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Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
318 Gray StHouston, TX 77002
Thankfully Chuck is back, and the food and service have improved drastically. My daughter, and a party of about 20 went for dinner New Year's Eve, and everyone raved. My daughter has declared the pizza crust the best in town, and we're going back tomorrow.\r I raised her right, so if she says …
9080 Southwest FwyHouston, TX 77074
From Business: Since its founding in Orlando in 1982, Olive Garden has been dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming dining experience and Italian hospitality to everyone who walks in the door. Today, our 850+ restaurants have evolved with our customers’ favorites in mind. Inspired by Italian generosity and love of amazing food, our menu…
3011 Smith StHouston, TX 77006
From Business: Damian's has served authentic Italian cuisine, earning a worldwide reputation as a top restaurant in a city of top restaurants. We've welcomed movie stars, all-stars, legends and locals - proudly reaching that echelon of distinction as the place to go, for those who know.
6003 Richmond AveHouston, TX 77057
From Business: Barry’s Pizza has been family owned & operated since 1983. We pride ourselves on consistently welcoming our guests with genuine old fashioned hospitality. Our loyal guests are the true secret to our success & we are honored to be serving our third generation of families! Barry’s Pizza and Italian Diner is a 125 seat Texas …
901 Commerce StHouston, TX 77002
When I had an important date or event, I used to go to the San Francisco Steakhouse, but now that that once great venue is closed, Spaghetti Warehouse is my destination for important dates/events. In any case, my date and I arrived at 9 p.m. on Thursday September 24, 2009. The hostess was very a…
3191 W Holcombe BlvdHouston, TX 77025
We live in the neighborhood and tried this place for the third time and perhaps our last on Oct. 24th. We really enjoyed the food on all three occasions but the still seem to be struggling meeting customer demand. We waited forever during the first visit and learned to call in our order ahead …
8914 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77063
their Greek pizza with goat cheese is to die for. this is a great atmosphere to enjoy a homemade pizza with drinks and dessert. very casual attire. They have two big screen tv and it feels homey. Can't go wrong with this place. visit them at least one and you will be addicted to the homesty…
1101 Nasa PkwyHouston, TX 77058
I wanted to take the time to write about a favorite of ours. All the waiters now greet us by our name, making our kids feel even more special. The food is always delicious esp. the filet medalions ""Italian style"" along with homemade pastas. It surely seems like a fun place to work. We always l…
1722 S Dairy Ashford RdHouston, TX 77077
Italian dishes are tasty. Excellent spaghetti and breads. I tried the lunch special fish with marinara, artichokes and shrimp with pasta. Salads are extra with lunch special so $3.95. The restaurant charges a 15% for seperate checks and in the menu states order at the counter. Thought lunc…
927 Mercury DrHouston, TX 77029
EXCELLENT, WE FREQUENT OFTEN, Steak, Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken, All good, My favorite is Baked Pasta pesto with veggies. Good atmosphere. Liked everything I ever ate here.
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Stillo did a very lengthy series of repairs on our house. What started as a seemingly small job mushroomed into a much larger job very quickly as a serious amount of underlying wood rot was discovered. All work included, Stillo performed about 6 months worth of intensive work, stripping off a significant amount of improperly installed stucco. The poor initial install had caused some walls to be so severely rotten that the old studs looked like pulp. As a former contractor myself, I was very discerning and thorough in the selection process leading up to selecting Stillo Construction for this job. Stillo was 1 of 5 contractors allowed the opportunity to bid out this job. With all factors considered, I decided Stillo was the most fair price given their extensive knowledge, experience, large crews, and attention to detail.Being a 6 month job, a few issues did come up. At one point, during the repairs, a tarp blew loose during a rainstorm, and some leaking resulted. Stillo repaired all of the minor damage without any argument, free of charge, and made it look as if nothing had ever happened.In the end, Stillo was contracted for numerous jobs. Every bit of work, or change to any work was very professionally handled through detailed, and itemized contracts. Stillo also provided their proof of insurance without me even requesting it. They provided a $1 million liability policy.Stillo did an excellent job with clean up, and considering that they virtually rebuilt the house, we could not be happier. All the paint was matched perfectly, tile work looks amazing, the stucco looks great, and was done to code, and built to last. Every step of the way, Frank was happy to show me the underlying rot, and justify any work that needed to be done. Fantastic work overall. Without a doubt, Stillo has to be the best Stucco contractor in the Houston area, if not in all of Texas. I would give this job a 6 our of 5 stars. Excellent work.
