~ the eList community recommends ~
The recommendations listed here were extracted from the "Willow Glen Backfence" eList for services and resources that have been personally recommended by members of the eList community.
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We have dealt with Wheels n Deals, very easy, very pleasant to deal with. It's also been 10 years or so for us, though.
Barbara M.; 12/6/20
I second that recommendation; great experience with Wheels and Deals!
Kirsten on Glenwood; 12/6/20
We used CarBargains, thru Checkbook.org. For new car: We used a service, Car Bargains from Checkbook.org, which cost $250. They saved us $1500-2000 when we purchased a new Mazda 2 years ago.
Janice on Coolidge; 5/20/21
Come to your house. He washes many cars on my street and does a very good job. I had my 2 cars done before winter and will call him again in a couple of months.
Anu @ Dry Creek; 3/11/21, 9/1/21
The folks at the Union 76 at Meridian and Willow are great!
Nell A.; 6/13/20
I second the recommendation for Matt; he is the best!
Kirsten on Glenwood; 9/21/20
The Union Station on the corner of Willow and Meridian has been our go-to repair shop for many years. Matt the owner, works the station and he's very helpful. His top wrench is Val and he really knows his stuff.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/23/21, 2/1/22, 9/1/22, 1/21/23
My regular mechanic recently referred me to Val’s 76 at the corner of Meridian and Willow as we just purchased an older car that needed some restoration. Val and his mechanics did a great job in restoring our 1983 Jeep and also identifying an issue that was a subtle, but critical, item that was causing the jeep to fail smog. I recommend this service station based on my experience. This info is as recent as last night so it’s not based on something from the far past.
Dan on Greencreek; 2/1/22
My vintage car recently broke down…. Matt and Val [at WG’s Union 76] did a great job diagnosing what needed to be done, and very efficiently replaced the water pump and timing belt. Service was wonderful, and the price was more than fair. I really trust these guys to keep me safely on the road!
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 9/1/22
I second Unocal with Val and Matt. they work on both my vehicles
Lisa on Plaza; 1/21/23
Had another very positive experience with this auto shop a week ago. Been going there…a bunch of years and have complete trust and confidence in their work, attitude and reasonable assessment. Had my older truck assessed, replaced things and more over these years and will be back in the future. I highly recommend giving them consideration even if not as close by as other fine options.
Greg A.; 5/27/20
I have gone to Michaels on Lincoln for over 20 years, now for my Prius. I don’t have price comparisons but feel like I’ve gotten good advice.
Barbara M.; 6/13/20
Lynn M.; 6/13/20
I take my Toyotas to Larry's in Willow Glen, on Lincoln near San Carlos. Been going to them for year. I think they are open.
Nina on El Rio; 6/13/20
Highly recommend A&J Nissan Specialist. The owner is Eric Matsuda. Eric has been taking care of our assortment of cars over the years, including Hondas, Toyotas and Kias. Great for regular maintenance. Excellent at diagnosing and resolving issues. Charges are always reasonable.
Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow); 6/13/20
Norcal on Kennedy Ave. Campbell is thorough and very well respected. He has been attentive and a great mechanic. Good luck.
Natalie S.; 6/13/20
Brad's Auto Care has serviced my cars: Acura (twice, which is same as Honda) and Lexus for the past 15+ years. This is the mechanic who used to be at the Chevron station at the corner of Lincoln and Willow and has relocated up the street. He's very good and prices are reasonable.
Suzanne on Cristina; 8/9/21
(Toyota) We love AH connection - 1010 Stockton Ave by 880, other side of the railroad tracks from Bellarmine. They only do Acura and Honda. My second favorite thing after their work, is that they have Honda loaner cars with 350,000 miles on them....
John on Mayellen Ave.; 12/4/21
If you have a Honda or an Acura, I always recommend AH Connection on Stockton (near the airport). Not WG proper, but I won’t trust anyone else with my car. Honest, reasonable. If they say I need it, I have it done. They also gave free loaners.
Suzy on Adele; 12/4/21, 2/1/22
(Volvo) I really like Nordic Motors in Redwood City (walkable to Caltrain) but you may not want to go that far.
Karlie on Glenwood; 12/23/21
Jensen’s Auto takes good care of my Volvo.
Tina on Hillsdale Ave; 12/23/21
We use B&C auto- in Willow Glen, off of Willow Glen Way and Almaden road. Highly recommend them, VERY honest and Steve is great to work with. We have several neighbors on our street that take a variety of cars to him. We have Toyota’s but he services them all.
Mary on Willow St; 2/10/21
AAA is definitely the way to go. They always ask if you are in a safe place, arrive within a few hours and provide the battery service on site etc
Carol on Prevost St; 2/10/21
I have had AAA for 50 years and they have always come through, especially when batteries died. Worth every penny.
Bruce off Lincoln; 2/10/21
[For towing,] I also recommend AAA. Always had fast, safe and reliable service. AAA has 3 levels of membership, you can choose whichever one fits your needs best. …lots of membership deals and discounts... AAA also offers a travel agency that can help with travel planning and so forth.
Julia on Husted; 9/23/22
Adem of Adems Test is great, most knowledgeable of any of the local shops (EE from Berkeley! ) and a totally honest guy. Highest recommendation.
Will B.; 5/27/20
I second Adem’s for sure!!
Linda on Little Orchard; 5/25/20
Third the recommendation of Adem on Old Almaden Road. Personal service from a fine human being.
Larry on Knollwood; 5/27/20
I second Adem! Been going there for years now.
Vicki on Shepherd; 9/19/22
I go to Adem. He's right off Almaden Rd, on the edge of WG. Professional, personable, prompt. This is the kind of person I want to have my business.
Suzy on Adele; 8/8/23
I second Adem. He is just a super nice guy, personable, fair priced. He does only tests.
Jim C.; 8/8/23
Click on coupons for a discount. These guys do great work and don't push but let you know what your vehicle needs at reasonable prices. They will service your vehicle like it is theirs.
I recently had to get my more mature car (a 1995) smogged. Went to The Smog Man on Auzerais off Bird Ave by the old OSH. I highly recommend them! Great service, very friendly & professional. Sanitized the whole interior of my car when done as well as all the door handles. They accept Groupons too.
LiAnne on Prevost; 5/27/20
Second the recommendation for Smog Man (now Dhillon Motorsports) on Auzerais, they usually have a Groupon for smog check.
Jeff on Brooks; 5/27/20
I use MT Smog over off San Jose Ave and Little Orchard. $40 in and out. Really professional and open.
John K.; 5/27/20
1645 Foxworthy Ave., (408) 264-2518
Drove in at about 10 out in less than a half hour. We did not make an appointment. Can also leave car there and come back later. There was also a coupon in this week’s ValPak that gave us $10.00 off. Cost for cars younger than 2000 was $33.95 plus $8.25 for smog certificate! Painless and quick.
Nancy on Kotenberg; 5/29/20
If you need a STAR station smog check, I recommend Foxworthy Gas and Auto Repair on Meridian and Foxworthy.
Carol on Prevost St.; 6/16/20
There is a wonderful place to get a smog in Willow Glen at the SE corner of Lincoln Ave and San Carlos. Excellent price, friendly service and close to home. There is never a line and the parking lot is large. Coupons on their website or call for a quote.
Holly on Jonathan; 9/19/22, 8/8/23
We have the Union station on the corner of Meridian and Willow do our smog checks. They do a great job with our ‘92 Previa.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/13/23
I've … been very pleased -- nice guy, comfortable waiting room, good service. Appointment is required & that's easy to do by phone (though I've seen him accommodate walk-ins as feasible): open 7 days a week, 9-5:30. I don't know how prices compare, but there's a $10 coupon on the website.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/8/23
I've had great service from Skip's Tire on Cottle Road.
Tina on Monte Vista7/24/22
I’ve used Tires Only on San Carlos for the last 20 years. They sell only the Kumho brand but several Kumho styles have been rated OK or better by Consumer Reports. Last March I got 4 new tires plus the usual mounting and balancing — plus alignment (usually quite expensive) for $480 incl. taxes for my wife’s 2014 Corolla. Very small inside and very non-attractive “waiting room”. Manager is not great - but OK.
Larry on Knollwood Avenue; 2/7/23
He's near the Plant. Replaced the tranny on my (crappy) Silverado last year. Fairly priced - wasn't the cheapest, wasn't the most expensive. Good turnaround time.
Martin P.; 1/18/23
We just had a transmission repair from Ken.
Rene on Marcia; 1/18/23
My car was broken into on a Wednesday night. These guys came out and replaced the window by that Friday. They gave my husband a 4-hour window of time, then called to narrow it down to within the next hour. Very personable and professional and reasonable. The cost for the window and labor was $244.
Linda on Dorothy Avenue; 2/24/20
Hi neighbors, we just had Green Lite replace the windshield on our truck. Simon responded with texts promptly to our questions, arranged our repair day and time, arrived to our home as arranged and made this repair super easy for us. Keep his number handy for when you need a solid recommendation.
Susan on Annapolis; 9/15/20
Hollow Park & Zoo
It is fabulous fun for all ages and only a short drive from Willow Glen.
Fabulous fun and in downtown San Jose
Love this place. Many parents of young children avoid it since they assume only older kids would enjoy it. Lots of interactive stuff. My guy was 2 when we started going.
· Rockin Jumps
More local fun with a space full of trampolines. They have toddler time so little ones are safe.
I recommend filling out waiver and signing up for session online so you can basically walk straight in.
Visit pump it up junior (next door) for bouncy fun for toddlers. Visit website for open play times.
Fabulous zoo with small fun park.
Has a really awesome kids playground.
(Almaden Valley Athletic Club)
Fitness/swim club has open swim times in indoor heated pool
Alto junior Museum & Zoo
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/jmz/Great little spot. Not huge like a zoo so great for a short outing. Nice park next door as well.
This place has open play times and is in Willow Glen
Academy of Science (San Francisco)
Love this place.
Well worth the drive! Truly spectacular place for all ages.
Hall of Science (Berkeley)
Fun for all the family and some spectacular views over city.
Pond (San Jose)
Indoor kids play center
Bambini (Willow Glen)
Parent/child cooking classes. Might be a little young.
Exploratorium (San Francisco)
This is fun for all ages.
Great park and has a small train that takes you around the park, which also does a holiday run. Check website for running times. Also has Festival of Lights but I recommend getting there early so you don't have to wait for ages to get in.
We visited last Christmas and the light display was fabulous. Again, get there early so that you'll be leaving by the time all the crowds arrive.
145 1st St., Los Altos, 650-383-5340, http://www.bumblelosaltos.com
Oh, and if you get hungry while having so much fun, I highly recommend Bumble in Los Altos. Fabulous food and they have childcare (for an additional fee) or you can dine outside where they have a sandpit for the little ones!
Hidden Villa Farm, Los Altos Hills
Hollow Farm, Los Altos Hills/Cupertino
Prusch Farm, San Jose
Camp (Train rides), Felton
Or we love just visiting the Pier at Santa Cruz and going down the stairs (once you walk along the pier a little ways) and you will get to see the seals up-close. Fabulous fun for all ages. You should hear them before you even know they are about.
Faith on Nevada; December 16, 2014
Very happy with Los Gatos DJ and Lighting. It’s a couple, so easy to work with and fun!
Karen on Blewett; 10/14/21
We worked with Denon & Doyle for our wedding in 2019 and they were wonderful, Susan helped us figure out exactly what we wanted beforehand and the DJ did a great job throughout the day. Highly recommend working with them.
Michael D.; 10/17/21
I love my piano teacher! Yvonne Reddy lives down the street from Gunderson High School. She has two beautiful pianos in her home studio.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 6/9/23
Agree Yvonne Reddy is outstanding!
Carol on Casa Grande; 6/9/23
Guitar, bass, piano / keyboard, or ukulele lessons available in Willow Glen. Over 20 years of private teaching experience. Any age and level of experience welcome. Weekday morning, afternoon, and evening slots still available.
Simon Santiago;; 2/8/21
Willow Glen Music School has piano, voice and guitar openings for students of all ages....… lessons are $168/month for weekly 30-min lessons. We are location at 1060 Willow Street (close to Baskin Robbins).
Jessica on Speciale; firstname.lastname@example.org; 3/5/22
I provide classical guitar lessons for kids. I have been teaching at the California Conservatory of Music in Santa Clara which is a top level music school in the South Bay. I can bring the same quality of lessons to your home in Willow Glen for your kids. If interested in a free trial lesson please message me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Babak Falsafi,, 3/5/22
My 21 year old daughter is an accomplished guitarist with
over 10 years experience. She is interested in teaching guitar in our area. She
can teach all skill sets. Contact her for more information if you are
* family recommendation *
Tracey on Camino Ricardo,, 10/14/22
5885 Santa Teresa Blvd. (at Snell Ave), 408 629-1812
Also recommend the music village down on Santa Teresa - great selection.
I absolutely recommend Emma Blickenstaff for your tutoring needs. She has a Masters in Education from SCU & is currently a teacher. Her math and test prep tutorials are extremely good. I highly recommend her services.
Carol on Hamilton Way; 9/6/21
I am currently tutoring middle school and high school students in basic math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry (Integrated Math 3), Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus and AP Statistics.
I have Master’s degrees in both Aerospace Engineering and Systems Engineering. I worked 12 years in the Aerospace Industry prior to switching to teaching. I have taught Math and Engineering at all levels. I have taught at De Anza and Evergreen Community Colleges. I am currently working with Math Enrichment and have been with them over 4 years. I began tutoring approximately 25 years ago.
My rates begin at $40 per hour. References furnished upon request.
Rose Marie Damiano, email@example.com; 2/3/20
I have over 10 years of tutoring experience and have been a credentialed teacher for 6 years. I can tutor all levels of middle school and high school math including AP Statistics and AP Calculus . . .ACT/SAT prep and essay writing. I can do virtual or in person tutoring and have availability on weekday evenings and weekends. Sessions are $60/hr.
Emma Blickenstaff,, 2/1/20, 8/7/22
I’ve used Sonic for years and been happy with it.
Nina on El Rio; 6/4/22
We’ve had Verizon for years. The coverage has been great. I can think of only 2 times I couldn’t get service, and I was out trail hiking at the time. When I have a question, they’ve been very helpful. Not sure how they compare in price. Haven’t shopped around lately.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/14/20
Paraphrasing numerous prior recommendations, Don is often recommended on this list. He is extremely qualified and has a MSCE, CCNA, and BSEE. He comes to your home, and his fee is based on the amount of his time that it takes to resolve a problem. He tries to keep costs down and is flexible in that regard.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/22
We use the eero router (which [the WSJ recommends, and we got the eero 3-pack) with our Xfinity modem, and we eliminated all the dead spots at our place.
Jim formerly on Settle, 3/20/20
…you might consider one that folds up into a duffle bag so you can set it up and tear it down easily. I expect it to also make it easier to use Zoom backgrounds with better results as well. [Curtis] was helpful and informative.
Carol on Curtis; 8/16/20
I would like to recommend Patrick Tam for both PC and MAC users. He has assisted me with both my PC and MAC. When I have a problem, I call Patrick. In addition to being very competent he is a kind person to work with.
Joyce on Comstock Lane; 10/1/20
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Patrick at Willows Sr. Center, and he’s so knowledgeable and delightful I have to put in my recommendation, too. You couldn’t do better.
Gerri on Altamont; 10/2/20
I … love Youtubetv for so many reasons. Unlimited recording, all the channels you could possibly want, $65/month. I could go on and on!
Susan on Gerald; 1/17/23
We [replaced our Brother printer with the newer Brother - HL-L2370DW Wireless Black-and-White Laser Printer]. We bought [it] at BestBuy for approx. $191. including tax and a spare toner cartridge. The best thing about this model vs. our old model is that this one can print from my iPad or iPhone as well as from my laptop.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/7/22
They specialize in efficient and low-cost Domain-name registry. Their website is somewhat confusing. They also offer website hosting services at low cost.
Larry on Willow, 3/1/22
They specialize in full-service website hosting, but also provide domain-name registration services as well. Even the basic website hosting includes an array of services, including blogging, email aliasing, and list-servers. Tech support on-line 24/7. The www.WGBackfence.net is hosted by Superb.
Larry on Willow, 3/1/22
I have had Sonic for years and highly recommend them. Great service and easy to reach via phone.
Pam on Wren; 9/29/22
Sonic is THE BEST hands down. Read the reviews. Customer service is amazing. The people are in Santa Rosa, easy to understand, answer on the first or second ring, etc. Wonderful, wonderful. Have had them for years.
Susan on Gerald; 1/15/23
We have had Sonic for almost 10 years now, switching from AT&T due to price initially, and love it. Not as fast as Comcast in our specific neighborhood due to AT&T's wiring, but it meets all our needs. When we've had an issue, we call -- and in 3 rings are speaking to an actual human in Santa Rosa, not an Automated Voice Phone Tree robot thingy. Sonic for us means peace of mind.
Andrew on Hummingbird; 1/21/23
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** self-recommended **
Dave Collado, marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org; 2/5/23
Two years ago I had Frank Carrillo move and cleanup my antenna after my roof was replaced. He did an excellent job. He used to have a store on Lincoln near Curtner, but now works from a different location.
Susan on Meridian/Minnesota; 8/7/22
We second Bill Snyder- he’s super knowledgeable and all around wonderful!
Lisa on Laurie Ave.; 7/14/20
I cannot recommend him highly enough as he is always up to date and keeps us informed if anything changes each year. The worksheet he sends out each year makes it easy to organize our tax information. Please feel confident about trying him for the next tax season.
Nancy and Mike on Kotenberg Avenue; 7/15/20
I recommend Renee Daggett and her company Adminbooks. They have a great small team that is thorough and helpful.
Tina on Monte Vista; 3/31/21
She is a CPA who does tax planning, among other things. Very ethical and careful. Also easy to talk to. Her office is on Hamilton near Meridian.
Carol on Curtis; 12/6/22
We have had Wayne Mitsunaga do our taxes for years and years. He's also and accountant. He has done our personal taxes, a small business tax prep and walked us through an audit with no liability.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/8/22
I can't say enough about him. He's been in the business for probably 50 years! He's in Santa Teresa, but well worth the short trip!! Just let me say you will not be disappointed. Give him a call!
Cindy K.; 1/17/23
Linda specializes in bookkeeping and QuickBooks training for small businesses.
Our San Jose office is conveniently located only 10 minutes from Willow Glen.
** self-recommended **
Dave Collado, marketing: email@example.com; 3/5/22
I've been a member for maybe 30 years now, without any problems. Good rates on VISA, their ATM cards can be used nearly anywhere without fee, free checking, and they offer great exchange rates when traveling abroad…they have a branch at 3136 Stevens Creek Blvd., diagonally across from Valley Fair.
Larry on Willow, 1/1/21
Have used them since they opened, closing accounts at BofA and USBank to do so. Wonderful staff, friendly, never any errors (unlike USBank that closed the wrong CD). I use them for all banking needs, including notary public stuff.
Bruce off Lincoln; 12/29/20
I highly recommend Sue Steinfeld. I’ve known her for over 30 years and she’s top-notch. (The website is currently having issues on the mobile app but can be viewed on a computer just fine!)
Regan on Jansen; 4/25/23
Carol on Prevost St; 2/24/21
My son just had his Trust/Will done by [them].
Barbara S.; 2/24/21
She came recommended by a close friend and did my trust.
Tina on Hillsdale; 2/24/21
We found Richard Dayton from the eList "Community Recommends" webpage, and found him and his firm to be very thorough, precise, and able to handle a variety of complications and requests. Highly recommend!
Larry on Willow; 2/24/21
She lives in San José and has been doing this for a very long time.
Leslie on Ramona; 11/22/21
We’ve been very happy with Jay Fong at Concentrum Wealth Management for over 20 years.
Mary (formerly on Georgetta); 10/15/21
Michael Levy with LPL has managed my investments for over 20 years. He’s extremely ethical and responsive. I’m very happy with the results.
Carol on De Anza Way; 10/15/21
My family has been very comfortable with going to Willow Glen Funeral Home for generations. Melissa (Manager) is very kind, patient, and thorough.
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 7/22/22
[… we were very pleased with their low-cost cremation. The director James was very kind and caring, and guided us through the necessary paperwork. [We] had planned and paid for everything in advance…and the Service handled everything with just one call when she did pass. [The] Service DOES offer traditional burial services, and sell caskets…so they do offer more than cremations. But we found they were easily the most affordable cremation service in the area.
Jim formerly on Settle Ave.; 7/22/22
Bay Area Mortuary Services was recommended by the hospice team I had for my mom.
I was very satisfied with their services. Very reasonable and caring.
Lisa on Plaza; 8/3/22
I used this service. $900 for cremation of my father in 2007. They are less than all others listed on the e-list. You can start your inquiry online. [They provide full services] They were great for us. Kind. Thoughtful. I found their prices less than Neptune Society.
Gail on California; 12/17/22, 1/24/23
… my family was very pleased with the Neptune Society's services in 2015 (prompt & efficient), slightly less satisfied with Trident's in 2020 (had to keep following up to get info & documents). It is a BIG help to have arrangements in place ahead of time, and then be sure everyone knows about it.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 12/17/22
My tax advisor lives in WG & is part of a small family firm on The Alameda. I think you'd be pleased with her and their staff. Feel free to tell them that I referred you.
Maureen near Willow & Bird; 2/13/23
She is wonderful and so knowledgeable with all the ins/outs of plans and ways to save money while getting the best products/plans. She gave an very easy link to for SSA to do the initial sign up for Medicare. I appreciate her assistance and it reduces the stress of making these insurance decisions.
Lynn on Clintonia; 9/15/22
I have been happy with State Farm for decades. I didn't care for the person who took over Larry Krieger's office, but I hear that Larry's wonderful staff now work with Steve Sosnowski (408-629-4700) on Blossom Hill Rd. I am with Donna Chiaramonte in Campbell (408-370-5900). Either one would be wonderful.
