Overland Photo Supply has a broad range of products from Russian import "novelty" cameras to straight-up professional gear. When I was last there about a year ago, they had both digital and conventional film supplies.
Even though I was after one of Canon's least expensive lenses, and a lightweight hiking tripod, the staff was very helpful and informative. They were readily able to tell me how the various pieces of equipment I was looking at performed in the field from their own experience.
They even took time to give me some tips and input on improving my technique while I was waiting to check out behind someone with a much larger order and one of their regular customers.
A few months ago I decided that I needed to get some color in my white legs. City Tan was offering a coupon in the Green Sheet newspaper, so I decided to try them out. The male owner is a little twitchy, which made me a little uncomfortable, being that I was the only customer there at the time. I was only in the bed for about 8 minutes, but came home with a burn. I would not recommend this place.
When I was living in KC, I would frequently go to Chocolate Soup to purchase children's clothing. The clothing here is well made and very chic for children's clothes. I would highly recommend Chocolate soup.
Tip: Shop here when they have their out of season sales. I found items at 75% off.
My husband is writing this one.
I have dealt with dozens of "head hunters" over the years. From both the job-seeking and hiring sides of the relationship. Most are little more than used car salesmen, attempting to place anyone in any job regardless of qualifications just to get the sale.
Apex is a little different. They actually do a reasonable job of screening prospects against positions.
The have placed me in two jobs, one was a short-term position, the other 6-months contract to hire which resulted in my current full-time job. I have seldom heard of a recruiter actively trying to to re-place a contractor beyond their initial engagement. That was a pleasent surprise.
Their recruiters may not "know tech" any better than most. But while staffing a project they have been able to supply us with sufficient prospects to fill the positions. To date only 2 of the contractors we have brought on (out of about a dozen) have not been hired at the end of their contract and we have very high standards.
Vintage Restaurant is part of Stone Hill Winery. They offer the Stone Hill wine at dinner. If I know that I will be going to eat there, I starve myself all day long. The German food is awesome. They offer a variety of main dishes and authentic German sides. The atmosphere is cozy. The staff is usually good. I would recommend them .
Little Hills Wine Shop is in Old St. Charles Missouri right off of main street. We go in there every couple of months when we are in St. Charles. Their spiced wine is a real treat. They had some heating up in a crock pot and the whole store smelled like Christmas. It is a little pricey, but it is fabulous. The wine shop offers free tastings every day and they also have wine accessories in the shop. I would recommend them to my friends.
My husband and I went to see a football game in Lexington and decided to get a bed and breakfast. We stayed at the Storybook Inn. Our room was the Casablanca room, named after the movie Casablanca, which we watched that evening in our gorgeous room. The innkeeper, Elise is also a fine cook. Our breakfast was huge, delicious and filling. The prices are very great for that area. We plan on going back.
On one of our last minute jaunts to Branson, we checked out to see if the Grand Victorian Hotel had any rooms. To our surprise they did and they just happened to be running a special, which they do not and then. This hotel is truly grand. It is right on highway 76, easy access to the shows. We drove to Silver Dollar City in about 15 minute, you can not beat that. The front desk clerk asked if we needed directions to any of the top shows and sights. Our room was clean and we even had a hot tub in the room for a standard room rate. The bed was extremely comfy. I would recommend Grand Victorian Hotel to all my friends.
Mike and Dee Berry at the Anchor Inn On The Lake Bed and Breakfast are the
perfect host. My husband and I have stayed in the Virginia Waterside Room and in the Maryland Mountain Rooms. Our rooms were always gorgeous and exceptionally clean. Our breakfast was scrumptious. The Inn is nestled on a lake. Mike and Dee talk with the guest as if they have known them forever, yet they also gave us the space that we needed. I would recommend Anchor Inn On The Lake to any couple who needs a romantic getaway.
Tip: Check their website occasionally for their specials. They also offer a last minute special if they have a room available that day.
The shutter on my husband's old camera finally gave up the ghost after 15 years. We decided to replace it with a new Canon and add a short zoom lens to his collection.
Stumbling upon Independent Photo Art Supply (most people call them IPAS) was not accident. The employee listened to our needs and knew the exact lens that would meet our needs. They were not able to get the camera we wanted before we had to leave town but recommended a reputable competitor across town where we could get it.
They also directed us to a Tamron Sp A09 lens. The price was comparable to what we could have gotten it online and was a consistent f2.8 from end to end.
This lens has worked wonders. From the outside of the shop, it is not a typical camera store. Inside, the store is full of goods and photos that the employees have taken. I would recommend IPAS to anyone wanting to purchase new (or used) photographic items.
They also service and customize cameras, lenses and other components.