Mor Furniture Review

I don’t want people to think my blog is becoming a place for me solely to review businesses…but I do have to share things I feel passionate about and honestly? Mor Furniture, you are a huge disappointment and I will never, ever go back to you again. Not now, not never.

Back when we first arrived in San Diego in the second week of December, Adam and I went furniture shopping. I wanted to have a couch purchased before I began my new job, as it would be one less thing to worry about.

One of Adam’s friends regretfully got his couch from Mor Furniture (6965 Consolidated Way, San Diego, 866-466-7435), but since it was affordable, we decided to go there anyway. When we stepped inside (keep in mind this was back on December 12), we were in awe of how many options there were and began walking around. A couple of hours, over a thousand dollars, and a meeting with a salesman later, we had purchased a sectional. The only problem was that the couch wasn’t in stock, and we were told it would take three weeks to be built and delivered, meaning it would arrive on January 2, 2014. We liked our couch enough that we were willing to wait.

A week before the scheduled delivery, Adam called and found out the delivery had been pushed back to January 9. We were annoyed, and Adam called the number above (which is a generic customer service line), and after awhile on the phone, he got in touch with our salesman, who profusely apologized for this inconvenience. We decided, again, it was worth the wait.

Until…four days before the new scheduled delivery date, when we called back, we were told delivery was pushed back yet again, this time until January 21.

We couldn’t believe it, but we should’t have been all that surprised. If you look at Mor Furniture’s Yelp, you’ll see the reviews are less-than-great, and many people have experienced what we did and have gone months without receiving their purchased order. And unfortunately, most of the bad reviews are filtered, which would drastically affect its rating and make it closer to a 1-star business instead.

The same day we found this out, we canceled our order (which will apparently take 10 business days to refund…umm…yeah) and went to Home Furniture on El Cajon Blvd in San Diego. Su (who has been running this family business for the past 20 years) was knowledgeable and helpful, and guaranteed our couch would be delivered to us by Wednesday, January 8, at 7 pm. And wouldn’t you know that around 3 pm on Wednesday, we got our couch.

The moral of the story being…

Mor Furniture (also known as Mor Furniture for less) has three locations: 880 Arnele Ave, El Cajon, CA; 900 Los Vallecitos Blvd, San Marcos, CA; and the aforementioned 6965 Consolidated Way, San Diego, CA location.

And I strongly advise anyone in the San Diego area to stay away from this business’s three locations and go elsewhere (preferably to Su at Home Furniture). Mor Furniture is a huge disappointment, and clearly my Mor Furniture review is telling you this place is bad and it’s not worth the time, money, or stress of going there.

Uberdog – West Hartford, CT

One of my favorite businesses in Connecticut (that I really can’t say enough good things about and that I really do miss) is Uberdog in West Hartford.

We began taking our family dog to Uberdog, 635 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, 860-236-8237, when it first opened a few years ago. Since then, my mom’s boyfriend has brought his dog, and I began bringing Maeby once she was old enough to go there.

The owner, Dan, is a really nice guy, who loves his family, dogs, and is clearly passionate about what he does and the people and dogs who come there. I feel the same about his staff. Maeby has had issues with her stomach in the past and when she’s gotten sick there, they have immediately called me to let me know what’s going on and have taken care of her to make sure she was feeling better. Or any time that anything has been even remotely questionable about her behavior (for example, one time she seemed disoriented and began walking funny), they have called me to let me know. Dan and his staff care about the dogs that come in, and I’ve always felt comfortable and confident leaving Maeby at Uberdog, even for overnight stays. And when I found out I was moving to San Diego and asked if I could transfer remaining days to a family member, Dan and his staff let me do this, no questions asked.

While I can’t comment on the price (though I have researched similar places in San Diego, all of which seem comparable to Uberdog), I can honestly say that it is worth every single penny. Especially in the winter, when Maeby and I couldn’t go running a few times a week, I found that taking Maeby to Uberdog even once a week (and supplementing it with taking her to the dog park on the weekends) kept her happy and kept me happy too.

