I began banking with Fleet Bank, which was bought by Bank of America and all accounts were merged into Bank of America. I really like this branch in Bethesda- the staff are really friendly, which I think must be a corporate directive, but they are very helpful and nice peope. However, I had to cancel my account recently because the fees on my free account were just ridiculous- fees for ATM use, for Cash Reserve, and on and on. All of this was free under Fleet! I did like that they had free Billpay with online banking, but I didn't set it up before I canceled my account, and there were probably fees associated with that too.
I should say that they were really nice about closing out my account, and there were no problems.
I began using Suntrust because it is my employer's bank, and I would cash reimbursement checks at a branch. They were fairly pushy about opening a new account, and finally I did. I was impressed with the ATM coverage in the DC metro area, and the account was free and didnt' seem to be boobytrapped with too many hidden fees. I kept small amounts in the account and never had any problems accessing my money. One huge problem was the online banking, which I have never been able to log into, and for security reasons they aren't able to help me out with it to figure out what happend to my username, or password, or whatever is wrong. You can do banking transactions on the ATM, however.
PR& Partners is a mid-price hair stylist business with several locations around Washington D.C. Cuts range from$45-$70, which is pretty expensive for what you get. I was really looking for a consultation and some advice about what to do with my hair. My sytlist had me fill out a survey about my lifestyle, how much time i wanted to put into my cut, etc, but in the end I didn't feel like she really looked at that info. I ended up with pretty much the same cut I've had for years, even though I thought I made it clear I wanted a change. She also said she would call to follow up on my cut, but never did. OVerall it was a nice place, but not any better than the Super Cuts down the road, and much more expensive.
This bookstore has a great selection of books, ranging from academic to popular literature. The staff is really knowledgable and will help you find and order books that are not in stock. As an added bonus there is a really nice restaurant attached to the bookstore, which has great coffee and snacks, as well as dinner. Kramer's is open until late, for any late night book or food cravings.
I've been very happy with Dr. Kesselman for routine gynocological care. The office staff is very friendly and its easy to make an appointment, although it does often take time to get in for a routine exam (I've never had to see her in an emergency). But this is pretty norman for annual exams. She's friendly but always professional. It's not the most fun appointment to keep, but Dr. Kesselman is quick and I've never had a bad experience with her.
This is a deli/grocery store on Broadway in New Haven, extremely convenient to Yale campus. It's deli is open 24 hours, so it's a great place for a late night snack. There's a seating area upstairs, with wireless I believe, so it's a nice place to work or read. The prices are pretty high, but it's a price of convenience. They also carry a lot of natural/organic food, like Pirate's Booty.
This is a really nice wine store with knowledgable staff. They're happy to spend time with you to pick out a nice wine for your tastes and budget. They do carry liquor and beer, but their main business is wines. The prices are pretty good, and they have wide range of wines at different prices/quality, so everyone should be able to find something they like. The store is very convenient to downtown New Haven.
This is a fun store to pick up off-beat interesting wares. They have a great selection of political bumper stickers, as well as gag gifty type things and incense. There's also a selection of "hippy" type clothes. It's definitely worth checking out, if only for browsing. It's a bit off the beaten path in New Haven, down Chapel towards the end of the shopping district.
This is a great store for unique gifts or things for the home from around the world. Some of the profts from their sales go back to the people who made the products, and they have information about different campaigns to help people in developing countries.
You can find everything from African masks to children's toys. They also have a selection of free-trade coffee, tea, and chocolates. All of the products are relatively expensive, but at the same time the producers are getting a fairer share of the profit.
Kaplan is a test prep service that provides classes and indiviual tutoring to prepare for graduate tests, including LSAT, GRE and MCAT. This center is in downtown New Haven- right off the Green- so it's very convenient if you're a student in the area. It's a lot of money to spend on a course that teaches you to take a test, especially since you can learn everything they teach about the test from the books that Kaplan publishes. But if you need motivation to stick to a study schedule to prepare, and you actually do study, it can be worth every penny!!