Although, I am beginning to feel a bit like Angie's List, I want to share about a few local businesses today.
There are lots of small businesses here in town, and many of them I have used at one time or another, and I would recommend to a friend. Others, I have experienced, and they did not impress me. Most of them did not survive, and some, unfortunately, are still here.
Below are a few of the local businesses I recommend.
|C&R Tire in Fiskdale|
I've used the Finer Cut on Main Street just before Shaw's Plaza, in Sturbridge for years. They take walk-ins, and Ellie, the owner, and Marie, are nice people. They run a good shop, and know how to cut hair. I have no clue about the other things they do to hair, such as coloring, and such, but they've been tending to the hair needs of local folks for a long time. A good haircut is something one always needs, and they deliver.
Micknuck's Fresh Marketplace in Fiskdale is a local market that we frequent a couple of times each
We also frequent The Duck at the Whistling Swan, and Avellino's. Recently, I raved about Avellino's. The Duck is upstairs in the loft. It is a great casual gathering place with live music on weekends nights. The bar is very comfortable. Sunken a few feet, and surrounded by very comfortable chairs. The bar staff are great. They believe in service, and are very good at what they do. The menu at The Duck makes it well worth a visit.
Sturbridge Seafood on Main Street beside Sal's Pizza. Today, I am adding it to my list of neighborly recommendations. The menu is awesome. Mary had the honey crusted horseradish salmon, and I went went with my old standby that I use to judge seafood restaurants, whole belly fried clams.
Both were fantastic. Really.
Fried clams is such a New England staple, and they are made as many different ways as their are clam shacks. The trick to making them worthwhile is to use only fresh clams, and the batter cannot be an afterthought. A good taste, without being overly textured, and crunchy is best. It cannot take away from the taste of the clam. The batter on my clams last night was perfection. The clams were so fresh I had to send them to their rooms for the night. Mary's salmon was also very, very good. The horseradish gave her salmon a little bit of a kick without overwhelming the salmons fresh taste. Jenny had the fish taco, and she loved it. She told us it was great, and that is a great review.
Great food, and a great menu aren't the only things that a restaurant needs to succeed. They need a great chef, and they have one. Ken Yukimura is chef, and owner, and he has big plans for expansion that are now underway. The next requirement needed for any restaurant to succeed is to have the right customer service attitude in place from the very beginning so that it becomes a culture.
They have that part down pat as well. Last night our server was Faith, a young woman, that was truly personable, and real. She was efficient, personable with a great sense of humor. She never appeared harried, and when she was standing beside our table it was very evident we had her attention. If you are treated rudely, or the service at your table is lacking, you will not want to repeat that experience despite the food being great. We will be repeating our visit to Sturbridge Seafood again. They're on the list now.
So, there you have it. Some of the local businesses in town that impress us, and that we frequent. There are many more as well, but I'll save those for another time. I really am starting to feel like Angie.