Two of my children love horses! We discovered Royal Crest through a homeschooling group when they offered a homeschool open house.
The stables are clean and well-maintained. A spacious (though perpetually dusty!) lounge/kitchen area provides a place where parents can wait while children are taking lessons. Both homeschool and after school lessons are offered. Students can choose to participate in an end of year horse show complete with ribbons and prizes.
The instructors are friendly and competent and the class sizes are kept intentionally small which provides the opportunity for one on one instruction during each class period.
A nice place for a horselover to indulge in her passion!
My daughter has sung with the Oberlin Choristers for three years and has loved just about every minute of her experience! The instruction is very good - I've seen her grow and her talent develop while under their direction. This organization provides excellent opportunities for a serious young singer to develop talent as well as opportunities to perform.
The only drawback I feel worthy of mentioning is that some of the staff have a very liberal philosphy of childraising and parental involvement. This has caused some minor problems but nothing serious enough to deter one from participating in the group.
An excellent experience for an aspiring singer!
We've been pleased with the personalized service that the staff at Action Wear provides its customers. You rarely need to wait when you have a question and one of the staff is always ready to help with fitting shoes or leotards. Though the store is crowded, it adds to an "active" atmosphere and is still well-organized. Finding what you need is usually quick and easy.
My daughter has been very happy with her experience with Stevens Dance Studio this year. Kathy Stevens danced professionally on Broadway prior to teaching. She is an excellent instructor who expects disiplined behavior from her students in class. Small class sizes allow her to provide individual attention whenever necessary.
Students are friendly and welcomed my daughter when she joined the class 6 weeks into the year.
The price is very reasonable and the instruction is well worth the cost.
Lang Optical is the only optometrist my husband's insurance will cover. For the most part we have not been displeased. They are efficient in their work and do their work well. Two complaints - we had to change to a new provider when my husband was called to active duty because they do not accept the military insurance. Also, my husband wanted to get his contacts prescription so he could order contacts elsewhere and was told he'd have to pay for it if he wanted it. I've never heard of that before. They were able to quickly accommodate an emergency appointment when my daughter cut her eye.
Dr. Fogel is a competent orthodontist who will properly evaluate and prepare a treatment plan to correct any orthodontic problems. My daughter has enjoyed (as much as is possible) seeing him as her orthodontist. The new office is bright, well-lit and very clean. Sometimes we wait a little longer than we would like, though. His assistants are all very friendly although some of the office staff is not as amiable. Contemporary music is played rather loudly over the office speakers so if you want to read or do something solitary or requiring concentration while you await your child, a trip to the library is probably a good idea.
PROS: Friendly, knowledgeable, skilled
CONS: Loud Music, Office Staff not always very friendly
Our family has needed a lot of dental work recently. I found Monarch Dental and have been quite pleased so far. They honor our request for no novocaine for my children as well as no flouride treatments. They have been very friendly, walking through each procedure and explaining what they are doing. The wait in the waiting room is usually very short.
PROS: Fast and friendly staff - helpful, compassionate, understanding
CONS: One female dentist can be somewhat impatient
When moving to a new place, finding a trustworthy mechanic is always a concern. I found Certified Auto and Truck Repair shortly after moving here 2 1/2 years ago and am very pleased with their service. I am usually able to get my car in quickly and Tom (the owner) often arranges for one of his mechanics to ride me home. I've found Tom and his team of mechanics to be reliable, fast and friendly. I'd highly recommend them to anybody who want to find a mechanic they can trust.