This thrift store is one of the biggest in the city and always seems to have everything I'm looking for. The building is huge, so plan on spending at least a half an hour to look around.
What I go here for are the clothes. I get all my Dockers, Kakis and blue jeans from here. And cheap! Granted, sometimes you have dig to find a good pair, but it's worth it. Why pay $30+ for pants, when you can get an almost-new pair for $4.
They also have a lot of toys, games and books. I found several books for $1 that would have cost me $15 each.
PROS: Huge selection & good prices
CONS: Carpet is pretty dirty.
It's more like a grocery store with health food items. Most of the grocery items are organically grown or have organic ingredients. Some of the items, like the flaxseeds, wheat flour and soy nuts come from local farmers. They also have a variety of unique snacks that are acutally good for you. The home-made granola bars are really good and have less calories and fat than mass-produced bars.
They also have a large selection of popular sports supplements. I get all my protein powders and other supplements from here as well.
PROS: Unique items, prices are good, friendly staff
CONS: Some of the isles are pretty narrow
The Human Performance Center is part of St. Alexius hospital and is mainly for rehabilitation services. However, they also have a gym that anyone can join. They have too much equipment to list here, but some of the things they have are Cybex stations, Tetrix steppers, Vera-climbers, elliptical trainers, treadmills, total gyms and free weights
My favorite piece of equipment is the Tetrix VR Recumbent Bike. Its a recumbent bike with a 15 inch monitor above the console. You can ride around VR landscapes, compete against computer controlled players or compete against other people in the gym.
The rehabilitation services they offer are extensive and all the therapists are licensed and have lots of experience. They helped me get all my motion back following my hip surgery.
Check the website for hours of operation and other services.
PROS: Licensed therepists, great gym, anyone can join
This is an upscale restaurant but dont be afraid to come in dressed in jeans. You see some people in suits, but the attire is mostly casual. They take reservations, so you can book your table in advance. The dining atmosphere is very subdued and you really can relax while you eat at this place. Some booths have curtains you can close for extra privacy or sound damping.
If you go here for supper, expect to pay around $10+ per person. If you order one of their steaks, expect to pay around $15+. They are worth it though. I would suggest going for lunch because the prices are about 30% cheaper. I like their East 40 Burger. Its a 1/2 pound buffalo burger for around $7. On Tuesdays, you can get two-for-one burgers.
You can see the entire menu at the web site below, but no prices are included in the online menu.
The Dakota Buffalo Chili is a must try. Theyve won numerous awards for this chili and everyone raves about it.
PROS: Quite atmosphere, great food
CONS: Can get expensive
We recently switched to this kennel for our dog and I was very impressed with what I saw.
Before I place my pet anywhere, I want to know about the conditions they will be in. The staff did not hesitate to give me a tour of the facility and it is very nice. The kennel area is clean and there was ample room for my pet. The outside area is separated for different sizes of dogs, so if you have a small dog like me, you don't have to worry about it getting stomped by a larger dog.
The kennel is heated/air conditioned and has night lights and soft music playing to calm some nervous pets. They have a security system and a fire alarm. Dogs go outside two times per day for 30 minutes or more if the temperature permits.
Inside, they have a warm carpeted TV room with Animal Planet playing all the time where the dogs can relax, play or snooze. You can bring your own food & treats in or they will feed them the brand they use.
They cost $12.50 per day. The drop-off / pickup hours are:
Monday - Friday ---- 8:30 am- 11:00 am
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Sunday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Other kennels charge $12 - $15 a day, so this one is not any more expensive than the rest. Your pet will be very comfortable here.
PROS: Very comfiortable surroundings for your pet. Nice, Polite staff.
CONS: Near the edge of town.
I rent from this store a lot. What sets them apart from other local video stores is that they have an unlimited rental plan similar to Netflix where you pay a monthly fee and can rent as many videos as you want. You can take out three at a time.
I like this much better than Blockbuster Online or Netflix because you can just drop off the DVDs at the store and pick up new ones right away. You don't have to mail them back and wait for days to get your next selection.
