I've been buying flowers from Irving Glick at
31 Clarendon Street in Boston (617-338-9271) since my junior prom.
I had to send flowers recently (unfortunately, it was for a funeral)
and I was in California. I picked a price range and they took care of
the rest; my friends kept telling me how nice the arrangement was.
They also specialize in flower events for Asian events (weddings, funerals,
I recommend Jim & Bernie at Two Opticians
in South Boston. They used to be part of the great crew at Gopen's in Chinatown; I've trusted
these people for almost 30 years for my glasses. They have no problem with trying a set of frames on
you and telling you they don't look good on you. And they don't have any compelling reason to sell
you the most expensive glasses (unless they *really* look good on you).
The Chimney Doctor in Concord, MA at 1-508-369-7072.
- Replacement Windows
I recommend Stormtite in Watertown
at 170 Belmont Street, Watertown. 617-924-2254. I had noticed them
in the Boston Herald's list of Better Business-recommended businesses.
Owner John Karnikyan, while a little free with his language, is
very opinionated and is
more than willing to give you the honest low-down on what it takes to
make you a happy customer. He'll also tell you exactly how good another
company did on your windows if you had any other work done (as I did).
His workers are instructed to ask the customer during the job what they
think of the on-going job.
- Computer suppliers:
- In the Boston area, I go to the MicroCenter in Cambridge.
They don't always have the best prices but I like their service. Sometimes you get surprised
at the cash register because they forget to post the sale prices on
their shelves but you get charged LESS than you expected.
- In Silicon Valley, Frys Electronics (Sunnyvale,
Palo Alto, and Campbell) and Action Computer (lots of
computer hardware for cheap) in Sunnyvale. Check their posted prices
to make sure of the price you pay at the register and not after the rebates.
Frys had the most complete
selection of SIMM memories I've seen anywhere.
- For general electronic supplies, I can't think of a better place than
U-Do-It Electronics in Needham.