SBS is a mecca. A HUGE mecca of books. Unfortunately, it is poorly organized, and shopping for books during welcome week at SBS sucks. It is hard to find what you need (although chances are, they DO have it somewhere). And, you will be waiting in line for a long time to check out. In the non-peak times, SBS does offer a wide selection of MSU gear, but I wouldn't go shopping there during the peak times unless you are a glutton for punishment. As for book shopping, make SBS your LAST stop. If you can find all your books elsewhere, I reccommend that.
I liked shopping for textbooks at the College Store because the parking in front of the store made is so convienent. However, they do not stock enough books, and if you are shopping for books past the first day of classes, you may not find what you need. The College store does offer a TON of MSU gear, and is a good place for shopping for presents for family members.
My book shopping as a student at Michigan State always started at Gibsons. Not only did they have awesome giveaways back in the day, they also had a very organized system of checkout. The wait at welcome week was not really that long (compared to other book stores). They are small and sometimes don't have EVERYTHING, but I would say I could plan on getting 75% of my books at Gibson's. The prices always seemed to be a little better than SBS or the College Store.
This is definately one of teh best humane societies I have ever seen. They have a very clean and updated facility. Their staff is friendly and courteous. They also have much more than just cats and dogs. Often you will find birds and small mammals there available for adoption. Please check out the CAHS before looking elsewhere for your next pet.
We often buy our premium pet foods AND animal feeds (such as egg layer mash) at Soldan's. I love supporting a local business instead of the chain stores. The staff is friendly, but not super-knowledgable. They also have pet adoption days where rescue leagues come in and showcase available pets. I think it's great that they are helping homeless pets find a home.
Dr. K has been my general practitioner for almost four years. It is usually very easy to get an appointment, although many times you do have to see the nurse practitioner. I never have problems switching perscriptions or getting advice over the phone. The wait is usually not bad at all and there is a play area for the children.
Our house is currently for sale and we have it listed through Frewen Coldwell Banker. Our agent is Mike Keusch. He is always very prompt in getting back to us and comes to our house to sign any needed paperwork.
Th Fortune House is a chinese-style buffet. They offer appitizers, entrees, soups, salad and dessert. Everything I have ever tried there was great. The service was also very good at this resturaunt. My grandma lives close by and loves to take us here when we come to town. From what I remember, they are a little pricey for this style of resturaunt, but worth it for the occasional meal.
We recently had a baby shower for my sister in law. As part of the centerpieces for the party, we ordered chocolate (white and milk) from the Sugar Shack in the shape of diapers. They were a hit! They offer many different shapes and varieties of suckers and candies, and their work makes great conversational pieces (and very yummy, too)
I believe that Keusch's has the best service in town, and their pricing is very fair. Usually a quick repair takes less than a few hours. They offer tires, towing and all mechanic services.