This was 3 years ago. The waxer was late. I wait almost an hour. She came in a rush. She waxed. She burned. She waxed half of my brows off. I had to lie there for an hour with ice compresses on my eyes to take the swelling down and have to ability to drive home. I was in pain. The waxer acted like I overreacted. The owner acted like I overreacted. The owner charged me anyway. She then sold me an eyebrow pencil. I cried the whole way home. They called 3 days later. Not to check on me, but to reinforce that I was overreacting. (Even though the waxer was fired a few days later.) The owner was rude, condescending and plain awful. My only regrets-going there in the first place, waiting for a irresponsible, poorly trained witch, and not throwing a hissy over paying.My biggest regret-being too young to realize I could sue. My regret is their gain. I hope no one ever has to go through was I did. My eyebrows never grew back; I have to draw half of them on, everyday-for the rest of my life.
CONS: horrible service, no eyebrows and a horrid owner/manager
Need a new 'do? Don't go to the high end "spa" down the street, in Center, and be taken for more money than it is worth. Simply cruise a little further down the road, to Ken Staats and ask for Barb Huff. It's worth the extra 2 miles!
Barb Huff is a former employee of the "spa", who will charge a reasonable price, for not even the same, but a better quality of hairstyling! Barb has been my hairstylist at both places, and I think she is part human, part magic. My hair has never looked better.
I think that is because she refuses to do anything she thinks will look silly, or damage my hair, and gives me honest feedback on my ideas. Because of her frankness, I've never had a color or style I didn't like. An added bonus: Her price is now 1/2 of what I paid at the "spa".
Barb still does the same quality work, takes the same time, and makes me a cup of coffee! She also waxes a stunning eyebrow. She doesn't do nails, but everything else she does, is top notch.
Barb has worked many places, but I like Ken's the best. It is a low-key shop-half barber for guys, separated from the half-salon for women. The two other stylists are a real crack-up and the customers are some of the most interesting people I've met.
The ladies also sell product from many different lines at a lower price. Barb even gets my hairspray for me, when I'm out. At this point, she is more of a friend than just my stylist.
If you want a easy to deal with cut, a stunning style (she did my hair for my wedding), elegantly arched eyebrows, phenomenal color, solid conversation and a mean cuppa'joe-check Barb out at Ken Staats.
If you want flowers, a bridge, fluff and a $75 dollar color for your two-inch roots, better hit the "spa"; they're waiting for you-and your checkbook.
PROS: quality, price, experience and honesty
CONS: not a one
I am a member of Consumer Reports survey board. Last month I was asked to rate my PCP. They asked a series of questions to find out how thorough and in-depth my exams/appointments are and about the quality of the care I have received. Even before this survey, I knew Dr. Shemer was good at his job. But, he scored in the highest bracket in both areas.
Everything they asked if my PCP did during an exam, to be in-depth, Dr. Shemer does. He takes time to talk to me, ask about things and really try to give the best diagnosis/opinion. He is not afraid to recommend other specialists or have tests performed. He wants his patients to be well.
He also talks to a patient to get an idea of their emotional health, as well. He asks about my job, family and my hobbies. I think a lot of MDs miss that aspect of well-being. Dr. Shemer does not.
He also recommended several of the other doctors that I go to now for other reasons-like my podiatrist and my ob-gyn. They are all people I fell also do a solid job like Doc Shemer. I have never been so satisfied with my health care, as a whole.
The best is that I never have to wait! I went to a female doctor in Beaver that had an average wait time for appointments of 2 hours +. I felt my time and activities were not respected or my time was not as important as hers was. I have never waited more than 10 minutes in Dr. Shemer's waiting room and 10 minutes in the examining room. I feel that is just another way he takes care of his patients.
Also, his staff is respectful and efficient. Every time I have had a problem, needed insurance dealt with or refills on prescriptions, they were right at the other end of the phone getting the needed info and taking action. That is very comforting.
Overall, I think Dr. Shemer is a great physician. If you need a new PCP, check him out for yourself. He is one in a million. Even my mom likes him, and that is saying something!
PROS: easy to schedule appointment, thorough, short wait time, great staff
Dr. Skoff is the best. Hands down!
With an easy disposition, fun, professional office staff/hygienists and convenient location, I recommend him to everyone I know.
He is experienced, well-educated (Go PITT!) and has done root canals, wisdom teeth removal and routine procedures for me. (I was the most scared because I heard horrid things about root canals. I had to have three. But, it was the most simple thing. He even fit me in from an 8 am call into a 9:30 appointment for the emergency.)
