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Old 07-03-2010, 01:35 AM
 
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Okay, now that my family and I will be moving from NoVA to Newport News soon, I need information on some basic necessities (and a few wants) of life.

We will be in Port Warwick. Where does my family go for:

Veterinarian: we're not lookng for the type that wants to do plastic surgery or chemo on a dog. We currently have an old-timer vet (from West Texas) who used to visit ranches. He's not touchy-feely, but is a great vet and no-nonsense. We'll probably continue to see him, but just in case, we need someone local in Newport News.

Dog boarding: for those rare occasions when we have to board our dogs very reluctantly. Here we DO want a place with employees who are touchy-feely dog lovers.

Grocery store: currently we go to Wegmann's and Trader Joe's. My wife is crazy about feeding our kids organic food. I need a place that sells Belgian beers and Australian Shiraz. I gather there is no Wegmann's, but there are Harris Teeter and Trader Joe's in NN. Where else should I consider?

Car repair/inspections: a place that can handle high-end Japanese (Acura, Infiniti, Lexus). A place that uses torque-wrench. A place with Road Force balancing.

Barbershop/men's grooming: I used to get a $5 haircut from a former Marine who served in Vietnam. In the several years I had gone to him, he spoke exactly 3 phrases: yes, no, five dollars. He buzzed my hair. I used soap to wash my hair. I was happy. My wife detested the haircuts -- told me I looked like a serial killer. So she's been sending me to the Grooming Lounge in Tyson's Galleria for some years now. Apparently I need someone who can "texture" my hair whatever that means.

Women's hair salon: my wife needs a very high end boutique. She won't spend a lot of money on other things (well, except organic food), but she will spend money on stylish haircuts. No "mall" type of place or what someone once derisively said "small town prom queen haircut" type of place.

Kid's haircut: enough said.

Lawn/landscaping service: I hate grass. Can't garden for life.

Tailor/clothing alteration: for suits, shirts and dresses. I am very particular and need someone who is skilled and can follow directions well. Does he understand what "waist suppression" means?

Shoe shine/cobbler: does he know how to Goodyear-welt? Does he have a Blake soling machine?

Rug store: high-end Persian and tribal rugs. NOT the kind of places having 50 percent off or going out of business sales everyday.

Furniture store: a place that carries Hancock & Moore leather sofas and other American-made high quality hardwood furniture (somewhere like Hardwood Artisans).

Gun store: clean, good selection, friendly service. A place with lots of new EBRs a plus.

Gunsmith: someone good and detail oriented -- and stands behind his work.

Gun range: both outdoor and indoor. For indoor, I need a place that has ultra-modern ventilation and safety system (somewhere like the NRA range in Fairfax or Silver Eagle in Loudoun). I don't care to ingest a lot airborne lead and other toxic compounds.

Martial arts school: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. I am not into Thug-Jitsu schools. I trained with very mature, learning-oriented and good-natured older law enforcement/military personnel -- guys who have to get back to work the next day and spend time with their families. I don't care to train in places where 20-somethings want to fight with you every session. It's a bonus if there is a good kids program. A place that is CLEAN (bleach-cleaned everday) -- ringworm/steph infection is not fun.

That's it for now, probably more later. Thanks ahead for those who post in reply.

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Old 07-06-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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This OP is hysterically funny! Going to show this to my husband!

Alley
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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You moved to the wrong area...
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I lived in NoVa for 41 years before I moved here 7 years ago so I can see where you are coming from. HOWEVER, Hampton Roads is NOTHING like NoVa.

Things are a slower pace here. Dry cleaners? LOL, I have yet to find a cleaners that will do my laundry in less than a day. Try 3 days.....

You will get better quality service in HR than you ever did in NoVa. The people here take time to talk to you, care about YOU and will charge you less than you are used to paying.

You will find all the things you need in time, but not in the same way you are used to. Lawn care? Chances are there is a neighbor kid or guy who does landscaping already in your new neighborhood. Vet? There are several, just check them out and decide.