Tina on Monte Vista; 1/4/20
I teach Tai Chi and have insurance through [them]. I’ve found them easy to work with.
Linda on Dorothy Avenue; 6/20/22
I would like to recommend Brian … for any Medicare insurance assistance. He has helped us for about 20 years, and regularly checks in with us during Medicare's open enrollment, and during California's birthday rule period where you can easily change plans.
Lorraine on Newport; 8/14/23
Absolutely! I 2nd this recommendation for Brian Baccus. I’ve have used him myself for my own Medicare insurance needs. He regularly checks in & just did so with me for California’s Birthday Rule.
LiAnne on Prevost; 8/14/23
We have used and highly recommend our broker. You do not pay for her services as insurance companies pay a commission to the Broker, however if you purchase directly, the company just keeps the fee. You do not get a discount.
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/14/23
Jack and I had a good experience with Allan & Jill Eckman at Baycrest Insurance. We had been to a few open meetings hosted by various vendors through our doctor, etc. and were totally confused. [Our financial advisor had] Allan give us and his team a presentation. Very helpful.
Mary formerly on Cristina, Settle, Georgetta; 8/14/23
I highly recommend my insurance broker, a mature, responsive and a trustworthy person whom I was fortunate to come across. I have recommended him to others who have been equally pleased with his services.
Mary on Iris Ct.; 8/15/23
Kramer Radin is a small law firm in Los Altos that specializes in elder-related and estate-planning issues. A friend who used the firm for her mother and uncle -- and recently for her brother -- has been very pleased. Another friend is also using them.
Curt G.; 8/23/23
Linda on Gardendale Dr.; 5/8/20
I will chime in with my recommendation for Gallagher, Reedy, and Jones! We used Rebecca Jones, she was so awesome to work with!
Linda on Lambert; 5/8/20
[Rebecca Sue Jones at GR&J] handled two estates that we were executors for. She handled the wills and trusts for both parties and advised us all through the process. She is knowledgeable, fair, thorough and most importantly honest. She lives here in Willow Glen.
Bill and Jan on Glen Eyrie; 4/11/22
I second Rebecca Sue Jones! She handles our estate documents, periodic review of them and as well, she put together estate documents very last minute when my brother was dying. She’s easy to work with, very knowledgeable and a very nice person too. 4 years ago she charged about $400/hour.
Regan on Jansen; 4/11/22
We have just the person for you [for dealing with a hand written will]. Fast, professional, smart, reliable, friendly, reasonable fees. A 100% top notch attorney.
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/1/23
If you need someone for any trust or estate matters, I recommend Daniel Gonzales, Esq. He is anything by cheap, and may not be taking on new clients, but he definitely knows his stuff from what I saw working with him once. Note I'm not entirely sure about the opposition part, but he got me out of a bind for sure.
Dan on Carolyn; 8/1/23
I got the recommendation for Rich Dayton from the eList, and am quite pleased with his work. He quickly but thoroughly explains all the details, and discusses how to minimize taxes and time delays, and the many options on how funds can be distributed over time.
Larry on Willow; 2/7/20
[This firm] specializes in real estate. We were helped by Eric Gravink (who lives in Willow Glen) but I'm sure any of the lawyers there will do an excellent job for you.
Jim (formerly on Settle); 3/22/22
Caryn comes highly recommended
Lynn on Clintonia; 2/28/22
Years ago, we took some things to Bonhams in San Francisco for appraisals. Every so often, they used to have an open house where you could bring things in for an appraisal. You can get more information at Bonhams.com.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/25/21
I totally echo the UPS Store recommendation. Call them in advance to be sure the notary is in when you plan to stop by. In The Dry Creek Shopping Center with Arco Gas Station & Starbucks, Across From The Main Willow Glen Post Office
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 12/27/21
I am a Willow Glen resident, I work [as a Notary Public] on Lincoln Ave.
** self-recommended **
Antoinette Saliba; firstname.lastname@example.org; 4/19/22
Would like to recommend Neha (local in Willow Glen) ---- I had a document I needed quickly, and with my usual notary having moved out of state, she came through...will be my new 'go-to'. 100k E&O - NNACertified and Licensed.
Karin on Curtner; 8/4/23
Hello, my name is Bob Nastasi. Founder of A to B Property Management. Since 1994, our staff has provided quality service in the leasing of properties, screening tenants, marketing, and rent collection without fail.
** self-recommended **
Dave Collado, marketing: email@example.com; 2/5/23
Not cheap, but the installer had excellent location advice based on his experience. (And, a couple of years later, they all work well.)
Curt G.; 11/16/22
About time I submitted a recommendation for Bischoff's...Bischoff's Medical & Mobility carries quality home healthcare choices. For example, they have a very good selection of rollators in their store -- my friend is still very pleased with the four-wheel rollator that he bought there several years ago.
Curt G.; 4/19/23
1500 Martin` Ave, Santa Clara; (866) 484-4810; www.universityelectric.com
University Electric (family owned) on Martin Ave. in Santa Clara has been our go to place for years. Always offer good pricing and they price match too. Their installation contractors are great too.
Carolyn on Winona; 12/1/20
I also recommend University Electric. When we redid our kitchen a couple of years ago, we were originally turned off by University because the salespeople seemed like mostly grumpy old "know it alls" … we went back to University, where those same grumpy old men solved our problems because they knew how the stuff actually worked.
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Tina on Monte Vista; 4/30/22
[Ace has] Nice people who do a good job. Prompt scheduling by Valerie, efficient and capable service by Monte, all for a more than fair price. I called about a washing machine this time and will rely on them again whenever some other appliance needs help. Ace Appliance just did a wonderful job with my 2009 Kenmore gas oven.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/18/20, 11/30/21
I just had Ace Appliance out to repair my dishwasher and gas oven. He was great! He tested and fixed the oven and gave me a cheap and easy solution that got my dishwasher back up to speed. And he fine-tuned my cooktop gas jets for free.
Tina on Monte Vista; 7/26/22
I’ve had several good experiences with Ned at Appliance Repair Gurus.
Kim on Kayellen Ct.; 11/29/21
It was the best experience I’ve had with a service person. Art called 20 minutes before arrival. Arrived on time. He was thorough and carefully trouble shot the issue [with our dishwasher]…he fixed it quickly and efficiently. He [looked at our oven] and quickly resolved the problem. He said his specialty is refrigerators. He is charming, funny, knowledgeable, local and eager to provide you with the best service possible. His pricing is very reasonable for the expertise he brings to the business.
He wore a heavy duty mask, gloves, protective foot covers and was very professional. Could not have been a better experience. Could not have been a better experience. He does need a finger signature on his phone and you can pay with check or credit card. A link to the receipt will be texted to you.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/2/20
We bought a used fridge, washer, and dryer from them. The fridge had...problems. They were always responsive and came to fix them. It finally died, outside of warranty by several months. They replaced it anyway. Who does that anymore? Definitely recommend.
Peter on Lick; 5/28/20
My favorite guy! Super friendly and honest and freaking knowledgeable.
Kate on Norval; 10/18/20
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I want to give a shout out to Mr. Singh, of Appliance Gurus, who has (unfortunately) had to repair three appliances at our house in the past couple of months. He's everything you could ask for: fair, prompt, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. He's at the top of my list to call when we have an appliance problem.
Amy on Willow Glen Way; 2/5/21
I had Mr. Singh … repair my Jenn-Air oven - 20 years old. …he was prompt. He told me what the problem was and had to order a part. A week later he came and installed part. Mr. Singh was wonderful - very knowledgeable. He repairs a variety of appliances. I highly recommend Appliance Repair Gurus.
Carol on Kiner; 1/9/22
I’ve used [Appliance Repair Gurus] as well and have been extremely happy with them. I’ve had him work on our oven and washer.
Kimberley D.; 1/9/22
I had Mr. Paramjit Singh at Appliance Repair Gurus replace [my dryer] recently. He’s very knowledgeable and won’t recommend more than you need.
Glenda on Padres; 1/21/23
I've had good experiences with Bishop Appliance.
Doreen on Kring; 8/9/21
I found an excellent company that had very high reviews. They charge $75 for the diagnostic, but if you decide you want your appliance repaired or replaced and they do the work, they take the $75 off of the bill.
Barb MacNeil; 8/9/21
Honest, reliable, fairly priced.
Maria S.; 2/7/22
J&H has been terrific at fixing our Whirlpool & Maytag washers / dryers, and Whirlpool fridge over the years...
John on Mayellen Avenue; 7/26/22
Just wanted to shout out Rickey Peter (sales) and the team at Airport Appliance. We found a GE refrigerator for the best price (we checked with 5 other places) and delivered within 2 days; the whole process was so easy. Many stores/websites have this same model on back order through at least August.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 7/13/22
Another shoutout for Airport Appliance. My fridge died and I purchased a new fridge from AA that was delivered in three days due to a holiday. They employ their own delivery people instead of subbing out the jobs to other companies. Much better service and attention to details. AA also price matches.
Pam on Wren; 7/15/22
I have an excellent repairman who lives in WG. On the phone, his wife Rose gave me tips on how to fix my gas stove myself so that he might not have to come out. He spent over an hour at my house and I was only charged $100. He does not fix Miele but fixes most other brands of dishwasher, stove, oven, refrigerator, and washer/dryer.
Susan on Gerald; 12/29/22, 7/11/23
I have used Paul of West Coast Service several times on my Miele dishwasher. He was trying to retire so I don't know his status right now. He is excellent.
Susan on Gerald; 1/31/23
If you would like a second resource, try this guy. He's been around a long time and cleans all kinds of vents.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/10/21
[I] have been Happy with the quality of work.
Sherri I.; 9/12/20
[I] have been Happy with the quality of work.
Sherri I.; 9/12/20
I’ve recently found the greatest vacuum repair service that I would highly recommend to you and to others. The owner is extremely nice and I highly recommend him. He will give you a quote before doing the repair work.
Martha on Hamilton Way; 5/18/22
We have had a Maytag set for about a year and a half. We purchase it at Airport Appliance on Bascom. So far they work like a charm.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/14/21
I have a washer and dryer made by LG. Both are front load. I’ve had them for almost 20 years with no problems. I’m very happy with them.
Brooke on Dry Creek Village’ 3/15/21
Tony had many suggestions and we found one that worked with our budget. It is not a cheap fix but I will tell you, in 2 years, we have had minimum movement and no need to fix any doors and windows. He is really easy to work with, great communication skills and did an excellent job working with our contractor.
Sanjit on Hervey, 2/10/20
I recommend Jeffrey Hellmuth - He redesigned my 1939 kitchen (took it down to the studs, kept same footprint) in 2006 and I'm still in love with the design. He also kept me on budget. I'm working with him now on a master bath remodel - we are in the early design discussion phase.
Lisa on Crescent; 12/8/20
A number of years ago we had Timeline Design do an amazing kitchen remodel in our 1937 Willow Glen home. I still get compliments on the design!
Rita on Mercer; 12/10/20
I haven't used them in a couple of years but they were always excellent. Warning - the epoxy used in this process is very toxic and you will want to be out of your house while it's being done, and hopefully keep that bathroom closed with window open for a day or two.
Susan on Gerald; 6/23/23
We have used Alfonso many times for house projects. He’s fixed the fence, built a gate, patched the house, and [built] a retaining wall. We have a Tudor house and he and his brother replaced some of the decorative boards. His work is excellent, he speaks English well, reasonably priced, and reliable.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/29/20
We recently used Alfonso and he rebuilt some gates, built and installed a fence around my pool equipment and built an arbor/trellis. All was done well and I would recommend him as well.
Ashley G.; 8/29/20
We have used Chimney Clean Company for many years. They clean, inspect, troubleshoot, etc.
Jacqui on Curtiss; 1/20/23
I have used Greg Jones Masonry since 1999.
Lisa on Plaza; 1/20/23
Greg Jones is awesome. My trusted property inspector recommended him and so do I. I have used him numerous times with many clients. Licensed contractor and mason.
Susan on Gerald; 1/21/23
If you have an artificial fireplace/logs and need repairs or upgrades, Wright Lighting is the place to go. Anthony Ghanati came out and assessed our problem and suggested a good solution. Thanks to the elister who recommended Wright Lighting.
Carol on Kiner; 1/15/20
I would recommend AAA Heating & Air. A local furnace/a-c company who has been around for years…
Brigette O.; 10/15/21
They are excellent. I used them for years.
Carol on Gaton Dr.; 1/15/22
No one better than Carlos Farias-he did my entire house and several of my clients. He is professional, has great ideas, stays on schedule and has a team that is experienced and pleasant to work with. Feel free to call me if you have any questions-best of luck!
Mary Ann W.. 2/24/20, 2/1/22
Summit did our downstairs bathroom remodel summer of 2018, and our upstairs bath remodel last summer. [The owner and designer were both] wonderful to work with during both projects. [They were] there every day, on time, cleaned up the worksite at the end of each workday, and were friendly and respectful to us at all times.
Rita on Mercer Ave; 9/5/20, 12/10/20
We used Tim Murray/Summit years ago for our master bath. It still looks great!
I am having 2 bathrooms remodeled as I am typing this. I recommend Joe DiVittorio.
Brigette O.; 9/8/20
Their Safe At Home program provides contractors to senior homeowners who need repairs in order to remain safely in their homes. This can include electrical, plumbing, heating, a/c, painting, roofs, structural repairs, safety devices, steps, smoke detectors, etc. There is no cost at all to the homeowner. The application process is really simple and then they set up a meeting and walk-through with the contractor. The work gets done very quickly, even with COVID limitations.
Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 9/21/20
I highly recommend Woodcliff Builders. From A to Z, they are honest with excellent Customer service. From Operations, Design to Project Manager, everyone is really really great! I will for sure contact them again for future projects.
Cynthia on McBain; 10/24/20
You might try Xteria Construction (San Jose) as they have been doing this type of work [roof venting] for nearly 40 years. They did my roof (and neighbors) back in 2012 and it looks almost like new.
Larry on Knollwood; 1/12/21
He is a contractor and does everything except stucco. He says no job is too small. He communicates well, is flexible and knows how to fix just about anything. He has been working in construction since he was 14. He has fixed many problems. (electrical and plumbing also) I highly recommend.
Gail on California; 3/16/21, 9/24/21, 11/10/21
We have had Nolan Building do several projects for us and they have completely remodeled several houses in Willow Glen. Craig, the owner, is easy to work with, reliable, reasonably priced and keeps things clean. He is licensed and bonded and I’m sure he is familiar with permits. We have had several of his workers here and all has gone very well.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/17/22, 8/18/22
Highly, highly recommend Nick and Michelle of Heartwood Residential. They did a beautiful job on our master bath gut/remodel. They and also their subcontractors were neat, tidy and respectful. And tolerated our dog in the process!
Kris on Settle; 2/5/22
…a pleasure to work with…! Steve and his son Zach walked us through the process of picking [materials] and also making suggestions along the way on what we could do with the space we had. They were very responsive to phone calls and emails, and answering my many questions. Their workers were friendly and polite, and made sure to clean up every day before leaving. Steve or Zach would come out almost daily to check-in on the progress and to answer any additional questions that came up. They are general contractors that can tackle bathroom, kitchen, and other projects you would need a GC for.
Susan on Minnesota/Meridian; 2/13/23
Gail on California; 1/23/23
We are working with Nikolic General Construction and we simply used their architect + engineer as we weren't aiming for any specific designs. Nikola, who owns NGC, is very experienced in building, and uses practical approaches coupled with the required attention to detail.
Anand on Curtner; 1/28/23
I highly recommend Brad Cox Architect. They’ve designed ADU’s locally. They do beautiful work, and really great to work with!
Julie on De Anza Way; 1/28/23
We help homeowners navigate the process of designing and building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Our head of design has completed over 100 ADU permits and we're very knowledgeable. You can view our website to learn more; I know the WG neighborhood intimately!
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Caitlin O. Bigelow; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1/3/21
…they have an entire staff that does everything - plans, permits, the work, inspections, everything. Professional, respectful, knowledgeable and totally looking out for the client. Their crew loves their work. The foreman, Rene, was so helpful and they did an outstanding job. Excellent work.
Gail on California; 1/5/21
I highly recommend [Bay Area Underpinning]. Some of our neighbors used them as well. You can email me directly and I can share with you what I had done. Trevor Halloran was the guy who came out and did the estimate and bid, Brandon Ramirez was our foreman. Both excellent people to work with.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 9/9/22
I vouch for Nikola Nikolic who owns Nikolic General Construction. … you can give him my name.
Anand on Curtner; 1/28/23
This is exactly the type of work they do. It's a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization who's goal is to make homes safe for seniors so they can continue living securely in their own homes as long as possible. I've volunteered with them for many years, and have referred at least 3 friends to them. There is no cost to the homeowner, and the process can be started online or by phone. It's really worth checking them out.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 2/16/22
Licensed contractor. Note: The bars stocked in their truck are stainless. If you want white in any location, for example on white front door trim, specify that when you call. My friend is very pleased. And I feel a lot better about him staying in his house.
Curt G.; 2/16/22
Last year I had my wood slat blinds cleaned and repaired by CleanersToYourDoor.com. Don’t know if they do the honeycomb type blinds but they repaired or replaced the strings on several of my blinds.
Gail on Prevost; 8/29/20
When we needed warranty repair on a Duette shade a couple of years ago Hunter-Douglas put us in touch with CleanersToYourDoor as their warranty contractor. They did a great job.
Brian (formerly on California); 8/30/20
I had the cord repaired on one of my shades last Friday. The Technician came to my house (on-time and with boots and gloves) and did the repairs in his van. He did a great job. There is a $49 charge for a house call, or you can take the blinds or shades in.
Pat on Marlyn Way; 8/10/20
You can find them online. You can have a designer come to your home to measure and show you options. Highly recommend. I've been very happy with their work for many years.
Karen on Blewett; 3/18/21, 4/19/23
We've been pretty happy with J. M. Wheeler Window Coverings for Hunter Douglas [window blinds]. Can't say they're cheap, but they've been good to work with and their installations have been excellent.
Brian formerly on California; 7/8/22
The Screen Shop is the best. Incredibly honest, knowledgeable, reasonable pricing and great products and service.
Casey on Minnesota; 7/10/20
[The Screen Shop] have been in business for over 75 years and they do great work.
Suzanne on Cristina; 8/19/21
Usually, I take my Milgard screens to them for re-screening but they do some services to your home - I would imagine it depends on the job. We also had them put in an excellent security screen door a few years ago -- it's one of our more favorite improvements to the house.
John on Mayellen Ave; 8/19/21
The Screen Shop is very expensive = @ $120 for 3 small screens - I took them to the shop. Should have used old frames. Someone coming to your house is even more costly.
Pam in Wren; 8/19/21
I used Lou’s Doors for French doors and one outside door. Great people in the store as well as the installer.
Bonnie on Mercer; 8/5/20
I took my sliding screen door to Bull’s Glass & Screen Center…New screen cost @$68 and it was ready in a couple of days. If they came to my house to pick up door, the cost would have been $100+$68+$150=$318!
Pam in Wren; 8/19/21
I just had Isidro Olmos fix two doors. The doors had settled and were no longer closing correctly. He was so quick and reasonable! Thank you elist!!!
Sandy on Richland; 9/12/23
He installed my driveway gate and electric closer about 14 yrs. ago. I had a problem with the closure last year and sought repair advice from several Gate companies. Jauquin was, by far, the most cost efficient, responsive, and honest.
Cliff R.; 1/28/20
I had South Bay Fence make a very nice custom gate for me a few months ago. Very nice to work with.
Susan on Gerald; 7/8/20
Brian is amazing! He really puts art into his work. He created a driveway gate for us in 2012 and it looks like brand new. If you would like to see it, please email me back. You should check it out...
Bob on Camino Pablo; 7/9/20
Steve from Mike Howard Garage Doors was just here to do a repair/service call on my ancient garage door. It is now all fixed, and operating super smoothly. Wowza! I highly recommend them – quick response and a reasonable price as well. They don’t push for replacement doors like some other ‘repair’ places.
Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 8/21/20
The owner [Steve] handled the conversion from my old sliding doors to overhead very well. His crew…did a great job and were easy to work with. And his wife in the office had excellent advice on selecting the door. Very pleased with the complex installation job done. The door still works perfectly after seven years.
Curt G.; 2/14/20, 8/21/20, 12/28/20, 1/31/21, 7/21/21
He is just the best guy! Honest! Very reasonable pricing! He's the owner, been in the business for years, and he will not oversell you! … he did some tweaking on ours, sprayed some blue Lithium spray on the tracks, then told me I did not need a new one…
Cindy K.; 8/21/20, 8/10/22
Second for Ron Mosher of The Garage Door Guys. He’s helped me out a couple of times and really knows his stuff.
Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/5/22
My garage opener remote is now working thanks to simple guidance from Ron [at Garage Door Guys]. My issue was very simple, far too small for commercial vendors (who weren't responsive). Ron diagnosed the old remotes weren't going to work and it was easy to program a new replacement.
Greg A.; 8/9/22
I’ve used Cal’s Overhead Door for over 12 years. I recommend them highly. Fair pricing. Good work. Stand by their work and very customer oriented. In addition to replacing the motor, they suggested a security lock that could only be locked and unlocked by hand. They also made sure that the remote was paired with my car controls before they left. If you have an urgent concern they will come, right out.
Casey on Minnesota Ave; 1/30/21
Herman, owner, Flag Overhead Garage Door Repair Service, was able to come out same day, to replace 2 springs on garage door. He is professional, reliable, fair, reasonably priced, and friendly.
Rene on Marcia; 7/22/21, 6/11/23
He's done numerous jobs large and small for me.
