Romolo sells delicious handmade chocolates at their Erie location. Everything from sponge candy to truffles to those much coveted chocolate covered strawberries. They also sell non chocolate candy such as Jordan almonds, mints, etc. You can schedule a group visit to hear the history of Romolo as well as watch their delicious chocolates being made. Romolo's prices aren't the cheapest but it is worth it, especially if you love chocolate.
Erie Central High School is a good school to go to if you want your child to get a head start on training for thier future career. Unlike college, going to this technical and career school is free! Your child, or niece or nephew or grandchild, can take up exciting career paths such as: Cosmotology, Food Service/Culinary Arts, Auto Motive, Machine Shop, Dental/Nursing/Medical assistant, Business, Commercial Art & much much more. I went to college, and I know how expensive it can be. I wish that when I was at Central (it was still vocational and regular high school), I would have taken advantage of the career training opportunities that were available to me.
The Millcreek Mall is o.k. It basically has the same stores that most malls in the USA have with a few exceptions. There is a small enclave in the mall with a few local businesses such as the Navajo Corner, which sells Native American artwork and crafts. The Mall is a nice place to walk around early in the morning, many senior citizens take advantage of this. Aside from the stores, the mall is pretty generic looking. They have brightened it up over the years but everytime I go there, it seems less and less inviting. Many empty storefronts.
The Warner Theater is one of the few places with "culture" in the city of Erie. We get a lot of Broadway and off Broadway type plays here, I remember Stomp and Rent made itheir way here a few years ago. They also hold high school graduations and many other activities and events here. They have been renovating the place for years now. The biggest problem is the parking. But that's true for any major even in Erie. Catch the bus downtown, take in a show and enjoy!
Earl's Girls is a nice little novelty shop in downtown Erie that carries and sells a wide variety of gift items like incense, jewelery, craft type items, etc. Kind of a new-age vibe going on at Earl's. It is located right next to the (former?) Movie Stop. Nice place to browse on a rainy day. Reasonable prices and friendly, helpful service. Nice place to buy a last minute gift for someone you care about.
Pros: Low prices
Cons: Hideously ugly stores decorated in 1970s brown and orange, lack of variety
Aldi is a lot like Sav A Lot, although I think that Sav A Lot is much better. At Aldi's, you bag your own groceries, pay for your grocery bags and you get Aldi's brand food but that is where the comparison between Aldi's and Sav A Lot ends. The latter, in my opinion, has more variety of food and a cleaner, brighter store. Aldi's also needs to focus more on basic food items and not all the "fancy" stuff that they have been selling lately.
Aldi's is still a good place to shop in order to cut your grocery bills in half.
The good thing about the Blasco Library, Erie County Library Systems main branch, is that it is asthetically pleasing. There are seating areas where you can read books while looking out on the Bayfront. There is a snack bar that sells a delicious chicken salad sandwich. The bathrooms are spacious and acceptably clean. The library is large and roomy. You can surf the Internet on their superfast computers. But I dont go to the library to look at the Bayfront, eat chicken salad sanwhiches, and use a clean bathroom. I go to the library to get books! And that is the biggest con with the Blasco Library. Where are the books? Every time I go to the library to get a book, it is either checked out or missing. Also, the selection of books at Blaso is limited. Maybe they should spend less money on asthetics and more money on books. After all, that is what a library is all about isnt it? Ive come to a point where I only go to the library to use the Internet. I can buy a used book from Amazon.com, read it, and resell it in less time than it would take to finally get a copy of certain books from Blasco.
I love Gabes. Gabriel Bros is what Value City used to be. Everytime you shop at Gabes you find something new. I went there one day and found a few cute shirts for less than $5 each. Unfortunatly I had no money so I oculdnt purchase them. After I went back a week later, the shirts were gone and they had a whole new bunch of clothes for me to choose from. If you are a smart shopper, you can get an outfit for $10-$15. I am a plus sized woman and I find that their plus size selection is decent. Their shoe department is okay but you can do better elsewhere. I cant really tell you about the Mens section because Ive never really browsed it.
I've been going to the Movie Stop for years now. They are an independent video rental store and have a lot more obscure stuff than the big boys have to offer. They are located right downtown and have convenient hours of operation. You'd better hurry though, they are closing, too bad. They are selling off all of their merchandise.
Another Erie summer has come and gone leaving us with nine months of cold weather to deal with. Too bad because now you can't enjoy the beauty that is Presque Isle. Beaches, nature trails, beautiful sunsets, bike paths, and more. What else could you ask for. One of the most beautiful things about the Erie area. You could rent a motel room or a cottage and spend a day or two, a week or more at Presque Isle. Go fishing, swimming, skating, bike riding, walking, running, or go to Waldameer Amusement Park (located right at the entrance). There is so much to do. Many locals don't take advantage of this. Too bad.