This "lawn company" does a very shoddy and unprofessional job. It is organized by a couple of young men (Adam and Ben) who take 70% of the profit, leaving their lawn crews to mow as fast as possible, literally running up and down your yard with the mower, leaving the blade very high and not bagging, so they can fit in as many yards as possible. As you'd expect, this leaves large chunks of the yard unmowed and it looks terrible. Check out their want ads online for the details on their business techniques:
"We offer a 30% commission on each yard or 15% commission for 2 man crew. 2 man crews with very tight routes to maximize profits."
Trying to rectify any of these problems is impossible -- the ground crew doesn't want to stop long enough to talk, shrugs their shoulders and refers you to Adam and Ben as they continue sprinting through your yard. Adam and Ben frequently don't answer their phone and have a full mailbox, so they're out of reach. The only "Yard of the Month" these fellows will provide is one that causes the local Codes Inspector to come by and tell you it doesn't meet the town's standards for tidiness.
I think few people know about the vast resources available to them at Linda Hall. The beautiful architecture alone is good reason to visit (they've just finished a remodel), and they have wonderful special exhibits and programs. Along with their standard science collection, they have a wealth of materials on local issues, such as tornados. To top it all off, they have one of the best collections of tree peonies in the country on their grounds. It is free, it is open to the public, and it is beautiful -- even if you hate science, check it out.
The new Plaza branch is beautiful inside, and welcome to adults and children, as well as teens. There is plenty of space for reading or study, and lots of computer access and tools. The Librarians are skilled at helping you find just what you need without making you feel stupid. They also have a great DVD collection you can take home and watch -- all for free!
With their homemade, chewy crust and gobs of fresh sauce, Minsky's has been a local favorite for years. The food is just as good carry-out as dine in, and includes other typical Italian pasta offerings. Staff is friendly and efficient.
Simply Scrapbooks claims to be the largest scrapbook place in the Midwest, and I'm inclined to believe them. Their shop is crammed with every manner of paper, stickers, albums, cutouts, pens, stamps and other tools to make your scrapbook perfect. They also offer classes and have a "Simply Savin Club" you can use if you shop there frequently. Staff are friendly and helpful.
Tabletop carries a wide variety of games, such as Munchkin, Settlers, various Dungeons and Dragons materials, etc. They also have a large section devoted to historical figurines and their decoration. Best of all, they have a large room in the back where gamers meet nightly, based on the night's theme, to compete against one another at no cost. Staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
The Learning Tree carries an unusual selection of toys and activities for children. Rather than the electronic junk you see at Toys R Us, their offerings can help children grow and use their minds. From classic red wagons, to craft kits and even birthday parties, everything is high quality. We buy gifts for my young nieces here all the time, and they're always thrilled with our selections. The staff are well trained, and can help in the selection process as well.
Recycled Sounds is something of a hidden gem in Kansas City. Their tiny shop holds an amazing assortment of music at reasonable prices. Their staff are knowledgeable, and can help recommend gift selections. Sometimes you have to do a little digging to find things in the chaos, but it is worth the effort.
Hattie's is everything a neighborhood coffee shop should be -- cozy, inviting, with friendly service. They roast their own beans, and the staff is happy to customize your drink as you wish. The only downside is that parking is sometimes a problem, given its corner location across from Hen House.
Surprisingly, given its location in a strip mall, Sopra is a full service spa. They offer hair and skin treatments, massage and manicures. They even have special services for men and teens. Their best service, however, is the "Chocolate Indulgence" package, where your facial, body wrap, scrub and pedicure all use chocolate, so you smell yummy at the end of your sessions.