I I was recommended to this place by a close friend. He told me they have the largest collection of new and vintage watches in the world. I frankly was skeptical, but when I went into the store I couldn't believe it. Although the store they have is quite small, they have more watches per square inch in any one could possibly imagine! As soon as I went in I was approached by a tall very friendly gentleman by the name of George. He asked me if there was anything he could show me. I told him I was looking for a certain style of Omega watch that I remember as a kid my grandfather had. He proceeded to show me multiple trays of the Omega watches that had virtually every style I could possibly imagine. He said they had over 1000 just Omega watches in their shop. After about an hour of being very patient with me, George found the exact watch I was looking for. It was a vintage omega from the 1950's. It was not gold, but rather stainless steel. It had an extra large round case with very fancy large tear drop lugs. It had a very unusual silver faded dial with black Arabic numbers. It came on a black lizard strap just like the one my father had! The watch was in new condition, even though it was about 70 years old. They gave me a 2 year guarantee with the watch as well. The price was about half of what I was expecting to pay if I even found he watch I wanted, which I was surprised I even found. This place tends to be very busy, so some times you may need some patience. Overall, I would say I was very satisfied & like my friend I would recommend this shop if your a collector of moderate to high watches and timepieces. I would also suggest you ask for George as he was the one who personally took care of me and answered all my questions and had a tremendous amount patience.
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Solitaire Creations is absolutely fantastic!I had them make a custom engagement ring for my fiance (now wife) and the results were absolutely spectacular! I came in with a rough idea of what I was looking for and after consulting with Dennis, I felt absolutely comfortable with him, his abilities and his understanding of what I was looking for. He was thorough, thoughtful and helped me through many different choices of engagement rings (which can be overwhelming!) until we had the perfect ring. About a week and a half later, I had a mock up of the ring (with Dennis' insight) and then a few weeks after that, I had the finished product. The engagement ring Solitaire made was truly beyond words and they went absolutely above and beyond my wildest dreams. When I proposed, my wife was in absolute awe of the ring and Solitaire's work. We still get tons and tons of compliments on the ring and have been referring people back to Solitaire Creations constantly.We also had them make us our wedding bands, as well as fix a few other heirloom pieces of jewelry and I can say, without hesitation, that they are the most professional, honest, caring and thorough jewelers I have ever dealt with. Their knowledge of the products are unparalleled and their prices are excellent. We will continue to use them for all of our jewelry (and watch!) needs and they will absolutely be "our jeweler" for years to come.To Dennis and the Solitaire team, thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Greetings, Am Mr. Mike Koffi Nana CEO, koffinanalocagoldminning Company Ltd, we are located in the Western Region of Ghana, our Aim and objective is for all Foreign Investors to make Supply of Mining Equipments, for Gold in Return we here in the Mining Field is having a backdated Equipment that is very difficult to mine up to 20, to 50kilo Gram for a Month, so sir hear is our FCO. BELOW. PRODUCT: AU METAL GOLD DUST PURITY: min. 92% FINENESS: 22 CARATS (K) ORIGIN: at Buyer’s choice LOADING PORT: at Seller’s choice QUANTITY: 50kg ...500 kg (OPTION-1 or OPTION-2) ....1st. time TRIAL MAX.100KGASSAY: Final assay to be made by Buyer's choice of Refinery. Seller must allow Buyer to see and inspect the whole quantity of the product in person and is not allowed for a Third Party transaction.DELIVERY: CIF - to Buyers Destination PAYMENT TERM: Final payment within 72 hours after receipt of final assay report from Buyer refinery. OPTION-1: 1. Buyer and seller sign contract. 2. Buyer issue Pre-advice of BG or L/C (no SBLC) 3. Seller issue operative 2% PB. 4. Buyer issue operative 100%BG or irrevocable operative L/C (activated by Seller PB).*** 5. Dispatch goods on CIF basis to the buyer. 6. Buyer inspection at refinery with seller representative. 7. 100% payment within 72 hours. *** the LC or BG stays in effect for the duration of the contract.Localgoldminers.email@example.com+233244012253 Best Regard Mr. Mike Koffi Nana
I went to Canal St looking wedding ring and matching band. I was looking for something different. Which I can't find at regular jewlery store with out leaving thousand of dollars. This beautiful store caught my eye. I said to myself not to go in because I knew I couldn't afford anything in there. Well...was I so wrong. I walked in. I was a little intimidated with all the bling. I asked the gentleman when I walk in if the rings were real. Meaning if the were thousands of dollars. He never made his brand sound cheap. He just explained to me how affordable they were and why. The 2 guys and the lady were very nice. Jay took his time with me. 45 min later I was very happy and left with a beautiful set. I truly recommend this place. Moving foward if I'm looking for "fun" accessories this will be the first place I come. I'm getting married on October 2015 and these will be my rings to get married with. With the money I saved I can put towards my home. My rings do not symbolize anything in my future. My love for my future husband does. I'm happy with my rings and that's all that matters.
