When I first got started in the sport of fencing, I learned how to fence foil from a small salle located in the heart of downtown San Jose. That small salle has, since then, relocated twice, finally to its new location close to the HP Pavilion. Both Connie and Dirk are great coaches for point weapons, but since I eventually moved onto saber, I haven't kept in contact with them as often as I should have.
I used to rent from CHT, before Steve Brown bought out my building, and I have to say that although I had a pleasant experience in my dealings with them, my experience renting from them was, by no means, spotless. I did like the courteousness of their sales and management staff, but didn't like how they pressured me into signing an early lease before they sold off the building (although them doing so was pretty understandable).
I would say that Steve Brown is the best landlord/rental management company I've had the pleasure of renting from. They recently purchased my building from CHT, and have done a fantastic job with it, completely renovating the interior and installing brand-new furniture. They also have done a great job in responding to my maintenance requests.
Fontanas sells shoes, shoe repair items, maintenance items, and jeans. I've never purchased anything other than shoe maintenance items here, but the sales staff was very helpful in assisting me in picking out which cans of wax, brushes, or sprays to purchase. I did note that although they sell designer jeans, they do so at extraordinarily marked-up prices.
I came to Community Pharmacy on the recommendation of a friend of mine, who mentioned that they had a great selection of tea there. And they really do! They stock all sorts of wonderful blended fragrant teas. I don't know about the pharmacy part of their operations, but their tea selection is quality. The staff working here tends to be fairly friendly, as well.
The costume rentals here are pretty damn expensive - I could purchase a comparable costume somewhere else, like at Spirit's (Westgate), for the same price - but they do look more impressive than anything you could pick up cheapy somewhere else. I guess it boils down to how much you want to spend for your Halloween costume.
This really isn't just a standard golf course at all - the Odana Hills facility contains a fullservice minigolf course, combined with such fare as batting cages, a waterballoon launcher, and a few other goodies. I was really surprised when I walked by the place and saw much much there really was to do there.
Morgans Shoes offers some fabulous footwear and combines it with top-notch service. They keep several podiatrists on-site, and had offered me a free consultation on the kind of shoes I should wear, as well as the type of insoles I should buy. Unfortunately, they charge more for their shoes than other places do to pay for these services, so there's a trade-off there.
I went into Cecil's based off of someone else's recommendation, as I had a pair of shoes that didn't quite fit my foot, as well as another pair that I needed to have stitched up. Cecil fixed the latter pair straight up, but to address the former problem he recommended a pair of insoles he had in stock, saying that those were the best insoles he could find. It was only after I had bought them and did a little more research into the subject that I found out that those insoles were the worst ones out there. Considering that Cecil's been in business for so long, it makes you wonder.
I really liked their selection of both local and regional cheeses, and the ability to actually sample most of their offerings was a definite plus. Heck, I would even go so far as to say that if you were hungry and in the State Street area, you should swing by and grab a few samples; their offerings are really, really tasty. I also enjoyed their selection of ice cream, as well. Prices are reasonable, and the staff friendly and helpful; I think the owners of the store are usually the ones running it.