September 30, 2015- Original Review:
I contacted Garrison in November to have them do three roofs on my property. I promptly got a call back from John saying that they were tied up on a remodel job since it was the offseason for roofing, but an employee/family member would be interested in doing it on his own time.
Long story short, over the course of a weekend the roofer, with occasional help from his significant other and John, stripped and shingled two of my roofs and did a great job. The third is very steep and needed spot repairs, and he elected to wait until he had help to spot him with a rope from the ground. He said he'd be back the next day while I was at work to finish it up.
Too trusting, I paid him in full, since the majority of the job was finished. Unfortunately, he never returned and never returned calls or voicemails.
A call to John got an outright refusal of any involvement, even though I had met him, shook his hand and watched him and the others working on my barn roof. He wouldn't provide me any other way to contact the fellow, and said that he had zero involvement in the whole thing and owed me no help.
Sadly, based on my interactions with John after his employee/family member failed to follow through on the job, I would not recommend Garrison Roofing to anyone I know.
November 11, 2015: See comment below for a fun update!
After a disappointing anniversary dinner at a much-lauded downtown joint, my wife has decided 715 is our go-to restaurant for special dinners. Though any restaurant can have an off day, our food and service at 715 have been consistently good and more often than not it's been great.
The next time you're out on a weekend looking for breakfast/brunch, give 715 a try. Other places will have a wait time or no tables free, 715 has yet to be full to capacity. If only those people waiting 45 minutes for a table knew the quality of food they could get just down the street for similar money. Ok, a couple bucks more, but they're two dollars well-spent.
Lastly, I'm not much of a meat-eater nowadays, let alone fried meat, but their chicken-fried pork steak is incredible. Quality cuts cooked correctly are the reason I could never go vegetarian, and I have yet to be disappointed here.
And don't forget a squeezed-to-order OJ!
I do all my own maintenance, but some repairs I'm not comfortable with. Since we moved to Lawrence I've been taking our cars to Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics, and they've stood behind their work and had reasonable prices. The one time we had to take a car back to them they didn't put up a fuss whatsoever, just fixed it promptly and free of charge, just the way it should be.
I'd recommend them to anyone. It's hard to find a good, reliable shop where you don't have to worry about being ripped off.
As often as I can, I try to give local businesses my money. Kind of hard to do with Shrum because they have been closed the three times I've tried to stop by during their hours.
There seems to be a Lawrence small business disease characterized by posting regular hours, having an open sign displayed, but being locked up and empty. It's a common theme in this town.
I don't want to be too hard on them because this town needs a non-sleazy place to buy hunting and shooting supplies, but I'm losing patience.