We've used the services of Saint Johns Animal Clinic for our two cats and have been nothing but satisfied with our experience. The staff and vets are friendly and they treat our pets with care. The facility is clean and well-maintained. The vets were very communicative as problems arose during procedures and kept us well-informed.
Jellybeans really offers a little bit of everything. On one side of the store, I found the teen thrillers that I used to love to read, while on the other side, my friend found a set of tai chi videos. I found that they had more used books and music than videos. They had a great selection and I would consider it the place to go for book and music lovers in the Flint area. Prices were reasonable, although sometimes they weren't quite as cheap as I would have liked for older yet not classic paperback titles.
I can't say I've had much occasion to go shopping for trophies, but a couple of years ago I was put in charge of finding trophies for a scholastic tournament I was helping to organize. The staff at Larry Cushion were friendly and helpful and created just what I needed at a reasonable price. The trophies were put together and engraved quickly and they looked great. The business just left me with an overall good feeling, and if I ever need to buy trophies again, I know where I'm going.
Haddad's is a Hallmark Gold Crown store, and it's everything you would expect from that level of retailer. They have a great selection of cards for all occasions and decorative items. Some brands they feature include Precious Moments and Yankee Candle company, but they also aren't afraid to support local talent, so you might find a book published by an area author or Michigan-themed chocolates. A great place for all of your gift needs.
During my time at MSU, the MSU Bookstore was always my last choice for buying books. They tended to be slightly more expensive than the off-campus stores with fewer used books, but sometimes they would surprise me, and I'd usually end up with a few books from there each semester. It's conveniently located to several clusters of dorms, and its International Center location puts it in the middle of campus action.
By their very nature as a small book store, they don't have the selection of the larger chains, but it's still a very respectable store and you'll most likely find what you need unless it's obscure. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they offer discounts on bestsellers, which is often an area where small book stores can't compete with the bigger chains. The staff has always been friendly, and it's always a pleasure to browse through the store.
I absolutely love Video To Go, and it has everything to do with their selection. They have all the latest new releases that you'd expect from any video store, but they really shine in niche markets. I was first drawn to the store for their foreign language film offerings, but they also have shelves devoted to specialities like Japanimation and cult classics. They offers five day rentals on all but the most recent new releases, which are offered for two day rentals, still more convenient than many other video stores. They also have specials like rent one, get one free nights that make for great budget movie watching.
Neds Bookstore bills themselves as a "used book headquarters" and they really are the MSU bookstore most dedicated to providing quality used book selections to students. At the same time, I've always found their store a bit cluttered and not as well organized as some other stores. They also carry the requisite spirit items and school supplies, and they're conveniently located on Grand River. I still proudly wear my "I got USED at Ned's" T-shirt.
The Student Book Store was always my favorite MSU book store. They didn't always have the best price, so I'd usually spread my purchases around to other bookstores, too, but they had the nicest store with the best organized shelves of books. SBS also carries a great selection of MSU spirit items and school supplies. I still recommend shopping around for your textbooks, but I think the Student Book Store is worth a visit.
You know, I really want to support the local bookstore business, but this store only left me with a so-so impression. The books were reasonably priced, but at the same time, they weren't so cheap as to encourage impulse purchases. For that reason I think of it as more of a place to go in search of something specific, but then their selection isn't as good as other used bookstores. They did have quite a large number of romance novels, which aren't my thing, but I can see them being a drawing point for the store. You can also sell your books back to them, but their complicated percentages (you get a certain percentage of the cover price of the book, but you can only pay for a certain percent of another book with sold book credits) make it seem like a hassle. But I still recommend that everyone try it out for themselves.