Nina on El Rio; 8/24/20
[Hewlett Electrical] honestly said that if the…contractor I'd talk to [about a new heat pump water heater] could also do the electrical work then that would be better because there'd only be one permit instead of two. He still…spent 20 mins. going over pictures I texted him... Super friendly, been in the profession for many years and didn't rush our conversation. I asked him what I could pay him for his time and he said nothing! Will definitely use him for any future electrical work!
Vern on Laurie; 3/15/22
For me [WGE] installed new carriage lights on the front of my garage and removed the old, and replaced a GFC outlet in my bathroom. Happy to endorse them.
Tina on Hillsdale Av; 4/18/22
We needed extra lights installed in our outdoor pergola, also upgraded to LED. [WG Electric were] outstanding. Keep us posted all the time and let us know when they were coming. [They] set up the schedule with PG&E and followed through when a date had to be rescheduled. Highly recommend.
Tom on Kiner; 6/6/22
We just had California Power & Light Corp add an extension for the electric source we’ll need for our expected fireplace insert. The response time to get our estimate was quick and all of our questions were patiently answered. They arrived to our home as arranged and made this modification a breeze for us.
Susan on Annapolis; 9/21/20
Mike has did a great job for us. He was fast, efficient and affordable.
Bob on Bird; 2/15/21, 4/18/21
I’ve been using Peter Schwab of Schwab Electric for years for both large and small jobs
Nina on El Rio; 2/15/21
Peter and his son quickly did a fine job for me as well!
Larry on Willow; 3/15/21
I trust Chase Fry Electric. I use him for myself and my clients.
Karen on Blewett; 3/15/22
Frank from allspark electric is the best. I can't say enough food things about our experience with him.
Lindsay A.; 3/16/22
I recommend Wooding Electric. I used them within the last 2 weeks to take care of an odd issue between my furnace and a/c unit. Fast response, excellent work, cleaned up after finishing the job, professional licensed contractor.
Brooke on Dry Creek Village; 8/19/22
…he was on time, wore a mask and shoe coverings, completed my 5 tasks efficiently, safely, and competently, and even creatively helped troubleshoot installation on a lighting. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again. [Charged] … a total of $69/hour.
Jim formerly on Settle Ave; 10/25/22
I’d like to highly recommend Robert Bredsteen for the WG back fence e-list. Robert is licensed, personable and professional. He is also reasonably priced, on time and willing to explain his work process so the client fully understands the scope of work.
Julia on Husted; 10/5/23
Wooding Electric, your neighborhood electrician, is committed to ensuring all your electrical installations, repairs and upgrades are completed to perfection. Our professional team has years of extensive experience. Our work is timely and convenient.
** self-recommended **
Dave Collado, marketing: email@example.com; 2/5/23
I’ve used Wright Lighting on Meridian over the years. I have had several lamps that have been handed down to me from my family refurbished there. They’ve always done great work for me.
Casey on Minnesota; 11/5/21
We have also used Wright Lighting.
Barb M.; 11/5/21
Call PG&E right away. It’s possible that it’s a broken or disconnected neutral wire [from the pole] to the house. They will come out and repair it for free.
My friend specializes in detailed repair work of old wood floors, often able to repair damaged areas with the exact-same matching old flooring boards.
Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21
hardwood floors only---particularly the old ones. He is experienced, reasonable and knows floors. This is his company. 25 years experience.
Gail C.; 6/5/20
Great job. Move the furniture, do it all. We enjoyed working with Art and his crew. Tell him Rene and Dan referred you.
Rene on Marcia; 2/18/18, 6/6/20
They just did a wonderful job install vinyl wood floor we bought at Costco. Fast. Efficient. Great workers.
Lynn M.; 6/27/20
Yes, California Wood Floors refinished the original floors in our 1926 home.
Linda on Dorothy; 6/5/20
Precision Flooring did our fir floors about three years ago. They did a beautiful job and were able to piece in matching wood where there was too much old damage. BTW, my house was built around 1900 and I believe these are the original floors.
Philomena on Bird Ave; 6/5/20
After getting quotes from 3 or 4 people on the recommendations list, we recently used Calvin from CH Hardwood floors. He did a great job on our old hardwood floors that had been covered with carpet. He was very responsive to texts and worked with us on scheduling and minor repairs. Pricing was competitive, also.
Jenelle off Lincoln; 10/26/20
[Though the manufacturer was at fault, they] immediately took action. They had me pick out a new flooring product, and removed the defective floor (along with baseboards, toilet, etc.) and installed the new flooring, replaced the baseboards/toilet, and did touchup painting, all without charge to us. … the owner … said it was most important to them that their customers were satisfied …
Janice on Coolidge; 4/18/21
Slaughterbeck did a great job for us!
Kathleen on Fairview; 6/16/21
License #396188; Lead Certification #NAT-73467-1
Installation of all species of wood, including parquet, solid, engineered, pre-finished & laminate flooring, refinishing of existing wood floors, interior & exterior, sub-floor prep & leveling, repairs, borders, inlays, custom staining, stairs, consultation.
I do all the work with my one employee who has trained with me for over 28 years. I charge an estimate fee when I come out, which is deducted from the contract if you end up having me do the work. Our workmanship is focused on detail. Am an associate member of artisticlicense.org (a guild of artisans specializing in restoration)
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Pete Anderson, Owner; firstname.lastname@example.org, 2/8/21
Just had a [100-year old Chippendale] dining room chair repaired… George did a fine job, took the whole chair apart and reglued all joints, and repaired the back panel, and even repaired some places where my cat had chewed on the wood.
Carol on Glenwood; 3/11/22
We used Campbell Glass a few years ago for a glass top to protect our dining room table. If I remember correctly, they came out to measure and then delivered when it was ready.
JB on Hervey; 10/19/20
Highly recommend Cambrian Glass at Bascom & Union. Have been around for years, are reputable with fair prices.
Joyce on Comstock’ 10/19/20
I highly recommend. Their service and prices are excellent. I had given… the owner the wrong measurements [so] I asked him to make a new piece, and to cut the ill-fitting piece to a smaller size for another tabletop. He did it quickly and didn't charge me to cut the piece down to the new size.
Rebecca on Newport; 8/17/21
It's one of the oldest (and few remaining) places where the public can buy stained or patterned glass retail, and I'm pretty sure they have a service dept. as well.
Larry on Willow; 2/8/21
For shower doors I highly recommend Super Glass at 2215 S Winchester. I've used them for my clients and our own shower door.
Karen on Blewett; 3/27/23
I [want] to let everyone know about a handyman who remodeled my bathroom. He moved a shower wall and toilet so that I could have a built-in bench, put in a larger window, integrated sink, tile and bidet. His work ethic, honesty, ideas are amazing. He is not a licensed contractor but he is just as good.
Cris near Nomark Ct.; 9/21/20
He can do just about anything and as a matter of fact, he just replaced our toilet last week. He charges $75.00 for the installation.
Cindy K.; 10/2/20
There is nothing that this handyman extraordinaire has not been able to do, and do well, for me and my clients.
Karen on Blewett; 10/9/20, 8/8/22
We’ve recently used Dave Mowles for several jobs. He is reliable and does excellent work. He is a contractor, but also does small jobs.
Susan on Parkside; 4/21/21, 6/1/21
I needed 9 electrical outlets installed. He was fabulous — got back to me immediately, arrived on time, was meticulous, cleaned up after himself, did everything as promised plus more. He does electrical, plumbing, builds decks, other construction and more. No job too small. Very reasonable rates — he bids by the job, not the hour.
Rebecca on Newport’ 1/8/22
Rebuilt and installed new fence as well as many household repairs. He has many, many neighbors he’s worked for over a 10 + years. Very fair prices
Lynn on Clintonia; 7/28/23
Local WG handyman and son are available for help around the house including making your home smart, safe and secure. We can do odd jobs and install new tech like Nest Thermostats, Wi-Fi Cameras, Alexa and Google Home speakers, Roku, Sonos, Smart TV’s, computers, and furniture too! Simply send us an email with an idea of what you need to get done and we’ll provide a quote @ $30/hr.
Ryan on Glenn:; 10/5/20
In case a licensed contractor is required for your job, be sure to check that the license is active, workers' comp insurance is paid (if they use add'l people) and there aren't any complaints against the license (see http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)….[It's] my understanding homeowners' insurance policies don't pay if someone is hurt and you haven't hired the person according to protocol ….To be on the safe side, we always hire licensed businesses and check them out at the web address above. May cost a little more but we're paying for peace of mind.
Janice on Coolidge; May 25, 2012
A contractor does not need to have liability insurance but one of the disclosure forms that must be provided to a customer and signed off on states whether or not he has it. It's in everybody's best interest for a contractor to carry liability insurance. If a contractor is using employees on the job, they must be covered by a policy of workmans' compensation insurance. Contract temporary labor [should] have that insurance from the agency that provides them. If the contractor does not have employees, no workman's comp is needed. Jobs over $700.00 now require a license. Check the license number with the state at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/onlineservices/checklicenseII/checklicense.aspx. Follow up on their references, usually best to just get their three last jobs rather than their gold plated ref's. You might also ask about a job that went south and how they fixed it. To me, that's a big one. How did they handle a problem?
Chris J; May 26, 2012
We just had Mike from DunRite Heating and A/C come out to fix our A/C unit. I called this morning and he came right out. He was very quick and got the job done quickly and reasonably. I highly recommend them.
Kathy & Gary on Lansford; 5/29/20
We needed to have some duct repair work done…. Several of the companies charge an inspection fee $140-175. If they do the work I believe they apply the fee to your bill. I had DunRite come out and Jesse did the repair work. He was fantastic. It cost $180 to repair the duct.
DunRite and Jesse are highly recommended.
Carol on Kiner; 6/9/20
We were able to get in touch with Dunrite Heating and Air and have them come out on short notice. They were able to quickly figure out the issue and fix the problem. Pricing was reasonable and their technicians were super helpful and friendly.
Neal J.’ 8/18/20
I’ve used [Dunrite] for repairs to my old ac as recently as two weeks ago. They’re reliable and competent.
Gail W.; 9/3/22
They have replaced a heater and an air conditioner over the years. We have also used them for service and repair for both. About once a year we have them come out and check out the units, also. The repairmen are very knowledgable and their charges are quite reasonable.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/1/23
We have used ABS Heating & Air Conditioning for decades and would never use any other company. They are a family-owned business and have very good prices.
Barb M.; 8/21/21
They [AAA] were efficient, courteous, priced reasonably, and reliable.
Carol on Prevost St.; 10/27/20, 1/7/21
We used AAA Furnace to service our 1939 gravity furnace. They had no trouble at all, and once even cleaned a connection to get it working and didn't charge us a thing.
Tina on Monte Vista; 8/22/20, 12/1/20
I also recommend AAA as well. Okay to quote.
Bonnie on Mercer Avenue; 8/23/20
I second AAA. They just replaced a capacitor in my furnace (not a floor furnace) after it stopped working. I called three names on the recommendations list—one couldn’t come until 4 weeks out (too long), one was a no-show. AAA came within a few days and fixed it within minutes. Very good experience and reasonable price.
Patty on Broadway; 12/2/20
I always recommend AAA Heating & Air in Willow Glen.
Brigette O.; 1/7/21
Call Sal at Cost Less Heating Cooling Services. Sal has 112 Five Star Reviews on yelp and is the most honest HVAC guy I’ve ever met with excellent and fair prices. He even tried to help me diagnose and troubleshoot my problem over the phone to save me the cost of a house call. They also do the maintenance on the units and clean the ducts annually to keep the efficiency. Richard does the duct cleaning and is also in Willow Glen.
Gail on California Ave.; 5/20/20, 1/7/21, 4/5/21
The owner [of Cost Less] is honest and provides an excellent service at a fair price. He has all 5 star reviews on yelp and I highly recommend him.
Holly on Jonathan; 4/1/22, 3/2/23
Since he is based in Gilroy, his prices were so much better than any other quotes I obtained from local companies. I replaced my coil and furnace and added central air for less than $10,000. All the duct work was in good shape so my price didn't involve changing or improving duct work. He also put a minisplit in our guest house that works great and cost $3500.
Joy on Willow Glen Way; 5/20/20
We used Josh Kurmel this last summer.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/5/21
In 2014 we had Valley Heating replace our original ducts with super-efficient ducts and also got a new furnace and added AC. We interviewed 3 companies and they were best for us. We got generous PGE rebates for the ducts and furnace. No complaints at all.
Susan on Gerald Way; 5/29/20
Great service and quick responses.
A heat pump heater makes perfect sense with solar and the breaker would be the same used for your A/C (if you have one already - 1 double pole breaker). [Tran is] Ridiculously Knowledgeable
Martin P.; 8/16/20, 1/7/21, 12/22/22, 4/4/23
Cost Less Heating and cooling on Lincoln Ave. They are in Willow Glen.
Gail on California Ave; 8/16/20
We, along w/ at least 2 neighbors, have had Jose Ramirez do brick work for us. Very dependable, great to work with and fairly priced.
Vern on Laurie Ave.; 8/6/20
[Jose Ramirez is] an excellent person for stone work, brick, concrete, and tiling. I have used him to completely reface my existing brick fireplace with stone. It came out fantastic and was very reasonably priced. I am…using him to install stone tile on my existing patio and create a separate concrete bbq area. He is very meticulous [and] honest… he noticed that my stone order was not up to quality and he recommended against installation. There were things I could not see, internal cracks, etc... Even though it delayed his work, he was conscientious enough to alert me.
Andy on Madrona Ave; 6/11/22
We've used Service Champions for a few years. Been very happy with their service. And they redid the ductwork in our house a few years ago and did a great job.
Regan on Jansen; 10/15/20
I highly recommend Phil Dore of Reliable Air Mechanical. He replaced my HVAC just a few months ago. He's very honest, his price was the best and his work was outstanding. They showed up on time, cleaned up and took all the old stuff away.
Cindy K.; 10/15/20
We are using Orta's Plumbing, Heating & Air for several years now and are very happy.
Stefan B.; 10/15/20
[They] did an excellent job last year installing a complete system for a friend of mine. They focus on energy efficiency. They carefully measure the house and run a computer analysis. No high-pressure upselling…they also insulated the attic. I was impressed by the professionalism of the installers – who…used drop cloths, wore boot covers, and cleaned up every day. A couple of weeks later, he needed to have the thermostat simplified -- they sent a very smart and understanding tech…at no charge.
Curt G.; 11/5/20, 1/7/21, 9/9/22, 3/8/23
Agreed. [Residential] installed an A/C system for our house, and they were absolutely amazing. Friendly, professional, and reasonable.
Kate on Norval; 11/5/20
We have had AirCare exclusively with great results. They are a small company with well trained technicians and do not believe in the hard sell.
Jacqui on Curtiss; 11/10/20
[For floor furnaces, AirCare] were magnificent. Completely competent, on-time and fair. I highly recommend them.
Spencer on Glenwood; 12/14/20
We used to have an old Coleman furnace. I highly recommend [them] for the job.
Anand on Curtner; 12/2/20
We got rid of an old … under-floor furnace and moved the regular furnace … and added new vents and put new supply lines, etc. …we also installed a new A/C and I chose to get one with a heat pump. It works very well. I have a two-tier system controlled by my Nest thermostat…
Anand on Curtner; 4/5/21
I have been extremely happy with extremeairinc.com. Albert has serviced my hvac systems for several years. Honest and reliable.
Julia on Husted; 8/19/22
We've used Adviro on two properties. They really do know a lot about mold and air quality, along with just about everything else you might need to know. They are local (Leigh Ave) and communicate well and thoroughly. They have always been prompt and responsive for us. Just a note: these tests are not inexpensive!
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 1/4/22
Also working with Tyler with Residential AC Inc. for duct replacement.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/5/21
Just had ours all replaced last year. We used. They were great to work with, clean, knowledgeable and professional.
Tofoi Y-M.; 4/28/21
We installed one in our place in Paso Robles. They are great…. We got a Panasonic RE18SKUA.
Andrew S.; 7/24/20
Eric Moran at Cooler Living Systems who installed a heat pump for me and configured the Nest for it. He is excellent.
Anand on Curtner; 12/7/20
Blanca has been cleaning my house for over 15 years. She is dependable, located locally, and I can recommend her without reservation.
John on Cristina Ave., 3/18/20
I've had Ninfa Serna and her team cleaning my home for over 17 years and she's worked with family friends for even longer than that. 100% reliable, detailed oriented, and trustworthy.
Claudia on Westwood; 9/17/20
They have a couple of teams that will come to clean - usually 4 pp bit sometimes more or less - so it goes quickly. They are very reliable and thorough. Most of the people are Spanish speakers. Jose’s English is very good and I call/text him if I need to talk. I trust the owners completely, but the team changes a lot…
Karlie on Glenwood Ave; 4/4/21, 2/18/22, 3/8/23
… we are extremely happy with the results. They have wonderful attention to detail and cleaning practices, an excellent work ethic and true dedication to customer service, … [We] are so pleased with the "restoration" of our carpets ... Not only did they impeccably clean them, they were able to perfectly stretch the buckled areas. They also deep cleaned the stone, granite, tile and grout in our bathrooms as well as a deep clean and polish on our hardwood floors.
Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 4/9/21
It is a licensed family operation and wonderful people. They always do a great job and are very trustworthy. They also love my dog. They did just raise their price by $20 but understandable.
Amy on Fairview; 3/17/22
[I] contacted Sanity Divas [to clean a tub and shower], response was quick and shortly decided on a day and time. The 2 person team showed up during the start window (30 minutes), quick assessment and were busy. I…was happy this all worked out so easily.
Greg A.; 7/22/22
Our housekeeper has some free time. We have had her for about a year and I am very pleased with her work. She is reliable, honest, easy to work with, and very careful with all my knick-knacks. She brings all her own supplies or will use yours if you have a favorite. She is willing to accommodate whatever you need. I highly recommend her. Use my name when you call.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/24/22, 9/21/23
She did such an amazing job on a clean-out. She takes great care with cleaning agents she uses, knowing which products to use on certain surfaces, e.g., stainless steel, tile and stone… She is a professional, Christian woman, who takes great pride in her work and is extremely thorough. I highly recommended her. Her rate is $35/hr.
Cindy Kennedy; 3/7/23
Martin P.; 8/15/22, 4/29/23
I have used DetailProPlus.com, a local husband and wife team. Super easy to work with and they worked magic with my dirty white grout that is now white again.
Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/15/22
I had an exceptional experience with Jillian and Arturo from Detail Pro Plus. He cleaned my tile and it looks like new. He is very very thorough. I had several things completed and was pleased with all.
Sharon on Glen Ellen Way; 4/29/23
I used Tile Tech Co./ Jose Vaquerano to clean and seal 35 year old tile floor (had white grout) and it looked brand new! Could not have been more pleased. He is very neat and tidy.
Nancy on Kotenberg; 8/17/22, 6/9/23
I used Ricky for a couple of bathrooms ~ he’s excellent. His
work has held up for many, many years. He would be my go to in a minute.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/8/23
We just had Ramon Espinoza team clean our gutters. Did a great job. text him fair price.
Carol on Kiner; 12/20/22
We used Traveling Tools last month. Excellent. Reasonable price.
Cindi on Tiffany; 1/7/23
It's hard to find gutter cleaners and window washers who
will do three stories. Lamar Hanson did our gutters last week and just finished
my windows & screens today. Wow! Excellent, thorough and careful work. He's
a one man operation - prompt & careful.
Kim on Alta Glen Drive; 6/26/23
Don't let the Window Cleaning part of their name mislead you, they do great gutter cleaning, too. Been in business here for a very long time, and do a great job! And, they do clean windows, too! (I think they even hang Holiday lights)
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/11/23
I got his name from the recommendations list and hired him to set up TVs in two rooms. I did not hang anything on the walls, but I'm fairly certain he does do this.
Tina on Monte Vista; 2/7/23
Rey at Advocali Designs is very reasonable and did our gallery wall. Let him know Sujata sent you!
Sujata M.; 1/2/20
I've worked with and am currently working with Sue Harrison of Vision Design. You'd have to contact her to find out if she's right for your job. I like her.
Judi on Kimble; 12/31/21
[They] did an excellent job last year installing a complete system for a friend of mine. As part of the job, they also insulated the attic. They focus on energy efficiency. …they gave my friend choices and let him decide. I was impressed by the professionalism of the installers -- who, for example, used drop cloths, wore boot covers, and cleaned up every day. A couple of weeks later, he needed to have the thermostat simplified -- they sent a very smart and understanding tech who did it at no charge.
Curt G.; 1/17/21
Highly recommend Residential Heating and AC in Campbell. Ask for the CEO Cathy Haire.
Karen on Blewett; 1/17/21
If you need a junk hauling service, I highly recommend you consider Ethan's Junk Removal. They are on-time, polite, careful and competitively priced. They took away several of our no longer needed items this morning!
Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 1/12/20
My GO TO guy. He has done numerous hauling jobs for us, and there's no one who compares to his service. He's always prompt, does an amazing job of cleaning everything up, his prices are more than fair, and he's a really nice guy!
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 3/1/21
Using Got Junk last year was very efficient and worth the money. I think that they recycle some of what they collect.
Carol on Gaton Dr; 9/22/22
They take the grill apart and clean each individual piece and put it back together. It's not cheap though. I think it was $450 at the time but $500 now. They have access to any parts you may need. If you have a little problem with the igniters or something (like I did) they can tweak it without having to buy new. I also had them clean my stove racks.
Damon on Mulberry; 4/9/23
I’ve got a fantastic husband and wife team that is excellent at restoring and sealing granite and marble. Their prices are very fair and will do an excellent job. They are also great with other detail work, such as carpet and upholstery cleaning.
Karen on Blewett; 2/24/21
Mr. Peabody's Carpet and Stone is also excellent.
