Local Services and Recommended Resources
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Services listed here are offered by members of our community.
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Recommended Resources are based solely on the writer's personal experience.
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Real Estate Agents
BROOKE BISHOP GOT ME MY HOME!by Walt Clayton
How I found my new home in Grecia went like this. A friend of a friend in the Bahamas had a friend in Costa Rica. We linked up. One of his friends was a realtor who had a real estate agent friend in Grecia: Brooke Bishop.
Brooke is an American who has been selling homes with GoDutch Realty for six years. I checked her listings and – lo and behold! – there was a home within my budget that instantly zinged me. I jumped in Brooke’s SUV and off we went.
As we toured the house, I quickly realized that Brooke was a pro to the core. Meticulous and prepared, she knew the property inside-out, and had ready answers for my blitz of questions. More importantly, she’d done her homework and found out that the owner wanted to sell immediately or he’d let the house go into foreclosure. This vital fact was missed by other agents who assumed, wrongly, that the house was off the market. Suddenly, timing became critical.
Over the next couple weeks Brooke lived up fully to her reputation of being “very honest and with the utmost integrity.” It was a true pleasure working with her as we covered every aspect of the whole procedure: negotiations with the owner, meeting the local lawyer, formation of an LLC to avoid probate – all tactfully handled without any pressure, just sensible options for how to make the deal happen. And with an infectious sense of humor, no less!
But I had a problem. I needed to sell my Vegas home before I could buy the Grecia house. Brooke, being her resourceful self, offered a solution: get a loan, buy the house, then rent it out until I could sell the Vegas home. This way the Grecia house would remain occupied and even generate some income.
That plan is working, and enabled me to seize a rare opportunity. But Brooke did more than make it happen. At every opportunity she offered candid, invaluable advice, contacts, shopping tips, utilities and banking info, and helped me get a post office box, just to name a few extras.
Brooke loves to help people find a place where they will be happy, and it shows. My eternal thanks!
Brooke's website is: www.godutchrealty.com
Thank You, Brooke!
By Mareena Cords, El Cajon de Grecia
My husband and I were extremely fortunate to have been given Brooke Bishops phone number from Go Dutch Realty. We were having a problem where we were staying and the realtor we had lined up was less than helpful.
We called Brooke and she promised she'd find us a place to stay before the day was out. She said no way would she leave us in the situation we were in. Brooke came through with flying colors. She found us the perfect place, a nice one bedroom casita owned by two expats who had been in country for about a year.
Since we were in Costa Rica to decide if we wanted to retire here, it was our great good fortune to now be under Brooke's care. She really listened to our needs and wants. She showed us the perfect properties for us at the right altitude (for weather preference). Brooke also was a jewel with the purchase, working with our lawyer and the sellers, hiring a Gardner and taking care of everything while we returned to the US to prepare to move.
Once we arrived back in Costa Rica, again Brooke to the rescue. Her ability to speak fluent Spanish and her knowledge of the culture was such a blessing. She helped us get our utilities turned on, bank account set up, where to shop.
I could go on and on, a year later she is still helping with signing up for caja. I have known many realtors in my life, but I have never met anyone who so lovingly gives of herself to her clients. Thanks again, Brooke!
Chris Schoo Found Us An Amazing Home!
by Debra and Don Rogan
Chris Schoo is a true professional real estate agent who speaks both English and Spanish fluently! We decided to move back from remote Costa Rica to Grecia because we loved all its benefits so much and all our friends are here. We contacted Chris and shared our wish list with him.
Chris promptly contacted us and shared that he currently had some great properties that fit our wish list we should first check out on his wonderful website at www.greciarealestate.net or www.realestategrecia.net. He guided us to the properties he thought we would like most.
We then promptly took the bus for the 3 to 3 1/2 hours back to Grecia to spend a couple days with Chris showing us his homes he'd picked for us the first day. Chris kindly met us in Naranjo on this beautiful morning as part of his service as a courtesy to us!
Well, the last house Chris showed us that first day was definitely a wow-er and perfectly fit our wish list! A house we could make our home for some time, in our beloved Grecia, on the wonderful ridge of Carbonal, at a lower elevation where it isn't as chilly at night on a very private and protected ridge away from the summer winds. The house is angled perfectly against the blazing hot afternoon suns we have at altitudes of 4,000 ft. too and built extremely well!
