I walked into Decorator Fabrics By Toni's, and saw a worker sitting behind a desk. The person didn't even take the energy to look up at me as I browsed through her store. After about a minute of meandering through the aisles, she said hello to me, but didn't look up to do it. I then walked out. I don't recommend this store to anyone who wants to be treated with respect.
The food at El Amigo's is much closer to authentic Mexican cuisine than Pepe's, and you get a lot more food for your buck. Their prices are fair, and their food is stupendous. Anyone from a hungry man to a sampling child would enjoy the tasty food from El Amigo's. The service is friendly, but they don't speak very much English. Sometimes it's hard to get your point across if you want something special done to your food. Recommended.
Pepe's in Valparaiso has Mexican food just as authentic as Taco Bell. The service is nothing to crack up about, and can often be seen as rude. The only thing they have going for them is their cheap prices. Understandable, since their food is cheap as well. As far as Pepe's being a popular nightspot in Valparaiso, it has been for years. But it isn't recommended you go there if you care anything for your life, or if you have any class. They have had more than one shooting at this bar, and numerous fights and raids. The police have threatened to shut it down more than once. Pepe's is a place to stay far away from day and night.
Want a child size portion of turkey to go with your midget's portion of stuffing? Then head to Strongbow's, where they take pride in their snootiness over their pride of product. You pay a huge price for a small portion of food, and the only good thing you'll receive for this money is a nice waitress/er. I do not recommend Strongbow's for anyone who's genuinely hungry. But if you feel like showing off for an evening, go for it.
Kmart of Valparaiso may not have the highest quality of merchandise, but they do have a wide variety. And they are always having sales. You don't have to wait to catch a good buy at Kmart because they have a sale everyday. The shopping experience is much more comfortable than one at Walmart because there are less people shopping, and more people actually there to buy. There is also an older customer base, so you get less of the college kids running around and playing, making shoppers annoyed. Kmart is a one stop shop that I recommend to anyone looking for a better buy and experience than you can get at Walmart.
This is a store that you should only go to if you absolutely have to. It's fairly clean, and has most of the things that the average family needs. But WalMart in Valparaiso is not a comfortable place to shop. It's way overcrowded, and family members of mine have claimed that they can only stand to be there for 15 minutes at a time. You will have people bumping into you the entire time you shop, and will have said "excuse me" 50 times before you leave. I don't recommend WalMart unless you absolutely have to.
Though their prices were a tad high, this can be avoided by shopping only the shoes that are on sale. The store is well lit and attractive. There are wide and long places to sit to try on your shoes. The sales are well marked. The staff is very friendly, and quite informative. Famous Footwear seems to have an event going on all the time, and they have an inviting website. I would recommend this store to anyone, and forewarn that you search for the bargains first.
Michael's in Valparaiso is a welcome addition to the city. They have almost anything you need for crafts, painting, floral decorating, and plant decorating. The only thing they I've found they don't carry, is fabric. This was disappointing, but WalMart is only a 2 minute drive away if you're desperate for some. Michael's staff has always been very friendly with me, and they are knowledgeable. The store aisles are nice and wide, and well lit for comfortable shopping. Their selection is huge, and Valpo can only be grateful to have such a great craft store in it's city limits.
When you walk into Hilke's you will see lots of empty shelves. They don't have the selection that other nutrition stores have. So it doesn't take long to browse through, and it also doesn't take long until you have company while doing it. The staff there, although they may be trying to be nice, hawks their customers. They don't allow you to enjoy your shopping experience, but instead follow you around and continually ask prodding questions. This becomes annoying for those who did not ask for it. If you want to be followed around the store, go to Hilke's. But if you want a good selection, and time to shop on your own, go somewhere else.
When I walked in the door for the first time, I was greeted by two brilliant smiles. The two young men were very friendly and knowledgeable about memberships and fitness. They answered every question I had with patience and care. I enjoyed my first visit to the gym, and was even greeted in a friendly manner by other members. After that bright experience, I thought nothing could get better; but I was wrong. The treadmills have cable-ready televisions on each one of them, so I got to watch whatever program I preferred while working out. And the machines are lined up facing the great outdoors, bringing a sense of tranquility to the start of your day. I recommend this gym to anyone and everyone who wants a pleasant and helpful workout experience.