Carol on Curtis; 2/25/21
I echo that recommendation for Mr Peabody's. They have been our Go-To guys for over a decade. You won't get a "cheap job", but you will get the best! And, if you use them for carpet cleaning, they don't leave that wet residue that is so annoying.
Sue on Minnesota; 2/26/21
Love em! They heat up much faster than gas and shut off immediately. We’ve had ours for about 10 years and it took a little while to get use to how quickly the stove responded. You have to prep everything first and then start cooking, otherwise you’ll burn the first item while chopping the next. I bought ours for easy cleanup and it is just a quick wipe and looks like new after 10 years. Ours is a KitchenAid.
Nell A.; 12/13/19
I love my induction cooktop. It is a GE brand and is the top of a push-in stove. I did have a small issue just after the first year, but GE came and repaired it for free. I did not buy the extended warranty. I think it is better than a gas cooktop, as the top is easy to clean, the burners are very efficient, and water boils in half the time of any cooktop I've ever had. It still looks new, works great, and if I ever need to replace it, I will get another one.
Brooke in Dry Creek Village; 12/13/19
I've used Baker Lock and Key on Foxworthy and Union for years. Very Reliable.
Nina on El Rio; 6/19/20, 12/14/20
George [at Baker’s Lock & Key] even fixed a door problem that turned out to have nothing to do with the lock. 10/10.
Barbara M.; 10/22/20, 3/5/23
Call John @ Baker's Lock & Key Service (located on Union Ave). He really knows what he's doing, has been a locksmith for a very long time, is prompt, and his prices are reasonable.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 10/31/22
I’ve used San Jose Safe & Lock at 939 W San Carlos St with good success. The guy knows his stuff and he’s reasonably priced. It shares the lot with used cars, so look carefully when you drive over.
John K.; 6/19/20
If in need, or being prepared, I'd support SJ Lock & Safe without a doubt and Baker too would be a fine choice. Didn't hurt to map the location with the street view to ease finding the place. Not hard, but it's not a big box store of course.
Greg on Kobara Lane; 6/19/20
Chen Even is your guy. First Bay is his own business. He does great work, is reliable, and fairly priced.
Sara on Michigan Ave.; 7/26/22
I [recommend] Orchard City Lock.
Bob on Bird Eve.; 7/26/22
We used Jerry Wood Moving about 10 years ago to move out and then back into our house during a remodel. They were awesome and very reasonably priced. If we were to move again they would be the first I would call.
Jeff on Brooks; 4/19/21
Highly recommend Todd with Jerry Wood Moving. Perfect for local moves.
Karen on Blewett; 5/6/22
Goliath Moving & Storage is great and reasonable!
Barbara on Hawkhurst; 7/7/20
Scott McElfresh is great.
Barbara S.; 11/4/20, 4/19/21
I met with Wynn last week to do a yard walk around [to stain my fences], and he scheduled me for this week and finished it in days as planned. Could not be happier this is done knowing this quality fence has received the not as common extra care of staining. Wynn is a friendly guy, 30+ years painting experience, licensed - bonded contractor.
Greg on Kobara Lane; 11/17/21
I've also worked with Wynn several times. He's painted my house, deck, and even offered to paint my old faded mailbox! I really appreciate wynn's 'can do' attitude!
Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 11/17/21
[Wynn Barnes recommended by]
Damon on Mulberry; 5/2/23
Local guy. Been in business for years. Great workmanship. Fair pricing. Fast and efficient.
Linda on Little Orchard; 10/8/20
We have used Ryan Hanson for our inside painting on three houses now. He is prompt and does a very good job. I also like that he keeps the work area very clean and is careful of the carpets and furniture. He is especially patient while you decide on…colors.... I am planning on calling him again soon.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/12/21, 11/1/21, 6/10/22, 8/22/23
We have had several good experiences with Bill’s Brushworks, responsive, efficient, quality work, and good value. Came in at 1/2 the price of the other quote we obtained.
Bill on Cherrydale; 10/15/20
I just had a great experience with Pride Painting. They did an excellent job. They patched stucco, painted the house, the wrought iron trim, and sealed the redwood fence for a very reasonable price. They were responsive and tidy and wonderful to work with.
Tina on Monte Vista; 3/12/21
Pride Painting has done a lot of painting for us and for our neighbors. They are good people, always leave a clean worksite, and do a quality job. She will make an appointment to come to your house to see what you need, and then send you a bid a couple of days later. Highly recommended. Jose is also a licensed contractor.
Amy on Willow Glen Way; 10/15/20
I’ve used Pride Painting do some interior painting as well. Very meticulous – did a great job! They also replaced/repaired a broken gate.
Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 10/15/20
2nd the recommendation of Pride Painting. They’ve done several painting and updating projects for us.
Carol L.; 6/22/21
Our whole house exterior was painted recently by Choice Painting Co. We're pleased with the job process and outcome. Good communication with owner and his experienced painters who did the four-day job. Good prep -- power wash, filled cracks & dings including on a damaged garage door, protected non-painted surfaces well. Moved lots of stuff away from house walls and put it all back again afterwards.
Margaret G.; 11/21/21
I've used Gustavo Ruiz for several client interior paint jobs recently. He is excellent, reasonably priced, and extremely reliable. Highly recommend!
Karen on Blewett; 5/13/20, 10/8/20, 3/12/21
He has done all kinds of painting, deck repair, refinishing and staining for our house on Ramona
Always does a great job, cleans up and is on time.
Leslie L.; 2/24/21
I can highly recommend James Kim of Style Painting. James is a perfectionist & does beautiful work.
Barbara on Husted; 5/26/22
N-Style did a wonderful job painting our entire interior. I saw their sign on another home in the neighborhood and contacted them. Nick is the owner.
Susan G.; 6/9/22
Miguel Cortez at 408-930-2058 did a great job for us. He also sprayed a friend's cabinets and did a super job. And, he is a really nice guy, highly recommend.
Greg on Camino Pablo; 6/10/22
My husband works for a Benjamin Moore store and these professionals are amazing! These are the best!
Lynn M.; 9/26/22
… he is amazing. He helped me choose my cabinet color and I was very happy with [it]. He made suggestions on what he could do to give me more storage space and tweak a few things to make my life easier. He is fast and efficient and … made sure the kitchen and porch were clear before he left and everything was back in its place.
Elaine N.; 10/14/23
A Willow Glen Painting Contractor serving all of SJ and beyond. Contact for all painting needs.
Wynn on Altamont: email@example.com; 3/5/22
Scott Willis did our wall mural, copying old photos onto an exterior wall. Check out his [website].
Margaret on Palm Haven; 5/19/20
A Gentleman stopped by here recently. He did a great job. All of my neighbors asked to have their house numbers after they saw mine. You can text your order or place an order on line. You don't have to be
home. He will invoice you. Hope it works out for you.
Casey on Minnesota; 7/19/20
Excellent. Excellent painter too
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/2/20, 9/26/22
Sherri near Foxworthy & Meridian; 3/18/23
Local, been in business 36 years.
Linda on Old Orchard; 5/6/20
I used this company to put stucco on my 1927 home. They did a great job. I highly recommend.
Gail on California; 3/16/21
Sherri I.; 2/5/23
Chris Justi has been my drywall guy for 20 years, most recently last week. He did a great job in patching up and beautifying all of the Willow Glen earth-shifting cracks... I highly recommend him …[When I text him] he’s responded quickly.
Gail on Prevost; 9/20/23
Good guy [for drywall].
Rebecca on Newport; 10/29/23
My name is Chris Justi and I'm a drywall contractor. I work by myself so I take smallish jobs …. give me a text back at the phone number [above] and we can set up an appointment for me to come by and take a look at it and tell you what I think.
Chris on Clintonia;; 3/5/22
I can’t speak highly enough about a brick mason I’ve just had repair my outdoor fireplace. He does brick work, concrete, slate, stone, veneer, pavers, stamped concrete, block, retaining walls.
Carol on Glenwood Ave; 2/10/22
When I had windows replaced, I used Sheets Enterprises-great job on custom windows. There was a wall of stucco that had been previously repaired incorrectly and it bothered Dave so he had it repaired correctly. Wow what a difference- but not sure if they do stucco repair without other work.
Lisa on Plaza; 3/10/23
[Moomau] was beyond fabulous in every single way possible…I wouldn't hesitate for a second to use his services again or recommend him to anyone. He was beyond outstanding and I wanted to share this story with you in case you are ever in need of a reliable plumber who knows what they are doing.
Barb M.; 5/26/21
I love Moomau too -- they've done big & little jobs for me, always excellent results.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/19/23
Highly recommend Jeff Dean. He has been helping us for years. Always does quality work, reasonable rates, good person; has consistently quickly and correctly identified issues,
Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow, now in Cory neighborhood near Valley Fair); 1/6/20, 9/28/20
[Jeff Dean] is clearly very knowledgeable about the right way to do things, and who takes pride in a job well done. He was always right on time, always responded to calls/texts promptly, and is highly professional. I think he's always going to be the first plumber I call when I'm looking to get something done.
Jim S.; 9/26/20
I recently had an excellent experience with a plumber. He was capable, efficient, and reasonably priced.
Carol on DeAnza Way; 1/31/20
They were respectful of the physical distance required now and what is necessary. They replaced a line from the refrigerator to the basement. They also replaced a kitchen faucet at no extra charge. They are good and reliable and respectful. He wore a medical mask. The cost is expensive but they used the correct materials so this will last a long time.
Gail on California; 4/2/20
It’s a local family owned business. They were here just last week to do an emergency water heater replacement. We’ve also had them install a water softener and, on separate occasions, two leaks in our ground floor ceiling from second floor plumbing (note: they do not do drywall repair.)
Kimberly D.; 4/5/20
Good Luck! [Water Quality Plumbing recommended by]
Kirsten on Glenwood; 6/13/20
He solved the problem for $300 instead of the $3000 [that] 15 dollar wanted. Very pleased.
Mary on Lansford; 4/5/20
I called Fantastic Rooter Plumbing and a person answered right away (on a Thursday evening) and said she would check to see if Brian, one of their service people, could come out.... Brian showed up within 45 minutes and got right to work…By 8:30 it was all taken care of and everyone was happy.
Ann on Spencer Ave.; 7/22/22
Our go to plumber is Fantastic Rooter for every plumbing issue. We have been using them for 10 years. Perhaps a bit more expensive than others but they know their stuff and always have a permanent solution rather than a band aid fix.
Anu B.; 7/22/22
A local wg co.
Brigette on Glenkirk Ct; 6/13/20
I always call CMS Plumbing. Customer Service, prices, and quality work is always on point.
Cyn on McBain Ave.; 4/27/23
[to fix a leaky toilet…]
Damon on Mulberry; 5/9/23
I used Giovanni at San Jose Drain and Main to replace my disposer and kitchen faucet in March. He was on time, extremely smart and didn't leave a mess. I'd give him a call or text and see what his schedule looks like. Mine wasn't an emergency so it took us about a week to nail down a time that worked for both of us.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 5/9/23
I just had Dominick of Dominick's Plumbing work on my plumbing. He managed to keep the water on for me! I would recommend him highly. He is neat and tidy and considerate and prompt. Worked for Moonmau.
Vicki on Shepherd; 8/22/23
He is a licensed, master plumber and is great at troubleshooting and explaining the issue(s). I’ve always found his prices reasonable … Kerry is definitely …. His son is working with him and learning the trade from his dad - great team work.
Mary on Iris Ct.; 9/8/23
I’d like to highly recommend Robert Bredsteen for the WG back fence e-list. Robert is licensed, personable and professional. He is also reasonably priced, on time and willing to explain his work process so the client fully understands the scope of work.
Julia on Husted; 10/5/23
I really like the Delta kitchen faucet I got from CostCo. ~$200. Great spray, easy to use.
Larry on Willow; 10/14/23
Anand on Curtner; 7/26/23
I found a tool that I am finding very helpful in managing my water use, and hence water bills. …you strap onto the outside of your water meter (no pipe cutting or tools needed) and then it uses a radio frequency to relay a signal to base station unit about the size of a salt shaker inside your house or garage to send water use to an app on your phone. The base station needs to be in range of your wifi and needs to be plugged into the wall. No batteries or wires. Unit is about $200 and it looks like you can get it at their website, on Amazon and Home Depot (online; not sure if it is in their stores).
Margaret on Palm Haven, 2/23/20
Dave is the owner of Always Under Pressure...they are great. Take a look.
Nanci V.; 2/3/21
I too am quite happy with my new Lindy roof! In only two days, they removed the old roof, repaired the rot and damage, installed additional vents and valleys, roofed, and cleaned up. It looks great, and now it doesn't leak!
We used Corning/Duration-Premium fiberglass shingles (Color: Driftwood) to replace the wood shakes on the rental, and it nicely matches the neighboring houses.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/22
I was impressed by Mark Castillo from El Camino Roof Systems in San Jose. He came out to give me an estimate and saved me over $500 by telling me something I thought I needed wasn’t necessary. I love honest people! Call him if you have any roofing needs.
Rebecca on Newport; 5/4/20
They are our "go to" experts in everything including gutter repairs and replacement if needed. Plus, they're right here in Willow Glen. They have been in business for a really long time, and Roger's work is impeccable, reliable and reasonably priced. If you want peace of mind and a great job, call them.
Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 9/24/20
They are professional, and provide the best customer service I've experienced in a very long time. They meet commitments, answer all questions and go way beyond. You will not be disappointed. Also, they have been in the roofing business, in Campbell for many years - I believe about 25 years. They put a new roof on my house 3 years ago.
Joyce on Comstock Lane; 3/29/23
Here's a third recommendation for Hamilton Roofing and Steve Ash. [We] are long-time Realtors, so we have used Hamilton many, many times with our clients, not just once or twice like a typical homeowner would.
Susan on Gerald; 3/29/23
I also recommend Eastman Roofing. I have used them for many years, as well.
Susan on Gerald; 3/29/23
John DiMarco is the best!!! Used him for many years!
Brigette O.; 1/14/20
Here’s the guy... [John DiMarco] does my gutters yearly
Gail on Prevost; 11/10/20
We have used JR Window Cleaning for several years now. He does Gutter Cleaning, Solar Panel Cleaning and Window Cleaning. Our house is a two story Tudor with a 12 by 12 pitched roof and solar panels. Not a problem for him. He is prompt, does it all in one day, and doesn’t leave a mess….
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 12/28/18, 1/16/20
Great results! He works alone, charges $200 for 20 windows, both inside and outside, with extra windows $6 and screens $2 each. I had him do two skylights, $14 each, which required him to go up on the roof, with no problems. He also does gutters.
Allan on California Ave.; 7/8/23
[He] washed our windows… today. … He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.
Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23
I have used Four Seasons Roofing 408-295-7767 and been very happy.
Bob on Bird; 12/27/21
We just used Alex Gutter and Roof. Saw their truck as they were installing for our neighbor's house a few doors down. Very responsive and quick, even completed our install during a light rain event in October.
Elaine on Hervey; 12/27/21
We replaced the roof about 2 years ago. With the recent weather, a part of the gutter became loose. Rosetta’s had the gutter repaired within a day of my call. Excellent service. Thank you Rosetta’s!
Martha on Cambrian Park; 1/18/23
We recently had MC Roofing clean our gutters and repair a couple of downspouts. They'd previously repaired a leak in our roof. I really like Miguel and his crew, and they do excellent work.
Kate on Norval; 3/5/23
I have used Larry Ruzzo, San Jose Dry Carpet Cleaners, for many years and just again this week. He still does excellent work. I highly recommend him for dry carpet cleaning.
Shelly on Weaver; 8/8/22
Carpet Cleaner Home Maintenance Systems is the best! I have used him for years, all my neighbors in Willow Glen have used him as well as my clients. All have been very happy with the results. He can also stretch carpets!
Barbara on Hawkhurst Pl; 2/3/21, 8/30/21
I’ve used Mark McDaniels with Action Brothers for 30+ years [for cleaning carpets]. It is a wet process but no strong chemicals or smells left behind. Just needs time to dry.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 2/3/21
I recommend Bret Furtado who's right here local on Franquette.
Anand on Curtner; 2/4/21, 5/27/21
Bret is very professional, is Covid safe, his rates are incredibly reasonable and he does a beautiful job. He cleaned the area rugs outside on my driveway, and cleaned outdoor furniture cushions and they look like new. He also cleans tile and grout, upholstery and furniture as well as leather.
Ellen I.; 2/8/21
I highly recommend the Details Pros, a husband-and-wife team. They are honest, expert in all kinds of stains, hardworking, prompt and fair with their pricing. Highly recommend. I have used them many times for my clients and for my own home.
Karen on Blewett; 5/26/21
We did not use them for carpets: we use them for hard surfaces and they were amazing!! A number of my friends have used them for carpets and give them the highest reviews
Vivian on Glenn; 8/29/21
I've used Detail Pros…They did a fabulous job, and were reasonably priced, and super respectful of my property. I highly recommend them!
Robin on Hazelwood; 8/29/21
As per many recommendations on this list, I have Jillian and Arturo [at Detail Pro Plus]
cleaning my bathroom tile floors and a 20 year old carpet runner. The white grout is now actually white! And the carpet looks nearly new. I highly recommend if you are looking for detailed, deep cleaning.
Margaret on Palm Haven; 11/11/21
[Detail Pro Plus does] a wonderful job with carpets and other items as well. I thought I was going to have to replace some carpeting that was buckled and Arturo re-stretched it, cleaned it and it looks great. They have also done amazing work on area rugs for me. In addition to their great work, their customer service is impeccable!
Carolyn on Winona Dr.; 3/5/23
I recently hired Detail Pro Plus carpet cleaning for a large area rug and upholstered furniture cleaning. A local family that takes great pride in their work. They picked up and dropped off the rug. Very service oriented and thorough. Very happy with the work and the customer service.
Karlie on Glenwood Ave; 6/3/23
They … are very conscious about not using harmful products. They are so well prepared and after they completed the job, they brought in many blowers to help dry the rugs faster. Used to take 3 days to dry. Plus they were very moderate in their price. Definitely will use them again.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 5/27/22
I always use Coit and have had good service from them.
Tina on Monte Vista; 3/5/23
Great work, nice people, fair prices.
Barbara M.; 3/5/23
I second DeLuxe Dye Works. I've used them for years.
Susan on Gerald; 3/5/23
Deluxe Dye Works is
excellent. They pick up.
Carol on Kiner; 6/3/23
Deluxe Dye Works did an amazing job on cleaning & repairing two very rugs. They clearly communicated pricing & no surprises.
Sueling C.; 6/3/23
We are using Sentry Alarm Systems. They have been very helpful when our aging system has had hiccups. I don’t know if they service GE systems, but it is worth a try.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/1/21
...sales reps are working the area to install "free" security systems and upgrades to existing systems. They want to install systems same day. They prey on the elderly and disabled, and their reps lie about their contracts, making it difficult to cancel their services.
Wendy on Pine; June 1, 2010
For what it is worth we just got solar panels without a battery from Clean Solar (they are local and amazing.) and it was around 15,000 after rebates. So maybe prices have gone down?
Dina S.; 3/5/22, 6/23/22
We used CleanSolar— I highly recommend them! Our system is about 7 years old- and we have contacted them about enlarging it when we eventually get an electric or plug in hybrid— Tell them I sent you. Very professional and they really walk you thru all the details!!
Teri K.; 6/24/22
[We] highly recommend them! They're a nonprofit and… up to a third cheaper than profit companies. …they had 1-2 staff people who guided 3-4 volunteers…Their staff did all the electrical work which was inspected by the city and passed first time. They even sent me a check afterwards which was a surprise… because the price of the panels had dropped between the time of the quote and installation. [They] target low-energy homeowners w/ electrical bills of no more than $100/mo.--they exclude the gas part of your PGE bill… our 11 panels installed in 2016 came to $9300 before rebates. That zeroed out our electrical bill until we got our EV. Now that we've added more panels we should be again be back to zero.
Vernon on Laurie; 3/7/22
Nick from Highlight Solar cleans them and also installed the mesh to keep birds from nesting under them.
Lisa R.; 7/27/22
When I had a botched solar install from another local company, I called around to so many other solar companies and none of them wanted to touch an existing install. They charged a fair price and gave me absolutely fantastic customer service. Our neighbors used them too.
Dominic on Britton; 11/2/22
I have worked with Gary Carnes. He is very knowledgeable.
Brigette O.; 10/1/20
We’ve used Hydrex for over 40 years.
Nancy on Cottle; 4/27/20
Our pest control guy referred us to the "rat whisperer"… Robert came in and took care of the problem and sealed up any point of entry, with a one year guarantee and returns without charge if the problem recurs. He's amazing!
Claudia on Westwood; 4/28/20
I had something similar. It used to sound like a few critters playing a game of tag in my walls! Carlos was fast, used non-toxic materials, sealed/wired shut every opening into the house and had great customer service. Highly recommend.
Debra on Gerhardt Ave.; 4/28/20, 12/2/21
I used Smith’s Gopher Trapping Service to get rid of moles and have been very satisfied. They were very professional and eradicated my mole problem.
Cliff R.; 7/17/20
They are a father-son company that I have used for 20-25 years in my real estate business. They are very thorough and very honest. I have seen them on numerous occasions explain to homeowners that this damage or that does not need to be repaired and why. They are happy to do the repairs, but will let you know if they don't think it's urgent or necessary. They do not rip people off or make up things that "need" to be done.
Susan on Gerald Way; 12/28/20
I have a great referral here. They are “on project” right now. They are very professional and thorough. I thought that their pricing was very reasonable considering the amount of work involved. It’s quite a process! They did great work [at my duplex] in 2014 and again now [at my house].
Suzanne on Cristina; 1/30/21
I second Kilroy. I’ve worked with them on some large projects and they did a great job.
