I went to Jackson's when I first got engaged. My husband had inherited a family wedding set from the 1920s. The ring needed some minor repairs and the stone was a low quality stone. Jacksons helped us pick out a new stone to go with the setting and redid a half shank on the engagement ring that was so thin from previous wear. The ring looks amazing.
My husband later used Jacksons to engrave my wedding band and purchase a necklace for me as a wedding gift. They worked with him to customize an in stock necklace. I also used them to engrave a watch that I had bought out of state.
We both worked with several different staff in Jacksons and every one of them were professional, helpful and friendly. They answered all of our questions and offered suggestions based on our needs. I would definately go to them first the next time I am looking to purchase jewlery.
I took my young niece and nephew (ages 5 and 8) to Oaks Park. They had a lot of fun. The prices were reasonable for an ammusement park. They loved the rides.
I'm a roller coaster junkie, so I was a bit disappointed with the rides. Everything is on a smaller scale and geared more to a younger, less thrill seeking crowd.
Its still worth the trip for an afternoon of fun without the long drive to the bigger parks.
I used Abacus Tax Service a few years ago because they were close to where I lived. Not only did they make mistakes that caused my tax return to be rejected by the IRS two times, they tried to charge me for extra time each time they had to fix their mistakes. Not my fault they screwed up.
My parked car was involved in a hit and run last winter. The result was the entire driver's side was smashed in and badly needed repair. My insurance company recommended several shops in the area and I went with Kadels.
They were very thorough in examining the car, taking photos for the insurance company, spotting repairs that I would have missed and arranging for a rental car company to bring over a rental car for me to use while my car was being repaired.
Everything came out beautifully when the repairs were done. I'd even say the car looked better than it did before the accident because they washed and polished the car, too.
They biggest help was that they took care of the insurance claim for me. They filled out all the paper work, sent the photos and estimate as well as the final bill to the insurance and make the daily phone calls to the insurance company for updates. Kadels also called me every couple of days just to let me know the status of the repairs and when I could expect to get my car back.
I have used Citizen Photo based on a professional photographer's recommendation.
I wanted reprints of some professional photographs. I also wanted to change the finish on some of the photos like making a couple photos sepia toned instead of color or black and white or doing some color correcting of the photos. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
The prices were comparable to other professional photo labs with a quick turn around time. I would definitely use them again.
I used Suburban Photo on the recommendation of my wedding photographer. I took in negatives that I wanted to make reprints of. The staff was very helpful and gave me lots of options on how the pictures could be reprinted. Their prices are more than drug stores, but the quality shows. Its also less than getting reprints through a photographer.
I had 50 prints made and they were able to have them done in 2 days. I was expecting it to take much longer. Every print came out beautifully.
This place is always crowded on Sunday's, but make a trip on a week day morning and you will find a completely different atmosphere.
There seems to be a core group of senior citizens that have their coffee and $3 daily breakfast special there on a regular basis. They all have "their tables" and their favorite waitress to dote on them.
The food isn't world class, but it definately beats the chain breakfast places. They do the old standards well. My husband loves their biscuits and gravy. The staff is always friendly.
Unfortunately, PAM doesn't have the budget or the benefactors to procure a big selection of major art work or a selection of art work from a wide variety of genres.
The one strength PAM does have is its ability to attract major travelling exhibits which make for an incredible experience. If PAM continues to attract major exhibits like Escher and Monet, there is hope that the community will rally around this museum and PAM will be able to continue to expose generations to wonderful masterpieces. Even if it is on a travelling basis.
This store is only really worth while if you go in when the right staff are working. It seems that most of the girls are young college students motivated more by their studying than by their jobs. However, there are a couple great staff and if one of them happens to be working, I am more than happy to stay and shop.
They have a great selection of European shoes. My favorites are the Danskos and Chacos. I can almost always find what I want in the store, but they have been great at special ordering me items as well. Prices are comparable to those of Shoe Mill.
I am big on supporting local industry, so I love that the nation's largest independant bookstore is in Portland.
They have an amazing selection of new and used books. I feel like I am in heaven everytime I walk through their doors. The low prices only help to feed the habit of a book junkie like me.
The staff is friendly, but unobtrusive. They also seem to care more about what they are doing than employees at mega book chain stores.