Okay, Valentine's day is around the corner and I keep hearing about Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. I'm not up for the drive and don't care to stand in line outside Sprinkles, so I decide to try Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena.
The size of the cupcakes are great given the price. I selected the Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. The Vanilla Frosting is fantastic. On the other hand, the actual cupcakes are nothing extraordinary. I don't really taste a difference between these cupcakes and those from other bakeries. You're paying for the ambience and added flavor selection.
Overall I do see myself returning. If you're local to the San Gabriel Valley it's worth the drive. But you're outside of this general area, save yourself the time.
Okay, in fairness, I have not tried the Breads, Pies, nor the Custom Cakes. But I was not overly impressed with the daily selection of cake slices (Red velvet, chocolate, etc..). I believe my spouse and I tried 3-4 different cakes. They were okay, but nothing to write home about.
Maybe I'll stop in for the Sourdough Bread other listers have raved about.
Okay, where do I begin. Yes the set up is well planned for fast services. Nonetheless, the staff are not hospitable. I was assigned to a manicurist who became upset when I asked her to be gentle with nail cuticles because I bleed. She insisted "it's clean, it's clean, this morning." I gestured again, please soft when pulling. Anyway, she remained upset. The polish wasn't great. The dryer is ridiculous, they ACTUALLY CHARGE EXTRA IF YOU WANT HEAT, come on! And I had to wait 5 minutes just to pay. The manicurists can't accept money and the owner was too busy speaking on her cell phone to help the 3 exiting customers at the register.
Okay, if you're very concerned about aesthetics stay away from Tina Nails. If you're interested in friendly staff who understand simple English Instructions, and price then Tina's is the place for you. It is a group of regulars that frequent Tina Nails. The prices are among the lowest (if not the lowest) in South Pasadena. I have only been slighly disappointed once. Otherwise, the service has been good. You're never rushed out of your chair and best of all they are open Monday-Sunday very early and very late.
I went to TLC with my 13 year old dog. Who unfortunately had a very serious ailment that involved neurological impairment. I decided to euthanize her. The team was very compassionate. They did not rush me, they thoroughly explained what would happen. They gave me the option of remaining in the room or exiting the room. Very good end of life care.
Cons - Long wait time, pricey
Pro - Good care, compassionate
I rely on insiderpages for lots of different recommendations. But I've found that there are virtually no listings that help parents of children with Special Needs. So I wanted to share with you some of my personal recommendations.
My two young sons both have Autism and are clients of Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center. I was referred to CBC Education by my Service Coordinator at ELARC. I didn't know much about the agency but had heard some favorable things from my support group parents.
Well I am so glad that I selected CBC. The staff from the front office on up to the administrators have been wonderful. They have helped my two boys more than I possibly could have imagined. We began with in home Applied Behavior Analysis with Discrete Trial, paid for by regional center. They learned a ton of information and also began to speak using simple sentences. But I still felt like something was missing.
Like a godsend, CBC Education then began their Social and Play Skills Center in Alhambra. There my kids get to be kids. They laugh, play, and socialize with the help of their play therapists. It's great. Sessions are after school and broken down into three periods, so that time is spent on individual play, small group play, and sensory play. The center reminds me of the OT clinic we used to attend. They have an OT swing, trampoline, bouncy house, and lots of other great therapy toys that I could never afford. This is also paid for by reigonal center.
We've also had great success with Justine Sherman and Associates in Sierra Madre for Speech Language Therapy. Justine is fantastic.
Here's the contact info in case you're interested -
Discrete Trial / Applied Behavior Analysis through CBC Education
Social Skills / Floortime Therapy at CBC Education's Center in Alhambra (it's great, they have OT Swings, Roller Coaster, Bouncy House, Sensory Toys, Pretend Play)
Speech from Justine Sherman and Associates in Sierra Madre
i agree with the two previous reviews that if they have your tires in stock you can be out of their shop in under 30 minutes, but twice i had to order tires for the two vehicles i own within 2 months and each time they blamed UPS for not picking up the tires for delivery. well, it seems management needs to make a decision on switching their delivery service. the employees kept casting the blame on UPS and were more than helpful, but not on the ball with special orders.
I thoroughly enjoyed the massage therapy session. Moriah asked prior to the session what initiated the session and went directly into what preferences to technique would be preferred. The session relieved extreme muscle soreness from exercising in the gym and mountain biking. I recommend her services with an exclamation point!!!
PROS: Moriah tailored the massage to my needs as a client.
CONS: The room felt somewhat cold during the session.
I recently had my 3 year old son's b-day party at Amy's and was exceptionally impressed. Although, I was informed I would have 2 party assistants to help me with the unloading and set-up, I didn't expect much help. These young women, were outstanding. They literally stuffed gift bags, single-handedly set up the buffet table, and the cupcake display. It was the best birthday party we have ever attended (and we received the same feedback from our guests). Well worth the price (I only signed up for the most-basic package, but the service was premiere.
PROS: Outstanding Value, Very helpful Assistants