State College, Pennsyltucky
Beautiful! One of my favorite spots for trail running. It starts with a 600-foot climb via a short, steep hill. But once you're up there, you can hike/run along the relatively flat ridge for up to around 5 miles. There's a variety of trails around the top of the mountain, with views in multiple directions, and options for loop trails of any length.
I've heard some rumours about how crowded it can be (and like all touristy places, it's crowded for a reason!) but if you time it right you can avoid the crowds....sort of. I definitely wouldn't come here on a football weekend. Come on a weekday, preferably in the snow and/or cold. But even on those days it sometimes fills up with another crowd--hunters!--so wear bright colors, and watch out.
Long-time local haunt, and one of the most progressive places in town. It's a safe haven filled with great people, shelves upon shelves of used books, local and organic healthy AMAZING vegan/veggie food, and extensive tea/coffee selection. The staff are friendly, happy, and knowledgeable. Websters also features work of local artists, and it's a great place to find out about local events. It's a community space. So it was a major loss when the old location closed and we had no Webster's for almost 2 years. I even had to leave town for awhile. And it was super exciting when the new one opened!
Back in their old location, I would've given them five+ stars. I'm giving them four stars now. I hate to sound all "it just isn't what it used to be"....but, it kind of isn't. It wasn't their fault they had to move, and the new location IS bigger (and in some ways better--thank GOD you no longer have to walk by the Abercrombie & Fitch just to get there.) But they've changed, and not just space-wise. The place just has a different "feel."
How so? 1) There's not as much seating as before (or if there is, it's arranged differently now, with fewer nooks and crannies where you can bury yourself in coffee, food, and books.) That's OK I guess, but it just doesn't feel as inviting anymore.
2) They now have a wi-fi password that's only good for 90 minutes, and when it runs out it tells you to make a purchase. (Not ideal when you're in the middle of sending an email when it cut out, no warning....) In the old store there was no time limit, whereas now it kinda feels like they just want to keep moving people along. Also makes for a less inviting feel.
3) Last time I was there they called me "ma'am," and I secretly cried into my chai latte feeling old at 29. (And, well, maybe I am if I'm lamenting the "it's not what it used to be!") No, but seriously, I've always understood "ma'am" as an offensive way of addressing a woman of any age (unless you live in the South.) When I worked at Starbucks, "ma'am" was like a dirty word we only used when the customers were being rude. I wasn't being rude at all-- and I don't think the girl was either; she just didn't know. At 29 or 92, women should be addressed as "Miss" or "Ms." Anyway, I don't feel like the culture of calling women "ma'am" existed in the old Webster's, but apparently it's here now. This also makes for a less inviting "feel."
These, of course, are minor compared to the greater amazingness of Webster's. They affect my experience and I don't come to the new one as often as I went to the old one. But I love this place and as long as I live in SC I will always be a regular.
False advertisement # 1: "Drink specials."
It's common knowledge that "drink special" means a drink is reduced price or half off. On "Working Women's Wednesday," there was a huge sign by the pool saying "Drink Special: Peach Margarita." Since we're working women (teachers who don't make any money), my two girl friends and I each had 2-3 margaritas, thinking that our drinks were half off (which is about all these would have been worth). At the end of the night, the bar tab shows these "specials" at full price. When we dispute this, the server tells us (in these exact words) that "drink special" just means its a "special drink" that they "don't normally make" (Wait... is this not a full bar?), no discounts offered. They were jerks about it too.
Turns out that "working women's Wednesdays" means women get ripped off with a crappy pink cocktail and an inflated bar tab?
False advertisement # 2: Half off all burgers.
I came here for dinner with friends and asked if the Black Bean burger was half off like all the other burgers. Turns out that it's the one and only exclusion (Is it not on their burger menu?) Black beans are one of the cheapest foods on the planet. So why is the black bean burger more expensive than meat?
Conclusion: I'm pretty sure I just got shafted for being a 1) woman, and 2) a vegetarian. Well, I guess I should be used to it by now.
