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[Jun. 29th, 2007|08:13 pm]
Signs of life in Kenosha/Racine

cheddarcurtain

[soulofajedi]
So... I see the community hasn't been active for awhile, but hey... I'll give it a shot.

I very recently moved to Kenosha from Madison, and am trying to find my way around. I'm hoping someone can point me in the direction of (in no particular order): a good vet for my kitties, a really good video store (bonus points if it has indie films and video games), an awesome book store, tasty chinese food, and a farmer's market or grocery store with organic goodies.

Also, if you have anything you could recommend for a tie-dyed, pregnant gamer to do in town, I'd appreciate it. : )
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[User Picture]From: fireflower123
2007-06-30 01:40 am (UTC)
A really good vet is Healing Oasis in Sturtevant. They are THE BEST! It will be worth the drive for you.

Not sure about a video store..

There is several used book stores in Racine, but I'm not sure about Kenosha.

As far as I know there is no good Chinese food in the area, but I know of several good Thai and Japanese places. Let me know if you'd like names.

The best grocery store in the area is Woodmans, it's near 94 on Hwy 50. It rocks.

What kind of gaming do you do?

There is lots of fun stuff to do around the lake. Racine also has a really cheap zoo. Yay for zoos!

Welcome to the area! Let me know if you have any other questions..
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[User Picture]From: soulofajedi
2007-06-30 01:59 am (UTC)
Japanese and Thai will do. Where do you recommend?

I've played online rpgs off and on for the past few years, and a lot of console stuff. I never much got into tabletop, as I was raised in a hole-in-the-wall Wisconsin town that seemed to miss the Magic craze.
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[User Picture]From: kyouketsusha
2007-06-30 04:17 am (UTC)
There's quite a few video stores in town, I never rent movies though so I don't know what's good. The only bookstore I know of is the used bookstore Lakeshore Used Books, 611 39th St.. There's several Chinese restaurants, but I'm not into Chinese food. I have heard good things about Oriental Inn, but they're my landlords so I'm a bit biased. :) Tons of Chinese buffets around too.

The only Thai restaurant in town I know is Thai Gourmet in Southport Plaza, no idea if it's good or not.

We have an internet cafe, Phoenix Gaming, that has LAN parties and stuff sometimes, and a comic shop, Rockhead's.

Welcome to the area. :)
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[User Picture]From: ayeita
2007-08-19 06:40 pm (UTC)
Really good vet is Dr. Glaeser.

The only video stores we have in town are blockbuster, Hollywood video and family video.

The have a book exchange down by library park across fromt the YMCA otherwise your heading to Racine.

There is a grat lil sushi place on 54th street called Soon's sushi cafe.

Woodman's is thr biggest one around but i would check out Super Valu for other organic selections.

I have lived in Kenosha all my life and i still have a hard time finding things to do.
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[User Picture]From: ayeita
2007-08-19 06:41 pm (UTC)
WOW!!! LOTS of typos!! I guess I should have proof read before I sent this!!!
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[User Picture]From: alannahjoy
2007-10-28 06:44 pm (UTC)
I know you posted this a few months ago, but I'm going to put in my 2 cents anyway. LOL

Both Dr. Brewer and Dr. Langston at Care Animal Hospital (next to the PDQ on the corner of 75th Street and Hwy H) is excellent. They did surgery on my 9-year-old cat Lana this past January after she ate a rubber band and it got stuck in her intestines. She received exemplary care and is now running around like a kitten.

They have tons of used books at the Goodwill store on 75th St. near 60th Ave. Otherwise, the Barnes & Noble in Racine is where I like to go.

I don't recommend any of the Chinese buffets in town unless you're desperate, although I must say that the King Buffet on 75th St. next to Block Buster has an awesome cheese and imitation crab casserole. (I'm not sure how that's Chinese, but it's yummy. LOL) As far as an actual Chinese restaurant, I have been going to The Panda on 22nd Ave. just off of 80th St. for some 15 years now and they have never disappointed me.

I buy my organics (and most other groceries) at Woodman's. Someone else said that Woodman's rocks ... and they do! Best selection and prices around. Although it does get crowded there, especially on the weekends when all the Illinois people come up. I like to shop there in the off-hours, such as 2:00 AM.

My other favorite is Sentry Foods at Southport Plaza. Very clean, great prices, great deli, and it's rarely crowded.

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[User Picture]From: anmorata
2008-04-15 01:27 am (UTC)
This is nearly a year later, so let me ask: how do you like living in Kenosha? I'm doing some research on the area, trying to find out more about the housing costs and the quality of the schools, as well as the general opinion of those that live there. If you have the time to comment back, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance. :)
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[User Picture]From: soulofajedi
2008-05-02 12:28 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for the rest of the people in the county, but I'll gladly give you my impression. After living here for almost nine months, I still haven't found enough good things to keep me in the area. As soon as my husband hits a year with his employer, he'll be looking for a transfer out of here.

My impression of the area is that it's a bedroom community... A lot of people live here, but commute to Milwaukee/Chicago for work/play/shopping/etc. There's not much to do here, unless you go to the bars. The county doesn't have a book store, nor does it have an electronics store, like a Best Buy. (My husband drives the half hour to the ones in Racine almost every weekened.) I guess there used to be some, but they kept getting robbed.

We rent, and were renters in Madison before moving here. The rental costs are at least equal to Madison. Since we had a kid on the way, we tried to look at some nicer places, which were higher than Madison rates.

As far as the schools go, I don't have a solid opinion. My kid is 7 months old now. The impressions I have gotten haven't been favorable. For example, they're building a new elementary school near here... except it's on an old superfund site (the Brass site downtown), and there's some talk that the treated site wasn't to be used around kids. Why would you want to send your kids to a former toxic waste dump? Not me.

The crime rates are through the roof in the Kenosha/Racine area. My husband works in law, and he mentioned once that relative to its population, this area has a higher crime rate than D.C. Every time I go for a walk with my baby, even in the day time right down town by the lake, even near the police station, some crazy person will come say weird stuff to me/my baby/my husband. There is a lot of gang violence and there's rumors (although I haven't seen it yet) of Mafia activities here from the Chicago area.

My favorite crime from the area is the daycare scam... Criminals need a front for their crime monies, so they just incorporate someone's house as a "daycare." Everyone and their kids hangs out there during the day, get tax breaks, and a reason for their income. They busted one child care ring out in... I want to say Sturtevant last summer, but I can't find the news article atm.

The long and short of it is that the Kenosha/Racine area has serious, serious problems. If I had known how unsafe I would feel all the time, I would have made my husband hold out for another job.
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