H. Gold Jewelry and Leon Garabet Sr. & Jr. 15 West 47th Street – Booth 40New York City, NY 212-302-6204 NOTE: They're NOT closed! At this shop, I met a guy named Leon and the man who founded the Jewelry Store about 40 years ago, Leon’s father. They have that focus of a true craftsman and knows what it’ll take to make you the exact piece you’re looking for. They had all the stones in stock and had the craftsmen to do the work immediately! The stones sit on a unique setting, letting light in from behind the setting allows the stone to radiate the color spectrum that few setting provide. Leon is proud to show the strength and rigidity of his settings as well. I still couldn’t believe the price was that good. They also have access to the finest selections of watches in the world. I got the pieces appraised …. the appraisal was significantly more than I expected or what I paid. H. Gold Jewelry15 West 47th Street – Booth 40New York City, NY 212-302-6204
This hidden Gem has all the talent of Madison ave without the attitude !!! The staff is so friendly and welcoming OMG what a concept. It is always clean, bright and cheerful in there. ANNA is an insanely talented colorist and the ONLY person I trust to touch my hair. I have very dark brown hair which other "stylists" have attempted to lighten in the past and they ended up damaging my hair and turning it orange. Needless to say, I was so hesitant to try going lighter after my bad experiences. I am SO GLAD I found ANNA. She turned my hair from blah brown to bronde beauty in ONE sitting. She is seriously so amazingly talented and knowledgeable with color. She caters her work to each individual client and knows how to lighten with little to no damage to the hair. So glad I found her!!! 4 sessions in and never turning back.I am going to try the waxing studio they just re-opened, the young lady giving the treatments is apparently AMAZING!
I have been a tenant in two Brusco buildings since 1983 and have always found the Brusco’s to be fair, compromising and very generous, especially to me when things got a bit tough…letting me go three months rent in arrears… making repairs quickly even though I owed them money and even renting to friends of mine who may have not have had all the necessary requirements needed to lease an apartment in this city.By definition, to many folks, landlords are the enemy. And I say, they most assuredly are not! Just as a good director needs good actors to tell his story… good landlords need good tenants to stay in business and you don’t have the kind of Brusco longevity in the real estate business without treating those good tenants fairly and squarely. And they have been doing it for over 50 years… that in and of itself should say something much louder than whatever drivel some cowards choose to write on a social media blog.
Gabriel is amazing! His prices are better than anyone else and for such a great experience. He opened his own salon in two great locations New York City on 57th Street & Greenwich, CT. The place is amazing and the best part is it has it's own ventilation where he does the Brazilian Keratin treatment. He is thorough and quick and my Brazilian lasts much longer when I get it from him than when I ever got it from anyone else. I just let my hair air dry. No frizz, no fuss.The treatment is especially awesome before going on vacation! I have naturally curly hair, So far.. I haven't even touched my hair iron! I washed my hair about four times, i've been using the recommended products and i have to say it is perfect! He really knows hair, how to treated and make it better. His salon is perfect and you'll feel really comfortable. I am so happy I found this salon my hair is shiny, silky soft and completely frizz free.
Back in 2000 My husband bought me a 3 karat sapphire princess cut ring, its absolutely beautiful. Few years later he bought me a 3 karat platinum pear shaped diamond that is truly exquisite. I phoned awhile later and asked if he had a platinum diamond wedding band to wear with the pear engagement ring. He chose one and mailed it to us, I fell in love with it......My husbands platinum wedding band we bought from Leo, actually two of them as he lost the first one and Leo remembered which one and mailed it out to us. We would not think of dealing with another jeweler other than Leo especially for his honesty, integrity, and quality that he's provided us through the years. We thank you again Leo and look forward to our Holiday visit with you and your staff yearly........ Our friends that we have sent to NY thank you as well......Best Wishes Elizabeth & Bob from Massachusetts
About 2 months ago I returned to the beautiful Fabio Doti salon and received the Brazilian keratin treatment. Fabio did an amazing job as always!!! I am thrilled with the results. No more blow drying or flat ironing my hair, I can just wash & go!!! Fabio and his staff are warm, welcoming, and friendly. The entire staff makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door, you are pampered so much so that you will not want to leave! Going to the Fabio Doti salon does not just feel like an appointment with a hair stylist, but it also feels like a visit with old friends! TODAY I went back to the salon and got blonde highlights done and I am in LOVE with them!!! The colorist at the salon is beyond amazing. My highlights are natural looking and brighten up my entire complexion. Thanks again Fabio & staff =)
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:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
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:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
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.
Hiring a General Contractor
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.
Finding general contractors
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.