Sharkies is pretty OK all around. But if you make a last-minute beer run, beware: they care more about going home than about either their customers or making money.
In most places, showing up 2 minutes (or even 30 seconds) before state-mandated closing means you got there just in time. I was turned away at 1:57 because the bouncer "didn't have time to make another sale." He was polite enough about it, but the sign clearly says they close at 2. They can legally make sales until the computer stops them, right on the hour. I knew exactly what I wanted, I had cash, and I don't look underage. A 30 second transaction. They could've worked with me.
Whateva, sharkies! I just wasted 25 minutes of my life driving there and back (and I still need a beer), but in the end it's their loss. My wallet, my liver, and my girlish figure are all grateful..... but not for long, since I do love beer, and I will be taking my next late-night beer run elsewhere.
Ahh, Chums, the one and only little gay bar in SC. Great drink specials, chill atmosphere, reliable friendly bartenders. The space itself definitely has a little bit of a "trapped in the closet" type of feel with its lack of windows and small size (it gets crowded super fast and seating can be hard to snag during busy hours), but the crowd, the rainbow flag right on college ave, great drinks, and cozy atmosphere make it sooo worthwhile.
I used to come here for "Rainbow Nights," but since they've done away with those I'm not that into it anymore. It's just not my scene. But that's not why I avoid this place. Rude bartenders and terrible service ruined this experience for me to the point where I'll never go back again. If I could give this place negative stars, I would.
I came here one night when there was a drink special going on until midnight. The place was busy, so I went up to the bar to order a round of drinks at 11:50 pm and sat on a bar stool with cash visible in my hand, attempting to get the bartenders' attention for at least ten minutes. I made eye contact twice with them repeatedly but nothing made a difference. Several people who arrived at the bar well after I did were waited on before I was.
In this time I missed a total of four songs from the drag show for which I came out and paid a $4.00 cover.
When I finally was waited on, the bartender tried to charge me full price for drinks, claiming that it was 12:05. When I explained that I had been waiting for over ten minutes, while other people were helped before me--how I had been ignored by both bartenders--he had a bad attitude and was extremely rude and even confrontational. He said that it "wasn't his problem," and that they had been "doing the best they could." But it WAS his problem, and they obviously had NOT been doing their best if they had ignored me for so long. The least they could have done was give me the drink special price.
While I do understand how challenging it must be to serve a crowd of drunk people as happy hour is ending, this was overtly disrespectful and terrible customer service. He tried to pass the price of his customer negligence onto me. At the very least he should have been polite. At the very least he should have apologized.
I should know better than to return to this establishment, but it's open 24 hours. I really needed a few things late night, so I made a run to the good old "ghetto weis." What was I thinking?!
I tried to pay for my groceries at the regular checkout--you know, the kind operated by a real person. I was turned down. I was told I was *required* to go to the self-checkout lane.
Now in all my life, in all the places I've lived, I've NEVER been told I was required to use the self-checkout. All I wanted was to be checked by a real person. (There is a reason they train and employ people for this job, right?!) Only the self-checkouts were open, and instead of employing cashiers to check people, they had ONE person supervising the six (full) self-checkout lanes.
So, what to do? Rather than deal with the hassle of self-checking a cart full of produce and sale items, we ditched the cart full of food and left. Good going, ghetto Weis. You've managed to cut the number of employees you pay by replacing them with machines, but by doing this you've also managed to cut your sales.Trying to curb your appetite? Too broke to afford groceries? On a diet but your stomach won't shut… En savoir plus
I've decided to give Fuji Jade a second chance. Decent food in SC is rare, so I've been here a few times since my bad experience, and it's been pretty good to me overall. The cocktails, sushi, and garlic tofu are pretty good. Table service is slow, so sit at the bar if you can; but the bar is often packed and apparently they don't allow people to stand.
