I cook quite a bit and was delighted to find a shop with so different amenities for cooking in my hometown. If you need it for cooking or baking, they carry it AND they display it in a beautiful, tasteful manner. Much better than schlepping down to Williams Sonoma at the Hillsdale Mall or ordering online. I can get my baking/cooking needs fix here on the spot.
John is a reliable and responsible landscaper who can provide more than your average mow and blow and reasonable rates. He is very good at pruning and knowledgable about what plants grow well in this area. Easy to talk to.
We had some work done by California Landscaping Maintenance a few years back. They put in a patio and did some other more minor hardscaping projects for us. I found them to be reliable and responsible. We had one problem but the owner quickly fixed it and went out of his way to smooth things over with us. The total cost was quite reasonable. I would use them again.
Foodville is, for now, the only grocery store located in downtown San Carlos - which makes it convenient for us locals - in other words, we have no choice but to shop here. I've been pleasantly surprised, however, by Foodville's selection of high quality, organic and other upscale food. Their deli is also quite good and makes a decent sandwich. Even the produce is not half bad - some organic and most of it fresh. Foodville has definitely made the best of their cramped (and, I'm afraid, dirty) quarters.
Vivace's, located across from the Carlmont Shopping Center, has been in Belmont forever and rightly so. It is consistently good Italian food. It is a bustling little restaurant and you'll likely want a reservation if you are going at a peak time. The food is not world class but it is always enjoyable.
We used Gaffigan on two occasions - the second because they were so good the first time. We had them replace a heater and all the duct work in our house. They were professional, reliable, responsible and very fairly priced.
We used Hallmark Roofing to replace our roof a couple of years ago. They are fantastic - about half the price of the other bids we received and so fast. They showed up with a big crew and ripped off the old roof, replacing with a nice new one in less than three days. Their staff was professional, communicative and friendly.
This is a great local Hallmark store, featuring aisles of the usual Hallmark cards and wrapping paper and, at Christmas time, all the Hallmark ornaments. The size of this store, however, sets it apart from other Hallmark stores because they can carry so much more than just cards and a few nick nacks. They have tons of stickers (great for the kids), a back room with some kid-oriented goodies and great seasonal items.
Anita's has the best fudge in town! Okay, it's the only fudge shop in San Carlos but it is really really good! The owner is very creative, always trying different mixtures of fudge. He's also extremely generous, offering my kids free candy all the time, and super friendly. Anita's also stocks loads of different candy - fine chocolates as well as old fashioned hard and gummi candies in jars for the kids. They carry some interesting gift items as well as cards. Anita's is best known for it's gift baskets - oh well, I've only tried the fudge. :)
Straits is the new hot spot on Burlingame Avenue but I honestly cannot understand why. The ambiance is nice and the location is great (where Left on Albequerque used to be, on the corner of Burlingame and California Aves.) but the food is boring and very, very expensive. With so many great Asian restaurants in walking distance, Straits better spice it up to justify it's high prices and so-so fare.