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Not the center of whiteness as proclaimed, but it sure is interesting!
- B & D Aquarium (5/5)
10402 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Okay, so lately I have realized (with the help of friends and loved ones) that I have a tendency to be a bit impetuous. In some cases that can be good, in others – not so much. Thankfully, yelp has given me the option to change my mind and update my reviews in case I feel differently at a later date.
I still stand by my original assessment that B&D’s phone service skills are not what one would hope for, but I must say they make up for it with knowledge and face-to-face friendliness.
Yesterday afternoon I got a chance to take in the 3 gallon tank that was given to me by a friend and fellow fish-enjoyer (after finally getting B&D on the phone and confirming that they are open til 7 PM during the week), and I walked out with everything I would need to get the interior of the tank set up (minus the fish – I was rather concerned about getting everything running and making sure it was in working order before I subjected a fish to sitting in a plastic bag for hours and/or days).
B&D’s staff is extremely nice and definitely appreciates an easy customer like me who has done the research and had tanks before, but I bet they would happily take the time to walk a beginner through the process of set-up and supplies. The have a small(ish) selection of really neat and healthy fish, a good selection of food and water treatment supplies, and some pretty neat tank “decor” including live plants. I wasn’t encouraged to purchase anything I didn’t need and helpful instructions for care of my soon-to-be fish were printed on the back of my receipt.
They’ve been in business for decades, people – that means they’re doing something right and that they know what they are talking about. Screw Petco, support your local small businesses!
B & D is going to get 2 stars from me for the following “interaction” until I can get to the store and verify that these people actually run a business that targets…um…CUSTO MERS:
I dial the phone number for B&D, hoping that one of their lovely “experts” can tell me how late they are open, since I’m a busy girl but really want to get a small fish tank given to me by a friend up and running. The phone rings a bajillion times, someone picks up and seemingly puts the phone on the counter without saying a word, leaving it there for a few moments before they hang it up.
For the next 20 minutes, I dial B & D’s number, getting no answer at all or having the phone call just mysteriously stop, kind of like what happens when you unplug your phone. Have they never heard of an answering machine???? And how slammed could you be at 12:30 on a Tuesday that you can’t pick up the phone?
- Autozone (4/5)10002 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98146
I like this place.
They have chicks that work there.
The guys that work there don’t treat me like I don’t know what I’m doing with my car because I’m a chick.
I bought a dent popper for $5 and when I used it for the first time I saved one of our salesmen from getting chewed out about a dent that the “car wash” put on our company truck.
Occasionally I do have ask one of the employees for help finding a certain item because they stock the store in a somewhat odd way, but they always help me as promptly as possible and know exactly where everything is (even if the Virgo in me says it doesn’t belong there).
- Safeway (3/5)9620 28th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
Even though I used to hate QFC for it’s jacked up prices, with the help of price checking, Target’s food section and Tony’s Produce it has consistently been trumping Safeway in the convenience arena.
After a quick trip yesterday, I remembered another reason I stopped going to Safeway – QFC has better bread and cheese. Since I am a girl who essentially lives off bread, cheese, veggies and fruit, I find myself hard pressed to find a reason to drive to get groceries at Safeway when I can walk to QFC.
Safeway will carry all your typical brand name staples at a decent price, but if you’re into connoisseur’s cheese and good baguettes and higher quality items, you’re better off going to QFC for those.
- McLendon Hardware (4/5)10210 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
So one day long ago I went to Auto Zone to see if they made keys….They don’t, so don’t bug them about it, but they suggested I try McLendon’s. I did so happily because I am aware of the following:
McLendon’s is staffed with incredibly friendly people who do know what they’re talkin’ about – whodathunk it?
Their prices are pretty average and the selection isn’t as diverse as…well, one of the other nearby home improvement stores that I hate with a burning passion…But that means McLendon’s can focus more on QUALITY.
You know what else? You aren’t forced to self-check. Hmph.
I have occasionally had issues with the parking lot as it is a bit small and McLendon’s can get a bit busy, but the experience is a mere annoyance compared to what you’re going to deal with at that OTHER place as a whole.
- Dairy Queen (4/5)10256 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
Sometimes you just have to have a real blizzard.
Or maybe buffalo chicken strips with fries.
This Dairy Queen can make that happen for you. They’ll probably do it with a smile on their face.
Can’t shake a stick at that (though I’ve never been exactly clear on why one would want to shake a stick).
P.S. I’ve tried going to other Dairy Queens and not all of them have the buffalo chicken strips. *tear*
- Walgreens (5/5)9456 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
This Walgreens is so not scary.
One blustery, snowy day I tried to hit up the Bartell’s across the street, but they had closed and sent their employees home, apparently afraid that the 1 inch of snow on the ground was going to prohibit them from making it home safely later in the day. Walgreens was open.
Another time, I tried to go to Bartell’s to use their nifty photo machine. It was broken indefinitely. I went to Walgreens.
Walgreens is no longer the back up store, but the official go to place for my drugstore needs when going to the Rite-Aid by my place isn’t convenient. What? Okay, fine, Walgreens is my version of a Baby’s Mama. When my girlfriend isn’t available, I’ll always have her.
- Pizza Hut (1/5)1517 SW 104th St
Seattle, WA 98146
****Side note – I live outside of the delivery area for Pagliacci or Amante*****
I honestly wish I could give this place negative 5 stars. It seems that region-wide the PH are just effin’ over their customers and we can only hope that they soon go out of business. Seriously, I know it’s just pizza not brain surgery (I used to work in the phone center for Pagliacci), but how hard is it to get an order right???
I could write my longest review ever of how this location has become probably the worst PH in the nation, but I’ll keep it simple. My last 3 orders from them were pretty much free between messing up my orders and being hours late. The last time I ordered I requested a cheese-lovers because I’m really not fond of meat on my pies. They brought me a MEAT-LOVERS pizza. After six consecutive mixed up orders ( the last 3 being free) I was pretty ticked off, so I called and spoke with the shift manager. Yes I swore. I apologized for it too and explained that I know I how the pizza biz goes.
He briefly apologized and asked me if this occurred on a regular basis (how can this not be noted on my account????). When I told him “yes, of course” he told me he was putting a freeze on my account and I would need to speak to the store manager who would be coming back in three days. Then he let me know due to the freeze, they would not be delivering a corrected order. Because apparently I was the problem. I have never been so upset with a freakin’ food establishment.
We ended up taking the wholly intact pies back to their establishment and picking up a copy of the voided credit receipt and now if we’re too insane with hunger to wait for a Stella pie, we pick up from a location that’s actually closer to us then the one they insisted we call for delivery. Gawd, I hate this Pizza Hut.
- Autozone (4/5)