Chris is low pressure, he wants you to 'sleep on it' before making your final decision, and, if you don't like what you've seen so far to let him know you want him to keep looking. We decided we had to have the wow-er right away. We met second day mid day with the owner who could not have been nicer! Chris took us through the house with him addressing any issues we might have, with the owner letting us know he would make sure all was repaired that needed repaired, cleaned completely and big lawn mowed fresh before we moved! He made concessions for changes we asked for without hesitation. He even ran back home for a key to the house for us!
Chris clearly relayed his plans to collect our deposit, provide both English and Spanish version lease agreements the next day via email, relayed information about utility payments where and when, how the utilities worked at the house with the owner's assistance etc. making sure we fully understood how rent would be collected etc. Key as provided, receipts were written and move in date was established without a hitch. Handshakes and smiles all around!
We could not be happier and more excited to return to Grecia! A big shout out to Chris Schoo for his wonderful and very professional services and great care! Thanks Chris Schoo you come highly recommended - an easy 5 star rating!
by David & Gerry Atchison
On Tuesday the lightening zapped our Whirlpool refrigerator that we brought from the states 2 years ago. We contacted David at Servi-Frio, he speaks good English, and he was a lifesaver….he came to our home in El Cajon on Wednesday and actually had the part, in his kit, that we needed. Took him about 20 minutes and everything was in working order, plus the charge was minimal. Would highly recommend this company.
by Diane Cooner
Took the car into Servi-Frio to have the defroster-a/c checked, Gerardo explained how the system worked (I'll never have foggy windows here again! ), checked it out and recharged it for a very reasonable price and a very nice person to deal with besides. Located about 1 km from the San Roque/Cooperative crossroad, towards Carbonal, sign on bus stop at left is the entry. They do make housecalls as well. I went on the recommendation above and am very happy with the connection!
Roof Repair & Maintenance
In Costa Rica, once the rainy season begins, many folks realize that their leaky roofs and flashing installations need repairs. There are several methods to troubleshoot and solve roofing problems. Following 20 years of inspecting construction here, I’ve witnessed mostly quick fixes that temporarily solve leaky roofs. Quick fix repair methods with tubes of silicone to fill gaps are nothing more than band-aids on open wounds and the homeowners are seldom satisfied, and rightfully so, blame the contractor when the leaks continue.
I’ve found that it’s not prudent to participate in projects unless quality building materials and proven installation methods can be utilized to completely solve the client’s problems. That way, the clients are not inconvenienced by the contractor needing to return several times to complete the repairs to the client’s satisfaction.
You can read my 10-page article here - the following photos and descriptions are of the most frequent construction defects I’ve discovered during my 22 years of construction inspections in Costa Rica and I’m detailing the most suitable methods to solve the problems 100%.
If you’ve purchased a home that has roof, flashing or gutter problems, you will need annual revisions and re-installation of exterior sealants and materials that deteriorate from the intense ultraviolet radiation in Costa Rica. If the exterior surfaces are allowed to deteriorate for an extended period of time, you will encounter damage to interior building components.
In conclusion, it’s wise to appropriate as much money as necessary to receive the best roof available for your dwelling. Keep in mind that the roof of your dwelling is one of the most important components to protect your investment, personal possessions and peace of mind.
[Ed. note: Tom sent us a link to another great article of his that is listed on Scott Oliver's 'We Love Costa Rica' site - Now that rainy season is upon us, read up on issues and what you can do about them. http://www.welovecostarica.com/public/Roof-Leaks-Other-Water-Infiltration-Problems-In-Your-Home-in-Costa-Rica.cfm]
Thomas Rosenberger - tom@CostaRicaHomeBuilder.com – 8364-1989
By Tiina Laara
I would like to recommend Thomas Rosenberger, who is a very competent quality assurance engineer. When building or buying a new home Tom can advise and also offer pre-purchase home inspections. His advise was excellent and we followed his recommendations, which were very helpful during home construction on our property. Thomas Rosenberger - tom@CostaRicaHomeBuilder.com – 8364-1989
Rock Walls/Rain Drains
By Steve Macik
Jose lives on the East side of Grecia and is available some days through this dry season for affordable contract work. 'Muros de piedra' are his forte and favorite work. He is powerful, works quickly and spreads sunshine with his smile. Jose has been with us for 4 years, mostly full-time. For more info contact StevenMacik@gmail.com 8989-0765.
by Don Davis
There comes a time when many of us finally decide that a security system for our property is required. If that is where you are, I can't recommend Victor Herrera highly enough. Very knowledgeable, very professional and very honest. Victor speaks English and possesses a very dry sense of humor. He's got state of the art security products and can customize your security system to your needs. His office is in Alajuela, but he'll come to you, make recommendations and give you a quote before he starts the work. He's been to our home to fix the shoddy job done by another party and then again to make upgrades to our system several times as required. He's not speedy, but he's careful and he does it right. Try his cellphone first, add him to WhatsApp and tell him Davis in Sarchi sent you.