Bob on Bird; 1/30/21
Killroy of Campbell did good work for us. First Choice folks seemed good too, found the same stuff on inspection, similar price. Killroy was a little clearer on the prep. Ours was complicated because one building was zero lot line, requiring work on neighbor’s property.
Barbara M.; 8/31/21
I had [Kilroy] out last year to treat my house for ants. I had tried several methods to get rid of the summer hoard looking for water with no success. I chose the one-time service for $200 rather than a regular subscription. They got rid of the ants and they have not returned this year either.
Tina on Monte Vista; 7/3/22, 12/22/22
SOS pest control did a very good job on trapping and then analyzing and blocking up any entry ways into the house and garage.
Tina on Hillsdale; 7/8/21
Excellent rat exterminator helped me eliminate the places rats were entering my house and eliminate the ones that had gotten in. They were recommended by a realtor friend and what a great recommendation.
Susan on Gerald; 7/8/21, 2/15/22, 5/8/22, 1/11/23, 10/3/23
We just had an uninvited visitor in our house, a rat!, and called RPM Pest Control based on recommendations from the Elist. They are very nice and were out within a couple of days. Inspected, covered some entry points and set traps. They’ll be back this week to check the traps.
Susan on Parkside; 5/7/22
A BIG THANKS to RPM Exterminators, as they came out to one of our rentals and diagnosed the problem, fixed it and couldn’t be happier with their SUPERIOR customer service. I got the company info from an earlier eList posting and wanted to thank that person too.
Dan on Greencreek; 7/19/23
We used RPM to help us with [creatures in the attic]. Mike at RPM was great. I highly recommend them.
Regan on Jansen; 10/3/23
We used Bay Area Rodent Solutions 7 years ago. No complaints, other than the service seemed a little expensive at the time. They were competent and they found and corrected all the ingress points. We have had no rodent issues since then.
Brian & Jane formerly on California; 12/2/21
We like Western Exterminators; Colin is our service technician, very friendly and always gives us a heads up before he comes out to spray.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 4/21/22
I’ve used Server’s Pest Control in Campbell. They also spray fruit and nut trees to prevent fungus.
Patty on Broadway; 4/21/22
Thrasher Termite has treated my house for ants.
Susan on Gerald Way; 6/19/22
For termites we have had really good luck with Mighty Mite. We bought the insurance and they will come back and check once a year. I don’t remember how many years it was for. Nice people and don’t leave a mess.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/30/23
For Moles we have had good luck with Mrs. Greenlawn. They come back [and check], also.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 10/30/23
I just had Detail Pros, Jillian & Arturo, clean several upholstered chairs. They were fantastic - very thorough and hard working. I would certainly recommend them. They also do Stone Care, Hard Surface Cleaning, Carpet Repair, and Tile and Grout Cleaning.
Carol on Kiner; 7/7/21
Gail on California; 11/1/22
Gail on California; 11/1/22
Andrew Church in Santa Cruz on Swift just off Mission/Hwy 1.
I have used him myself and he’s great! He does all kinds of furniture repair.
He’s been in business for over 25 years and comes highly recommended by many in
Sherri near Meridian and Foxworthy; 4/28/22
I have someone for you [for installing a tankless water heater].
Julie M.; 8/16/20
Moomau did a good and reasonably priced job replacing ours [water heater] when our old cheapie gave out. I understand there's been some disappointment in them lately, but Billy and Robert continue to do a good job for us.
I proactively replaced my 20 year old 75 gallon water heater with a 50 gallon and solicited several quotes from local plumbers. Given that it was a fairly challenging basement installation with some incorrect plumbing dating back to when it was first installed, I expected it to be expensive but was astounded at the range of prices quoted, from a high of $3500 to a low of $1650. I used ABCO Plumbing in Campbell and they did a great job. They corrected the faulty plumbing, removed the old water heater and installed the new in about 5 hours. I recommend them.
Allan on California Ave.; 1/22/21
Ray is an expert in tankless hot water heaters. He was recommended via Moomau. Ray is honest and very knowledgeable.
Karen on Blewett; 2/14/21
We just got a 50 gallon Bradford White from Water Quality. It has some kind of recirculate feature that is supposed to keep calcium buildup to a minimum. We’ve had it a month and have always had hot water right away. Price including remove, replace, re-strap, update to code was approximately $2000-2100. We’ve been thrilled to have reliable hot water.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 11/28/21
This week I had Plumbtree Plumbing replace my 20-year-old water heater which stopped working and started leaking, and fix some gas pipes. Very professional, conscientious and thorough. Not the cheapest, but excellent work. I highly recommend.
Rebecca on Newport’ 1/13/22
We used Water Heaters Only to replace a water heater a couple of years ago and were very pleased with service and quality of work. Clean, neat, efficient and reasonable price. I can wholeheartedly recommend … Water Heaters Only… for water heater replacements.
Brian formerly on California; 2/20/22
[When one of my water heaters started leaking, the plumber] noted it was probably still under warranty and recommended I contact the manufacturer... I had to go with the manufacturer's authorized dealer, which turned out to be AAA Furnace! They did a fantastic job. He did a great job, and … was neat and efficient. I can wholeheartedly recommend … AAA Furnace for water heater replacements.
Brian formerly on California; 2/20/22
I had Rayne for ages and was totally happy. They are responsible for the upkeep. Rayne is in Willow Glen. I would use them again and forget "owning" a soft water unit.
Gail on California; 5/4/21
Gail on California; 5/4/21
We have had our under-sink RO system for many years and its worked beautifully. Is was installed by Serv-All and we have them do any service or cartridge upkeep we need. They are very knowledgeable and do a nice job and are careful of the cabinets.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/10/22, 7/9/22
My go to store is “Water Spring” across from the Santa Clara Library. I have only purchased distilled from them on rare occasions, but I do know they have that option. I regularly go there for my drinking water refills. They are great people, safe and load up bottles in your car.
Kathi on Cherry; 1/29/22
Very high quality welding shop - it's hard to believe it's actually a welding shop when you walk in. Very clean, organized, and they are capable of welding anything you might bring to them, including stainless. Highly recommended.
Brian formerly on California; 7/13/22
I have used Dave Sheets to make windows and frames.
Lisa on Plaza; 5/25/22
Last week we had [a] window replaced -- a big one in three sections. …window is sturdy, smooth-sliding, energy efficient. Work was done carefully, on schedule; John even did a couple small wear & tear repairs on the older windows at the same time. Happy to recommend this experienced, family-owned company.
Margaret on Constitution Drive; 8/15/23
Years ago we hired Anderson Windows to replace several windows using Renewal by Andersen windows. They did an excellent job with no damage to the brick fascia.
Tina on Monte Vista; 1/16/23
John Scalmanini at Anderson is the best! My neighbors & I have used him numerous times over the years and everyone is very happy!
Barbara on Hawkhurst; 1/17/23
We had a good experience with [them]
Amish on Husted Ave; 12/14/22
I used The Mobile Screen Guys in 2014 and the repaired screens are still looking great. They gave me an option to get "pet-proof" screening, which I did for my door screens, and they have held up well with my mellow cat, a foster kitten who liked to climb screens, and the occasional dog visitor.
Lisa on Crescent Drive; 9/18/20
I would highly recommend Sparkling Clean Window Washing, Peter Reeves. They did a great job!
Kirsten on Glenwood; 10/12/20
After several emails [to Sparkling Clean] …and with a tentative bid, a crew of 4 fellows arrived on time, were pleasant, respectful of us and our property, and after 2.5 hours, left us with sparkling clean windows, sills, screens, tracks and casings. The final bill was a bit higher than the proposed bid, but well worth the extra $$. Two thumbs up!!
Rita on Mercer Ave.; 6/25/22
Give these guys [at Sparkling Clean] a call. They have "Rave Reviews" in the neighborhood!
Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 4/19/21
I have used Peter Reeves at Sparkling Clean Window Washing since at least 2017 and he's charged me the same every year (including this year). His crew does a great job!
Brooke on Dry Creek Village; 5/27/22
… a crew of 4 fellows [from Sparkling] arrived on time, were pleasant, respectful of us and our property, and after 2.5 hours, left us with sparkling clean windows, sills, screens, tracks and casings. The final bill was a bit higher than the proposed bid, but well worth the extra $$. Two thumbs up!!
Rita on Mercer Ave.; 6/25/22
I just had Javier/Spectacular Windows clean my windows. He was efficient and thorough. My windows shine! I am hooked and highly recommend him!
Joyce on Padres; 5/17/21
Yes! Gabe Santa Cruz is still washing windows and I also recommend. It’s just him so you may have to leave a message and he will call you back.
Margaret on Palm Haven; 8/7/21
He did a super job as he was friendly, very courteous, reliable, thorough, hard-working, and reasonably priced. In short, I strongly recommend him. He also does Christmas lights (not yet, please) and power washing.
Greg on Camino Pablo; 8/24/21
Geraldo and his crew are outstanding. They are punctual, conscientious and thorough. I highly recommend him.
Carol C.; 5/3/23
We've had Clear View our home and couldn't be happier with
the results. After receiving several LARGE increases from our previous company
this was a refreshing change working with someone that didn't charge an arm and
Dan on Greencreek; 6/20/23
[Mr. Tzul] washed our windows, screens, and skylights, and replaced the screens on our screen doors, today. He also cleaned the window tracks. He did an excellent job with everything. I would recommend him highly. He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.
Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23
Highly recommend Javier Huerta, Spectacular Window Cleaning for window, gutter and solar panel cleaning. He does an excellent job and is very professional and trustworthy. So with all of the spring cleaning items on your to-do list, give Javier a call.
Ellen on Cherry; 4/17/21
I highly recommend Javier of Spectacular Windows as well. He has cleaned my windows and screens multiple times and always does a thorough job for a fair price.
Holly on Jonathan; 4/22/21
Hella Clean Windows y Mas did a great job of cleaning my windows and screens. Husband and wife team removed all the screens and cleaned window tracks. Also cleaned son’s windows and multiple sliding doors - he was also impressed.
Pam on Wren; 3/24/22
[He] cleaned all the tracks and the inside frame of each window… did all the outside windows; then did all the inside windows. Then he took off every screen and ran them through a screen washing machine which I had never seen before…he did my skylight inside and out... I have never had my windows as clean as they are now. I will only use him for the future and I felt his price was pretty moderate.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 6/10/22, 6/8/23
Best job, Nicest person, Least Expensive. Geraldo was the nicest person we’ve had clean our windows. I’m so happy we got the excellent referral from Backfence
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/20/23
We live in a 3-story townhouse. It's hard to find window
washers who will do three stories. Lamar Hanson just finished my windows &
screens today. Wow! Excellent, thorough and careful work. Windows are gleaming.
His rate for windows is $200 for 20 windows and $6.00 a window after that.
Screens are $2.00. He's a one man operation - prompt & careful.
Kim on Alta Glen Drive; 6/26/23
Great results! [Mr. Hanson] works alone, charges $200 for 20 windows, both inside and outside, with extra windows $6 and screens $2 each. I had him do two skylights, $14 each, which required him to go up on the roof, with no problems. He also does gutters.
Allan on California Ave.; 7/8/23
My friend is an expert window washer, He does both inside and outside, the space where the screens go and the screens. His charge is $280.00 for all the windows. He speaks fluent English and Spanish and is a very nice young man.
Jonica on Lansford; 7/29/23
For Santa Clara County. Friendly people. Wonderful education.
Gail on California; 4/28/22
Try Metro Concrete. I have used them for several projects and they always do a great job.
Bob on Bird; 7/28/20
I recently worked with Ernesto Rodriguez. He was terrific to work with. Great communication & execution. Very fair pricing as well.
Brigette on Glenkirk Court; 11/12/18, 5/8/21
I had a small job- driveway cut out to the street. He was the only concrete company that called me back. Great job and good price.
Lisa on Coe; 2/5/21
I want to give a shout-out to the company who recently replaced our sidewalks that were tagged by the city. This is a small company…listed on the approved City contractors list. Antonio responded to my request for an estimate quickly and completed the work two weeks after the first contact. His price was very competitive. I'm very happy with the finished work.
Lorraine on Newport Ave.; 2/24/21
Debbi on Hazelwood; 3/16/21
Sergio Aguayo replaced ours and a friend’s. He did a great job. His wife Vivianna is bilingual; he’s dominant Spanish. Nice people too.
Carol L.; 5/7/21
Last year, I finally faced up to the fact that my sidewalk was hazardous -- so I called the City and asked for an inspection. The inspector was friendly and took the time to explain things.
You can easily use a ruler to check your sidewalk against the City's safety criteria. Mine did not meet the entirely-reasonable rules:
(I was inspired to check because I noticed an elderly neighbor with a walker having trouble on her daily walk -- despite being with a caregiver. She wasn't complaining, but the sidewalk was not very neighborly.)
The key info is here on the City website:
- Main page: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=275
- Q-and-A: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/faq.aspx?qid=66
The City's objective is public safety, not appearance -- so they require only a minimum repair: replacing a few squares of concrete -- plus grinding the edges on some other existing squares.
How it works:
There are four alternatives:
1. You let the City hire a contractor and manage the project. These is an additional charge for the project management.
2. You hire a contractor from the City's recommended list.
3. You hire any licensed concrete contractor.
4. Do it yourself (i.e. hire someone who is not a contractor.) You need to follow these specifications for a safe and long-lasting job that will pass inspection: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=3463
With any alternative, either you or the contractor pays for a permit to cover two inspection visits -- after the roots are cut and the forms are in -- and then a final inspection. They leave the final inspection report in your mailbox.
I picked choice #2 -- hired a contractor from the City's recommended list:
- Wanted a contractor fully experienced with the City rules and process.
- Wanted to work directly with the contractor to understand the alternatives. That paid off with CB Concrete, as described earlier.
- Decided to replace more than the minimum number of squares instead of grinding. Grinding would have removed the current safety hazards -- but would not have solved the overall roller-coaster problem caused by the previous street tree. (In my opinion, the exposed aggregate after grinding is ugly and not really as safe -- and won't solve any stray root problems that might linger under the squares that were ground.)
- Wanted to replace the 60-year-old front walk. Given all the hassle of construction and the "fixed cost" to do only the sidewalk -- Bobcat, demolition-and-haul-away crew, forms crew, transit-mix truck, pour, and several stages of finishing -- the incremental cost for the front walk wasn't that high.
- Don't panic on the 60-day requirement -- as long as you engage a contractor promptly and get on their schedule, you can ignore the subsequent computer-generated threatening letters from the City.
- Because contractors combine multiple jobs in each area, there will be a delay before your job starts. They pour multiple jobs in one area over a couple of hours -- in order to use a full transit mix truckload of concrete -- and their concrete finishers come back several times over a couple of days -- rotating several times between nearby jobs as the concrete sets.
- I notified my neighbors -- and blocked the street in front of my house the day before the demolition -- to ensure that no one parked there. <smile>
Watching the work was educational. Properly-done concrete work is a lot more complex and precise than it looks!
Curt G; 10/12/14
I second the recommendation for Aureliano. He is our weekly gardener and does a fantastic job. Very reliable and reasonably priced. He also hires out on Saturday for big jobs. He … just moved all his equipment to electricity power. Good for the environment and quiet in the neighborhood.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/17/20, 7/7/22
Our gardener [Aureliano Rueda] has switched over to all electric equipment. We have had him for years. Prompt, reliable and reasonable rates. He does multiple yards on our street. His English is very good, and he has knowledge about many plants.
William N.; 1/14/20
I got a couple of e-list recommendations for [Mr. Rueda] and he's very good. He uses battery-powered electric equipment so it is much quieter than gas powered and doesn't put out that awful exhaust. He does not use products that harm your family/pets/the environment.
Susan on Gerald; 4/24/20, 9/10/20, 7/8/22
We love our team. Two professional gentlemen. Speak English. They go out of their way. For example the Boston ivy went crazy and grew on the ground, instead of the fence. They pulled that all out. Without being asked. I like to make them coffee when I think of it.
Lynn on Clintonia; 9/5/20
Gabriel Moran helps us out and he does a great job with all the items that we ask him to take care of in his visits above mow and blow. He speaks English and you can even send him texts with images of the plants and what you'd like him to do the next time he comes over and he gets it done without fail.
Anand on Curtner; 9/30/20
Did my flowering plums and fruit trees. Reasonable, efficient and left no waste.
Peter and Kathy; 3/6/22
Rojas Landscaping does a good job for me. Every other week. $80 a month.
Nancy on Cottle; 4/11/23
I use Perfect Green Landscaping for aeration. I’m pretty sure that’s all they do. They’ve been doing my yard for years. They aerate and fertilize and it makes a huge difference.
Patty on Broadway Ave; 9/22/21
[Lee del Canto also recommended by]
Nina on El Rio; 6/2/20
[Lee Dal Canto also recommended by]
Bernard G.; 3/3/22
Lee upgraded/repaired my outdated drip system. Efficient, knowledgeable, super pleasant to work with.
Carol M.; 10/28/22
Lee Dal Canto is very good. He’s repaired several sprinklers for me.
Nancy on Cottle; 4/30/23
Don’t forget Central Nursery off of Southwest Expressway. I was there two days ago, and they were looking good.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 3/29/21
In spite of their name they are also retail. They will also special order - I think they have large selection and great quality.
Tina on Hillsdale; 3/29/21
Yamagami's Nursery in Saratoga is my go-to place for advice on fruit trees.
Nancy on Cottle; 5/3/21
My fencer [Jesus Cuevas] is awesome! Highly recommend! Beyond fencing, he does beautiful gates!
Brigette on Glenkirk Ct.; 5/7/21
Dylan was very responsive, prompt with his proposal, very easy to get a hold of, flexible in scheduling and the fence is beautiful. Also, his pricing was very reasonable. Workers were on time, left my yard clean and did top notch work. I highly recommend them for fencing work and would use them again.
Becky on Lennon Way; 7/16/18, 5/31/21
A friend of mine has had three fence jobs performed by Josh Galvan. Excellent job. My friend and both of his neighbors are very pleased. Courteous and careful crew. Precise layout of new fence. Thorough cleanup. Clear diagram and quotation. Handled the cost split between neighbors.
Curt G.; 2/14/20
Josh and Galvan Fencing did an excellent job for us as well! Competitive pricing, and was able to come weeks before the other companies. The fence is beautiful and was built in one day.
Larry (on Willow); 2/5/23
He and his nephew tore out the bad wood, built a small retaining wall and then redid the fence, gates, and posts that were bad. I couldn’t be happier with the work. He was prompt, cleaned up after the job and it looks great. He is very reasonably priced. I highly recommend his work.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/18/20
We just had our fence replaced by Bay Area Fence & Deck. We worked with Steve Ha. They were responsive, thorough and did a great job. I got three quotes for the work and all three were about the same price so I went with Bay Area because a friend had recommended them.
Regan on Jansen; 2/25/23
Coastal Lumber has built at least 3 fences on our street in the last few years, and in at least our case, had the lowest bid, and we were satisfied with their work.
Lorraine on Newport; 3/27/23
Norm at Cal Landscaping is wonderful! He and Randy will work within your budget & you will love them!!
Val on Norval; 1/26/20
[Cal Landscaping] were great. Took our old grass, overgrown front yard, and driveway and replaced it with native drought tolerant plants and dry creek beds. The driveway, patio, and front porch were completely redone with beautiful pavers, expertly designed and laid. They’re easy to work with, show up every day, and are very responsive. We would work with them again in a heartbeat, and highly recommend them.
DeDe on Simpson; 2/23/21
I second Norm at CAL Landscape! They just finished our landscaping job and were great to work with. His crew was absolutely wonderful to work with, and were always on time and cleaned up after each day of work. The communication from their first visit to completion was great. I would also use them again in a heartbeat!
Linda on Lambert; 2/23/21
She has done landscape design for us for two houses. She listens to your ideas, works collaboratively, brings extensive knowledge and creativity, and translates all of this into wonderful plans. We are very happy with what she did. I would be happy to talk more if that would be helpful….
Laura W.; 1/2/21
For our landscaping project, we used [Kim Leichner]. She was great, but I should warn you that she is (or was, pre-COVID) very busy and we had to wait several months for her to have cycles.
Andrew S.; 2/21/21
I have used Raul Rivera for brick work (front walkway and patio) and he's actually coming next week to lay some flagstone and put some plants in for me (after tearing the grass out of the strip along the sidewalk and curb). He does great work and prices are quite reasonable.
Suzanne on Cristina; 4/2/21
I’ve used Discount Paver Pros for two jobs. Three of my neighbors have also used his company.
Lisa on Plaza; 9/20/22
Family owned and operated since 2004, Black Diamond has an A+ Rating by the BBB [and] thousands of 5-Star Reviews. Black Diamond’s ultimate goal is to provide you with the highest quality products, service, warranties, and guarantees. We work with “Experts Only” to ensure you receive superior craftsmanship at the best value for your investment.
Black Diamond is committed to 100% client satisfaction, is fully licensed and insured [License # 841042], and offers some of the longest warranties in the industry – including a 27 year warranty on paver installation, 10 year warranty on synthetic lawn or pergolas, and a LIFETIME warranty on paver stones.
** self-recommendation **
Jeff Blaisdell, Project Design Specialist, (408)489-2741; firstname.lastname@example.org, 2/1/21
I highly recommend Cross Rhodes Electric! [Brian] and his team are very talented and creative in the landscape lighting area. Prompt, thorough, clean, and hold great Customer service. They have redone both my front and backyard.
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 7/4/22
I have been using them for several years without any complaints, and their service and pool maintenance calls are reasonably priced. This past summer they were quick to respond and schedule repairs, helping me restore my pool equipment when it suddenly and unexpectedly failed.
Julia on Westgate; 1/8/20
I also highly recommend Freedom Pool Services. They are quick to respond and we’re able to troubleshoot and quickly resolve issues with our pool as well.
