and enjoy the wonderful views, the proximity to the ocean and the great local food.
Mary has a patient, caring and positive demeanor. She listens to her patients and treats each one thoughtfully and with a perspective of the complete person not just by symptoms or ailments. Over the years I have been to 2 other acupuncturists and find that Mary is the best of all of them. She is diligent, humorous and very respectful. I look forward with great anticipation to each treatment, knowing that I will leave feeling more calm and balanced than when I arrived. Treatments I have received have included sports injury recovery, stress/anxiety and previous assorted injury aches and pains.
Mary has offices in Berkeley and in Oakland.
I waited as long as I could to buy a car (mine is 18 years old and having issues). My previous new car buying experience was not pleasant (very aggressive sales guy, too pushy, too many extras they wanted to sell, etc) so I was prepared for another difficult transaction. The main difference between my buying experience this time from 18 years ago is (drum roll, please) the Internet. I did my homework to get pricing, what people have paid in this area for the car I was looking for and read reviews of the local dealers as well. Once I narrowed down what I thought I wanted I sent out via edmunds.com for dealer quotes. One dealership was extremely slow in their responses. One was too pushy right away and defensive of their pricing (Berkeley Honda). One guy (Jong Paek at El Cerrito Honda) sent a clearly explained quote, what the final price would include and availability. Simple, clean, easy. After a few messages back and forth we set a meeting time, I went in, did a testdrive and bought it. I felt that he was respectful, knowledgeable and helpful. The finance person (Mike Bushel) was also much nicer than I expected (the finance guy in my experience is usually the hard-sell one who is trying to sell you everything and the kitchen sink without regard to what you might need or want). He presented the options with a great sense of humor that made it almost fun. I already knew what I was willing to pay and what features I wanted/needed so it wasn't too difficult to sit through the presentation, sign all the papers and be on my way. I am pleased so far with this buying experience and would recommend this dealership to anyone who is looking to buy a Honda. El Cerrito Honda was recommended to me by a friend who bought her car there several years ago and still goes there for service.
Service is great. I take my elderly dog there for nail clipping, which he absolutely hates but will tolerate the friendly and careful manner of the fabulous Jim, who can even use the Dremel on my dog's nails to get a nice, smooth finish on the trim. It's a bit chaotic inside the shop but never in a bad way. I feel like the pets are treated with respect and much kindness. Would be pleased to recommend Shampooches to any pet companion who wants their pet to look and feel their best.
My VERY reliable but older car broke down and although insurance will hopefully cover the expense, I have to pay out of pocket and find a towing service myself. Called Courtesy Towing and described the problem since I was unsure if I should have it towed to a repair shop or to my residence but I knew I couldn't leave it where it was.Both the dispatcher and the driver were patient and professional. The truck arrived almost 30 min. earlier than promised, which was great. I would most enthusiastically recommend this company in the future and will use them if needed again as well.
I have driven by Casino San Pablo many times but never ventured inside until last month. I met a friend in the bar for a drink - seemed like a fun way to see what was going on inside the casino. Although the exterior is sort of glitzy and casinolike (in my mind, anyway), once you are inside it's rather disappointing overall. I didn't realize that smoking was allowed in the casino, which didn't please me (all I could think of was the secondhand smoke and how the stale smell would permeate my clothing and hair - ick!). Drinks were the going rate, not even at casino-rockbottom prices. Food didn't seem to be a bargain either. There is a dining area and a snack bar. Clientele appeared to consist of folks who shouldn't be spending what money they had on gambling. There is apparently no dress code. The interior is a little rundown and felt grubby overall.
I have read East Bay Express for over 12 years. This once a week free paper is a great resource for local business listings, sporadic coupons and timely articles about topics important to the East Bay. I loved the article a few months back about the regular fans in the bleachers at Oakland A's games.
Movie and book reviews are usually reasonable (not totally slanted one way or the other) and worth a glance. The racks for this paper are all over town. New issues are published on Wednesdays.
The staff here is very friendly and helpful. The service is prompt and efficient. I tend to be hard on my glasses (dropping, bending, popping out lenses, etc) and can rely on West County staff to resolve my optical problems every time. I can usually get adjustments on a walk-in basis with very little waiting time. Parking lot is busy during lunch but it's not usually a problem to find parking.
I have loved this varietal for many many years now - more fruity and rounded than Cab Sauvignon, not as flinty as many Pinot Noirs are to my palate. Stuart Cellars Cab Franc is the best I have had to date - it's rich and fragrant, great on its own or with most meals (except maybe breakfast). Their website offers some delicious recipes with wine pairing suggestions. Orders that are shipped are carefully packed and arrived in perfect condition.