Cavatore Italian Restaurant serves family-friendly Italian fare. This red-checkered tablecloth restaurant has been serving country-style Italian fare since 1984. Rustic and charming, from the outdoor paddle wheel to the open-loft ceiling, you will experience a unique setting as soon as you step into this 100 year old barn turned restaurant. Located near the Heights on Ella Boulevard a few blocks inside the 610 loop. SInce our last visit a couple of years ago, we understand that Cavatore has acquired new management. We were disappointed to discover that the former piano player, Michael Angelo, who was always very friendly and accommodating, had been replaced by a duo of musicians who are billed as playing jazz but who in actuality, at least while we were present, performed a mixed musical selection. We understand that the food and service has declined somewhat under the new management. We would concur based upon our most recent dining experience. While our service was good and the food quality acceptable if average, it failed to excite us nor did it seem as savory as in the past. For the price diners can do better if seeking authentic Italian cuisine.Old world standard Italian dishes are served in a casual space adorned with an eclectic blend of memorabilia from across Italy. Appetizers include Italian meats and cheeses, squid and escargot. Classic entrees include Spaghetti, ravioli, cannellone and linguini. From the Calamari Fritti appetizer to the Lasagna Al Forno, this casual Italian restaurant provides many several options sure to appeal to the children as well as adults in the group . Leave room for traditional "dolci" like cannoli, tiramisu and spumoni.Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply taking a break from the workday world, Cavatore’s is a good choice for a reasonably priced casual Italian venue with an appealing décor. Hopefully Cavatore will regain its stride soon.
The House of Brown Beauty Salon has a professional hair care specialist inside. Her name is Regenia. Regenia has worked inside as a independent contractor for over 13 years. Regenia's # is 832-890-5685. Regenia's Hair Care Plan consist of One Year of Hair Care Service for only $100.00 for new customers. You will get relaxers when needed, weekly visits of shampoo and conditioners, hair growth treatment, dandruff treatment, rinses, color and cuts. Her service is speedy and professional and you will not be in the salon all day. Top-of-the-line producat are used on your hair such as Dudley, Affirm, Mizini, Vital Pro, Paul Mitchel. If you suffer from damaged hair....Regenia will restore and repair you damaged, thinning, balding hair and scalph in no time. Regenia is very giving--once-a-year she gives back to the community by rendering service to low-income family at Christmas time and for back-to-school. Regenia also cut men hair (low cuts only) and sell Mary Kay , Noni Juice, Renu Herbs and professional products in the retail size to carry home. Look for other advertisement on radios station, tv stations, billboard, flyer and coupon, register tapes in area stores, local newspaper (greensheet, black business directory, black-expo etc.) Regenia also does hair weave, facial makeover and will train anyone needing help in the hair industry by request. For additional information please call 281-278-9047. Leave a clear message and Regenia will contact you asap. Referral gift are available for those who are interested in this program. Give Regenia a try! Your visit will be a blessed one. Appointment are needed so that Regenia can give you the proper time that you need to look your very best. All customers are appreciated and respected. We welcome family, friends, church family.
I have been to the shop around 4times, and I have left with astounding hair styles everything (except once). The first time I went, I had recently did the big chop and left myself with about 1/2 an inch to deal with. Then I just got tired of the same look and seemed a shop that had reasonable prices and good quality, without leaving me with patches. That day I left the shop with freestyle braids, multicolored, only spending $150, and about 4hours (due to gripping issues). The second time I went to the shop, I decided to get a see in for prom (you know, to spice it up). My hair came out weird, spending about $275 buying hair there (this price includes $85 for the actual sew in job, roughly $190 on wet and wavy 18"-22"). The problem was you could see my braids in the front of my head, and it looked like I was wearing two wigs. So the next day I came back (you have 3days to get it fixed) and my hair was fixed on the spot, and I walked out looking magnificent. The third time, I went I received another sew in and only spent $95 since I had the hair already, and it came out great. The fourth and most recent occasion, I received boxbraids freestyle for the price of $175, and I love it!!!!! The original price for the style I wanted was $150, but since I'm natural the better style (which they explained to me) would be the boxbraids. Each time I go to the shop, you can see the professionalism (excuse my poor grammar) growing and the atmosphere becoming more costumer friendly, I love this shop and would strongly recommend to you. P.S. they know their stuff, so if your like me and don't really know the ins-and-outs of weaves/braids then they'll explain it to you
I came here for my fiance's birthday to have a nice dinner date. I can say right from the get go, things just went downhill. Our hostess that sat us down was not very nice to us at all... she looked at me and my fiance up and down and gave a us a snooty look and showed us to our table. She tossed our menus on the table and left us. As we were sitting, my fiance and I saw that other workers were sitting in the corner have their lunch/dinner break. He and I both understood that everyone needs their break, but no one told anyone that we had been sitting there for about 10 minutes with no one asking what we wanted to drink. Finally I saw our hostess and gave a look showing I was about to leave and she finally told our waiter that we were sitting there. He took our drink order and it took him 15 minutes to even get us our water (Now mind you, they were not busy at all due to it being around 4pm). He then took our food order and brought our salad out within 10 minutes... which wasn't a lot either, nor was there enough breadsticks. Our food took about 15 minutes and then it took 10 minutes for the guy to even notice that my fiance and I were done with our food. He refilled our water once even though it was obvious we were out and then it took him 10-15 minutes to even pick up the bill from us. From this review you can already tell I did not give him a well deserved tip. I personally will not come back to this Olive Garden.