Debbie on Kiner Ave.; 1/8/20
Great reputation for servicing pools in our neighborhood between Meridian and Bascom Ave.
Maria S.; 8/24/22
Benny Nguyen of Benny’s Pool Service has taken care of my pool for more than 30 years. Never missed a cleaning, never a problem. He’s the best.
Nancy on Cottle; 8/25/22, 4/17/23
We've been using California Chemical for years for our pool and the previous owners did too. Prices are very reasonable and Patrick, our technician, is wonderful. I'm happy to recommend his services. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.
Judi on Kimble; 2/20/23
We use Pacific Coat Sauna and Spa in San Mateo. We bought out spa from them years ago and they have been doing drain-and-clean service for sever since. They also can replace Visio Cartridges and filters if needed.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/31/23
They really know their stuff and are really responsive!
Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 7/31/20
Aly and his crew were able to repair the damage done when PG&E had mangled our camphor trees. They also did an excellent job of shaping and rejuvenating our sprawling ancient walnut tree. Quick, with excellent clean-up. A happy repeat customer!
Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21
Their ISA Certified Arborist, Sean Davis, explains things very well and showed why some work I was considering was unnecessary. They use a bucket truck where possible instead of climbing -- which allows them to do a much more careful, thorough job. Saves money because the tree doesn't have to be re-done every year. The Bartlett crew also did a removal in an extremely tricky location, got the oak tree off the power/phone/cable wires on the pole, and patiently untangled my fruitless mulberry.
Curt; 2/25/20, 8/8/22
+1 for Bartlett Tree Service. Their arborist is Sean Davis and is very friendly and knowledgeable. Pricing is reasonable as well. I wouldn't allow PG&E anywhere near trees I care about.
Neal J.; 4/30/20
Bartlett has become my go-to tree service.
Barbara M.; 10/23/20
I also use Bartlett Trees regularly, and I really appreciate the professionalism of their arborist, Sean Davis, and the crew. They just trimmed our large live oak, two sycamores and a holly tree at my home. When I expressed that the oak tree seemed to have not been trimmed as symmetrically as I expected (my tree hangs over a neighbor's yard too), they came back within 2 business days and remedied the situation, and then followed up AGAIN to make sure I was pleased with the work. I continue to highly recommend Bartlett.
Lisa on Crescent Drive; 10/23/20
I’ve used Barlett Tree Service for about 40 years. They have been able to help me with a large variety of trees and services. Sean Davis is the best. He and his crews work hard to make sure the customer is satisfied with their work. Their pricing is fair. I recommend them highly.
Casey on Minnesota; 10/23/20
[Bartlett] came out and analyzed for free. Gave us suggestions. We fixed the problem. They came and fertilized and treated the tree. $100. It saved the tree. They will come for maintenance. I have used them for many trees. Highly recommend them.
Gail on California; 8/9/21
I also recommend Bartlett Tree Experts. Bartlett’s team recently pruned back 4 of my large Birch trees plus 2 smaller trees to reduce the canopy, which can prevent falling branches / storm damage.
Julia on Husted; 5/16/22
I learned … that Don … brought his ladders and fearless employee Oscar to rescue a kitten stuck up a tree in William Street Park [FREE]. … hired for a real job (not an easy one, to remove such a huge tree and stump) and they did it well for a reasonable price. They also do trimming and pruning… lives in WG…
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/13/20
[Cat Rescue] I’m happy to report … that the tree company came over after another job in the area and got the kitty out of the tree! If anyone needs any tree work - definitely look into them. They are a very considerate and conscientious company!
Tanya on Clark St, 2/8/20
We have used [A Plus] for tree service also. Great work and friendly.
Rene on Marcia, 2/8/20
A-Plus Tree Service are the best. Price was the best and arborist did the work.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 10/24/20
Torby Piceno trimmed my 50 year old tree several years ago. My tree is in decline. He shaped and thinned to encourage growth on the sparse side. He knew that it is a zelkova. His prices are very reasonable. Too many trees are being hacked by unskilled people with chainsaws.
Pam on Wren; 6/13/20, 5/16/22
My gardener does a great job pruning trees and other extra work. He is prompt and courteous and work is excellent.
Gerri on Altamont; 10/1/20
Koala Tree Service is awesome. Responded quickly to a fallen large pine tree limb. Arborist took the lead and was thorough, responsive, fair priced and followed up in person a few days later to ensure there were no lingering issues.
Priscilla S.; 10/26/20
We are currently (today) using Andrew Perez, 1244 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose. He has done two others on our block and everyone has been happy with his work.
Linda H.; 5/16/22
He is an excellent tree pruner! Fruit or otherwise.
Vicki on Shepherd; 8/24/23
A big shout out for Sean. Sweetest and knowledgeable pruner! He has been pruning my lace leaf kind of Bonsai maples for last 11 years. Sean does magic year after year. He is worth every penny. To find a top notch pruner is like a needle in haystack.
Anu B.; 8/24/23
We have used them for tree trimming, removal and replacement.
Bob on Bird; 2/17/21
Whoever you hire...
There are two quick online checks that you should make on any tree service. The "license numbers" and text on business cards or painted on trucks may not be accurate or current.
1. Check that someone who claims to be an "arborist" really is one.
Unless it is a complete removal, there is a lot more to proper tree work than just sawing away.
2. Check that you are hiring a licensed contractor -- and that they have workman's comp insurance.
One trick that some contractors (of all kinds) pull is to have a license but claim that they have no employees -- to avoid the cost of insurance.
Then they show up with a crew.
You don't want an accident to go against your homeowners insurance.
(One supposed contractor had a business card with the license number of a defunct plumbing company in LA. It wasn't just a typo -- I searched for him very carefully by "Personnel Name" on the State website. He had no license.)
Curt; May 9, 2013
I highly recommend Allergy & Asthma Associates of Northern California (offices on Moorpark & Blossom Hill). I have seen Dr. James Wolfe for many years, but I hear that all the doctors there are excellent.
Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/10/21
Plus one for Allergy and Asthma Associates. Dr. Torrano has been thoughtful, creative and entirely focused on making me feel better.
Elissa M.; 2/10/21
My husband and a friend’s husband are very happy with him. His office is across the street from Good Sam.
Kim D.; 2/15/22
I've been working with Dr. Andrew Kwa for about a year. I like him and his staff. OK to quote. They're on Samaritan Drive.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/15/22
We second Apex. John Kao MD In the same office is my and a friend’s husband’s cardiologist.
Kim D.; 2/15/22
Wonderful & family run - Mike is my contact person - his wife & mom are both RN’s. They do short shifts too- and lots of work with our veterans!!
Val H.; 1/10/20
I’m happy to again recommend Heide Coor, who is still currently caring for my neighbor, but her hours are winding down and she’s looking for another position. She is a terrific caretaker, speaks English, drives and can handle a two-story house. She was recommended by another e-list person years ago.
Peggy on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 1/12/20
[Dr. Hoffman is] available on the weekends and always available for emergencies. Office has friendly staff and a sweet black Labrador retriever dog too. They also worked with me when I had changes to my insurance. Reasonable prices.
Leslie on Ramona; 4/10/20
I've been going to Dr. Guardino on and off for years. She's terrific!
Regan on Jansen; 6/4/20
There is a great and very experienced local chiropractor who is open for acute patients like you right now. I've known him for a while, and I am impressed with his compassion and breadth of knowledge.
Carol on Curtis; 4/11/20, 6/3/20
I had severe lower back pain effectively addressed by Dr. Adam Fields in April. He has an office in Los Gatos and one in South San Jose.
Lisa on Crescent; 6/3/20
She is amazing. Her knowledge of the human body goes well beyond the normal chiropractic knowledge of human body structural systems. I've been to quite a few chiropractors over the years and she is in a different league. I had bulging disks in my neck that were causing me high levels of pain in my neck and back. She was able to bring me back to where I could function normally with only minor discomfort. I highly recommend her.
Brian (formerly on California); 6/3/20, 1/21/21
I also have a traveling chiropractor who does visit me in San Jose on occasion.
Julie on Creek Drive; 1/12/21
If you have a more specialized problem.
Julie on Creek Drive; 1/12/21
Took over our old Chiro's Practice during COVID. Has been wonderful. Doesn't take insurance which saves you money.
Martin P.; 5/31/23
Ultrasound, massage, Dr. assisted stretches, cold laser therapy, spinal
adjustments and more. Appointments last about an hour to complete the
various methods of treatment used to resolve chronic pain. Discounts for
Pam on Wren; 6/2/23
I have been going to Dr. Mary Chan for several years, and she definitely has helped me a lot! She has a holistic practice and has substantially improved my quality of life. Her office is closed for the holiday weekend, but I would suggest you call her next week.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 9/1/23
He is a wonderful chiropractor!
Cindy on Via Blanca; 9/1/23
I’ve had a great experience with Score at the corner of Meridian and Hamilton next to Walgreens.
Carol on DeAnza; 9/5/23
I highly recommend Janelle Bull and Anchor Psychology on Hamilton. Janelle and all her therapist are great.
Beck J. ; 2/10/23
My child used to see Dr. Chen. He sees children and adults and we found him great to work with. If your company has Lyra as a benefit for mental health benefits, he also accepts Lyra. I’m not sure what other insurance he accepts.
Ashley G.; 4/4/23
Suggesting CSLOT - Center for Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy.
Maria S.; 9/21/21
We used Karen Zhang … for our daughter and highly recommend.
I second the recommendation for Dr. Shishido. He has been our family dentist for 20+ years. He's a great dentist and has a wonderful staff. Is also a very nice guy!
Sara on Michigan; 10/7/20
I recommend Dr. Alana Lee. Dr Lee and her staff are wonderful. She has also taken many steps to make sure her patients are safe and comfort.
Debbi on Hazelwood; 10/7/20
Highly recommend Dr. Daniel Araldi and his office.
Laura (formerly near Bird and Willow, now near Valley Fair); 10/7/20
I had 30 years of seemingly untreatable TMJ and Dr Peter Lee treated it successfully. It wasn't cheap but it would have saved me thousands had I just gone to him in the first place and not wasted the money with people who were not skilled in that area.
Katie on Cottle and Koch; 10/27/20
[Peter] and his staff are wonderful! The office takes Delta.
Sarah on Brookdale
Tina on Hillsdale; 12/16/21
I changed my coverage to return to Hillsdale Dental, who are very good.
Tina on Hillsdale; 12/16/21
Second the recommendation for Dr. Toschi. He has the hygienists flag a tooth on the detailed computer diagram as "watch" -- rather than recommending work that may turn out to be unnecessary.
Curt G.; 5/23/23
I would highly recommend Dr. Mark Ajlouni and Dr. Connie Kais. They are both excellent dentists and WG residents. The staff and other doctors there are also exceptional; so friendly and efficient; a very well managed office.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 5/24/23
I've gone to Dr. Jensen Sun on Meridian at Camino Monde for years. He and his staff are excellent.
Ann on Spencer; 8/15/23
I highly recommend Jennifer Baron. She’s is extremely knowledgeable and up to date in various procedures. Check her out at jenniferbaronmd.com. Also does Mo’s Surgery.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 4/22/21
I see Dr. Chelsea Ma at Stanford Derm in Redwood City. It’s very easy to get there. They have two divisions in their Dermatology clinic. So far I’ve only been to the medical/surgical wing for skin checks and cancer removals. They are all fantastic there.
Marguerite on Kayellen Ct.; 6/24/23
My late father saw Dr. Anthony Badame regularly for many years and was very pleased with both the doctor and the staff. His office is on Forest Ave near O'Connor Hospital.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 6/24/23
I’ve been going to Dr. Kandula for years. I highly recommend her.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 8/16/20
I recommend Eric Kagel, MD - I've used him for in-office procedures and outpatient surgery, and I'm pleased with the results.
Elissa on Laurie; 2/16/22
I heartily recommend Dr. William Wall. He put my wrist back together when I slipped and fell like Humpty Dumpty. Two surgeries and about 8 months later and my wrist was good as new.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/16/22
FWIW, I started using an Oura ring to measure my sleep a week and a half ago. I bought it because I'm not a great sleeper and I find wearing watches and fitbits to bed uncomfortable. Their app is pretty nice, and I've already seen minor improvements in my sleep based on their analysis.
Andrea S.; 10/5/20
My husband has used the Costco at Cottle Rd for his hearing aids, with very good results, too.
Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/10/21
My ENT is Dr. Margaret Carter. She is with Camino ENT. They have three different locations: one in South San Jose; one in Los Gatos, and one in Morgan Hill. They have audiologist right now at all locations.
Carol on Mazzaglia; 5/5/21
We had Pathways Hospice in 2017 for my mil. Can't recommend them highly enough.
Janice on Coolidge; 10/8/21
Aja Schieman at Forma Gym is excellent. She works on areas that you didn’t know were too tight. Gym membership is not required. Text her [at the number given].
Pam on Wren; 2/27/23
She’s a gem! Bernie listens to what you’re saying and asking for, kind and wants to help you feel better!!
Tofoi Y.; 2/27/23
My family goes to Dr. Liane Rice at Vision Care Clinic.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court, 3/10/20
He combines traditional methods with advanced equipment. [He] doesn't touch your eye with a tonometer probe -- his machine uses a puff of air, doesn't need to dilate your eyes, looks with a flashlight but also takes digital photos to examine the interior of the eye. He explains things very well.
Curt G.. 3/10/20
Visual Eyes Optometry on Lincoln is fantastic. Dr. Trainor or Dr. Nan. Highly recommend.
Sara on Michigan Ave.; 11/19/21
You might try Eye Clinic at the corner of Meridian and Park. They have a glasses store that does repairs. I’ve had glasses fixed there in the past. They do good work.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/12/22
Anyone looking for an oral surgeon should have been referred by their general dentist. Their dentist should know the patient's specific needs and be sending the person to the most appropriate professional. By taking a referral from the elist you risk seeking care from the wrong professional. For example, of the docs listed above: [one] is a periodontist (gum and bone treatments). [another] is an endodontist (root canal treatments), …. Having a general dentist you trust is the first step to understanding the need for a referral and then getting sent to the proper professional, one that your general dentist has a good working relationship with and shares a similar practice philosophy with too. …
John on Michigan; February 16, 2011
I would encourage anyone who believes they or their children require orthodontic care should ask the opinion of their general dentist. You picked your dentist because he has a style and values you agree with, and he will steer you to an orthodontist who has a similar style and set of values. I have had patients ask their friends for a referral and then had to work with a doctor I don't know and do not have a clear working relationship with, and that can cause confusion and complications. You really can't make a mistake - all the orthodontists in our area are nice guys and good doctors.
John Pisacane, DDS on Lincoln; June 15, 2011
I highly recommend Dr. Luc Nguyen of Specialized PT Solutions, located on Winchester South of Hwy 280. He is the best!
Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 2/12/21
Ben has helped me with multiple issues over a number of years, including neck and lower back, knee and broken ankle. He is experienced, creative, and most importantly, evaluates and considers the whole person/whole body/systems and how everything working together (or not) needs to be addressed as part of the PT plan.
Laura previously near Bird and Willow; 2/11/21
Luc Nguyen is an excellent physical therapist and I have seen him for a number of PT issues (knee, back, neck). They are located on Winchester between Payne and Williams. I know other people who have seen Luc and also say good things about him.
Suzanne on Cristina; 6/18/21
When you're finished with your surgery or possibly before you have it, get a referral to Saba Kamal and/ or her staff... They are experts in Upper Extremity Therapy. I went there for a few months after my wrist surgery. They are not wimpy there; they expect you to work to regain your range of motion. The results are definitely worth the hard work.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 2/16/22
I’ve been to Williamson several times over the past few years. They were recommended by my physicians for various problems Couldn’t say that one was better than another
Carol on Gaton Dr.; 8/5/22
Williamson/Hahn Physical Therapy
Felecia on Curtiss ; 3/3/23
I had a frozen shoulder a couple of years ago that was bad enough for me to go to the ER. After lots of research, I went [here]. I saw Kevin and a few other PTs and they were all great. All the assistants who were helping were very attentive. They all listened to me, made sure I understood what I was doing, why I was doing it, and that I was doing it correctly so I got the most out of what I was doing without hurting myself. It was hard work but I looked forward to going because of the results I was seeing.
Felecia on Curtiss; 3/3/23
I was impressed with the professionalism of South Bay Physical Therapy... Their staff is very efficient and knowledgeable.
Bart on Telfer; 3/3/23
I really liked Quinn by Park Ave when I had [frozen shoulder] two years ago. Good luck!
This is my doctor. So far, so good!
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 7/12/23
Our family goes to allergy and asthma specialist, Moorpark office and sees Dr. Torrano. We have been there for over 20+ years. Highly recommend him.
Sanjit C.; 7/12/23
I had personal experience with them 2 years ago. At that
time they were really helpful and it was all free.
Carol on Gaton Drive; 6/15/23
Care Indeed is doing an excellent job visiting a friend of mine for a couple of hours several days a week. They provide very nice people who are immunized and masked. The caregivers check in via smartphone app when they arrive and leave.
Their central monitoring center in Menlo Park is open 24x7 -- and it really is.
Curt G; 5/6/22
…you couldn’t ask for anyone better. [She kept] my mother’s anxiety under control. She made sure she had good meals. She does light housekeeping, like dishes and laundry. She took her to … appts. … she helped with dressing and bathing. She was employed by my family for 6-8 years and I have nothing but high praise for her. She is looking for full-time work. If your loved one needs 24 hour care, she has a network of people who can supplement her time.
Casey on Minnesota; 8/7/22
She and her crew were great caregivers. Our neighbor was always clean and happy. They did some cooking and light housekeeping. Heide always made sure there was someone there for our neighbor. She is very busy, but might be able to recommend someone for you. Be sure to use my name.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 8/20/22
[Nati (pronounced "Natty," short for Natividad)] … is very easy to understand. She is intelligent and catches on quickly. I highly recommend her. ...she can help you with: Meal preparation, Grocery shopping, Light housekeeping, Laundry, Doctor visits, Medication management, Run errands, In-home care.
Susan on Gerald Way; 2/7/23, 8/30/23
I've used him for trips to and from SFO a few times and he is terrific. Reliable, safe. The last time, I left my phone in the car on the homeward trip and he found it and was waiting in front of the house almost as soon as I realized I didn't have it. Highly recommend him.
Suzy on Adele; 12/5/22
I agree with Suzy. Scotty's the best! Prompt, reliable and highly entertaining. Just a great guy!
Casey on Minnesota; 12/5/22
I found Scotty on the elist. He's great. He took me from my home in WG to SJC - said he goes anywhere you want to go - SFO, dinner party...anywhere! He charged about half of what I was going to pay with Uber, plus I tipped him.
Susan on Gerald; 9/29/23
Neal J.; 7/10/20
I second the referral to Alterations by Ioana. I have been bring things to her shop for about a year. She is very meticulous. She is very honest and reasonable with her pricing. For great work, reasonable prices and supporting a small business, Ioana’s is the place to go.
Casey on Minnesota; 7/10/20
I agree!!! Ioanna is THE BEST! My daughters and Son-in-law have gone to her!
Jessi on Crescent; 3/24/21
I highly recommend Muia's Custom Tailoring in the Princeton Plaza. She did a great job hemming two dresses that were heavy, clingy material. They came out great. Not sure about the one pin thing.
I recommend Best Alterations as they have done many minor alterations for me and they are really pleasant and reasonable. Yes, you can bring in a dress with one pin as I have done many times, but its' better to stand for the pinning.
Gerri on Altamont; 7/10/20
I have been going to Just My Size Alterations on Bascom Ave. for almost 20 years. They have done my wedding dress, many bridesmaids dresses, and just regular clothes that I needed altered and I can't do myself. They are really great!
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 9/7/22
The owner of C Cleaners does a great job at a reasonable price. She is super sweet. She has hemmed dresses and pants for me... She has also done a couple of more complex fixes as well for my daughter. C Cleaners is a couple doors down from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Meridian.
Linh on Glenn; 9/7/22
CC Cleaners are great for alterations and dry cleaning. VERY reasonable pricing.
Karen on Blewett.; 9/7/22
I’ve recently switched to C Cleaners. I’ve been very pleased with the results. She has done a great job with alterations and her service is fast. I highly recommend her.
Casey on Minnesota; 9/7/22
[I needed] to have a fabric purse whose handle had come apart repaired. I asked if she could fix it. She took it from me and fixed it on the spot for a ridiculously low price. I paid her a bit more. I’ll definitely be back [to C Cleaners & Alterations].
Carole L.; 10/26/22
I second the service at C Cleaners. Expert seamstress, no matter the fabric. The fit afterward is fabulous. She is so talented and kind, despite having her tip jar stolen from the counter.
Maria S.; 10/26/22
Love Sign Gypsies! Judy does a great job.
Kirsten in Glenwood, 3/29/20
We used them and the turnaround was great, excellent communication, and the display exceeded any and all expectations.
Christine on Madrona Ave., 3/31/20
We had used her service mid-February and couldn’t be more ecstatic of the outcome for our sons 21st Bday!
Angela on Richland Ave., 3/31/20
… a friend of mine owns a local printing company that is providing customized graduation or business reopening banners AT COST (which is quite a savings), as a way to give back right now. You might want to pass their contact info to your friend in Tiburon.
Carol on Curtis; 6/7/20
Nationally renowned emporium of children's books. They also serve grown-ups, are the local source of the Willow Glen Historic Walking Tour book, and can special order anything else.
Larry on Willow, 3/1/22
One of our neighbors, not on the elist, is a book binding expert.
Lise on Malone Road; 9/14/20
On Lincoln, a block south of Willow. Large, well-stocked store with friendly service
Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22
New location: in “The Plant” at Monterey Hwy.
Larry (on Willow); 2/8/21
They’re very good.
Nina on El Rio; 7/5/21
Lincoln across from La Villa. [$15] and the nicest group of women.
