I really hate to give bad reviews but let me break this down with both the good and the bad aspects to this musical business.
-The store is situated in a great environment on Mainstreet, Hillsboro Oregon. It is a small quaint little store that places a large emphasis in my opinion on string instruments and orchestral instruments ranging from Harps, Basses, Violins and Cellos but they do have a nice selection of Brass Instruments as well.
-Mir Music offers lessons and from what I have heard are very professional but expensive. This music store is great in terms of instrumental quality and really the only thing it lacks is a good personnel. Let me explain...
-The owner Jack, is far from being the happy customer oriented man you would expect out of a music shop owner. He seems to always be foul tempered and treats his staff and customers like he doesn't have the time to deal with their problems. However. He is very knowledgeable in his field and you might not be able to find someone as smart as he is in regards to instrument repair and general information.
All in all, I felt like this place just didn't hit the right note with me. The owner is very sharp with musical knowledge but acts flat towards his customers and fellow staff. The store is well composed of many different types of melodic instruments and they do an alright good job of maintaining the place but there is a strong air of "I don't really care about my customers" going on. I think if Jack was more open towards his customers and had a much better attitude, this music store would be ranked much higher but often times, its the staff and people you talk to that tend to lure you into one place over another. In this case, I would recommend "Watz Up Hillsboro Music" located directly across the street where the Hawaiian themed store and social owners are sure to make you feel like you are important not to mention they have an excellent selection of instruments and other accessories.
There is nothing quite like Baseball on a weekend in the sun (or rain) and PK Park (Pat Kilkenny not Phil Knight) is sure to set the tone for a relaxing afternoon taking part in watching America's favorite pastime. Let me break it down for you.
1) The stadium is large yet still retains a feeling of intimacy because of how close you are to the field and the layout of the area. Their are friendly staff waiting to help you out and they aren't trying to rip you off either. I think that because Baseball is historically not as popular as the Football program, they do everything in their power to entice people to support the ducks baseball program. This means lots of free give- away's, top notch facilities and friendly customer service.
2) The location of the arena is great and the parking is absolutely amazing because they utilize the Autzen Stadium Parking lot meant to hold almost 60,000 fans for a Baseball Stadium that can't hold more than 10,000.
3) The stadium itself is top of the line with a large video scoreboard, VIP suites and alarmingly comfortable seats to stay in for the game.
1) Not so much a bad, but with the massive parking lot next to Autzen Stadium, I would be careful to park your car close to PK Park. There is quite frankly no need to unless you have trouble getting around and that way you can watch the game without having mini heart attacks every time a ball goes over the stadium and into the parks parking lot.
Overall: PK Park is top of the line and has the opportunity to turn into a nationally known home field like Autzen Stadium or Bryce Arena, etc. The staff are friendly and the food is not terribly overpriced. There is an abundance of parking available and the Park is just minutes away from the Prefontaine trail and Alton Baker Park where you can enjoy the rest of your afternoon and evening in peace and nature.
What can I say. This restaurant is legendary. With that being said, you aren't paying for amazing service or a top notch facility. What you are paying for is a delicious meal just minutes away from the heart of the University of Oregon Campus and the newly built entertainment hub Matthew Knight Arena but here, let me break it down for you.
1) The service is quick and the staff is friendly. The pizzas are always delicious and the salad bar they offer is superb.
2) The location is great because it is close to campus and Matthew Knight Arena.
3) You can just feel the importance of this restaurant when you walk in and see all of the framed photographs and posters signed by famous people and legendary University of Oregon Athletes. Its kind of like the same experience you feel when you walk into a Hard Rock Cafe and see all of the famous memorbilia on the walls.
1) The restaurant could use a makeover but overall, they keep it clean with regards to how old it is.
2) Getting to the restaurant from Matthew Knight Arena or campus can be a pain because you have to cross a very busy street but the overall location of the restaurant makes up for the street.
Overall: In a town full of legendary athletes and a historic track and field program, their is no better place to get your fill of Pizza while paying tribute to the dozens of athletes that have called this place home (at least in their stomachs). The food is quick and delectable and the restaurant is within a five minute walk of Matthew Knight Arena, ten minute walk from the University of Oregon Campus and a twenty minute walk from Autzen Stadium.
I see a lot of negative reviews on here and I wonder if half of them are from guests who lost money in the Tropicana slot machines. In all honesty, I have heard horror stories about what this hotel used to be like but from what I noticed, they have changed the error of their ways and made a full come back in my book. Let me break it down for you.
1) The hotel is very beautiful and is full of lots of great services and amenities. Other than having the best pool in Las Vegas, the Tropicana offers countless restaurants and the staff are willing to serve you with a smile whenever you should need their help. They clearly spend lots of resources and money keeping up their hotel and I appreciate how well maintained it was.
2) The rooms are spacious and relaxing with large windows giving a picturesque view of the strip along with new appliances, a flat screen television and a very luxurious bathroom. The beds are very comfortable and everything just looks very new and well kept.