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I LOVE THIS SALON!!! From the moment you walk in, from the time you walk out, everything is absolutely perfect! Setting an appointment online, was a piece of cake! Even booked after hours! I have been to several salons trying to dye my hair red, unfortunately I haven't been able to achieve that UNTIL I came to J. Dall Salon! My stylist, Norman, who is just amazing at everything he does, consulted with another stylist and the owner Justin on making sure I get the look I want. They all discussed what technique would be best to achieve that. I love that they worked as a team oppose to other salons I've been to, who don't consult with other stylist... Seeing that really made me feel not only my stylist but all the workers at J. Dall salon really enjoyed their job, each other, and just simply satisfying their customers! My hair was beyond perfect! It was better than the picture that i presented to them! Even color all around, no blotches, bright red with also dark red strands which I seriously never thought any salons were able to do... Norman gave me so much volume in my hair! I felt like a true rock star! They definitely know what they are doing!!! I 100% recommend this salon and definitely going back to see norman!
I will never go back neither one of their locations! I went got my hair for the first yesterday and I hated it. Don't get me they do have great customer . I was sent to sit in one of the new girls chair and didn't know wtf she was doing, keep stopping and going ask question people was coming over telling her she did this and that wrong plus I ended up getting a major headache from the braids and we had to stop. The girl didn't leave enough hair out to cover up my tracks and my part is too deep and that is not what I asked for. I was there from 1pm to 7 pm which I did not like, I was getting so frustrated with them that I said the hair was ok just so I leave because I've been there all day and neither of the stylist was doing exactly what I wanted. I really feel as if I wasted my 82 f*** dollars, the diamond package is bulls***, the first girl left a lump and talking about she couldnt fix it because of the package like for 82 d** dollars that should've been a style, flat iron and everything but I know now they will never get in my head again! They did let one of their better stylist re-sew my hair in and it looked better but I still have little leave out and I don't like that ! That was hair wasted and money wasted!!!
I LOVE HAIR LOVER'S.....I have been going to this salon for 7 years. Amy does a fantastic on my hair. Helen and Monica do an awesome job as well. Helen has done my hair too on many occassions. I stumbled into this salon 7 years ago and would NEVER dream of going any other place. These ladies are special.....Never once have I ever had a bad experience with this shop. I go every week twice a week.....so that is alot of hair care in 7 years don't you think? Their prices are extremely reasonable and the service is excellent. If for some reason you may not be content with your result these ladies will definely make sure that your satisified and do whatever necessary. I can't imagine that anyone that goes there would feel any differently. I have NEVER witnessed any unsatisfied customers in all these years regardless if AMY, HELEN, or MONICA does their hair. I know they have a great clientel I am one of them! HELEN being the owner is one heck of a person. I don't know what I would do without this salon. GOSH....I would have to go back to overpriced salons and probably go through many many many stylists to find a gem that I have found in HAIR LOVERS!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!
Decent food.What did I remember? The olives or I should say the olive plate. They were the best olives I have ever had! How different can they be? The only difference between green olives and black olives is ripeness. Unripe olives are green, whereas fully ripe olives are black. Some are big some are small. Such is life. It has to be how they are cured which in this case seems to be seriously, a warm cinnamon based fluid. Killer!They are so good I'm going by tonight to get take out olives and bring them home and try to pair them with one of my mystery wines in the fridge... The ambience is very nice, warm earth colors mixed with romantic lighting. BUT the music is inappropriate for the restaurant. Kind of like playing "I've got friends in low places" in a 5 star restaurant bad. All the time. How bout Italian music? How novel.. The wine list was impressive. The owner/manager was pretty well informed. Lots of different wines from Italy as well as the standard Calfiornia Whites and Reds.. even a few french. They didn't skimp there. Would I go back? Would they please change the music?
I've gotten my haircut by this stylist for years now and I have never been disappointed. I remember at the previous salon (bf he went out on his own) he'd be the busiest one all the time amongst the many hair stylist there. He's super friendly, very knowledgeable about hair, and I am one of his many happy clients. I see the two negative reviews and those were left by people who've left all of one review in their entire time on yellow pages (and I'm wondering if it's the same person since they are talking about being scissor happy both times with both reviews being fairly close to time). How hard is it to tell the stylist that you do not want it cut past a certain point especially 1 inch vs 6 inch and emphasize that to them? It sucks that sometimes it only takes that one disgruntled customer who can't be pleased and is angry to leave unfair reviews of honest small businesses. Try it out for yourself and make up your own mind is the best suggestion I can give you if you are in the neighborhood for a new hair stylist. I did 5 years ago and I haven't needed to look for one since.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.