We took our truck here to get the muffler repaired, and while we were pleased with the repair job, their customer service needs work. They could do a better job of dealing with the average layperson, rather than behaving as though the customer should know all about repairing cars. Also, they closed earlier than they advertise.
Skagit Valley College has an excellent ESL program and a good nursing program. However, those working full time will have a difficult time finding classes that fit into their schedules. Staff is always very friendly, courteous and accomodating. Bookstore hours are ridiculously inconvenient. Skagit does a good job of serving the local Latino population.
The name "Kids Stuff" says it all--they carry just about everything for kids. What I love about Kids Stuff is that its not all about the video games or popular characters, they have tons of toys, art supplies, etc. that stimulate creativity and imagination in children. A very fun place to shop, even if you don't have kids!
Furniture City is kind of an outlet furniture store, so the prices are quite low. On the other hand, the selection, while sizable, is largely made up of some rather ugly furniture. But finding the good pieces is not difficult, as the store is very spacious, and the furniture arranged into "rooms." Some damaged pieces are sold as well, but these are clearly labelled. Furniture City is worth checking out if you're looking for a good deal.
Hansens Furniture for Children is a kid's dream. They have standard children's furniture--bunk beds and such--but they also have child-size versions of just about every kind of regular furniture. Even little recliners! Bring the kids, but only if you're prepared to buy something! Prices aren't exactly cheap, but they're reasonable.
Northwest Fine Furnishings has some gorgeous furniture. It's a good place to check out if you want to get away from the particle-board, assembly-required pieces that you'll find at an IKEA or Target. They have both very simple pieces, like basic wooden bookshelves, and fancier pieces incorporating glass, metal, fabric, etc. However, if you have a small budget, you may want to stay away, as EVERYTHING is very expensive.
Riverside Lanes has everything you'd expect of a bowling alley: lots of lanes, icky shoes, video games and beer! Food is your standard bowling alley fare, they also have a lounge where you can get mixed drinks, etc. Like most bowling alleys nowadays, they have digital scoring. If you enjoy bowling, Riverside Lanes is worth checking out.
Or even for an entire day? Funtasia has just about everything--go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, bumper cars, miniature golf, batting cages, and lots and lots of video games. They also have food--pizza, hot dogs, etc. One of the best things about Funtasia is that it's very easy to keep the kids corralled-- I was once involved in a field trip with well over 100 seventh graders and just a handful of adults, and the kids were so entertained that we had no problems whatsoever.
We chose Handy's Heating to do the annual service on our furnace, and will call them again next year. They were very friendly and courteous, both on the phone and in person. The man they sent to check our furnace was very helpful--in addition to the routine service, he showed me how to change the filters and checked on something that we were concerned about with one of our vents in the house. Handy's offers a discount on any service or repairs needed on your furnace when you choose them for your yearly service.
My main complaint about Mount Vernon's public library is that it is simply too small. I typically find what I need in fiction, but when it comes to research, I have very little luck finding many nonfiction books that are particularly helpful. They do, however, have a nice children's section. Expect a wait if you want to use the internet, but for quick searches they have a 15 minute station.