Expert Custom Sewing
by Walt Clayton
Attention do-it-yourselfers... or home remodelers!
When working on a project are you forever lugging around a ton of tools you don't need, and the ones you do need are back in the house? Worse yet, PriceSmart doesn't carry the perfect tool belt? Alas! -- there is a solution.
Flor Villarevia, who works for several gringo families near San Isidro doing house cleaning, expert gardening and tree felling -- she wields a mean chainsaw! -- just happens to also be a true professional when it comes to sewing. Having worked for years in a clothing factory, she knows all the techniques and even has her own industrial grade sewing machines -- three to be exact.
When I moved here I brought down new curtains that reached the floor, but needed several to be altered to fit smaller windows. I explained exactly what I wanted, gave Flor one set to do a test, and hoped for the best. A few days later she returned with perfectly shortened curtains. They matched the factory sewing exactly, were perfectly straight, and you can't tell the difference from the original, unaltered curtains. I've been availing myself of her talent ever since for altering pants and shirts, repairing blankets, making a barbeque cover and a protective sleeve for my widescreen TV, among other things.
For her own tools, Flor made a customized holder from denim wrapped around a new
5-gallon paint can, or cubeta. Everything is visible and loose stuff goes into the cubeta. These can also be made for gardening, electrical work, construction, and anything else you can think of. Just bring your tools and describe what you want -- mine is on order. Flor is creative and resourceful, and comes up with practical solutions that will impress you.
Flor has a strong work ethic, is honest to a fault, punctual, and a pleasure to know and work with. She is located up on Calle Rodriguez outside of San Isidro at 1.9 km (1.2 miles) past the entrance to Bosque del Niño. On the left side it's the second driveway (third house) before the big yellowish gate to Club Santa Fe Estates. Since Flor speaks only Spanish, I'm offering free translation services, and I live virtually next door (Walt Clayton 2444-4237 or email@example.com).
Flor's phone and text number is 8790-4573. Don't put that project off any longer -- challenge her now!
JUST BAG IT! with BAGS BY FLOR
by Walt Clayton
Hitting the beach soon? Need a sturdy shopping bag for the feria? Or got a laptop to lug around?
Flor Villarevia, whom I featured earlier for virtually any type of custom sewing (http://www.quepasagrecia.com/resources.html#flor), is now making casual shoulder and shopping bags, plus she's always coming up with original designs and will take special requests. This gal's got talent!
Flor has years of experience gained from working in clothing factories on serious, industrial-grade sewing machines. She owns three of these monsters and they aren't cheap, plus she is always taking another sewing course to learn new techniques and enhance her considerable skills.
Flor is resourceful at finding simple, practical solutions for anyone's sewing needs, and she's a delight to work with. If you see something you like online, just bring a picture and Flor can probably make it. Presently, Flor is accepting orders for:
Casual shoulder bags
Baby & Diaper bags
Sturdy feria shopping bags
"Pura Vida" gifts for visitors or to take back home
Just a few examples with embroidered decorations, most of which have inside pockets for keeping stuff organized.
Spanish-challenged? If Google translator and sign language aren't enough, I can help. I live just one block from Flor and will happily translate for free.
Flor 8790-4573 cell with WhatsApp
Walt 2444-4237 home or 6246-6015 cell and WhatsApp
Small Applicance Parts & Repair
by Don Davis
We just had a very pleasant surprise. My wife had a Cuisinart food processor that had lost its push-button controls and would only work by being plugged and unplugged from the wall socket. Our Spanish teacher took us to Electronica Diaz just up the street from his home. He said they can fix anything electronic, but I didn't hold out much hope for a satisfactory outcome when the clerk with a questioning look picked up the "what-the-heck-is-this" and carried it to the back room. After a brief discussion with someone, he returned with that "no hay problema, senor" smile.