Karen on Blewett; 3/27/22
Mann’s jewelers on Lincoln Ave in WG replaces watch batteries. I’ve gone to them for years
Nina on El Rio; 3/27/22, 4/25/23
I always use Mann’s.
Tina on Monte Vista; 4/25/23
Bascom passed Camden. Open at 11. Walk in. Less cost the any other. $12 for me.
Gail on California; 10/8/23
[Don Heinsen]...he's a very knowledgeable and friendly one-man computer-repair company, a local resident who is available to help at apparently any hour of the day. He can remove the hard-drive from your machine, connect it to one of his systems, and use numerous techniques to recover the data.
Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22
… we've been going to Frank for years - he's awesome!
Taffy on Marshall Ave.; 8/31/20
It's been about 6 years since I needed help with a laptop, but I was very pleased when I consulted Frank -- at that time, he was taking appointments only, so best to call first.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 9/25/20, 5/17/23
Thank you for the recommendation of Frank Bejan. He got us back up & running at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend him!
Linda E.; 5/31/23
I took my old laptop to Frank at MicroComp and he wiped the hard drive. I think he offered to pull it out if I wanted. You'll need an appointment, though.
Tina on Monte Vista; 6/8/23
I can highly recommend Patrick Tam he has done work on both my PC and Apple laptop. If you request his services, let him know I referred you.
Joyce on Comstock Lane; 8/28/20, 10/1/20
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Patrick at Willows Sr. Center, and he’s so knowledgeable and delightful I have to put in my recommendation, too. You couldn’t do better.
gerri at Altamont; 10/2/20
I highly recommend ClickAway for any computer repair work. They work on Microsoft or [Apple] Macintosh. You can take it in, or for a fee they will make a house call. They are great. No need for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/19/20, 10/28/21, 1/18/22
Clickaway on McGuinis in Campbell have saved several of my computers. Highly recommended.
Bruce off Lincoln; 8/26/20
I wanted to give a big "shout out" for [John at Phone Repair Center.]
Debbie on North 13th Street; 11/8/22
Charles Barnett, owner of Lightening Computer is terrific...I have been using him for 6 or 7 years...Look at his yelp reviews...he comes to the house, wastes no time, is honest, friendly and knowledgeable...
Nanci on Ellen; 6/8/23
[For Apple iPad cables] Go to the Phone Doctor near CVS in downtown WG. He's great and stocks what you need.
Nina on El Rio; 3/23/22
We've gone with Alex at MacFixed.com. Very happy.
Bill on Husted; 2/17/20
For the MAC I suggest Mobile Kangaroo. They just fixed mine. They are great with the Covid-19 safety protocols, too. They are an Apple Authorized repair shops and appointments are made through Apple.com
Bob on Bird; 9/23/20
We use in Campbell for our Macs. They always fix it and in record time.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 9/23/20
They wouldn't start work without telling you how much. They have never tried to upsell me nor even sell me anything at all. From what I've seen, relationship building is far more important to them. Like a lot of long-time WG businesses, their trustworthiness and friendship is probably what's kept them in business this long.
Taffy on Marshall; 4/20/21
We have been using Rex Cleaners on Race Street for years. It is family owned, reasonably priced, and they do excellent work. They even cleaned my daughter’s wedding dress and had it hermetically sealed for storage. They have a very capable seamstress that can fix almost anything.
Jan on Glen Eyrie Ave.; 3/1/22
I needed an industrial washing machine to launder my queen size mattress pad cover. Beatrice who is the owner?/manager did the service for me. It cost $20.00 which I thought was reasonable. I highly recommend Marco Polo Laundry. The facility is very clean and Beatrice is great.
Carol on Kiner; 5/27/20
We used them and were very pleased. They were professional and walked us through the whole process. Once we made some decisions, they handled the whole thing for us. It took a lot of the stress out of the process. We worked with Rick Phelan at that time.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 6/26/20
[They are] located in Oakland but they do business all around the Bay Area. They…were very helpful. They have a warehouse/showroom, but they also do on-site sales for estates. In my case, he picked up the estate items we had placed in a storage unit and took it back to the shop they had at the time. We negotiated an anticipated price for what things would sell for, and he sent me checks every month. He has been in business for decades - he knows the salable value of items. He recently handled a sale for a friend of mine and her experience was similar. I highly recommend them.
Peggy on GEA; 11/7/20
I believe Kuzak's Closet provides that service.
Barbara S.; 11/9/20
Kuzak's Closet is a good one. My friends used them and I've shopped at many of their sales.
Judi on Kimble; 9/12/22
Kuzak's Closet did an amazing job for us on my mil's estate. BTW, if you check their website, they do a number of other things: helping reorganize closets, houses; cleaning out hoarder's house, etc.
Janice on Coolidge; 9/12/22
Try “Managing Moves and More”. They were wonderful to work with when I moved.
Carol on Gaton; 2/20/22
I had a large piece of cross stitch framed nicely at Willow Glen Art and Frame on Lincoln Avenue.
Tina on Monte Vista; 12/22/22
Larry on Willow, 3/1/22
…a new and spacious 2nd-hand and surplus hardware store: doors, windows, appliances (e.g., fridges and cooktops from a motel remodel), furnishings, new odd-lots of nuts-and-bolts, plumbing, play houses, ..., at low cost, w/ proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/22
Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to donate building items. All proceeds from ReStore are turned help support Habitat programs and services to help Bay Area neighbors to become self-reliant through housing.
Pam on Wren; 2/27/23
Bought an outdoor patio heater which came in pieces in a box at 9:30 on a Saturday. They (Josh and Duane) put it together for me and I brought it home by 4:00.
Carol on Prevost St; 10/27/20
We have had Holiday Lights, Inc. hang our Xmas lights for many years now. They are careful about the yard plants and come ready to hang anything you want. They are ready with several ladders and all the fixings to repair broken strings and bulbs. Very courteous and speak very good English.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/29/21, 2/4/23
[He] washed our windows… today. ... He also installs Christmas lights, and does gutter and solar panel cleaning and power washing.
Amy on Willow Glen Way; 7/11/23
We do the trees in the Glen Eyrie quadrant. We get our trees from David Green. He is already working on tree orders for this year.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 11/6/18
I suggest checking out Ganado Feed & Pet Supplies. I didn’t want to shop in person due to Covid, so I called them yesterday and spoke with a lovely woman. I described what I wanted - Noble Fir, 6-7 feet tall. She took some pics of current stock and e-mailed them. I called her back with my selection, and it was delivered yesterday evening. Not cheap, but…. It’s a beauty!
Peggy on Glen Eyrie Avenue; 12/1/20
I just ordered from Ganado too, based on Peggy's recommendation. GREAT experience, they delivered, so easy. They were very accommodating to make sure I got just the tree I wanted.
Sara on Michigan; 12/2/20
She's well known for being great with kids. A professional piercing is far better than a gun. … It heals much better and, with the right piercer, hurts less. Note: only go to Annie. The other piercers are great but Annie is the only one I'd go to for kids.
Taffy on Marshall; 4/26/21
This is a great place to take your knives for sharpening. They have done my knives and I swear by them. I cook quite a lot. Be specific on how sharp you want them. Additionally, I take my gardening tools there too. Their prices are very fair. I highly recommend them. They are real pros.
Casey C.; 10/3/20
[Knife Stalkers]: Crazy name but easy to remember and I have used him for years. Between Auzerais and San Carlos. West side of the street.
Susan G.; 4/30/21
I second Knife Stalkers. They do a great job on our kitchen knives.
Rina S-L.; 5/2/21
They have a great showroom and the people I worked with had very good ideas and problem-solving skills. Workmanship is super, all employees were very professional. Couldn't be happier. These are not wire racks but are particle board covered with melamine or other types of surfaces. Worth looking into.
Nancy on Kotenberg; 7/8/20
Karen on Blewett; 7/7/21
I always recommend Foto Express by City Hall. Henry does great work!
Kathi on Cherry; 1/24/22
Karen on Blewett; 7/7/21
He did a great job with some 60 year old photos for me.
Kate on Norval; 2/9/22
I did mine at FedEx/Kinkos at Hamilton and Winchester - super easy.
Susan on Gerald; 8/5/23
Lovely person, excellent work, very reasonable prices. Kathy at Sterling's Barbers & Stylists does wonders with [my short hair]: -- corner of San Carlos & Shasta, open Tues through Sat. Tell her I sent you.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 7/13/21
I highly recommend my hair stylist for cuts and color.
Patti (formerly on Jonathan Ave); 5/20/20
Kayla has moved, now in Los Gatos… Cell phone is the same.
Janice on Coolidge; 4/10/22
For curly/wavy hair: She works in Los Gatos but parking at the salon is no problem. She also does great coloring and works with you on any problems you might have with your hair. She listens very well and responds to client concerns in order to keep you looking good!
Nancy on Kotenberg; 3/6/21
I'm quite fond of Ginny Crespo, whom I found from a recommendation here.
Tina on Monte Vista; 9/25/23
Had my facial in her private, very clean room in a salon on Winchester in Campbell. The whole salon follows all directions for covid and is very, very clean. I have missed Esther and her wonderful products. Please give her a call and you will not be disappointed.
Nancy on Kotenberg; 4/18/21
…someplace both affordable AND capable of knowing how to style seniors. Delightful couple own this place, their prices are incredible and they are wonderful working with seniors! Mom was very stylish, and even the coloring jobs were great. The wife does all the coloring. Husband and wife do excellent haircuts and styling. They also do entire families.
Sue on Minnesota Ave.; 5/29/21
My hair person is particularly good at straight hair. She takes her time, works with precision, and the shop is nicely spaced with great ventilation so it's pretty calming during this Covid era. This is the cell phone number.
Carol on Curtis; 12/7/21, 9/12/22
Highly recommend Dennis Lumley at Somewhair on Lincoln Ave, 2 doors down from Bella James. Best to text him at: 408-921-7940. Great with cuts and color.
Karen on Blewett; 3/19/23
They are open 7 days a week from 9:00 to [6 or 7]. I see Rose for color, cuts and perms. She is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. The salon does hair for Men, Women and they are really good with kids. They take walk ins, but I usually call that morning and make an appt. I’ve been using her for several years now.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 2/15/22
If your eyebrows
have gotten a bit unruly during Covid, get them shaped by Mahin at Mahin’s
Beauty Lounge in the Safeway shopping center at Bird and Minnesota. She also
offers relaxing scalp and face massages. She serves both men and women. I had
treatments today and not only look better, but am more relaxed.
Rebecca on Newport; 4/28/22
I highly recommend Vena Dorn right here in WG. She used to have a studio on Lincoln, but is now on Jonathan. She offers a variety of facials and wonderful massages for a very reasonable price. In fact, you can get a facial/massage combo for a great price.
Rebecca on Newport; 10/18/23
Kathy at Sterling's Barber and Stylist used to do that for my husband and she did an excellent job. [Open] Tues through Sat -- San Carlos & Shasta.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/1/21
I’ve been going there for years. I have not found a spa around here that is as good.
Regan on Jansen; 3/2/23
Rebecca…is fantastic. I’ve been going to her for years and have hired her to do makeup for my wedding clients. She created a fabulous look for me for a photo shoot years ago. Very natural and photogenic. Rebecca has been doing makeup for decades, even for some very famous people. She specializes in eyebrows and has her own line of makeup. I know she’d be happy to do a consult with you. I highly recommend her.
Karen on Blewett; 8/6/22
I highly recommend this salon. Very clean, all brand new, most all of the OPI colors. A regular mani/pedi is $45. But ask for the opening special that includes paraffin wax for your feet and massage. Nice addition to the neighborhood! The owner is very sweet. Mia did my nails and was really good. Open every day.
Karen on Blewett; 7/8/21
I had a fabulous pedicure and manicure at "Hand Candy" Nail Spa yesterday. Mia, owner, was outstanding - very friendly and professional. Right now she is the only one doing nail, etc. service - trying to hire another person. Please consider Mia when planning nail, etc. service.
Carol on Kiner; 7/21/21, 6/24/22
I have been going to Essence nail spa on Lincoln for years now. They do great work. Most technicians speak passable English, and they are all sweet girls. Kimmy is the owner, is Vietnamese, but American raised and speaks both languages perfectly (schedule with Kimmy if you can, then she can translate if you have a complicated request).…they have just invested in fancy new pedicure chairs that heat, massage and do just about everything except wash your car.
We splurged on a human hair wig for my sister who is going through chemo again - went to House of Wigs in Los Altos. They carry synthetic wigs as well. We were very impressed with the level of service provided.
Lisa on Crescent Drive; 5/22/23
Friend of mine just got an amazing wig at [House of Wigs].
Carol on Gaton Dr.; 5/22/23
I agree about The Next Step. It's unique, a pleasure to visit & deal with.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 5/22/23
Yes. These guys are the BEST! Very professional and highly skilled. Des Wilson is the owner.
Sara on Michigan; 11/2/20
We've had good tuning done by Naomi of Pianos by Naomi.
Judi on Kimble; 2/3/22
Tyler completely rebuilt our 1907 Upright Grand Fischer. He really knows what he’s doing. And he tunes pianos too! Also a really nice guy.
Julie on De Anza Way; 2/15/22
Absolutely. These guys are fantastic, and their storage facility is climate controlled. All they do is pianos, so they take excellent care in moving and storing your instrument. Des Wilson is the owner.
Sara on Michigan Ave.; 5/21/23
I recommend Don Bosco. He tuned all the pianos at my school. He’s a great piano player to boot.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 7/17/20
Des Wilson is excellent. Professional and very thorough.
Sara C.; 7/17/20
It’s a large warehouse wholesale distributor of paper, the supplier to the local printers. Open 7:30 to 5. They will sell to the public: individual reams of paper, envelopes by the box of 500, etc.
They carried the special thickness and color paper that I couldn’t find elsewhere, and saw that they also stocked a wide variety that I didn’t even know were made.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/18; 6/12/20
For Commercial Printing I have used and recommend Ken at Lightning Press. He does a lot of work for Santa Clara University.
Lynn on Blewett Ave.; 3/16/23
I was very pleased with my realtor, who brought us a great offer in less than a week on the MLS for more than the asking price with no contingencies.
Maureen near Bird & Willow; 8/27/20
I second the recommendation for the shoe repair on Lincoln right before Curtner on the left hand side going south.
Karen on Blewett; 4/10/21
[Lincoln Shoe Repair not recommended by
Tina on Monte Vista; 4/10/21
But I do recommend The Cobbler's Bench on Winchester across from Valley Fair. They do excellent work on all leather goods, not just shoes.
Tina on Monte Vista; 4/10/21
I second Tina’s rec Cobbler’s Bench across VF. Very good quality job they do.
Anu B.; 4/10/21
I’ve always had great experiences with the shop across Meridian from Goodwill.
Kathi on Cherry; 4/10/21
I would start with Cowell's Beach Surf Shop on Front St. It is across the street from the Wharf entrance. They do lessons and rentals but, will have the best suggestions [for where to go to surf in Santa Cruz].
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23
You can also try calling O'Neill's surf shop on 41st St. …near the Capitola Village. Not sure if O'Neill rents out boards and suits anymore but, good place to ask also.
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23
…stores will know which spots to surf and which ones NOT to surf. Depends on level of experience and knowledge of how each surf spot's swell operates. West Santa Cruz down to Capitola and further have different facing direction swell.
Cynthia on McBain Ave.; 8/26/23
You can take a private lesson, a shared lesson, or a group lesson. My wife and I took a shared lesson for 1 hour and we learned a lot about the strategy and rules of play. Well worth the investment if you’re really looking into the sport.
Dan on Greencreek; 9/11/23
He normally works out of San Jose swim & racquet club, but they’re not providing lessons on site quite yet. He’s been teaching at some of the local parks. He’s fantastic with children, teens, and adults too. He’s an amazing player himself. Please contact him if you are interested.
Lara on Willowhurst; 6/17/20
In the past, we’ve had good luck with ScanCafe. The website highlights 8mm and Super8 conversion services, but also has several mentions of 16mm (e.g. on the pricing page). Would suggest an email to them to clarify / confirm.
Amish on Husted; 11/1/22
…we love Jay, the groomer at Lincoln Avenue Vet Clinic.
Rachel on Hicks; 7/2/21
Jay is amazing. You should see his poodle. He is very patience, kind and does beautiful haircuts. Highly recommend.
Sanjit C.; 7/2/21
We had good luck yesterday for our first appointment with our golden retriever.
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/5/21
We also like [Showtime Pet Grooming] on Race.
Lynn on Clintonia; 8/5/21
Jay turned out to be the best find ever. Jay also allowed us to make an appointment during the day when Jay would focus on him so Panda was with fewer animals and more relaxed. We had concerns about other issues as well and Jay met our concerns and I’m so pleased we found him.
Susan on Annapolis, 3/11/20
…they did a great job with our new Shih Tzu. When we got her, her hair had been cut crazy due to mats and it had grown really long because of shelter in place. They groomer at Aussie Pet Mobile did a great job on the cut and kept her calm through the grooming process.
John on Milton Way; 6/3/20
My friend just used “WOW! My Dog” and was pleased with the results for her small white non-shedding dog. The groomer was Jose.
Karlie on Glenwood; 5/1/23
We have an English Cream Golden Retriever...60#....large and furry! Highly recommend them. Contact me if you want more information about them.
Joyce R.; 5/1/23
She sits several cats in Willow Glen.
She is a professional dog and pet sitter. She’s insured, bonded, certified in pet first aid, lives in Willow Glen and can provide local references.
Bob on Bird; 11/8/18, 3/3/20
They sent us…texts and photos of how our cats were and diligently carried out all the pet (and house) duties we asked of them. They are licensed, insured, and bonded, and belong to the Pet Sitters professional organization. They spent the initial visit with us to learn all about our cats, and to execute a very detailed contract to cover ALL possible contingencies. (they care for birds and rats, too)
Jim (formerly on Settle); 3/3/20, 11/10/21
We love her!!!
Try Rebecca at Willow Glen Paws. She's in Willow Glen.
Tina on Monte Vista; 12/2/21
WG retiree, loves dogs and cats, very reliable, great person.
Barb on Blewett, 3/2/20
We started taking our girl to Noah's Bark on Sunol a couple months ago- they even offer overnights/weekends and we used that once.
We also worked with Amelia Olsen fig training - she was incredible. We did 5 hour sessions with her and our dogs are much better behaved. She gave us the tools we need to continue training on our own.
Linda E.; 9/26/22
She helped us with many issues we had with our little 3 year rescue pup. Walks used to be so stressful and are now pleasant again. She helped us socialize him with my daughters new puppy who he really didn’t like. After 6-8 weeks of training, we can now leave them home alone together. I highly recommend her.
Linda E.; 1/6/23
I do private lessons and also day-training. All the information about my services (as well as a LOT of training tips and advice!) are on my website. I am also providing virtual (zero contact) coaching right now, and hope to return to in-person coaching and hands-on training as soon as it’s safe to do so!
*self-recommend* Stacy on Nightingale; email@example.com; 2/8/21
We have been taking our cats there for 10+ years and have had above average service and their charges are very reasonable (exam only about $50.00 and dental cleaning much below other animal centers).
Larry on Knollwood Avenue; 1/14/20
They are also, I believe, Fear-Free Certified, and I’ve been VERY impressed with their patience and handling skills when I’ve brought clients’ dogs in for husbandry training.
Stacy B.-S.; 1/14/20
We second Pinnacle.
Christine on Madrona Ave.; 1/14/20
[For blood work] We’ve found Pinnacle Vet on Meridian to be reasonably priced as well as conscientious and caring. To keep the fees low, they use vet techs for simple procedures.
Carol L.; 4/19/20
Pinnacle is a certified cat friendly practice. They try hard not to traumatize the cats. Mine are not fooled, but I’m sure some feel more reassured. We’re very pleased with the practice for our dog too.
Barbara M.; 4/20/20
We also use Pinnacles and LOVE them.
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.orgAndy G.; 7/27/20
We use Pinnacle for our cats and dogs -- they have separate entrance for felines and are a Cat Friendly practice.
Vivian on Glenn; 7/27/20
I've been taking cats to Burbank Pet Hospital forever and have always been very satisfied with each of the vets there -- not inexpensive, but prices comparable to other local vets as far as I know (I have no experience with dogs). the vets and techs there are particularly wonderful with elderly animals.
Maureen near Bird & Willow, 2/13/20, 6/12/21
I highly recommend Burbank Pat Hospital on San Carlos. They took care of our mini Schnauzer for over ten years, until it was time to put him down. Great front office staff and very good vets.
Bruce off Lincoln; 12/2/20
We have gone to Acacia Pet Clinic on Pearl (near Branham) for decades and our vet is Dr. Curley (owner). I recommend him highly.
Barb M., 2/13/20
We just got a stray kitten. He was injured so we took him to MedVet off of Hwy 17 and San Tomas Expressway. The staff was kind and the vet was wonderful. The kitten has recovered and is well. We will now take him to either Lincoln Ave Vet or to The Cat Hospital on Hamilton for a regular checkup and microchip.
Gail C.; 11/16/20
We have been taking our dogs to Adobe Animal Hospital for decades and highly recommend them.
Bob on Bird; 12/2/20
I love West Valley Pet. Were always easy to book, friendly, good experience even since COVID. Fair prices. Good website and digital services (able to handle interactions and records over text, web, email, etc.).
I have used Camden Pet For years and years. Highly recommend.
Nina on El Rio; 12/2/20
When nothing was working for our rabbit and bills were climbing too high, our vet suggested Dr Sara. She excelled and now the rest is history. She provides the best of both worlds - Westerns and Eastern medical philosophies and blends them beautifully.
