My experience here was good. I was shopping for my new car solo and had heard that Saturn was good because they don't pressure you. The salesman did pressure a little bit but in the end I was satisfied. I have also used their service center and the customer service is wonderful. I just have to say though that it is frustrating because it has been way expensive to get my relatively new car fixed in the last year and I don't understand why, part of me distrusts the people and thinks they just want my money.
My friend regularly visits this place for desserts for her parties. They make wonderful cakes and I much prefer them to the cakes that are sold in regular grocery stores, read American icing is not tasty to me. They make all sorts of pastries, including Baklava.
I am not a student of the seminary here but I have friends who are and that is how I got connected to this place. You don't need to be a student to shop here but you do need an interest in religion, primarily Christianity. I like it because of the selection and they have most of the books that I have been looking for. Plus, if you're not a student or professor, parking is limited so take the Gold Line there and walk.
Now that I am out of college and live on the east side of the city, I have found that this store in Glendale, off the 134, to be the best choice for my art supply needs, everything from canvases and paints to fine art paper to art sets for kids to Scrapbook supplies. The only drawback is sometimes it's pricy so I don't go right now because I do not have the money to spend there and spend it I will if I walk in the door.
My friend works here in curatorial and I have gone to several of the rotating exhibits over the years. I took my dad to the permanent exhibit and he was choked up, we're not Japanese American but a friend of the family is and was interned in NorCal so we looked her up in the books they have. I have loved the exhibits they have had, Henry Sugimoto and Boyle Heights especially. It opens up so many new doors in my mind and helps me understand the history of the Japanese American community in our country and want to advocate more.
PROS: Exhibits, store, special events
Another local business I have supported is Victory Auto Service. They have great service and are way inexpensive which always blows my mind but that is why I go there because I know they are not ripping me off and my car works well forever after. They speak English which is a bonus so the language barrier isn't a problem.
I want to support the businesses in my neighborhood so I go to Elena when I have the money for a haircut . She is a very nice woman and she remembers me every time and she cuts my hair well. The next step will be to have her color my hair but I still like to do it myself so that will be in the future. She is learning English and I am learning Spanish so I can carry on conversations with her and give her instructions. Support local business!
I went here first in college to get shots for my trip to Africa and they were great. Then, when I got a job and health insurance that wasn't Kaiser, I needed a doctor and remembered them. They are close to my house which is nice. I like this hospital because they provide great service, they have specialized care and you can get in and out relatively quickly. They are currently expanding and several of their staff are very active in the surrounding community. I even took kids to a speech contest there once.
PROS: Great service
The address above is for their offices while the museum is actually located off the Avenue 43 exit on the 110. It is that group of old houses you can see from the 110 as you drive to Pasadena. I know the lady who directs the museum and she is a dynamic person. The museum is an enchanting piece of the last centuries history. Old houses, a church and a railroad stop combined with occasional history days where staff turn back the clock and wear clothes appropriate for that time. I just wish they had a tea house here or something else where you could really live the experience out even more but it will have to be one day in the future.
PROS: Novel experience
CONS: I wish it wasn't expensive!
This program is run by two friends of mine out of an old church in Lincoln Heights. They work hard to make sure the kids have a great service in tutoring and leadership development. Many of the kids stay with the program from elementary to graduation and some come back as volunteers while they are in college. It is free to most families. They even go on field trips each quarter. Dennis Ortega is an IVCF grad. from UC Irvine and he started this program over 20 years ago now when the neighborhood was a lot rougher than it is today.