Like a few others here, I have been using Bob's since I started keeping fish 2 years ago. They have a wide variety of freshwater fish and a few marine varieties (for more Marine choices go to Kermit's Reef in Cordova).
New fish arrive weekly and are immediately put in a 5-7 day quarantine where they are on display, but not for immediate sale. You can get your name on the list and they will hold the number desired for you, even calling you when they are ready. I have done this a number of times and have been very satisfied. Often I would forget they were there and the phone call was a great reminder and I got the species I wanted when they had it. For people complaining about all the fish not being for sale immediately- you will sing a different tune when you bring one home from somewhere else that has not been quarantined and ends up killing your entire established population with some disease. I have yet to have a diseased fish from Bob's. I have, however, killed off 10 fish with one I brought home from a friend's tank that was apparently sick but showed no symptoms (Typhoid Mary, as I came to call it, in fact, survived the disease while the others did not.) It is much better to choose your fish, get your name on the list for them when they are release from quarantine, wait for the phone call and _then_ pick them up than it is to get immediate gratification and bring home a sick fish. (Replacing those 10 I killed cost me around $45- and I don't keep anything particularly exotic.)
They have different varieties from week to week, while they most common types are there all the time. I have probably purchased 40 fish from them and they have all lived at least a week (mostly months or longer) before I killed them due to bad fishkeeping/neglect on my part or lousy water thanks to my area's fluctuations in water quality. I have had several that I kept for more than a year before I had the above mentioned disaster with the fish rescue. I still have one lemon tetra that I used to cycle my tank when it was brand new. If you lose a fish in the first day they will refund your money provided you take them a water sample to ensure it was not your fault- I suggest getting your water tested before adding any new ones to save you the trouble and the fish it's mortality.
They have been very helpful from the very beginning with choosing fish based on compatability, size of tank and ease of keeping; addressing water quality poblems such as high PH, high Ammonia, Algae etc.. They also encourage you to bring in a water sample before you buy new fish to ensure that your new purchase will not die as soon as you put it in your tank due to high ammonia or ph being out of whack. I can not tell you how many fish that this has saved in my case!
They also have all the necessities for setting up a tank and maintaining it- I will say that you might come out cheaper buying the tank, heater and filter at a larger chain however. I bought mine there though and have been pleased with it.
Staff is knowledgable, friendly and the place is tidy and easy to access. They may not have the incredible quantity available at one time that places such as Petco do, but you are running much less risk of unhealthy fish and get the bonus of real knowledge from the staff.
Went to this location because I was looking for a particular messenger bag that they carried. They had a nice assortment of bags and so much more. From Hats to Kayaks and everything in between... prices of items I was familiar with seemed competitive to online prices and the staff was incredibly helpful, both in the store and on the phone.
If I am ever in need of more outdoor gear I will certainly check there first.
Note, their parking lot is not the easiest to access, must turn at the Fisher Steel light then right onto access road and then turn into lot, despite the fact they border the main thoroughfare there is no direct accesss.
I grew up in Athens, and on a recent visit there with my 3 year old son, I decided to take us there for a quick snack on a hot summer's day. The ice cream is just as I remember it- soft serve cones or cups of vanilla or chocolate with several specialties available such as "upside down banana splits" and chocolate dipped cones and shakes.
There is no seating, so expect to eat standing outside in the parking lot (practically the street) or in your car. The service is walk-up window and cash only is accepted.
Ice cream is cold and good and has been a fixture in Athens for a LONG time.
PROS: Fast, inexpensive, YUMMY!
CONS: no seating so must eat in car.
Having relocated from Cary to TN, I really miss Lucky 32! I was the director of Recreation at a large Assisted Living community located nearby, and this was one of our Favorite places to take the residents for lunch. The staff was always very accomodating (especially if given a heads up the day before) and went out of their way to help us with a group of walkers and wheelchairs. THey always made it a non-issue which my residents also appreciated.
The menu does rotate monthly, which is such a great concept. One month might be recipes from "great inns" and the next might be "down on the bayou" with a few menu favorites staying the same month to month. Some of my favorites are the grit cakes and the pasta with veggies and smokey cheese (not sure of the real name). My residents also raved about their sandwiches, and desserts are always great.
The patio dining is nice, and this restaurant is located just across the street from the LaQuinta Inn and about 1/3 mile from the hospital. Very convenient location, but be prepared on the weekends for a wait.
PROS: Staff above and beyond, unique menu, food quality great
CONS: none in Memphis tn!
