My son has been playing soccer for the Green Hill YMCA league since he was 3 and we have all enjoyed every minute of it. It is a great program to teach the kids the skills of soccer and build good sportsmanship at the same time. The only negative that we have experienced with the program is some occasional disorganization of game scheduling, but that all seems to have been resolved.
My daughter has been with GHSD for several years and it has done wonders for her. She was quite a shy child, but loved to dance. The teachers at GHSD have really helped my little one come out of her shell by making her instantly feel welcomed, and they worked very hard to help increase her confidence level. She is hardly the same child. It is obvious the instructors really care about their students and at the same time teach quality skills. Although dance hasn't been an inexpensive activity, for all my daughter has gained, it has been well worth the cost.
I can't say enough good things about A+ Nails in Green Hills. I have been having my nails done there for several years and have been pleased with every visit. The staff is very warm and friendly and Hannah does an excellent job. She actually listens to your requests or concerns. I've been to other nail salons where you feel like you're on an assembly line, but at A+ I always feel pampered! It's definitely worth the visit.
I took a couple of courses at Draughons Junior College not too long ago. It was nothing special, but I did feel the instructors were professional and fair and the cost of tuition was also quite comparable. However, I did have a horrible time with admission. Draughons kept saying they didn't receive my transcript from the other university I had attended, but the other university kept insisting that they sent it. Finally on the final day of admission, three copies of my transcript were found in someone else's file! I almost wasn't admitted because of their error. If you go here, be sure you stay on top of the admissions process!
My son started Franklin Road Academy this year, and we have been very pleased. The attitude of the faculty is so positive. My son is already learning a lot and is really enjoying himself. The part I like the best about FRA is that the teachers really seem to care about the students. They make sure they greet each child every morning with a hug which starts their day off right. The teachers are also eager to stay very involved with the parents and make themselves available to discuss any issues that may arise. My son attended public school last year and it was the complete opposite! I really feel we have made the right choice for our children's education.
Twice I have had to leave one or both of my children at this facility for an hour or so during an emergency. I felt comfortable with the staff, as it came highly recommended. I also thought it seemed a fun, safe place for kids. (They really enjoyed it.) It also seemed clean, but now I'm concerned as to how sanitary it really is or how they screen for sick kids. Both times my children got really sick after visiting here: once they both had strep throat and once my daughter contracted pink eye the next day. I'm sure it's a gamble whenever your kids are around other kids, but both of mine are in preschool most of the year and rarely get sick. So...my advice is, if you have an emergency, it's nice to have this option, but keep in mind that it's very possible your kids could get increase their chances of getting sick.
I had placed my son in several childcare settings over the last few years, and I was sorely disappointed with all of them until....BMUM Church Preschool. Their program is awesome! The directors have a long history there and they rarely have any teacher turnover either. The program is run very efficiently and professionally. The best part about this school is that all the teachers and staff truly seem to care about the children and they seem to really enjoy working with them. We even invite their teachers and the directors to my kids' birthday parties! My kids love going to "school" and they are learning so much. I'm so glad I finally found a place I trust with my kids. It's a real blessing!
My son was at this daycare center for nearly 4 months. I chose this particular center because it was a well-known chain and because it was close to my employer. My first problem was their high turnover rate for teachers: My son had 4 different ones in 4 months! I went over every day on my lunch break to nurse him and saw things that made me very uncomfortable. The final straw for me, however, was when I brought my child in one morning and the "new" teacher placed him in a swing. I was late for my lunch break due to a meeting and went back nearly five hours later. My son had not been moved from that swing! He was beat red, covered in spit up, and was screaming his little head off! I picked him up and never went back.
I have lived in Nashville nearly all my life and had never eaten at the Pancake Pantry, although I was quite aware of its reputation (mostly due to seeing the long lines outside on every trip I made to Vandy.) A recently had an out-of-town guest who insisted we try it out. That was my first and last visit there. We must have gotten there at a good time because we only waited in line for about 15 minutes, so that part wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. However, I was really surprised by how ordinary the food was. I have had much better pancakes and paid much less for them. The worst part of our visit, though, had to be the service. We were seated, brought our drinks and food, then pretty much left to fend for ourselves. I truly believe the reason most people eat at the Pancake Pantry is because it's a popular place to spot the stars; however, you probably have to be a star to get any decent service there!
My husband's firm recently held a dinner at Jimmy Kelly's. I was really excited to be dining at such a well-known restaurant that had such a great reputation for awesome steaks. Upon entering the restaurant, the ambiance was great. A climb up a beautiful winding staircase led us to a warm dining room with a wood burning fireplace. Our service was also outstanding. I was, however, extremely disappointed in our food. The salad was basically iceberg lettuce with processed dressings, and I don't think I have ever had a more bland steak. All I kept thinking was, "Have you ever heard of seasoning?" I could have put a piece of steak on a stick, held it over a campfire and gotten better results! And although we didn't have to pay for the dinner, I did notice the prices were rather high. After that meal, we were extra happy we weren't responsible for the bill. I'm sure we won't be going back.