Although there's a large variety of items, unfortunately there are quite a few dealers with "junque" that does not qualify except in the most fevered imagination as antique, and would be more suited to a yard sale. (Sorry, but "junque" is a BIG pet peeve!) Nevertheless, Goshen Antique Mall is well worth a look because there are a lot of dealers, many dealers with "the real thing", and plenty to see throughout the store. Another caveat is that, similar to many antique malls I visit which also permit "junque" to cross the threshold, the dealers that have the better (relatively speaking), older items tend think a bit too much about the quality of their merchandise and noticeably overprice it. But we can't blame the antique mall for that; they're just a venue, and it's not always the case. If I were running this place, I would crack the whip and kick the garage sale junk mongers right out the door. The business would benefit tremendously. Aside from these minor complaints, Goshen Antique Mall is definitely worth checking out.
Vinton House is a pleasure to explore. It is total eye candy!! A multi-dealer shop with consistent quality, fair prices, and a large inventory that is of tremendous appeal if you love primitives and American country pieces. I live more than 2 hours away from this shop, and I would not hesitate go back. There are several other nice shops very close by as well (see my other reviews).
Two shops with a nice and very ecletic mix of items piled to the rafters! One shop has mostly smalls and case items, with some larger items in the back section. The other shop across the street is rougher, with large items, furniture, and things in need of restoration. But, even this store has a few smaller items. Be warned though, I look at a LOT of antique stores and can tell you that their prices can be quite high. For example, they had a vintage (NOT antique), small picture frame in the back of the store, nothing special, typical "fake" brass from the 1950s or 1960s, the kind you see everywhere, with an OFFENSIVELY high price of $12. C'mon!! I mean it was a $3 item anywhere else, or $1 at your local yard sale. That was a big turnoff and perhaps just a "mistake", but it really calls into question to my mind, how fairly they have priced their other items. In the end, the shops are fun to explore but I might hesitate to buy there.
This is a large multi-dealer shop with a lot to look at, but not much to write home about unless you like "collectibles" versus "antiques". I have been to this shop twice, and there is definitely a preponderance of the former here. As is often the case with collectible shops billing themselves as "antique malls", the antiques that they do have tend to be on the pricey side. However, that's not always the case and there are several dealers with interesting things and fair prices. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be actively involved in the business as my visits were about six months apart, and I saw absolutely nothing new in the booths of the few dealers that I was interested in. This shop could be magnificent if they would kick out all the junk dealers. Until then, it's worth a look if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way.
This review applies to the Dupont Road location only (now closed) as I have not visited the other shops. Village Books is just generally Disappointing with a capital "D". The inventory is mediocre, at best. Let's put it this way, if you like trashy novels, out-of-date textbooks or self-aggrandizing pulp screeds written by half-wit celebrities, this is the store for you. This store is firmly in the "used mass market" category. If they would learn to be more selective in their choice of inventory, I'm sure they would benefit. On the upside, the store is very well organized and the staff are helpful. NOTE: Since I wrote this review, Village Books has had to consolidate its operations down to one store (probably a fair indicator of the quality of their business model). You can bring your books in for sale or credit, but they aren't very accommodating about it. Even if you ask for store credit, they give you a paltry sum and then they rub salt into the wound by giving you only six months to use it! Frankly, I found this quite annoying as it would probably take a year's worth of weekly visits to find something I would actually want from their shelves. Rating lowered to one star.
Typical pizza joint fare, including burgers, sandwiches and a small salad bar. The all-you-can-eat pizza and salad for lunch is a very good deal. Maddeningly, you may have to chase the waitress down just to get your check. The first time it happened, I sat there for half an hour just to see what would happen.... absolutely NOTHING. My god, what else could she be doing when there's nobody else in the restaurant?!? This has happened to me TWICE now which proves it was not a mistake, but a serious staffing issue. I'm willing to bet that "Bonnie B.", provider of the "five star" review for this restaurant, is either (a) the waitress who doesn't have a clue about customer service, or (2) the owner's daughter/niece/girlfriend/wife/alter-ego SHILL. I'll will make it a point to go back to this restaurant soon to see if they have changed their ways, and adjust my review accordingly. In the meantime, there are plenty of other places I can go for good pizza AND service.
The St. James has become a familiar and comfortable spot for many locals. The service is always fast and friendly, and the cooking is quite good with a focus on American standards such as burgers, sandwiches and salads, steaks, chicken, etc. Especially worthwhile are their German style dinners, which are HUGE and awesomely good, "stick-to-your ribs" meals.
Desperate for good coffee and a little something decent to eat after living on airline peanuts during a long and tiring business trip, I stopped in to Aspen Coffee's Dupont Road establishment and almost immediately vowed to never darken their doorway again. Friendly staff and a nice enough atmosphere, but the coffee was under-heated, and God help you if happen to buy one of their yogurt-blueberry-granola parfait things. It was right on the bleeding edge of edible, with stale, soggy granola on the top and mushy, flaccid blueberries on the bottom. Had it been left sitting cooler from last week? Apparently so! It speaks of a management completely indifferent to the quality of the products that it sells.
This review was written with the Dupont Road location in mind. I have not visited the other stores. I would delete my entry here if I knew how. If Village Books is truly "up and coming", it's got a long way to go. Let's start with the inventory. It's mediocre, at best. Of course I realize this is a bit if a double-bind because I am sure the store is going out of its way to choose the kinds of books that it thinks it can actually sell, which I guess tells you something about the reading habits of the people frequenting this store. Let's put it this way, if you like trashy novels, out-of-date textbooks or self-aggrandizing screeds written by half-wit celebrities, this is the store for you. Other than that, the store is VERY well organized and the staff are helpful. I wish them well but this store is firmly in the "used mass market" category at this time.
Mitchell Books has done an outstanding job in distinguishing itself from the "mega-sellers" with which it has to compete. Their book inventory is carefully selected, there is a very nice area to get comfy by the fire, a little cafe next door, and an absolutely first-class magazine inventory which includes periodicals that you can't find in other stores or that you didn't even know existed.