There is another grocery at Jefferson and Oyster Point - Fresh Market - that I like. That should be good for you.

You will find services you need all over, but some may be family run type businesses. Very unlike the commercial 24/7 stuff in NoVa.

Just go with the flow. You will find you are much less stressed over time, because the mindset here is that everything will get done, eventually.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Oh.... gun related things??? You DID come to the right place, however the gun oriented places around here are not upper class. There is a gun range in Yorktown, but I personally do not know anything about it. We have a lot of military here ( and hunters) so they do take the business seriously, but in a different way than you are used to.

You will meet great people in HR but I think you need to change you expectations. We do have upper class areas, but you are asking for things that are not available all over - if at all. You can find great hair stylists anywhere - and you don't have to pay $100 for a haircut.

At least half of your wish list will be unfulfilled here. However, if you changed your expectations, you will find everything you need.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: norfolk
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As far as car work goes, any Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Acura, Infiniti, or Lexus dealership would be fine. Just avoid small shops ran by ppl in the hood. I've made the mistake of taking some wheels to a "lower end" place to get tires mounted. I couldn't believe that some of those people have never seen a reverse mount wheel, and ended up nicking my wheels trying my mount a tire. Its absurd. All mechanics will try to get a job done as quick as possible since they are paid by flat rate. This results in them never touching the torque wrench. If you simply talk to the technician working on your car, and be clear of what you want, and watch them while they perform their job, there ususally isn't a problem.

There are several JJ places in Virginia Beach
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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You moved to the wrong area...
You are making me feel so much better already!
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Veterinarian:
TRACY LORD , DVM
HOLISTIC VETERINARY CARE
100 CHANCO RD
WILLIAMSBURG , VA 23185
Phone: 757-291-2202


BROOKE PIERCY , VMD
YORK VETERINARY HOSPITAL
4628 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HGWY
YORKTOWN , VA 23692
Phone: 757-898-3700
Fax: 757-898-5036

Dog boarding:

Coastal Dog Services
900 Brick Kiln Blvd.
886-1300

Colony Animal Hospital
13187 Warwick Blvd.
877-6464

Kiln Creek Animal Care
900 Brick Kiln Blvd.
886-1300


Grocery store:

The Fresh Market
Cost Plus World Market
Mp International
Kim Milling Company



Barbershop/men's grooming:
Hidenwood Barber Shop
73 Hidenwood Shopping Ctr
Newport News, VA 23606-2200
757-595-2204

Westwood Barber Shop
1061 J Clyde Morris Boulevard, NN, VA 23602
(757) 596-6656‎


Women's hair salon:
RicaSh√° Salon, LLC
1215 George Washington Memorial Highway, Suite P
Yorktown, VA 23693
ph: 757-594-9715
fax: 757-594-9715
alt: 757-597-7745


Kid's haircut:

Walmart Supercenter Store #1773

12401 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23602
(757) 874-4434



Martial arts school:
East Wind Academy
13361 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA. 23602
757.988.0500


You're welcome

I recommend Yelp for business ratings
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Norfolk
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This OP is hysterically funny! Going to show this to my husband!

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I just showed this to my wife and she is laughing so hard she can't breathe!

.break.

You have got to quit comparing NOVA to Hampton Roads. Your expectations are unrealistic for this region. Your demands will prove fruitless. People here are not as "high brow", nor are they "dredge of humanity". As another said-go with the flow-
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:38 PM
 
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the mindset here is that everything will get done, eventually.
Unfortunately that is the problem. Everything will be done eventually, so why bother today, is the overall mentality. That's why we're so far behind here.

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You are making me feel so much better already!
Sorry, but it's the truth.

Now quit with all yer postin' and git on down to the Wal-Mart where you'll get three tasks done at once; haircut, auto repairs and food shoppin. Heck, you might even get a lesson in martial arts if you tick somebody off while going down the bread aisle.
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