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Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
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Great atmosphere and great art! Gotten worked on by both Chimene and Cat, wouldn't go anywhere else- they've even fixed a few old ones. Having an appointment means you don't have to sit for hours or be surrounded by teens hanging out, love that they play soothing music too- it makes you feel like your comfort matters. Both girls have art degrees and make every effort to make sure that you get the design you want, that it's about you. I've been in places where the artist is rude or are more interested in doing their own style than trying to give you what is in your mind, or just want to pump out as many designs as they can in a night. The shop is on facebook, so you can check out the artwork there. The place is quaint, comfortable and CLEAN! I happened to be in the shop last week when the health inspector came in- he literally stood there and said- "Yup, the place looks nice and clean just like it always does." Then Chimene spent some time showing the guy some new changes they made. I thought the place was clean whenever I got ink there, but it sure didn't hurt to hear that kind of confirmation. I love shopping there too. Herbs, top quality oils, and really funky stuff from around the world and different religions. I love the jewelry, especially the local artist stuff- I really dig having one of a kind things and getting my nag champa incense fix too! Lets see- also stones, books, knives, statues, tarot cards... the place is packed, it's like a treasure hunt! Like I said, one of my favorite places- it's worth checking out.
I previously shopped at Andrew's a few years back for a bracelet for my fiancé (girlfriend, at the time). On that occasion, I worked with Gina, who was extremely kind, non-aggressive, and very helpful. The last bit was of particular note, because I knew nothing of jewelry. Gina worked with the budget I had available and did not try to sway me to something I couldn't afford. My fiancé LOVED the bracelet. Recently, The fiancé and I stopped by Andrew's to shop for wedding bands and to have her engagement ring cleaned. Walking into Andrew's, I was pretty impressed by the remodeling the store underwent. "Modern/trendy" can be used to best describe the remodel. Gina helped me out again, and showed us a nice selection of bands, this time within our budget and without pressure. The selection is pretty daunting, and she was able to find us exactly what we were looking for, based on our wants/needs. I'm pretty sure it'll be a few years before I venture out for jewelry again, but so far I've been 2 for 2 with Andrew's. I'm sure the third time will be just as pleasant.
My son and I have been customers of Strange Brew for the past 3 years or so and I can't say enough good things about this unique store and tattoo shop. I have purchased beautiful handmade jewelry there at very reasonable prices, and they also have a great selection of crystal stones, incense and books among many other unique gift ideas. The staff is very friendly and welcoming and always happy to help you. I also have had 2 tattoos done there and I am so impressed by the professional detail and color, and so many people have complimented me on how really artistically wonderful they turned out, exactly as I pictured them to be. I am so delighted that I got my tattoos done there and also was able to schedule an appointment without much delay at all! My experience and my son's as well have been very positive and we highly recommend you stop by and see them and all the amazing things they have to offer!
When I first decided to get a tattoo I went to a few shops to see what I was getting myself into. One place I checked out seemed cliquey and I was uncomfortable, one was way overpriced, and another looked dirty. Once word got out that I was interested a few different people I know all had the same recommendation - Strange Brew! Chimene is an amazing artist. Her shop is clean. She allows enough time for each appointment. I have never felt rushed. She has a lot of books if you are not sure you know what you want, but will custom design for you if you have an idea in your head. Strange Brew is also a store, so you can just walk in at anytime to look around and see her artwork without feeling out of place. Very casual feeling. Each time I've gone, she has made sure the design I wanted was perfect before she began. I have been to her 3 times now and will not go anywhere else. I highly recommend!
IF I COULD GIVE THE GENTLEMEN WHO OWN ZAWADZKI JEWELERS 15 STARS......... I WOULD. NOT ONLY ARE THEY EXTREMELY COMPETENT AND SKILLED IN THEIR VAST KNOWLEDGE OF JEWELRY BUT THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS AND HONEST. I WENT IN THE STORE ONE EVENING BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF VINTAGE JEWELRY THAT I NEED REPAIRED AND THEY SPENT WELL OVER AN HOUR WITH ME. NOW, MIND YOU, THIS WAS NOT A FINANCIALLY PROFITABLE ENDEVADOR FOR THEM BUT YOU WOULD THINK THAT IT WAS BY THE WAY I WAS TREATED. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU SPEND 20 OR 2,000 DOLLARS IN THIS STORE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED WITH COURTESY, RESPECT, HONESTY AND A BIG SMILE FROM AT LEAST ONE OF THE BROTHERS. I WILL GO NO WHERE ELSE FOR MY JEWELRY OR JEWELRY REPAIRS. DON'T EVER CHANGE. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A FAMILY RUN STORE ANYMORE THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE TO OLD FASHIONED VALUES. THANK YOU ZAWADZKI JEWELERS.........................
My first gift of jewelry from this vendor was in 1978. Since then we have purchased additional jewelry through the years, had custom jewelry designed incl. a family crest, had jewelry repaired that wasn't purchased there, have referred family & friends there and have never had or heard of a bad experience! My husband and I have both worked in retail in the past and have traveled extensively. We know quality and price and appreciate good service. We have found all at Buffalo Wholesale Jewelers. I was shocked to read the other negative review and felt compelled to offer our repeated experiences through these many years. Very recently I referred a friend who was interested in selling off some gold jewelry and she was elated as well. So, consider the source and remember there are always two sides to every story!
I like Terrapin Station. There's no hydroponics stuff in Terrapin Station. Geez. There's not even a picture of 'the leaf'! They obviously make a great deal of effort to fit into a neighborhood environment. There's children's tye-dye clothing, very cost-conscious silver jewelry, drums, tarot -- plus all the classic stuff you'd see in a college shop. Tapestries, local concert tickets to local summer music festivals. Yes they carry cigarettes, papers and smoking accessories. It's probably 20% of the space. But they even ID credit cards! I suggest perhaps looking around the store a bit and getting a fuller picture! I was in there lst week and they had a handmade $350 djembe that was obviously worth more like $500+! So check out the WHOLE place. You'll be glad you caught one of the more unique places in North Buffalo.
Being clean is the first thing I look for in a tattoo parlor. Strange Brew is all and more when it comes to cleanliness. The second thing I look for is talent! Both of the tattoo artists are awesome. I've only been tattooed by Chimene. But I have seen many pieces done by Cat as well. Both are stellar artists. Chimene did a tattoo for my husband on his back.. his battle buddy drew it while they were in Iraq. Chimene was able to replicate the tattoo perfectly. It looked exactly like the drawing. She did a coverup for me. My ex husband's name. THANK YOU! and you can't even tell that his name was there! GREAT SHOP! aside from the tattoos, they also have merchandise that can't be found in many places around here. :)
This is a very nice shop, with an incredibly wide selection of hard to find merchandise. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and willing to go that extra step for their customers. Did I mention the tattoos? Anyone in the market for a tattoo should really consider Strange brew, Both artists are amazingly tallented, the equipment is always fresh and sterile, and the experience is relaxed and personal. They don't 'pump out' tattoos like some of those other places. These are quality works of art that are well worth the very reasonable price.
There is no other place to go. I spent a lot of time shopping for my fiancé's engagement ring and decided to go with Andrew's. I could not have made a better decision. Absolutely everyone I have worked with has made my wedding experience at Andrews an easy one. I not only purchased my fiancé's engagement ring here, but chose to get both of our wedding bands here too. I always received the upmost in service and get treated like family every single time I walk through the door. Don't make the mistake of going elsewhere!!!
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: