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2332 days ago

Very limited selection of designers (Sherri Hill seems to be the predominant designer) and very pricey. Sales reps have limited knowledge and not all are very friendly. They have a monopoly on Sherri Hill dresses in the Austin area, so unless you want to drive to Houston, San Antonio or Dallas, you are stuck here if you want to try on Sherri Hill dresses. For us, we simply chose other designers so that we could shop other local stores. Overall, the store and staff are just average. The store appears to have a lot of overhead and is never very crowded, so I am concerned that the prices may be drastically inflated to cover the operations, especially with their exclusive relationship with Sherri Hill. Have been in the store at least a dozen times, various different times and days of the week -- the store is never busy and I am often the only customer in the store, which again concerns me about merchandise needing to be very marked up! They also seem to have an exclusive relationship with some pageant system, which I think may be receiving some sort of significant discount as much as they promote the pageant and vice versa. Overall the number of exclusive business arrangements they have concerns me and I believe my business is better suited to a store that doesn't deal in exclusive relationships.

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2851 days ago

The service was excellent. Knowledgeable staff. Great quality and value.

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3496 days ago

No los recomiendo para nada!!! La ultima vez que viaje me dijieron que no iva a trasbordar y que paso? en San Luis Potosi me mandaron en un taxi a la central de autobuses para que me llevara iva con mi bebe de 4 meses y mi nina de 5 anos entonces este taxista se le fue pagado por su servicio y para que me pagara mi boleto a mi destino en la central. Lo que paso fue que me llevo y el camion no salia hasta despues de 3 horas!!!! Como yo me iba a esperar tanto tiempo en un lugar desconocido y con mis ninos?? Estaba super enojada!!! El taxista deside desirme si me espero o si le pago para que me lleve a mi destino!!!! Yo viajaba a San Miguel de Allende asi que como tenia a mis ninos le page aparte de el dinero que el chofer de Tornados ya le avian pagado!!!! Me cobro en dolares todavia!!! Y y el senor deside pasar por su esposa tambien. Nunca me vuelvo a ir en esta linea de autobuses!! They lie about taking you to your destination; leave you in a place that you do not even know and rip you off your money!!!!

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3538 days ago

Superb high end men's apparel. Top quality names like Robert Talbott, XMI, Valentino, Allen Edmonds, Tommy Bahama, Bill's Khakis and more. Suits are great best tie, dress and sport shirt's selection . This is my favorite personal shopping store. Owner operated family like atmosphere.

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3574 days ago

Excellent service - the staff is very knowledgeable and most helpful.
Great selection too.

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3623 days ago

'0' stars --- that is how I would rate Austin Vision Center!

They do not stand behind their products, are very unprofessional, and even have an optician at the Tarrytown location who purports to "treat diseases of the eye" - He is not even a certified optician, much less someone with medical training!

Beware!!

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3953 days ago

This company is no longer in business. The number now belongs to Bachus Conservatory, an amazing music school in Austin. They offer private instruction for piano, voice, guitar, and cello. They have classes in theory, music history, diction, ear training, yoga for musicians, and foregin languages for vocal repertoires. You can see the staff perform at one of their monthly events. www.bachusconservatory.com

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3987 days ago

Eyemart Express, 5775 Airport Blvd, gets a Zero rating though I have to give it one star. Over three weeks and four different times of going to the store, I finally cancelled my order for presecription sunglasses. Twice the glasses failed to pass quality control, once they had the wrong presecription and the fourth time I showed up two days after they said the glasses would be ready to find out they were cutting the lenses right then. They don't live up to promises of quality or customer service.

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4035 days ago

I hope 1 star means terrible/horrible. I cannot recommend Austin Vision Center. Took my prescription to them for glasses from my opthamologist. Lenses Austin Vision Center filled glasses with gave me headaches and made me nauseous and I couldn't see. They told me I had to get used to this type of glasses and it was in my mind, although I have worn progressive lenses for years with no trouble previously. Went back to my doctor finally b/c I kept getting so sick whenever I tried to wear the glasses. Turns out they were not following the doctor's prescription. He wrote specific instructions for them to follow on the prescription. After 4 times of Austin Vision Center not getting it right and having to go back to my doctor each time just for him to tell me they still weren't following the prescription, I asked for my money back. They refused and I was only finally able to get them to agree to refund 1/2 of my money after I showed them my doctor's records that they had entirely changed his prescription.

Pros- they have really nice stylish designer frames at good prices for designer frames. Friendly staff, although they are all very young (except for the doctor who I never saw to help with my problem)

Cons- their optician has only "several years" experience and couldn't fill my prescription for progressives, AVC will blame you the customer for their failure. I don't care if they have a "no refunds policy" if you pay them for something and they can't give it to you b/c of their error, they should refund your money. I gave them four chances and over 2 months to get this right. They couldn't do it. I needed to get these glasses filled not just put money in their pocket.

The Austin Vision Center's optician (really just a sales person, I never saw any evidence that he was certified) with "several years" experience as their website claims did not believe my board certified opthamologist doctor/eye surgeon's opinion that they weren't following his prescription; they continued to claim there was nothing wrong with the lenses and that the doctor and his office was mistaken. YEah right.

Follow up note. Got glasses filled at a different vision center. They made them perfect and to my doctor's Rx first time. The optician there is certified with 20 years experience. No more headaches or nauseousness and I can wear them for longer than 5 minutes. Guess it wasn't me after all.

Recommend if you buy anything from AVC, just buy the frame and go somewhere else to get it filled. If you get glasses filled make sure the optician is experienced and certified. I didn't know in Texas that anyone can call themselves an optician with no licensing or certification required.


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4038 days ago

I love this bookstore! The Book Exchange  in South Austin has an amazing selection of used paperback books, all well organized. The store is a very friendly place. It's clean and the people there are really nice. Check it out!

  http://www.bookexchangeaustin.com

 

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