If you don't mind used books- head over to the Book Rack. When I first use to go here- it was tiny and has expanded to a great book store. I find all those hard to find books here and 99% of the time they are still in very good shape. I also buy a lot of kids books here because they can be very expensive new. You can sell back the books the kids have out grown and get new ones for them to read. They have a great trade in program and you get a lot for the books you trade in. The staff is friendly and will hunt books down for you.
I recieved flowers this weekend from Bice's Florist and I was so impressed with the bouquet. The delivery person was very nice and polite. The flowers were done very well and they are still alive this morning. Their prices are a little high but they use the highest quality flowers and the vases they come in are worth keeping and reusing for other arrangements. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to send an upscale arrangement.
I didn't know what Recollections was when I passed by it but I saw a couple things that I thought were neat and ended up spending hours looking there. They have everything you need to scrapbook and have some very high end things for scrapbooking. They have a lot of embellisments that I have never seen before. The staff will help you but things together and match items. They do have classes and seminars to help you put things together and get ideas.
All I can say is wow. We went to see the christmas trees and get some ideas on how to decorate our trees and I came home with so much stuff and so many ideas that I think I could decorate 100 trees. They do such a wonderful job decorating their trees. They have all types of theme trees and I got some many ideas of how to use flowers on christmas trees. The staff there is very helpful and will help explain how they put the trees together. If you go- plan on spending a couple of hours just looking.
A friend of mine suggested that I take our dog to man's best friend and we did because she was destructive. I was shocked at how expensive it was but it really did work and they trained her to do more than stop tearing stuff up. She now listens and we can take her on walks. You can take your animal back for a refresher course if they forget what they have learned and it is free. The staff is nice and the trainers really know what they are doing.
Box & Ship has some of the nicest employees that go out of their way to help you get your items there in the best shape they can. They have mailed so many items for me and some were very breakable and they got their great. They do charge you for all the wrap and peanuts that put in as well as the box but for some items- it is so worth it. They also do regular mailing and have mail boxes to rent. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Splash Pools turns into a Christmas store durning the winter months and they fill the whole (very large) store with holiday items. They set up tons of trees and are all decorated to the max. I get a lot of ideas of how to decorate my trees from them. They sell all the ornaments, ribbons, etc that they display. You can find great deals on big artificial trees there and they do a great sale after christmas because they have to get rid of it quick to change it back over to Splash.
A group of friends went to Terrace Retreat Spa and Salon as part of a bachlorette party. We had manicures, facials and pedicures. We also had a fruit plate lunch in the middle of the day. It was a great day to spend with friends and the spa made it fun for us and really went out of their way to treat the bride to be special. I was impressed and will go back. The prices are in line for a high end salon that offers as much as Terrace does.
I got my two nieces charm bracelets at Dixie's and added on three charms for each of them and didn't spend a fortune. They have the widest selection of charms I have ever seen. I got dance, school charms, etc.. They even have little dog charms that look like different breeds. They will put them on the bracelet while you wait and sodder them on so they don't fall off. They make great gifts and people can buy more charms to add on for them. The staff is nice and helped me for a long time pulling out all the charms to look at.
How there is such beauty in the middle of a busy city! The gardens are wondferful and even though they are close to an interstate- they are so quiet and peaceful. You can sit there and relax under a canopy of trees or take a walk around the wonderful paths and see all the plants. It is a great place to take a date for a nice walk or just to relax awhile. Easy to find and plenty of parking.