In four days, we were called to come pick up our repaired Cuisinart. They appear to fix anything containing an electronic circuit, including TVs, computers, small appliances, and apparently food processors plus have a supply of electronic cords and cables. The price seemed quite reasonable and the result was unexpectedly bright.
Find Electronica Diaz in Grecia 2 1/2 blocks south (200 meters) of Peri market in a mixed residential/commercial area, Look for the sign with the big "LG" and black gate next door at the old, now-empty Grecia teacher's union hall on the west side of the street. 2494-5730. See TV repair for a recommendation of their work in that field.
By Anita Mancinho
I passed this place today and remembered from one of the QPG updates that there was a question about small appliance repairs. Well, there's a place I used in Grecia and was quite pleased with the results. My blender had stopped working and I had visions of buying a new one when I decided to walk into Repuestos Herrera to see what they could do. Turns out, the blade spinner was dried out and only needed to be lubricated. Cost - 1000 colones! It's worked fine ever since.
They are located on the same street as the post office. Go two blocks west past the post office and Respuestos Herrera is on the right, directly across the street from the in-town Rosvil supermarket. Hope this helps someone!
Respuestos Herrera also has a store in Sarchi Sur, west side of the road as you head into town.
Small Engine Repair
Equi Repuestosby Diane Cooner
Located on the Northwest corner of the central market in Grecia, Equi Repuestos not only sells a decent variety of small engine tools such as weedeaters, chainsaws, hedgetrimmers and the like, they also carry the parts to repair small gas engines for do it yourself'ers, and will do the repairs for you if you prefer.
This is my 'go-to' store for good gardening tools, gas cans, machetes, gloves, and all manner of odds and ends that one needs to keep those machines working. Contact Nelson Suarez S. at 2494-4987.
by Debbie Rudd
EN PAPEL ARTE has the most beautiful papers on large rolls with fabulous textures and colors. There are many scrapbooking supplies as well and the prices are good. To find it start at the park and go to the Bro and continue walking down the street past Ekono and then on to the next block past B and B Grecia and to the corner. Then look across the street and see the store on the corner next to a computer store. Owner: Andrea Alfaro; tel-2494-2856; cell 8812-0338.
Aura Mariaby Patsy Jackson
For pure self-indulgence at a reasonable cost it would be hard to find anything better than a facial at Aura Maria. An hour of relaxation, soft music and a hint of incense, soft light, would be beneficial enough without the facial; but the ladies are skillful and professional and know exactly what they are doing to make the most of the hour. When it's over you can't help feeling younger and more beautiful and a look in the mirror and the touch of your skin will prove it was an hour well-spent.
Aura Maria Spa offers facials, massage, laser treatments, 'permanent makeup' (tattoo eyebrows, etc). Well loved by many expats, Aura Maria is a unisex spa - men can benefit from their therapeutic and cosmetic services as well.
Aura Maria is located 350 meters east of the Banco de Costa Rica, in Grecia. 2494-6458.
Spanish Lessons and Online Resources
Spanish Lessons with Isabel Arguello
by Angie Vacchio
Isabel Arguello is a highly experienced and skilled Spanish teacher, for all levels of learning. Her background is teaching Spanish to Peacecorps volunteers in Costa Rica, but has taught Spanish over a 30 year period to very diverse populations. She is personable, enthusiastic, and professional in her approach and I recommend her without hesitation. Isabel lives in El Cajon and teaches at her home, but will come to your home or meet you for lessons at a convenient location (like the Grecia library). If you’re ready to improve your Spanish, Isabel is ready, willing, and able to help. Her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org 8718-7233.
More than Spanish Lessons -
Translation Assistance with Isabel Arguello
I want to tell you about a wonderful resource person who lives on el Cajon in Grecia. Her name is Isabel Arguello. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She has taught internationally and teaches Spanish to many gringos here and in other countries over the Internet. Her classes are well-structured, conversational and informal.
However, the main reason I am praising her now, is that I had a complex interaction with a garage mechanic yesterday about technical problems with my Subaru and ordering parts from the USA. She came with me to the garage and helped me and the mechanic understand each other: the part numbers, procedures, delivery times, cost estimates, etc.. I am so relieved now because I know the mechanic and I are on the same page.