My teeth are happy and pain is not even in my vocabulary.
I have been a patient for many years! He is easy to get an appointment with, is kind to his patients, gentle and non-threatening during the procedures and easy to see for emergencies.
At this point, I think if my insurance wouldn't cover me there, I would still go and pay out of pocket. That is how much I love my dentist. I am willing to put my money where my mouth is!
My whole family goes to him-even my brother, when he comes to visit from LA. He is more like a friend of the family now than our dentist. I never dread the trip to the office. (My mom even brings him Burnt Almond Torte Cake from Prantel's Bakery, when she gets into Pittsburgh's Shadyside!)
He has helped out all of my family, more times that I could count. That is why I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Skoff to anyone looking for a fabulous dentist, with an awesome staff who knows his stuff. He gets an A ++ from me.
PROS: knowledgeable, personable, fabulous staff
When I walk into Armstrong's, all of the waitstaff stops by to say hello. They know us just from patronizing the restaurant. That is because my family is there at least once a week, to get one of the specialties:stuffed eggplant parmesan, a buffalo fish salad or even just Friday's beer battered fish.
We also like that it is BYOB, for family gatherings and that the staff will do anything to accommodate your requests-like family-or in some cases, much better. Service with a smile.
We also say hello to all of the regulars, who we have gotten to know. We sit down and get our huge basket of fresh bread (from that WELL KNOWN bakery in McKees Rocks) and order the FRIED ZUCCHINI-OH MY! (For dipping-get the red and white with it ) I'm given my TWO iced teas, because the waitresses know I drink mine quick. (They don't want me to have to wait if I have an empty glass.Like I said, service!)
Everyone in the know will tell you the same-even though the spaghetti is good, you can make it at home. You go for the above mentioned items and homemade gnocchi, fish 8 different ways, meatball casserole, or huge calzone/stromboli menu. Did I mention the stuffed eggplant parmesan?
It is better than restaurants (Italian and otherwise) to which the lemmings of the county flock; it beats Johnny Carino's (bland and too expensive for the portions), Olive Garden (too generic and chain oriented) and Buca de Beppo (burned items and sub-par service).
When the meal comes, everyone around gawks at the plate. What is it? It is SO big! The portions are criminal. The stuffed eggplant is enough for two meals and only $11.95-and that comes with a side. (Meals range from $6-$15 range depending if it is a sandwich -Oh, Reuben I love you-or an entree)
For a side, I get the salad-either the mixed greens with fresh veggies- and an artichoke or Milano-with fresh Buffalo mozzarella. Either way, check out the ranch dressing-made on site. Best EVER!
After I stuff myself, the waitress will ask if we want dessert. All dessert is homemade. The meringue on the pie almost touches the ceiling and the raspberry creme pie sells out almost nightly. If you are lucky, it will be a cheesecake night-my fav is the raspberry swirl, with a chocolate cookie bottom and chocolate ganache top layer. On a plate drizzle with raspberry and the right amount of whipped creme, it is a real treat.
When the check comes, it's all good. My husband and I eat for about $30 with the appetizer and a split dessert. My parents come with us-or we go and find them there and split a table- it is about $45 for the 4 of us, without a dessert. My mom is older and super picky-you know likes to send things back, complain the iced tea doesn't have enough ice-so taking her to Armstrong's is a pleasure. She rarely, if ever complains. A welcome break!
My brother lives in LA and when he comes home he has to have 3 things-a Hot Dog Shoppe hot dog, a Slush Puppy suicide slushie and Armstrong's. We celebrate EVERYTHING there, family-wise.
Yep- a long review, but the true. I would offer a money back guarantee if I owned the place. When I have to impress with a dining spot-this is the one. Took the future in laws there, a prospective employer and too many friends and family to name. No one has ever been disappointed. Personally, I think this place rocks! Just check out the line, waiting around the building.
Daily specials and later hours, too-open to 9 or 11pm most nights. Just no breakfast.
And if you are feeling feisty-request a specific waitress to fit your mood! Annette is fun and sassy; Stephanie is mellow and cheerful; Melissa is dependable and comforting and Colleen is extra sweet. (Tina is great too, if she's working!)
Or just get some take out-they do a great job of packaging your grub for the ride home.
PROS: The whole, dang, shebang!
CONS: Nothing to see here!