If you’re looking for an awesome dog daycare in the greater Hartford area, please stop by Uberdog, 635 New Park Avenue, West Hartford, 860-236-8237, with your furry friend. Dan and his staff will make your feel comfortable and will take care of your dog like its their own. I can’t recommend this place enough.

New Mexico, Arizona, and San Diego.

All day Monday was spent driving through Texas (literally all the way across) from Austin through El Paso, and to Silver City, New Mexico for the night.

Before we got to our hotel, we did what we did throughout the trip: we stopped and got dinner.

We did some Googling and Yelping before getting to Silver City, and decided on The Jalisco Cafe.

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We got an incredible combination plate, which included chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, rice and beans, as well as chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers). We opted for the green chile sauce, which was spicier that the other option, but we were happy since green chiles are native to New Mexico. The pictures of the food weren’t all that great, but I promise you that if you’re in or around Silver City, this place is a must. Even the locals we talked to agreed.

We then headed to our hotel, the Econolodge in Silver City. It was merely a place for us to rest our heads, but we were surprised by all of the amenities in the room and at the hotel (including a microwave and fridge, swimming pool, and full breakfast), and we would definitely stay here again.

The next day, we woke up early, and began our trip west for our last day of our trip. I was most excited about New Mexico before my trip began and I was not disappointed by its beauty.

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Next stop: Arizona.

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Not much to write about here. By this point we were eager to get to San Diego. We did stop in Yuma for lunch and liked that city a lot. We planned on getting In-N-Out but then saw there was a Chipotle and thought that would be a healthier option after all the food we ate during our trip (and before, with Thanksgiving and various dinners/happy hours with friends and family before leaving).

More Arizona…

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Then we made it to California!

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We got into San Diego around 4:00 pm, after 9 hours of driving. As we drove towards the city and got off our exit, I made Adam put on California Love for me. It was necessary.

And so, I will leave you with that song.

More Louisiana and Texas.

Dinner at Morels Restaurant in New Roads, Louisiana. So, so good…

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Fried alligator and crawfish from Prejean’s in Lafayette, LA…

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Finally made it to Texas…

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Our beautiful hotel room at the Windgate in Round Rock, TX. This was by far our favorite hotel from our trip, and the second cheapest. Our room included a sofa bed (which we obviously didn’t use), king size bed, cable, free wifi (this was also the best wifi of all the hotels we stayed at), and a free breakfast in the morning (again, the best breakfast of all the hotels, as it included hot entrees, including biscuits and gravy).

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We might have had BBQ in Nashville but Texas BBQ is different. We picked up brisket, sausage, ribs, baked beans, green beans, creamed corn and tamale pie at Johnny T’s in Round Rock before stopping at the hotel for the night. It was all amazing.

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Maeby wanted some of our food.

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We stopped at Pebble Hills Dog Park in El Paso, TX on our way to New Mexico. We had a little trouble finding it (the GPS directed us to a library, and the park was a little bit past that), but once we found it, Maeby had a great time. She also got to make new friends, and the people there were really nice (just as they were in Jackson, MS).

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More Texas.

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We had to stop at Whataburger. It had to happen; we were in Texas, after all. And Adam wouldn’t stop talking about how we had to go there…so we did. I wasn’t disappointed. It was really good.

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On to New Mexico…

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More Nashville, Some Louisiana, and a Dog Park.

A few days into our trip, I gave a quick update about the weather. And it’s true–things don’t always go as planned.

If we went north, we’d hit bad weather in Missouri; our original route across Arkansas and Oklahoma City was the worst possible option; and if we went south through Dallas, we’d be driving through iced-over roads.

We stayed an extra night in Nashville, got drinks and some reallllllly delicious fried green tomatoes at Merchants, stopped in a couple of other bars for live music, and then wrapped up our evening with a second round of Nashville bbq at Jack’s Barbeque.

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It was all so good.

The next morning, we made our way south. Way south…to a small town about 40 minutes outside of Baton Rouge, where Adam’s former boss lives. On our way, we stopped in Jackson, Mississippi at this wonderful shelter and dog park, so Maeby could get in some exercise. She had a blast.