Apparently the day to visit Bhan Thai is not on Tuesday, when their staff has had the weekend to party. We came for lunch, were seated for quite a while and when we placed our orders, the waitress came back and said that 1/2 of our orders could not be made because the cook who knew how to make them had not come into work (apparently they have 2 cooks who each specialize in different things.) Each thing we tried to replace it with was the same cook's specialty. After much frustration we were able to get our food, which was good, just not what we really wanted. ( WARNING---There are not really any items on the menu that a small child would find palatable. )
The decor is nice and hte restaurant is converted from an old house, which did not appear to be too wheelchair accessible. There is the option to eat on the porch if you would like.
If you are craving some specific menu item, be prepared to not be able to get it. If you are open to anything, this place might just be what you are looking for.
PROS: Food was hot, fresh and tasty
CONS: Menu may be limited by what staff is there that day
I was recently out and about when the craving for some greasy, cheap seafood hit- and having not been to a Captain Ds in ages, I headed that way.
This location is newer and was very clean and well staffed. The food came out hot and as ordered and tasted pretty good. Parking was good, location was convenient and adjacent to an ice cream parlor- YUM!
If you are jonesing for cheap seafood, this Captain Ds will tide you over.
PROS: Food Hot, Restaurant Clean
CONS: It is inexpensive, fast food seafood.
We love to eat at Firebirds! The atmosphere is similar to an upscale mountain lodge and is very nice for a special evening out. They have a menu with several upscale entrees, but also offer gourmet burgers as well. The atmosphere is kid friendly during the day and early evening, but tends to run toward more formal later in the evening, so leave the kiddos at home and have some "date time" uninterrupted!
We have always had good service, which is what I would expect from a restaurant with entrees in the $20+ range. The one feature that my family dislikes is the open kitchen (makes it too noisy for us) but that is the trend these days, so it may not be a con for anyone else. The bread is yummy too!
PROS: Cozy yet upscale atmosphere
CONS: Open kitchen tends toward noisy
We visited this zoo over the July 4th holiday weekend and had a pretty good experience overall. Allow me to say that it is still doing quite a bit of clean up after hurricane Ivan and there are a few pathways and exhibits that are destroyed as a result of that storm. This is not a zoo with a lot of funding so recovery has been slow and painful for them.
THe zoo has a nice little gift shop and snack area when you come in. They are participants in the reciprocal zoo program, so if you have a membership at another larger zoo you may get a discount off of your admission. (We did from Memphis Zoo.) They sell food for the animals at the ticket register as well.
Walking through the zoo there are a number of decent exhibits- keep in mind this is a small zoo so you will not see sweeping vistas for animals to roam and run, nor tons of "realistic" animal habitats. It is pretty much chain link, wire and plexiglass between you and the animals. That being said, they have orangutangs, lots of large cats, reptiles, Kangaroos (which Memphis does not even have), hippos, peacocks wandering (and pooping) the grounds, and assorted farm animals in the petting zoo area. The best part of the trip for us was getting to hand feed the giraffes. They were really friendly and came right up to get snacks. The kids also enjoyed the little ride area that had coin operated horses and carousels.
We missed the chance to ride the train through the african exhibit, but from what I understand it is pretty neat, so you might want to give it a try.
Can this zoo compare with larger, better funded ones? No. Is it a nice alternative to going to sit at the beach again or shopping at yet another Alvin's Island? You bet!
PROS: Small zoo, feed the giraffes!
CONS: Small zoo, still some storm damage
As previous reviewers have said, this zoo does not have a lot of animals, nor are they housed in the most plush of environments. They are in small cages and exhibits, but are very well cared for due to the small size of the staff. We were there for the July 4th weekend this year and everythign is in good shape from the hurricane clean up. I did not see any safety issues other than when my kid put his hand in a bird cage (he is too quick for me) and got nipped.
You will have seen this zoo featured in the National Geographic Channel special and series "The Little Zoo that Could". They have been gifted some land and are planning on rebuilding further inland away from frequent hurricane issues.
Animals featured are several tigers, panthers and large cats; kuwaiti (which I have never seen in a zoo so that is neat.); wolves, monkeys and assorted reptiles and birds. THey also have a little petting zoo area and they breed and release rabbits, so expect to see some of them hopping around loose.
THere is a small gift shop/snack area and the zoo is clean, though small.
PROS: Quick trip
CONS: If you are looking for a big zoo experience, this is not it.
Whenever we are on Beale, I am sure to drop in to A. Schwab to see what they have in stock. There is always a great item to send as a gag gift (size 12x ladies underwear), souvenir or something useful for the home. They usually have a nice assortment of funny hats and my son gets a real laugh out of trying them on.
The fixtures and flooring are original (looks like) to the store- creaky dirty wood plank floor, wood bins, creaky stair and all. It is almost easy to picture the ghosts of all the Memphis legends shopping for hair cream, combs and cigarettes when you walk in.
PROS: Wide variety of merchandise, nostalgic feel