My 4-year-old son attended two "day camps" at Gold Star during winter break, and had a great time. The class included not only traditional gymnastics (hanging on the rings, doing "pushovers" on the lower uneven bar, trampoline, etc.), but also obstacle courses, parachute play, and arts & crafts. I was so impressed with the facilities and the staff, I plan to enroll him in a regular weekly class.
Our experience with Valley Roofing was exceptional! We had several bids on reroofing a rental and they were the least expensive. We were hesitant because we wanted the best job for the money and boy did we get it! This company is locally owned and operated by Sean Conley and his wife, Rickaye. Sean is from a local roofing family and the good experience and reputation of his dad really extends into Valley Roofing. I really liked the fact that I could email Rickaye with any questions and I would get a response immediately. She is not only a partner, she knows the business! I would not hesitate to recommend this roofing company to anyone for their new or reroofing needs.
Los Altos True Value is definitely not a big "warehouse" store -- you're not going to find a huge selection of items, particularly for more specialized needs (for example, I learned that they don't carry cabinetry, shelving, or associated hardware). But on the other hand, *unlike* the big warehouse stores, the employees are always at hand to help you find the right products. Overall, it's a great "neighborhood" hardware store.
I had recently visited another dentist in the area (with a beautifully decorated office) who recommended that I have approximately $2,000 in "preventative" dental work done (like replacing old fillings). I then changed dental insurance companies, so decided to get a second opinion. I met with Dr. Sasaki, who performed a very thorough evaluation, spending a lot of time talking with me about my dental history before examining my teeth. I told him up front that I thought I might need some work done, although I wasn't having any pain.
Dr. Sasaki evaluated my X-rays and advised me that, in his opinion, I could safely take a "wait-and-see" approach to my teeth. He pointed out that although my fillings were old, they were in good shape -- no chips, no pulling away, etc. So he said that, as long as I wasn't having any pain, there really wasn't a medical reason to perform any work. Of course, I may break a tooth this weekend and wish in retrospect that I'd had the preventive work done ... but for now, I'm quite happy to avoid any drilling!
Dr. Sasaki's office environment probably reflects his conservative approach to dentistry -- clean and neat, but light on trendy "niceties" (like flat-screen TVs, headsets, etc.). However, he did have advanced dental technology, like a water-laser for tartar removal. And frankly, I prefer a dentist who eschews fancy artwork and gives me an honest opinion! I will definitely return to Dr. Sasaki for all my future dental needs.
When my Bosch dishwasher malfunctioned, I had trouble finding a plumber who could repair it. The appliance repair company I typically used doesn't work on Bosch, and neither did several of the other "big" companies I called. I finally tried Sterling Downs, and was happy to learn that they worked on Bosch, and could get out to my house very quickly. The repairman, Frank, was very knowledgeable, and ended up charging me less for repairs than his estimate. I would definitely use them again for future problems.
I've taken my car to California Automotive several times, typically for relatively "major" repairs/service. In each instance, I've been very pleased with the speed and quality with which the services were performed, and with the obvious honesty of the owner/mechanic, Alan. He and his wife are also very helpful about arranging transportation home, and with entertaining my kids while we wait!
PROS: Honest, efficient service
There are a ton of limo companies to choose from in Napa/Calistoga; the difference is obtaining a driver who really knows the area and can make recommendations based on your parties' wants.
I found Luxury Tours through www.limos.com, and was completely happy with them. I described to the owner the type of wineries we wanted to visit, and he made some excellent recommendations and set up appointments for our tours. Our driver arrived at our hotel right on time, and picked up lunch for us while we were at our first stop. He then took us to a beautiful picnic area, and later recommended a very small, out-of-the way family winery that turned out to be our favorite of the entire trip.
I would definitely choose Luxury Tours again for our next wine tasting experience.
PROS: Knowledgeable driver, great winery recommendations
I went to Tap Plastics for a custom-cut sheet of plastic to cover the front of my wine rack, preventing my toddler from reaching in and pulling out the bottles. I really had no idea what thickness of plastic I needed, or how to affix it to the wine rack. I described my project to the salesperson, and he recommended a specific thickness; he then cut it to the size I needed and drilled holes in each corner so I could wire it to the rack. The whole process took less than 5 minutes, and when I got the piece home, it fit perfectly.
To paraphrase one of the other reviewers, I fall into the category of "lazy and don't care" when it comes to selling furniture. I'm willing to sacrifice a fair amount of the sales price in order to avoid having strangers come to my home, inspect my stuff, and haggle over payment.
So when we moved last time (and knew that we wouldn't keep most of our furniture), I hired Home Consignment Center to handle the sales. They first sent out an estimator to give us approximate prices for all of our pieces; they then sent movers to the house who packed everything up and took it to the store. When things would sell, I would receive checks for my cut of the sale, net of the consignment center's fees and the cost of the movers -- so I paid no money to them up-front.
Definitely not the best way to get top-dollar for your used furniture, but if you're looking for a hassle-free (and stranger-free) process, it's the way to go.
PROS: Very easy way to sell used furniture
CONS: Store takes a large cut of the selling price
One of the sitters from Critter Care took care of my cats for several different family vacations, and we always returned to find them happy and healthy. I understand that Critter Care's sitters work in small geographic areas, so customers from other areas will likely get other sitters -- but I highly recommend Anita. She is very friendly and familiar with both dogs and cats, and did a great job of leaving me notes with information about the cats' days while we were away. I could tell from what she wrote that she actually spent time with the cats, rather than just filling up the food bowls, cleaning out the litterbox, and heading out. Overall, I found the process simple and the business very professional.