CalAlta Auto Glass
I’ve been going to CalAlta Auto Glass for almost as long as I could drive. WAY back when, I had the windshield replaced on my Nissan 240SX as I had purchased it with a broken windshield. I liked them so much that whenever I needed a rock chip fixed, I would go back to CalAlta. They do have limited Saturday hours and wherever possible, I would wait until Saturday to get back to them. Staff is always friendly and no appointments necessary for rock chips. I’ve tried other autoglass places too, and never had issues with anyone’s fixes. So it just comes down to I like them better.
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Originally a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel, I think the Fairmont Palliser is Calgary’s oldest, most historic and fanciest hotel. You can probably find old postcards of Calgary where the Palliser Hotel was the tallest building around. Now it’s surrounded by the Calgary Tower, and The Edison. Completed in 1914, the Palliser Hotel is an icon of Canada’s history with the railroad and the grand railway hotels. Today, managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (who was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels), it is still Calgary’s finest hotel in my books. I’m biased towards the Fairmont group of hotels in general, because of our love of the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. For years now, since we don’t really have things that we want, my wife and I had standardized our gifts to each other for special occasions as Fairmont gift cards and stay whenever possible. Never expire and good in any currency.
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Crate and Barrel
Pretty fancy pants for a big box furniture store before getting into custom solid wood stuff. I definitely get sticker shock when looking at certain things especially comparing to IKEA pricing, but that’s not comparing apples-to-apples. Things do feel like they’ll last quite awhile and there are sales throughout the year if you can wait. We were looking for a wood table and chairs and actually found Crate and Barrel to be reasonable compared to other places that we were looking at.
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