 

The park was located at CARA – Community Animal Rescure & Adoption and I really don’t have enough nice things to say about the staff there.

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As someone who is very passionate about animal rescues and shelters, I really admired the people who worked here, because they were kind and caring (and loved Maeby), and they were providing shelter to over 300 dogs. They take in strays and owner surrenders, help nurse sick dogs and cats back to health, and find homes for all of these animals. I don’t think I could ever do what these people do; I’d get too attached and have such a hard time dealing with some of the animal cruelty cases they handle on a daily basis. If you have a moment though, please check out and like their Facebook page. They are an amazing organization staffed by an incredible group of people.

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There’s more to come…

Connecticut > Virginia > Tennessee

Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee!

The past two days have been long, but good.

Adam and I left Connecticut around 6:00 a.m. yesterday, and then made our way down to Roanoke, VA, meaning we drove through a total of 6 states: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. We avoided tolls, most major cities and traffic, and it was an easy drive down to Roanoke, made especially easy because Maeby slept most of the way there.

We stayed at the Comfort Inn after finding a low rate on Expedia, and enjoyed our stay there. It was the first time Maeby ever stayed in a hotel and she didn’t have the easiest time (too many people coming and going, and she felt the need to bark during those times), but overall we enjoyed our stay. We especially enjoyed the fact that this hotel was located near a mall, with tons of shops and restaurants. After a long day of traveling, we picked up dinner at a nearby restaurant and then ate and took it easy in our room.

This morning, we woke up around 7:00 a.m., stopped at Walmart for shampoo and snacks (and wine), filled up with cheap gas ($2.83 a gallon, WTF), and then made our drive down to Nashville.

On our way down to Tennessee, we hit a ton of rain and it was definitely a little difficult to see clearly sometimes. It was kind of scary, and that’s saying a lot because I’m usually fine driving in snow and rain.

Before we got to the hotel and after doing a lot of research on barbecue places in Nashville (because hello, we’re in Nashville), we stopped at Peg Leg Porker. We pretty much ordered one of everything:

Dry ribs, wet ribs, chicken (some barbecue, some hot), coleslaw, mac n cheese, baked beans, green beans and my favorite, pulled pork nachos.

10/10, would eat again.

Actually, I will eat again because we couldn’t finish it, so round two is coming up in a couple hours.

Williams Service Center – Bloomfield, CT

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Williams Service Center, 65 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT 860-242-8184 (courtesy of Google street view)

As my last couple of weeks in Connecticut come to a close, the little things and places I’ve never thought twice about have become that much more meaningful to me. I’ve kind of been crying over everything.

Yesterday, I took my car in for an oil change, and to get it checked up on before I drive it 3,000 miles across country.

I went to my mechanic of years and years, Mike, at Williams Service Center, at 65 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT, 860-242-8184.

I honestly don’t know much about the history of this place. I think, and I may be completely wrong about this, that Mike and his wife Dale bought the place and have been fixing cars and buying/fixing/selling used cars ever since.

Everyone in my family goes here. When my brother needed a car, he went here. When I totaled my car and got it towed to Williams Service Center, Dale greeted me as I got out of the tow truck and gave me a big hug (I really, really needed one). Then when they found out they were going to have an older Toyota Camry for sale in the coming weeks (they bought it from a woman, replaced a door and a bunch of other stuff), they let my mom know and that’s where I got my most recent car from.

Yesterday, after I paid Mike for the work done to my car, I went over and gave him a hug, getting kind of emotional as I thanked him for everything over the years. I can always count on him and his staff to make sure that my car gets everything it needs, and I’ve been so appreciative of the work he’s done for me over the past 8 years, and the work he’s done for my family for longer.

If you are in the greater Hartford area and looking for a good, great, or amazing mechanic, please contact Dale and Mike at Williams Service Center, 65 Tunxis Avenue in Bloomfield, CT 860-242-8184, and get your car fixed there. OR, if you’re looking to buy a used car at a reasonable price, stop by and see what they have, or inquire about what they plan on selling in the coming weeks.

They’re good, honest people and they know what they’re doing, and I’m going to have a hard time trusting anyone else with my car when I move.