Steve's Referral Page
I prefer to do business with people or companies that others have
referred to me (as opposed to blindly picking someone out of the
phone book). In addition, I like to refer my friends to businesses
that are reputable -- it's good for the business and it helps my
friends. If you feel the same way, then please support the businesses
on the list below. I get nothing out of it, except the satisfaction
of knowing that you'll be happy and won't get ripped off, and that
the business will be positively rewarded with your patronage.
My friends and I like to say that if we want to screw something
up, we can do it ourselves for free. If we want to pay someone
else to do something, then we expect them to do a stellar
- Foreign Affair is
the only place I've ever taken any of my cars for service (except
one or two visits I had to make to a dealer). Foreign Affair is
located at 490
Perry Court in Santa Clara (near Trimble and 101), telephone
408-727-4884. They only work on Honda and Acura automobiles
(which is all I've ever owned: a 1990 Acura Integra GS, a 1987
Acura Integra LS, and a 1997 Honda CRV). I trust these guys
completely and can't say enough positive things about them here.
If you have a Honda or Acura, this is the only place you should
go. If you're considering purchasing a used Honda or Acura, have
them check it out before you buy. (Update: They now work on Toyota and Lexus cars too!)
is similar to Foreign Affair, but for Toyota and Nissan service.
They're at 81
Pioneer Way (off of Evelyn between 237 and 85) in Sunnyvale,
telephone 650-969-9018. When Audra had a Toyota Corolla, we usedto
take it to these guys. I don't have as much experience with them
as with Foreign Affair, but they seem to be a decent shop for
Toyota and Nissan service.
Stools, Bars, & Dinettes sells casual dining tables
and chairs of all shapes and sizes. Since this is all they do they
have an incredible selection -- better than most larger furniture
stores. If you're looking for a kitchen table and chairs, go
straight to these guys. When we bought our house, we asked the
sellers where they got their kitchen table and that's how we found
out about them. We then bought our own kitchen table and chairs
from them. They're nice people, they're especially honest (even if
it means referring you to another store), and they deserve your
business. They're located at 1272 S. Bascom in San Jose (near
Highways 17 and 280), and also have stores in Pleasant
Hill and San
- Conway Plumbing repiped our previous house and did an
excellent job. I would definitely call them again if I had any
plumbing needs. Telephone: 408-279-8824 in San Jose, but they
actually cover most of Silicon Valley, Penninsula, and East Bay.
Tim Huthes is the guy who did the job for us but I don't think
he's with them any more.
- Paz Electric did the wiring in our patio room and did
an excellent (and meticulous) job. If you need any electrical
work, call Stephen Rafala at 408-842-1272.
- Melody Painting has done several painting jobs for us.
They are fast and professional. Call Charlie Kim at
- Patty De Luca of Hampton Real Estate Services has
financed all of my recent home mortgages. Patty will get you the
best rate available, and has on more than one occasion gone beyond
the call of duty when getting us a loan. You can call Patty at
- Hailey Chaing of Contempo Realty has helped us and
other friends with several real estate transactions. She's a great
person to work with. If you're looking for an agent, give Hailey a
call at 408-445-5151.
- Valerie Galey of Stellar Financial Services is our tax
person. You'll find people who charge less, but you get what you
pay for. Valerie is a pro and is worth every penny she charges.
You can call Valerie at 408-280-7224.
More to come...
If there's a person or business you'd like to contribute to my
referrals page, please help us all out: let me know, and I'll add
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