Zany Zebra has the unusual. Imported clothing and accessories of silk, wool, cotton. Jewelry from distant places. Essential oils and blends. It's more like a bazaar in the Middle East than a gift shop in a small town!
Adele has a store that's like a jewel box, with all the colors of fabric and shiny embroidery floss. I've found unusual cotton prints that I've not seen elsewhere, including tigers, Siamese cats, and the most stunning sky fabrics. She also carries ready to dye white cotton, rayon floss for Brazilian embroidery, other fibers for embellishment - including glow in the dark thread- and notions. Happily, she will cut down to 1/8 of a yard, which really saves money when you're doing something like crazy quilting.
Adele also does alterations and tailoring, and sometimes teaches Brazilian embroidery classes.
Merwin's Tru Value is a great store for the do it yourselfer. They have everything in hardware, including plumbing and electrical goods, paint, a large selection of nuts, bolts & screws, and tools. Seasonally, they have either Christmas goods or gardening things, including some live plants. There is also a section of kitchen wares and cleaning supplies.
Family owned and operated (3rd generation), the staff is friendly and helpful. They are *not* the lowest price in town, but when you need an odd piece of something for a project, they are very apt to have it.
This association of internists offers the best in the area for people with chronic illnesses. The doctors are all very sharp & knowledgable, and they see their clients as people, NOT "the diabetic in room 1". They listen to what you have to say, and they never ever treat you like an idiot. They appreciate input from the patient rather than feeling that they are gods. They act as GPs for a lot of their patients, both to save the patient money and so that there is no problem of not knowing how another doctor is treating the patient and causing a conflict with drugs.
They also have a good grasp of the notion that people here are frequently poor and uninsured. Their prices are actually lower than some family practitioners.
I love this store. They have so many things, it's really hard not to overspend. But the prices are good, and they have a monthly special booklet, so it's not such a bad place to buy more than you intended!
The scrapebooking section has grown to very large proportions. There are several aisles of yarn, and a very nice yardage area which includes some fancy fabrics and upholstery goods. There is a large selection of fancy ribbons and trims. The beading section has grown nicely, but sadly they do not have beads in hanks, only tiny containers.
There are also areas for silk and dried flowers, wood crafts, candle making, lamp making, party supplies, glitter, all kinds of glues, feathers, and more things than I can remember. The drawing/painting section is smaller than I'd like, and the polymer clay almost nonexistant, though.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, and can almost always answer your crafting questions.
There is an aisle devoted to seasonal crafting supplies.
You can even take your small animals in, so long as you carry them or put then in a shopping cart! The staff just loves them.
This store is a full service pharmacy, hardware store and variety store all under one roof. They have just about everything, and what they don't have they can order.
The store owner, a pharmacist, has a constant search going for the lowest pricest on medications. People like me who use several expensive drugs really appreciate this!
In the hardware section, their motto is that if you can find a lower price somewhere else in town, they will match it.
The entire staff is friendly and knowledgeable. This is an independant store, not a chain, although they are taking advantage of the buying power of Ace and Valu-Rite, and the owner supports the community in a number of ways. This store is my first stop for a LOT of things.
Bangkok Cuisine offers authentic Thai food- the family who owns and operates the restaurant is from Thailand- that shows the many sides of this cuisine. From blazing hot curries to crisp stir fries, you can find a dish for any taste. They will make any dish to your heat preferance, knocking down the belief that all Thai food is hot.
While there are some yellow curries like the Indian ones, Thai curry comes in several varieties. There is the elegant Panang curry, fragrant with cardamom; the green curries rich in basil. Along with the curries are noodle dishes like Pad Thai, a staple of Thai cooking, that are simple and delicious.
The decor is beautiful and relaxing. A large aquarium greets you when you enter. On the walls are various Thai artifacts.
Jalapenos serves up the best of the Southern Californian style of Mexican food, with portions guaranteed to fill you up and prices in the medium range. The food is served up in a great atmosphere, with brass palm trees, a watefall, a huge aquarium and outdoor seating during the summer. There is a full service bar.
They have the usual range of Mexican food- tacos, enchiladas- but also entrees of the non-wrapped in tortilla types, like seafood and chicken.
A great place for a sit down meal.
Joel and his wife Rebecca serve up delicious authentic Mexican food at very resonable prices from their tiny establishment. They provide a full line of dishes-burritos, tacos, rolled tacos, enchiladas, all stuffed with anything you can imagaine- including a number of vegetarian ones. Everything is made from scratch. Now that they have moved to a larger building, they now have some limited sit down eating area, but the focus is still on take out. If possible, try not to go during the lunch rush; they are packed every day, although even then the wait isn't much as Joel works so fast.
Harold, Liz and Barb at the Paint Bucket make home decorating a pleasure. Catering to both the home owner and the paint professional, they offer two full paint lines (Pratt & Lambert and Benjamin Moore), a huge number of wallpaper books, tile, laminate countertop material, a paint matching service and all the sundries you could need.
The family owned store is a delight to be in, with new wall decor every few months, showing what can be done with color combos, wallpaper borders & faux finishing. Upstairs is an art gallery, well worth a trip in to see even if you aren't in the market for paint. There is also a full service frame shop.
Liz is an expert at coordinating wallpapers and colors if you need help, and Harold can give you advice on which products to use. And there is even a 'playroom' for the toddlers to spend time in while you shop!