I recommend her highly for any translation needs with an attorney, landlord, tenants, repair person, etc. She has first-rate interpersonal skills. I am so happy I discovered her.
You can contact her in two ways: cell phone- 8718-7233 or by email: email@example.com
Spanish Lessons Via Skypeby Kelly Berry
When Bill and I decided that Costa Rica was going to be our new home for retirement we realized we would like to and needed to learn Spanish. We came across SkypeSpanish on a forum. After our first lesson we knew we had made the right decision. Charlene is originally from New York City, and has lived in Costa Rica since 1982. She is completely fluent in Spanish and has extensive training in adult teaching methods. Her rates are very reasonable and the convenience of being able to have lessons via Skype from the comforts of home is a bonus. Check out her website at http://www.skypespanish.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Spanish - Resources
Thanks to an alert subscriber, we can share this great resource with you - this is a link to an online bilingual GARDENING dictionary that was developed by Master Gardeners in collaboration with the University of California. Thirty pages, downloadable, very useful, clear, with drawings. If you are a gardener or have a gardener here, this will be invaluable.
Learn Spanish Free Online
This may be the best online resource for learning Spanish. They have loads of different tools to help you learn. Nothing replaces a 'live' teacher, but this is close.
Spiritual Massage Therapist and Nutritionist
By Larry K. Fisher
For years, I have been a conduit and channel of the Universal Life Force for the sons and daughters of man, by providing Specialized Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, Frequency and Nutritional guidance with a spiritual twist. My clients are from all lifestyles, and spiritual paths.
I am a survivor of multiple near death experiences, and have a great love for humanity. My path is to act as a conduit for the health and longevity for the people of this planet. I ask no payment for my services, but do ask that you contribute to the path of the Body~Mind~Spirit Connection. The suggested contribution should be in line with what you would be charged by any medical doctor or therapist. You are free to provide additional amounts within your ability. I do not ask any contribution from the poor or for their children. A session will last as long as it takes to provide the combination of knowledge, therapy and spiritual guidance for your particular need. This can be up to 3 hours.
I assist my clients with guidance for difficult and chronic dis-ease, such as Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Colon related problems such as IBS, burns and skin conditions, such as Eczema, Psoriasis, and Blood sugar instability such as, Diabetes. I can also assist in your self-healing of dis-eases and, syndromes that are supposedly incurable, including Cancer in its many faces, Palsy, in its many forms, and many other diseases and syndromes yet defined. The combination of therapies through the Body~Mind~Spirit Connection also assists self-healing for relationships and addictions of drugs, carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol, and provide emotional, and spiritual enlightenment. Of course, nothing beats the most relaxing massage you ever will have.
I am a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy, which is associated with the Edgar Cayce Foundation and the Association of Research and Enlightenment (ARE) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. My education and credentials are as Certified Massage Therapist of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a Certified Reiki Master of the Usui Method, a National Academy of Sports Medicine NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Additionally, I have attended the Academy of Lymphatic Studies ACOLS 135 hour specialized Lymphatic training program, and author of the eBook The Non-Government Approved (NGA) Plan for Health and Longevity.
If I can do all this while being legally blind, what is holding you back from being the best you can be, without any dis-ease or dis-comfort. Make an appointment, and get in touch with your Body~Mind~Spirit Connection.
I am in Carbonal, just 25 minutes bus ride from Grecia.
To your Health and Longevity through the Body~Mind~Spirit Connection
Love and Light ~ Larry Fisher
Cell and WhatsApp: 8426-8561
(Licensed red taxi)
Dependable, English-speaking, very clean and comfy red taxi service. Lots of gringos have used Randall Pérez and his TA 59 taxi for years, but we've neglected to put him in Que Pasa's "Recommended" services section. Randall is easy to contact and has proven time and again to go the extra mile for many of us. Give him a try.
HE DOES AIRPORT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PLUS REGULAR TAXI SERVICES.
Randall Pérez Salazar
Cell: (506) 85335688
US Phone Number: (973) 6190526
Facebook: Taxi TA 59
Also, on Whatsapp
Taxi Service - San Jose
Dependable service in the Greater San Jose area. Be sure to tell him you got his name from gringas in Grecia.