Always eat in the restaurant--never, ever order delivery. That way, if anything goes wrong, you're already there to talk to them in person.I ordered $24.00 worth of food online for delivery, with special instructions to make sure that my… En savoir plus
I always wish they accepted my debit card, and it would be even better if they delivered. But these minor inconveniences kind of add to the place. All the energy they could be putting into debit cards, websites, and deliveries goes instead into making the best noodles in town. This place is legendary. It's always packed and the food is BOMB. Portions are huge and food is cheap! You can wind up with 2-3 meals for ~$8.00. My favorite is the veggie udon noodle soup with crispy fried tofu on the side, lots of hot sauce. (Just be sure to request the veggie broth.) It's tasty, healthy, and the best cure for a cold. MMMMMM maybe it's lunchtime!
Just came here for the first time and I am so happy with them. I was really anxious when I brought my new kitten in, but the doctor and staff are super reassuring and positive. They view their patients as more than just a medical file; they actually care about the animals, and they handle them very well. More importantly, they are thorough and knowledgeable. They went through all the possibilities with me, but without trying to milk my wallet unnecessarily. I will definitely be going back, and I would recommend this vet to anyone.
I've been here twice now and walked out within five minutes. The moment you walk in is very exciting if you're hunting for furniture, because you've walked in there under the pretense that the furniture will be reasonably priced (after all, it is used.) But take a closer look. (Don't try this if you have a heart condition or anxiety disorder though.) The prices are astronomical, and, honestly, totally unreasonable (especially since they take the furniture off of peoples' hands for cheap/free.) For example, they are currently selling several used Target bookshelves, sold new at $30 (very cheaply made with a cardboard backing) for $65-$100+. If you need used furniture, I recommend Goodwill or Craigslist. Unless you're super rich, avoid this place at all costs.
You can safely buy some basic supplies here. I bought a drill, screwdrivers, nails, and a cheap rug, and they're all pretty decent. The workers are helpful and friendly overall.
But if you're shopping for furniture (or anything else that can break,) it's probably worth spending more elsewhere. I bought two bookcases here for $25 apiece. The floor models looked good, and the staff even loaded them into the car. But at home they were impossible to assemble--even with the help of an expert furniture assembler. The wood basically crumbled when we tried to attach it, and the pieces didn't fit together.
For some reason, when I returned these the next day, the salesperson seemed entirely unsurprised (she may have even smirked a little, like she had been expecting it.) Hmmm.... has this happened before? Either way, I was grateful to get my money back, no questions.
Conclusion: Be careful what you buy here, and save your receipts!
I guess I didn't realize that my first landlord in State College represented the norm of this town.... time to lower my standards.After living here for a year, I would not recommend this landlord for multiple reasons.
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In all fairness, I am a pizza snob. I grew up in the NYC region eating thin crust pizza that I can no longer take for granted.
So when I'm craving pizza in State College, I have to drop my standards. Then drop them some more. Than when it seems like they can't get any lower (Gumby's anyone?) I'll drop them a little lower.
That said, I actually like Home Delivery pizza. For pizza in State College, it's pretty OK. My favorite is the white pizza with red roasted peppers, broccoli, garlic, olives, and tomatoes. I also enjoy the provolone sticks.
But the "green salad?" It's all iceberg lettuce and literally no greens! I need some romaine, some baby spinach, something, anything GREEN in my "green salad!"
Atmosphere-wise, it's a pretty chill place to have a couple beers while waiting for your pizza. As an adult living in a college town, I appreciate an atmosphere where other adults hang out, and this is one of those few places.
But when it comes to delivery, they need to fix two problems. First, the outrageous "delivery fee" and "service charge" HAS GOT TO GO. These fees drive up the prices and probably cause the drivers to earn very few tips. (I know that I've been unable to tip the drivers well enough thanks to these fees. This directly reflects how management treats its workers, and that's pretty important to me when it comes to where I give what little money I have.)
Second, don't wait until you're hungry to order delivery. Place your order an hour before you think you'll be hungry. I live right down the road and it usually takes them about an hour to get me my pizza, even when the people on the phone tell me otherwise. (What are they doing with that "delivery fee" anyways?)