This school has a very good reputation as might be expected from a school that receives many of its kids from the more affluent areas of east santa rosa. While they don't have to work with a lot of disadvantaged kids (which helps there test scores and program right away) I've heard that it probably doesn't live up to it's hype. The school seems very crowded and many students get loss in the masses, especially when trying to schedule their classes or get into honors etc. My cousins both enjoyed attending school there, but from their stories they both had a hard time getting the classes they wanted and there isn't a lot of "community" on campus. One of them did enjoy what seems like a great spanish program and completed 2 years of that language instruction while there. It seems like a good school but I don't think I would be lining up to transfer in from another middle school if I wasn't in their district. Santa Rosa Middle and Slater seem to have comparable campuses and programs although their rep isn't as "prestigious".
From fellow parents that live in this district I have heard nothing but praise for this school. Located just off downtown Santa Rosa This public elementary is situated in a fairly well-to-do area. The parents are very involved and/or donate generously to all fundraisers. This type of community support enables them to have some great art and music programs as well as support for the teachers in the classroom.The only drawback is if you don't live in this district! You can get transfers within Santa Rosa district, but I've heard it is very hard to get one for proctor as they are usually very full with families who live within their district (many who choose to live in this neighborhood because of the school!).
PROS: great school, high parent involvement
CONS: if you don't live in the district hard to get your child in
My main experience with this florist has been with work related items- either received in the office I worked in, or ordered by our office. They are a Santa Rosa fixture located at the end of McDonald Ave. Their arrangements always looked nice, and were fresh, but seemed very traditional. If this is what you're looking for they will be perfect- they aren't priced to high, but are reliable and consistent. We also used them to send flowers to clients and they kept an account for us and would bill monthly which was very convenient for our office. Everything was always delivered as requested and you could call with a price point and they'd tell you a few options they could do for that- which was especially helpful when ordering over the phone.
PROS: Reliable, easy to order over the phone, will bill businesses monthly
CONS: very traditional so if you want something unique may not be the place
This is a nice sized thrift store in the Costco/Toysrus area. It opened up a few years ago after they closed the Sebastopol Road store and is pretty well maintained. Kids clothes are a deal here, especially if you come on Fridays- when it is usually 50% all clothing, dishware, and books. You'll have to search though, all sizes are mixed together, although pants, shirts etc are divided into sections. I've also had good luck in their book section both for children's and newer mysteries and novels- but again, the trick is some patience and good eyes. I prefer the Salvation Army stores over Goodwill. Nice that they take credit cards too so you don't have to have cash on you.
PROS: Take credit cards- 50% off on Fridays normally
CONS: You have to have a bit of time to search
This is a wonderful children's store based on Waldorf principles- so you'll find lots of wooden toys, art supplies, and cotton clothing. Their clothes for children are very cute, made with colorful comfortable fabrics, but a little pricey. They do usually have a sales rack so check it out. They also sell the best ever baby/toddler shoes, Robeez booties, and have a wide selection of colors and styles. They carry other quality shoes and sizes are out on the floor so you can see what they have in stock. They have tons of toys and some books and art stuff. Great store to browse in but no "deals" here. If you're looking for something specific or special this is a good place to come, and you can find lots of things in the birthday present range ($10-$20) that you can be pretty sure will no be duplicated by another gift giver. The only drawback is that the people manning the cash register are a little bit reluctant to help and seem distracted with their other "duties". I believe this store is staffed by and supports the Waldorf Charter in Sebastopol, but not sure. Check it out next time you're out that way.
PROS: great selection of toys, and clothing for you children
CONS: staff is distracted and not overly helpful- items are sometimes not priced
This store carries a wide variety of clothing- much of it colorful & flowing. It usually has an "ethnic" feel to it and is often made of natural fabrics. Most of my shopping/browsing has been done at their location in downtown Santa Rosa. You'll find a lot of interesting and unique clothing that you won't find in mainstream stores. If you like an eclectic look this is definitely the store for you. Lots of other things tucked in here too- very fun store to browse in.
As the other reviewers noted this shopping centers caters mostly to upscale, monied clientele, but there are still some shops the rest of us can go to as well- and there is always special occasion shopping! There is Ross and Albertson's at one end and that is where I'd say most of the traffic is. Tucked inside are all sorts of shops. There is a great art store on the backside near the postoffice, a coffee shop (either a Wolfe or Starbucks), and See's Candy is on the side by Washington Mutual Bank. Inside check out the Aerosole store( they have great sales) and I've heard Christopher Banks (a clothing store) also has great clearance/sales racks so don't give up on these stores just because you can't afford full price. If you can afford a nice dinner try Monti's- they have great- but expensive- cocktails and some very yummy desserts.
PROS: Nice shops, easy parking, nice place to browse
CONS: high end stores so don't go looking for deals- except at Ross
My experience with this school is through my niece and nephew who have attended this school. It is a small private school that I believe goes through 8th grade although my knowledge is only through about 4th grade. The staff in my contact has been very nice, and seem to keep the parents well informed. The class sizes are very small so the child to teacher ratio is excellent. It seems to be the type of school that kids who are ready to move fast can, but if they need help, there is plenty! They also have a summer program-full time- that includes many fun things, like swim days at Ridgeway- movies at Roxy on the Square kids film series- walks to the library. They are conveniently located near downtown Santa Rosa. Check this one out if your looking for a small private program for your children.
This store-located in Coddintown Shopping Center- if a fun one to browse in. In addition to jewelry they also usually carry some local artist pieces (pottery etc.) They have very tasteful displays, and the story is airy and open. The staff there has been very helpful in my experiences- especially on my long hunt for the perfect engagement/wedding set. They carry some beautiful vintage pieces, and some very nice work by companies that are doing a lot of the vintage filigree now. Their styles range from modern, to classic/mainstream, to ornate- very eclectic. They carry jewels, pearls, and less inexpensive jewelry (think 1928 and other "costume jewelry). I believe they still do ear piercing in the back and used to have a lot of charms. Start your search here for a gift or other.
PROS: great selection of different styles and price points- helpful staff
I used Nelson for a period of 6 months when I was between jobs and a student. They were able to find me as much work as I wanted and placed me in a nice long term temp position at Kendall Jackson. They seem to work with a lot of middle to bigger companies who have standing contracts with them for their temp needs. Don't remember names, but the Nelson reps/job placement people were great to speak too and were very helpful with all the questions I had as a new temp. The set up process is very easy and only takes about an hour, including your "interview", testing, and form application. I recommend them to many people either looking for a temp agency to work for or with.A company I worked for later used Nelson for their temporary staffing needs, and they were very helpful and easy to work with.