I'm all for a Curves alternative! If Butterfly Life supports the opposite of Curves, then I'll definitely join! This gym is close to me, plus I prefer supporting local businesses rather than huge conglomerates. When I need to pay for gym service, I'm there!
My friend's son goes to this popular school and she is very happy and planning on sending her second son. ISTP is one of the few bilingual schools in the Bay Area, teaching French and Chinese as well as English curriculum. It is a great school with caring teachers and a friendly community of parents.
I went to Pro Nails about 5 years ago, when I had had nail tips put on at another nail place. When I went to them to get the nail tips taken off, they literally soaked my hands in a bowl of nail polish remover. I could barely breathe and I'm not convinced it did my nails any good. After that scary experience I haven't been interested in going back.
Unlike Gymboree, Peninsula Gym performs real gymnastics and offers lessons for aspiring professional gymnasts. They also have great birthday parties. We have been to three birthday parties there and have enjoyed ourselves each time. The kids follow the leader around the gym, doing different gymnastics events, and the party always ends with a photograph of the group on their boat shaped toy. There is a party room where you can bring lunch and/or cake.
I have been taking my kids to Junior Gym for about 3 years and it is an amazing place. The teacher, Justin, just bought it with his fiancee and is making it cleaner and more attractive to parents. They already had their popular classes, preschool, summer camp and kids night out, and now it's that much better because of his interest in the families who join. The best deal they have is if you sign one kid up for one class, all of your kids can go to the open gyms (currently 9 times a week) for free!!! First trial class is free as well, and the first Friday of the month there is a free open gym for everyone including non-members.
PROS: dedicated to kids, camp, parties, etc.
There are many people I know who use the Y for child care (they sign up for the gym, then use the childwatch and just read) but it is much more than that. They have many classes, including a new knitting class, summer camps and many other events for the community. The biggest drawback is the expensive monthly membership fee, and very expensive signup fee.
PROS: lots of options
I have been at a few events catered by this company and their food is great and desserts delicious. They have been professional in their presentation and delivery and I would definitely use them for my catering needs.
I have had a couple of alterations done here, and I have been happy with the work but it was pretty expensive. They have some discount system that never seemed to be in effect for me so I haven't been motivated to go back. Their convenient location (Hillsdale Mall) is the best reason to go there.
I have shopped at this store a few times while living in San Mateo and have been happy each time. It is nice to have a local used CD store for when you need something right away and Tower is too expensive (or doesn't have it). The staff is friendly and helpful and the selection is good.
This used to be our "local" grocery store and is now my in-laws'. We all have used it routinely for food and for specialty items. They have a nice selection of upscale gourmet food and candies, and a Starbuck's inside the store. A nice place to visit for a gift or lunch.