Taffy on Marshall Ave; 6/12/21
I agree. I use Sara and Dr Hoge at Camden for my 13 yr old mostly Lab
Nina on El Rio; 6/12/21
She does house calls which I've found particularly helpful with older pets. She specializes in tradition vet medicine as well as acupuncture, herbs and nutrition. I've used Dr. Mathis for 3 elderly dogs now and she is fantastic. She's helped my dogs numerous times when there was nothing the regular vet could do.
Randi on Arbor; 6/12/21
I recommend trying Dr. Carolyn Araiza. She is a mobile vet with a wealth of knowledge, very compassionate. Yelp reviews back this up. Her home visits are not inexpensive, but she might be willing to give you ideas over the phone.
Julia on Husted; 10/4/22
I didn’t know Dr. Hanney had moved to a Sunnyvale practice. Yes, I agree, she’s a wonderful vet, treated my cats over the years.
Julia on Husted; 10/5/22
Our beloved [dog] had ACL repair surgery yesterday…we
decided on Warm Springs in Fremont. The service, kindness, professionalism and
COST were amazing. Over 50% less. No hidden costs. Very
transparent and one amount. $4400. Including xrays, surgery, drugs,
and 2 aftercare check ups. It is the nicest most welcoming place. Each
patient is greeted at 8 am and taken in by their own vet tech. Pick up was at 3
pm. The tech is your contact person and calls you with info prior, after and
next day follow up. Their hospital is modern, clean and absolutely
Lynn on Clintonia; 6/13/23
[Rec for at-home euthanasia] The vet was sensitive and took her time in preparing our family. She did not rush giving everyone time to say goodbye. $350 for the vet visit. $300 for cremation.
Gail on California; 1/12/21
We just had to say goodbye to our sweet senior dog Willow -- the most wonderful veterinarian (Dr. Helen Chuang) from The Restful Paws came to our home and helped her pass very peacefully --- such a gift to our sweet girl and to us. You can call and send email -- they are very responsive.
Vivian on Glenn; 1/12/21
…she was really good. She didn’t begin with our dog…she first spent time with my husband and me and of course our sweet dog. Then she segued into conversation about how it would all be done... All in all, our [dog] just went to sleep as usual right next to me on our sofa.
Jacqui on Curtiss; 11/25/22
I’ve used Camden for many years. I think they have fair pricing. You could ask to speak with the vet that would be doing the surgery. Dr Walter Hoge Sr is a founder there and very easy to talk with. His son, Dr Hoge Jr is also very approachable.
Nina on El Rio
A year and a half ago or so, I paid roughly $1000 for cleaning, several extractions, and the tests/supplies/surgical stuff/anesthesia that supported it. I highly recommend Pinnacle on Branham/Meridian, Dr. Michelle Forgy.
Janis, formerly on Willow Glen Way; 5/17/21
I had dental work on my two dogs in December. One needed a cardiologist eval because she is 10 years old. The vet hospital - VCA Blossom Hill - took very good care of them and the pricing similar to that mentioned here.
Tina G.; 5/17/21
If you are looking for a dental specialist I recommend Animal Dental Clinic. Dr. Riggs did a great job for our chihuahua.
Bob on Bird; 8/17/22
Flour Flower makes great tasting and gorgeous cakes.
[Note: Mimi, the original owner of Flower Flour, has returned to the original site and reopened as “Paris Avenue” – see below. (LLA: 1/10/23)]
Larry on Willow, 2/8/21
I ordered (Challah) early online and he had my order ready. He had other items so I just got some of those too.
The bread is wonderful. So is the shortbread. Other biscotti and cookies are great. All good with coffee and tea. It is nice to have a bakery open on Sunday.
Gail on California; 1/3/21
Almond Croissant excellent. Behind the 76 gas station on the corner Near Walgreens. Across from Lunardi’s
Gail C.; 3/5/22
Honey & Pearl is NOT a brick & mortar bakery and their cakes are only available once or twice a month. They announce availability on Instagram and other social media. The baker used to work for Aki’s back in the day and learned how to make their famous guava cakes. She’s tweaked the recipe here and there to make it her own. Obviously I can’t do a side by side comparison, but I like H&P’s version a shade better than what I remember of Aki’s, and I definitely like it better than any of the other Aki’s knockoffs through the years.
Judy on Hamilton Pl; 9/13/22
My daughter & I stopped by “Paris Avenue” for lunch today and we both can’t stop raving about it. The service was outstanding (Joseph & Harris were so nice and attentive) and the food was beyond delicious.
Tina on Ellen Ave.; 12/10/22
It’s my experience that “good cheesecake” is a very subjective thing. But I really like Charlie’s Cheesecake Works. The plus is you can buy his mini sampler pack and see what you think.
Gayle on Blewett; 9/23/22
Without a doubt check out Charlie’s Cheesecake Works. He’s located in the shopping center on Redmond Ave & Almaden Expressway in Almaden. He offers a variety of flavors & has a 12 pack of poppers featuring his assortment. They’re fabulous!
LiAnne on Prevost St.
Try Gunther's on Hamilton/Meridian. Ask for Steve. They do catering, but I'm not sure size wise. I am a customer, friend and neighbor. I get nothing to recommend, except knowing that I'm sharing a great place to eat.
Cindy K.; 9/6/21
If it’s Italian you want, I recommend La Villa on Lincoln Ave. They can provide food for any size group. We have ordered platters to pick up, and once they came and served it for our son’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Great food and service.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 9/7/21, 6/15/22
I had some amazing Italian cookies from LaVilla on Lincoln.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 12/8/21
[I was told] that they were very organized. Their website for catering is great, very detailed, but not too detailed. A nice woman named Nora called me and worked out the cost. So far it's a great experience.
Mary-Ellen on Cristina Ave; 9/9/21
We really enjoy Alams Taqueria (food truck) at the corner of Curtner and Union in the Union Gas station parking lot. It's a bright blue truck. The food is amazing.
Marguerite on Kayellen Court; 10/14/21
They are the best!
Rene on Marcia; 10/14/21
I have been to holiday dinners and outdoor barbecues that they have catered. Great food and great responsiveness to your wants and needs. They make comfort food tweaked up to be a bit more special but not overly fancy.
Tina on Monte Vista; 6/14/22
These folks cater. Easy to work with. Right on time and quality food. I’ve used them several times. Never disappoints. Right on Lincoln near Coe.
Karen on Blewett; 6/13/23
I've tried Fit Food Cuisine, a local meal prep service, a few times and really liked it. My husband and I found the food tasty, convenient, and good portion sizes. I hope this helps someone who's looking for help in the kitchen.
Judi on Kimble; 2/6/23
[at Fit Food] …you can definitely order a la carte rather than the subscription. … we tailor it based on how many evenings we might be having at home week by week. I find we have much less food spoilage from overbuying at the grocery store too. I love the healthy portion-controlled meals and the interesting variety in the menus that John provides weekly. Highly recommend.
Carol U.; 2/7/23
For years, I've bought tamales year-round from the family vendor parked in front of Food Maxx in a teal minivan. Their tamales are large, seasoned well, and delicious. They're usually there every day from 11 AMish to 3 PMish. Pricing is about $2.50 each with some possible ad hoc discounts for larger amounts. Standard fillings are chicken, pork, spicy pork, and jalapeno cheese. Sometimes they have sweet [ones].
Elissa on Laurie; 12/6/21
Year round tamales at Los Cuatos near Winchester and Hamilton. Next to the pizza place. A lady makes their tamales. In the case up front near the cash register. Generally $2 each. Chicken, beef, pork, corn, and other. Monday she comes later about 10 but other days she is there earlier.
Gail on California; 12/6/21
I've also bought tamales from Los Cuates in the past (as someone else mentioned) and they're also consistently great.
Elissa on Laurie; 12/8/21
Cookies were easily ordered online and to everyone’s amazement, the cookies arrived still warm!! Online there are ordering options as far as quantity and cookie selection, and special occasion packaging. Depending on where the cookies are headed, they hand deliver, and also ship via UPS. Great customer service, too. And OH!! Delicious Cookies!!!
Rita on Mercer Ave; 5/8/21
You won't be disappointed!! They go all out to give you what you want, as far as floral preferences or creative themes. They go above and beyond to give you a wonderful day with truly original pieces.
Tina on Monte Vista; 3/23/21
I have seen Bloomsters work at weddings! Amazing! They did my son’s wedding! Highly recommend.
Kathleen E.; 3/23/21
The most amazing arrangements I’ve ever seen were in one of the houses on a willow glen home tour. The florist is Bloomsters (not Bloomers). Spectacular.
Karlie on Glenwood; 1/6/22
Citti's Florist is our go-to florist. They're local, been around for-ever, and have raving fans.
Another nice thing is they let you know the prices on their front page.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 1/4/22
We have used Hill’s Florist on Race Street for years. Reasonable and beautiful.
Jan on Glen Eyrie; 1/4/22
I recommend H and J Flowers. Hylary is wonderfully gifted. They work tremendously hard to make the event everything you could dream of. Checkout the pictures on their website!
Tina on Monte Vista; 8/7/22
Fascinating store: regular groceries & an extensive meat-counter, plus lots of more exotic and ethnic fresh produce, and a counter serving salads and salsas.
Larry on Willow; 3/20/20, 2/5/23
Stuart Rentals is great in terms of variety of items and choices within. I like working with Laurie.
Karen on Blewett; 8/7/22
we've had a couple enjoyable Thanksgivings there (as well as birthdays and other special events). Quite elegant; good food; and a unique facility built on several stories on the side of a bluff, accessed by a cable tram car. (Kids enjoy visiting the ducks at the streamside patio...)
Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22
We've been to Mimosa of Willow Glen twice since they opened a couple of weeks ago. The food has been excellent and the service wonderful. They are located at Willow & Bird where Cafe Gourmet used to be.
Bob on Bird; 7/10/20
They are only open Friday and Saturday nights; you can check out their menus [on their website]. They have added some glass partitions amongst the antiques and player pianos that make for safe dining. (In nice weather they open the folding front doors.) It's a small restaurant, so make reservations. It's a different sort of restaurant, but very enjoyable.
Lorraine on Newport; 11/7/20, 7/31/21
I went to Crepevine to get dinner for my daughter and I. When I returned home I realized I was missing my salad. When I called to let them know they graciously offered to drop if off at my home. In addition, they gifted me a crepe, an additional order of fries, AND a gift card. Now, THAT is customer service!!!!
Christine, Madrona Ave.; 1/16/21
…another good [BBQ] place is Sam’s which is on Bascom, north of Hamilton, maybe 4-6 blocks on the right side. They have a nice band of guitars and singers as well.
Sue on Dean; 12/12/22
My family seconds “Sam’s BBQ”, too.
Tina on Ellen; 12/12/22
I echo the sentiment about Anchors. The chowder is steamy hot and really tasty! And the outside patio is very relaxing on these pretty Spring days.
Sue on Minnesota Ave; 5/17/23
If you are looking for a great cup of coffee stop by. They have some great brew.
Bob on Bird; 6/12/20
Just a shout out to an excellent hidden gem on Almaden (at Oak), tucked behind a laundromat. Absolutely fantastic Turkish food. The Lamb chops are so good. Everything is good, what am I saying.
I ordered the other night. There was no answer, but they called back in about 5 minutes to get my order.
Peter on Lick; 1/27/21
Try the Pasta Market (near Michael's). They have opened up indoor dining, and when we were there recently, only two tables were occupied. This is a very reasonably priced restaurant.
Lorraine on Newport; 11/7/20
This used to be Elva's Coffee Stop, next to the old Tlaquepaque at Curtner/Lincoln. It is now a pizza and coffee shop. We had pizza last night and it was delicious. They make their own dough and croutons. The pizza was a flatter crust style and very tasty. Take-out or delivery.
Andy on Madrona Avenue; 11/21/20
wonderful California/Mexican fusion: traditional burritos, etc., along with fresh flavors like Thai chicken or BBQ pork, ginger slaw, organic and vegetarian dishes. Great margaritas! Lovely patio area with heat-lamps.
Larry (on Willow); 3/1/22
small place, not fancy, open late, good food.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/22
Just had the best dinner there tonight. Hubby had Quesadillas- steak. Not on the menu but they happily made them. Sooo fresh. Such flavorful steak and yummy cheese. Salsa was great. I had shrimp Empanadas. Awesome and a chicken enchilada. The food had so much flavor. Delicious homemade cake. Entire bill $31.00. Super nice people. Let’s support this new restaurant.
Lynn on Clintonia; 10/19/21
Oh, yes! Casa Villa has wonderful food!
Tracy on Bird + Willow; 12/23/22
I second this. Casa Villa is wonderful. Great food and friendly staff.
Bob on Bird; 12/23/22
Our family also likes Casa Villa a lot, too. Delicious food and attentive, friendly staff.
Tina on Ellen Ave.; 12/24/22
Debbie on Guadalupe Avenue & Willow Glen Way; 5/24/21
I would highly recommend Waterbar for seafood and amazing location/view; (on The Embarcadero) incredible food and experience. Reservations a must.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/27/21
For Mediterranean (Greek) I would recommend Kokkari which is located on Jackson Street not far from The Embarcadero. Reservations a must.
Kirsten on Glenwood; 8/27/21
Life Moves in SJ helps set up women and their children in safe and stable living quarters. These women have escaped dangerous domestic situations or are homeless with nothing but the clothes on their backs in many cases. They are very appreciative of any donations, including food, bedding, pillows, etc.
Karen on Blewett; 8/16/20
We've had great responses using Freecycle. People took items we were sure no one would want but they were so happy to get them (drapery hardware, etc.). You can't leave it at the curb. It's supposed to be a personal transaction so you set it up with one person. Once we've set up the contact, we always say we'll leave it on the porch so they can just pick it up and go so we don't necessarily have to be physically present.
Janice on Coolidge; 1/27/20
They are located in the back right hand corner of the parking lot at the corner of San Salvador and South Third streets, and there is a large, secure donation box (almost closet sized) at the side of that building. They freely give out new or very gently used clothes to those in need in downtown San Jose, and also pass along bedding and towels. Other welcome donations--nonperishable, unopened, unbreakable food such as cans or sturdy bottles--unopened herbs and spices are particularly prized by the recipients as they are rarely donated. Fruit cups, pop top chili, and other single serve foods are great for kids' lunches and for the homeless. New underwear is also very prized--I sometimes buy it at outlet stores and drop it off there, to wild acclaim.
Carol on Curtis; 12/18/21
Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.
Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20
Two men from the same geographic area each go to where the homeless are living.
Larry on Knollwood; 7/1/20
If you have an old, working phone that has no value through …, you can donate it to Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. They give them to domestic-violence survivors so they can make 911 calls if needed. No service plan is needed for them to be able to do this. Drop them off at 234 E. Gish Rd., Ste. 200.
Rebecca on Newport; 3/6/17
400 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, (408) 464-9999, https://www.greenmouse.com/
They moved [to Martin Ave], still great!
Kathi on Cherry; 3/31/22
I have used A&J Recycling many times. There is no fee, no paperwork, no appointment needed, and they take almost any electronic device, including cords and cables. And there is never a wait ... you can pull up next to their door and they will bring out a cart and unload everything from your car! They are open Mon-Fri 8:00 to 5:00. It's in a strip mall-like complex with other businesses, and you drive in and go all the way to the end to find them.
(They will not take any media like DVDs, VHS tapes, cassettes or floppy disks or printer cartridges ... also no batteries or bulbs ... and no microwaves ... check their website for the complete list.)
Jim (formerly on Settle); 1/17/23
It has great articles on how to choose a particular type of company. It also has ratings from people who have used companies in the past year, plus the staff does some cold calling to check prices. [Subscribers] get an email a couple of times a year asking you to rate various companies you've used in the past year.
Janice on Coolidge; 9/24/19
...website has a "source list" of suppliers and services for older houses.
For example, they list a couple places in Oakland/Berkeley that have lots of old house stuff: Urban Ore General Store & Building Materials is one, Ohmega Salvage is another. Amazing places, great for finding weird old-house parts!
Larry (in one of the "older" homes on Willow); 3/1/22
SJPD has a great re-designed web site. There are videos on how to help prevent auto theft and tips on reducing home burglary. Whether to dial 911 or 311. You’ll find updated Police Blotter, information on community services such as Neighborhood Watch, how to report a crime online and links to City Connect/ Mobile Crime Tip apps for iPhone and Android. There is a FAQ section addressing issues with police staffing and how the department prioritizes police responses to criminal activity. Traffic Reports, Crime maps, Gang prevention resources, The Emergency Alert system, all well worth looking at.
Julia on Westgate; 5/29/14 [2/8/20]
Very easy: make an appointment with Household Hazardous Waste then drive over and drop it off. Very nice facilities just off McKee at 101. Open Fridays and Saturdays. They take paint, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, insecticides, asbestos (check for their rules), half-empty spray cans, etc. It took us maybe a minute to dispose of trunk-full of all that.
Larry on Willow; 3/1/22
· Central Mental Health (Enborg Lane Pharmacy)
2221 Enborg Lane, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)
Located on right-hand side of the Bldg, across from receptionist. M-F 8:00am–5:00pm
· Office of the Sheriff
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
· Valley Health Center at Bascom Pharmacy
750 S. Bascom Avenue, Ste # 120, (Cross street- Renova Dr.), M–F 9:00am-7:00pm
· Valley Health Center at East Valley Pharmacy
Located near the pharmacy pick-up window, 1993 McKee Rd. (Cross street- Ludlow Way)
M-F 8:30am-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-5:00pm
· Valley Health Center at Lenzen Pharmacy
Located near the pharmacy, 976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste 1400 (Cross street-The Alameda)
M 8:00am-9:00pm, T-F 8:00am-5:30pm
· Valley Health Center at Moorpark Pharmacy
Located near the pharmacy, 2400 Moorpark Avenue, (Cross street- Bascom Ave)
M-F 9:00am–9:00pm, Sat–Sun 9:00am–9:00pm
· Valley Health Center at Tully Pharmacy
Located in the main lobby, near the security guard desk, 500 Tully Rd. (Cross street-Corde Terra Circle) M- F 8:30am- 9:00pm, Sat 8:30am-5:00 pm
· Valley Specialty Center Outpatient Pharmacy
Located in the Valley Specialty Bldg, near the pharmacy, 751 S. Bascom Avenue, (Cross Street-Renova Dr.), Mon- Sun 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Kari on Meridian Way; 8/14/15
Karlie on Glenwood; 1/8/22
How to quickly and easily check out a contractor online -- license, Yelp, etc. How to look up City regulations on line.
Whoever you hire for solar, remodeling, sidewalk, HVAC, tree work, plumbing, etc... Be sure that you are hiring a licensed contractor with a valid, active license, no civil or criminal issues, and a stable history -- and that you know whether or not they have workers' comp insurance. Beautiful trucks, fancy websites, charming salespeople, booths in stores, and heavy advertising don't prove anything.
Quick and easy to check a license online.
1. Contractors are required to display their license number in all advertisements -- including websites, business cards, proposals, signs, and any vehicles that carry advertising. However, "license numbers" on business cards or painted on trucks may not be accurate or current. One tree guy had a beautiful bucket truck, but a business card with the license number of a defunct plumbing company in LA. (I searched by "Personnel Name." He had no license of any sort.) Another had a "License Number" on his card that was actually his city business license.
2. When you look up a contractor, watch for this link: "Click here for Complaint Disclosure Information." One had "Conviction of a substantially related crime." Another, grand theft and elder abuse.
3. Click on "Personnel List" and then click on each name shown under "Licenses Currently Associated With." The number of people under the next list -- "No Longer Associated With" -- may indicate an unstable business. (One company with a valid license was a ghost -- no person currently associated with the license.)
4. If there is an "Other Licensees" button, click on it. Then click on each license listed. One contractor had a license under another business name that is "under suspension for failure to comply with Workers Comp."
5. In addition to looking up the contractor under the license number they give you, also search by company name. One contractor appeared to have two slightly different company names, with two different street addresses -- one license had very serious civil and criminal issues, the other license did not. One contractor has two license numbers with the same name, address, and phone -- the expired license is marked "Recommended for legal action" -- the current license has many citations.
6. A contractor who works alone doesn't need workers' comp insurance. However, some contractors claim that they have no employees -- to avoid the cost of insurance -- but show up with a crew. You don't want an accident to go against your homeowners insurance. (And, if the contractor doesn't provide accident insurance for their own employees, how do you think they will treat you?)
Quick and easy to search by business name, or personnel name, or license number.
7. The State has an excellent article on hiring contractors, which includes: "When the contractor comes to your house to give you a bid, ask to see his/her pocket license, along with a picture I.D. Make sure the person you're dealing with is the same person on the license."
8. If the company has a website, check for a "career" link. What is the company's primary objective? Hiring people to *do* work -- or hiring people to *sell* work? (For example, a service plumber opening that emphasizes "earnings potential" or commission rates means that the company uses basic plumbing and drain jobs as a way to get into your house for a sales pitch.)
9. When using Yelp, Angie's List, Diamond Certified, BBB, etc. read the reviews carefully:
- They are profit-making companies, not public services. They do the best they can -- but their primary source of revenue is the businesses being reviewed.
- Any online review system can be gamed with fake reviews.
- On the other hand -- customers may have unrealistic expectations, have only had an estimate, be confusing different businesses, be connected with a rival business, or simply be pursuing a vendetta -- the Customer From Hell.
10. Specifically for Yelp:
- The links on the right side are paid ads.
- Change the default "Yelp Sort" box to "Newest First." The company may have changed ownership -- you want the most recent comments.
- Yelp indirectly rewards members who post lots of negative reviews with "Elite" membership. A straightforward, favorable review is not going to be voted "funny" or "cool."
11. Referrals. One member commented: "Don’t forget to check many referrals (not just one or two) and see the work. Make sure the referrals are recent."
12. Permits and regulations. Be sure that your contractor gets City permits. A member commented that some work doesn't require permits but still needs to comply with city codes
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