The monthly fee is $14.99 and you can take out three movies at a time. You can keep the movies a maximum of 5 days. You can also bring them back the same day and get three more if you want, so it's really a good deal.
PROS: Huge selection, monthly rental plan like Netflix but without the hassle
We used to stay here a lot when traveling to Rochester, but lately the hotel has been falling apart. In our last room, the carpet looked dirty and had a few spots where you could see the cement floor underneath. Some of the bathroom tiles on the floor were broken and the toilet looked like it was half installed and was sitting at an odd angle.
However, for a downtown hotel, the price is very good. A typical room for two people and two double beds will cost $49 plus tax. You get a free breakfast, which consists of cereals, breads, instant oatmeal, coffee, tea, milk, etc.. Every room also has a mini-fridge, microwave, and cable TV.
They also have a hot tub and pool, however, the last time we were there, the hot tub had yellow stains all around the inside and the ceiling above the pool was loosing tiles.
Once they finish renovating the place, I would give it a 4 star rating, but until then, Ill stick with a 3-star.
PROS: Cheap, free breakfast, hot tub, pool, cable tv, fridge & microwave
CONS: Looks run-down and needs some renovation
We stop here every time we are traveling through Minnesota and it's always good. In addition to the standard beef hamburger, you can also get turkey burgers, ostrich burgers and buffalo burgers. I like the ostrich burger because it has about half as much fat as a normal hamburger does. It tastes better too if you ask me. However, they tend to run out of ostrich, so get there before the noon rush if you want one.
After you pick up your burger and fries, you go to the toppings bar and load it up the way you want it. Its like a mini salad bar but with only lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot jalapeno peppers, chopped tomatoes, etc.. You can also get little cups of hot melted cheese to dunk your fries in.
If youve never been to a Fuddruckers before, the restaurant has a 50s rock'n'roll style with lots of memorabilia on the walls and ceiling. They have a small arcade and music playing most of the time. However, the music is often too loud.
Since this tends to be a place where lots of families with kids eat, it does tend to get busy and loud. Prices are in the $5 to $7 range for burgers.
PROS: Very good burgers, cheap, lots of seating, exotic burgers
CONS: Music is too loud at times, can get very busy.
This hotel was built a few years ago, so everything looks new and is very clean. We stay here every time we visit Rochester and the rates are very good. A room for two people and two double beds will cost $57.60 plus tax (internet rate).
The rooms are large and all have a kitchenette with a sink, mini-fridge and a microwave. This comes in very handy if you have to stay for a few nights and dont feel like going out to eat all the time.
They have a free continental breakfast, which has instant oatmeal, several types of cereals, breads & muffins, several different types of fruit, coffee, tea and milk. There's more, but I can't remember exactly what else they had.
Every room has free high-speed internet access (not wireless) and a 25 inch TV with 50 or so channels. Local calls are free. They also have a hot tub, indoor-heated pool and a sauna. The pool is pretty plain, but the hot tub is nice. The sauna will only fit two-three people though.
They are about 1.5 miles from town and are near the airport. However, if you try to find a hotel in-town with the same amenities, it'll cost you at least $80 a night.
There is no direct link this hotel, but if you go to http://www.choicehotels.com and enter Rochester, MN, it will take you there.
Here are some images from their site.
PROS: Very clean, free deluxe breakfast, hot tub, cable tv, cheap
CONS: About 1.5 miles from town near the airport.
This hotel is very nice and clean, but it's a little expensive if you ask me. The standard room for up to four people costs $104. Pool-side rooms are a little more. They do not have a free breakfast.
If you have kids, there are lots of things to keep them busy. They have one of the largest indoor water parks in the region that features a 150 foot waterslide. There is also an arcade next to the pool. The hot tub is nice, but due to the all the kids around the pool area, it is usually full. I mean really full.
They have free wireless internet access available in every room.
PROS: Very nice and clean, Pool, Hot Tub, Water Park