3) I absolutely love the location of the Tropicana. While it sure doesn't compare to the Belagio in terms of luxury and location, the New Tropicana is perfectly located out of the hustle and bustle of the strip while still being within five minutes walking of all the entertainment. It is right next to the MGM Grand, and a five minute walk to the Luxor.
1) The hotel itself is fairly pricey but the meals within the hotel are absolutely horrendous. You can get a slice of pizza for almost $10 and a Starbucks Coffee for over $5! (Wait, that's how much Starbucks usually costs...) Quick tip... go to the Subway located inside the "Grand Canyon" Gift Shop (One of the first stores on the right of the strip.) This Subway does not raise their prices and is friendly towards customers)
2) You are not guaranteed to win if you gamble. I know... a shocker right!?
All in all, the Tropicana for whatever it used to be before they overhauled everything is actually an impressive hotel that is starting to make a name for itself among the hotel greats in Vegas. Customer friendly service, a legendary pool and relaxing rooms are just a few of the amenities this desert resort will provide you should you find yourself in Sin City.
Not overly impressed with the Circus Circus in Reno. I think that for the amount of money that they are pulling in from gamblers and high prices, they should have a better quality hotel but let me break it down for you.
1) The hotel is huge and connects to several other hotels around it through the means of a massive atrium and lots of restaurants. I think the Circus Circus operates seven restaurants but there are many more in the whole complex
2) The Circus Circus is very entertaining and is great for children. They have a small fair type area of about 20,000 square feet filled with carnival games of all sorts and sizes. About once every half an hour they have an o.k. circus performance.
3) The Circus Circus is fairly centralized to Reno and is within walking distance to the Reno Arch, a Walgreens (if you are tight on money) and is a fifteen minute walk from the University which hosts the internationally renowned "Reno Jazz Festival"
1) The entire hotel smells like tobacco and that is just the price you pay for staying in a hotel that caters to gamblers. There are floors that are smoke and tobacco free but when you are walking throughout the hotel, you cannot escape the smell.
2) Everything (as should be expected) is very overpriced. I found that the Ice cream shop was good and fair priced but be careful of some of the stores and restaurants, they will rip you off
The Circus Circus hotel in Reno is not a terrible hotel, but it does not exactly exceed my expectations in regards to its high cost. Tube televisions and appliances that need to be updated are just a few of the problems I saw. The staff will help you if you need them but they will not go above and beyond to impress you. They have an excellent entertainment sector for children and teenagers with gambling for the adults below. The biggest game changer for me would be the Circus Area or whether or not you are afraid of clowns as that is their logo.
This is a great Restaurant for and important get together or a date. It is classy and intimate but it is also very expensive. The restaurant has a great Italian style feel to it and the food is delicious. Within the same building but on the other side is a small bakery that makes the breads for Mazzi's and sells their own as well.
This place is a little out of the way from the central hub of Eugene but I prefer that over the hustle and bustle you get near the University of Oregon after a big game or a concert.
Overall, a great restaurant. I would recommend this to anyone who would like an excellent Italian meal with great service.16/02/2013 We are happy to hear you love Mazzi's. Our bakery is delicious too. Thanks for the review!
Matthew Knight Arena is as good as it gets. Oregon's relationship with Nike clearly has its benefits and you can see the rich history of the Oregon Basketball program throughout the Arena. First off, There are no obstructed seats and they have the finest Basketball Band in the PAC 12 (biased) Second, HUGE concourse with both an upper level and a lower level and finally. The Arena is absolutely gorgeous.
Class sizes that are smaller than your highschools? I think yes. And that was one of the deciding factors for me but here's the breakdown:
1) Small town feel which goes in tandem with the university itself. You get lots of one on one time with your professor except for your introductory science classes.
2) Campus beauty is alright.. It has a pretty even split between old and new buildings and the 1% of funds diverted to artwork is great except at most other Liberal Arts Schools (University of Oregon). It's closer to 11-15%.
So overall it is a nice school and has down to earth professors who can and like to interact with their students. Best major offered there? Music. Most unique major? Outdoor Leadership.
Not the nicest hotel but it's location is superb. If you are a parent coming to Ashland for a campus visitation at Southern Oregon University then this will be perfect for you because it is 10 minutes from the heart of campus. The rooms themselves were decent but we'll kept and extremely spacious.. This hotel boasts a pool and a cafe within its interior and it works in conjunction with a 24/7 gym about 1 mile down the road that guests get into for free.
Gotta be honest. Not the best hotel, and for $146 a night for the master suites (kitchen and two beds) it is fairly pricy but the staff here make the whole visit for me. Here's a breakdown:
1) The staff is so personable and totally flexible that if you at the last minute need to cancel a reservation, they will let you regardless of business profit loss.
2) They have a very well maintained salt water pool, jacuzzi and sauna
3) Right on the beach (wear sandals to beach because of burs)
**In the area?**
Go to Flamingo Jims and the stores close by. For great antique shopping visit Wheeler and for a great dinner and an excellent family friendly atmosphere visit Kellys Brighton Marina for a nice picnic style seafood dinner.