I was able to find a hard to find belt for my vacuum here at Yaples after I was not able to find it at Sears or Walmart. It wasn't overly expensive either, which was very nice. The person who helped me was very nice and asked just the right questions to make sure I got the part that I needed.
PROS: Great customer service
I attended PS Behrend for 5-1/2 years obtaining my bachelor's degree. I was able to get academic renewal, having gone to college early in the 1990s. I found most of the professors cared that you did well in their class and had accessible office hours for questions. If they did not, you were almost always able to get an e-mail answer within a few hours. Compared to other colleges in Erie, two of which were Catholic and more expensive by far, I still feel that I got world class education at Behrend and that their Engineering programs are the best in the region.
PROS: Great education without private school tuition cost
The furniture in this store is generally very outmoded and not always the cleanest. They also have clothes and household goods, which, in my opinion, aren't very nice or trendy. Add that to its downtown location with scary looking people shopping there, and its uncleanliness, especially the bathroom, I would not recommend shopping here to anyone, especially women.
CONS: Very unclean
The Hospice Thrift Shop has a nice variety of ladies and men's clothing to choose from, and the proceeds of sale go for a good cause. The staff is very friendly and the shop was always neat and straightened whenever I would go in.
PROS: Nice gently used clothing
If you are not looking for expensive furniture, shop here. The selection is generally good for kids' beds, tables, chairs, and mattresses. The merchandise is nicely displayed and you can browse through without people hounding you. We were able to get a mattress here rather cheaply, which fit our budget nicely.
John V. Schultz has nice furniture, but wait for a sale if you can. It is locally owned, so you do get the hometown touch for service. The sales people can be a bit pushy, though, as they follow you through the store even if you tell them you are just browsing.
I severed a tendon in my thumb and was seen in the Emergency Room at Hamot. I didn't see any old doctor there, instead I saw an Orthopedic surgeon, who ultimately reattached my tendon. I feel that seeing a specialist for this injury instead of a doctor who can sew is the reason why my thumb is functional. I was awake during the procedure and great care was given that I was not uncomfortable for any part of it.
PROS: Specialized care for injuries
I severed a tendon in my thumb and was seen in Hamot's ER, which had an orthopedic doctor there. My tendon re-attached, I was referred to Hand & Microsurgery for follow-up care. The doctor was so nice, kind, and un-rushed. I was able to do some therapy there as well and in no time, I was healed and my thumb good as new (or as near as it can get).
PROS: World class doctors
I have used the Fast Track, which is their urgent care section of the emergency department. Obviously, if you are an emergency, you will be seen first, but for those non-life threatening injuries, Fast Track is your best bet. I had a bad sinus infection and could not get in to see the doctor, so I went there and was seen promptly and was on my way. It is great for those who get sick after hours or if you have a problem and can't get in to see your doctor.
PROS: Great if you can't get in to your doctor
CONS: Copays can be higher than your doctor visit would have been
My daughter was a patient and we never had a problem calling for an appointment early in the morning and getting seen the same day. They also have Saturday hours, which was nice since kids don't always get sick during banker's hours! We have also called in the middle of the night and if we needed to speak with a doctor, the answering service always had the doctor on call call us back within an hour.
PROS: Seen same day