Recommended by Lynn Clark.
by Debi Gedling
I can't imagine going anywhere other than this place to get a TV repaired. They repair other things but our only experience is with televisions. They are quick, they give written receipts so you have proof of what they take from you (like remote controls and the like), they give you a time frame you can count on, they call to give you the price before they do the work, and then you get a 30-day guarantee on what they do. And they've successfully fixed our large flat screen TV twice--for two completely different problems. Love them!!!!! www.electronicadiaz.com. From the southeast corner of the central mercado, go 150 meters or 1 1/2 blocks south (the street is one way running into the center of town, you are walking against it). They are on your right with a big "LG" sign and a Panasonic sign outside. Spanish only. 2494-5730.
Muebleria Quesada Upholstery
By Don Davis
We have a matching loveseat and queen sleeper sofa, which we brought here from the States. They were desperately in need of re-upholstering. We searched and searched and found no one to do the job. Finally, a friend mentioned an outfit in Palmares. The company is comprised of three sisters. They will provide fabric or you can provide your own. The latter option was the one we chose.
We provided photos of the two sofas, along with rough dimensions and sent it all to the sisters via WhatsApp. Back came a quite reasonable quote along with an estimate of how much fabric we would need to supply. A driver was sent to our location via Waze. He's an independent and is exclusively used by the ladies. We paid a pick up fee (a delivery fee was also due upon the sofa's return), loaded the sofas and fabric and off they went.
Expect the re-upholstery process to take five weeks or so depending on their backlog. The wait was well worth it. What we had returned to us far exceeded anything we could have hoped for--they really look brand new and we couldn't be happier. We also got slip covers for the sofa arms and our excess fabric was returned to us. Note: the ladies speak no English. So, we had Tico friends act as our intermediaries; and it's cash only.
Contact: Judith Quesada, Muebleria Quesada, 2452-0456; 8939-1163.
Dr. Cesar Secoby Cheryl Cantrell
For all the animal lovers out there I would highly recommend Cesar Seco, who makes home visits. Cesar speaks English and is the most compassionate, understanding, animal whisperer that I have ever met. His wife is also a Vet who works with Cesar and they have little schnauzer name Tami. Although their clinic is in San Ramon de San Jose, Cesar has always come to my house and has all the necessary medical supplies at his fingertips. I know many ex-pats that live in Grecia that use Cesar and he is always there when needed.
Cesar has known my dogs since I have been in Costa Rica, 8 years. He recently helped me with the death of one of my dogs due to heart failure. Before Truman died, he had bacteria in his lungs among other things. Cesar came to the house, put an iv in him for his dehydration, took him to his clinic and kept me informed on how he was doing. He did not candy coat the diagnosis but told me the truth. I must have received 3-4 texts a day on his condition. They had to perform surgery for a blockage in his throat and Cesar was there at night with him after the surgery. Then he took Truman to his house so he could be out of the cage and I got to visit with him the day he died. Cesar called me in tears as he knew Truman was a family member not just a dog. He then had his body cremated for me, brought me the ashes and cried with me.
I have never had a Vet this kind and compassionate. I have nicknamed him Cesar the Magnificent and I know Truman was in good hands.
Contact: email@example.com - 8830 9312
Moralva Clínica Veterinaria
by Dawna & Lou Winegrad
Shortly after moving to Costa Rica we learned of two golden retrievers in who were in urgent need of a home. Thus began our relationship with Drs. Alonso Mora and Daniel Quesada and the staff at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria (http://www.veterinariamoralva.com), located on Calle 7 heading out of Grecia towards Coope Victoria.
We say relationship because the entire staff has become like family to us. Not just because of the frequency of our visits, of which there have been many, but because of the genuine care, compassion, and professionalism they have consistently shown with all of our pets as well as various rescues and neighbors’ pets we’ve entrusted to their care.
Ehrlichiosis, dog fight wounds, neutering, ear infections, parasites and their treatments have all been thoroughly explained in English. Medical records are computerized for permanent reference and lab tests are performed in the office during your visit.
We were heartbroken when we learned that Mike, our 8 year old golden, was diagnosed with a particularly malignant tumor. Dr. Alonso was out sick the day of the diagnosis so it was arranged for us to return with Mike the next day so that Dr. Alonso could further evaluate the situation. That night we spent hours online researching the type of tumor and all available information indicated that it was almost always inoperable and highly fatal. The next morning we loaded Mike into the car, along with a shovel, as we fully expected that Mike would need to be put to sleep. Dr. Alonso did a comprehensive examination, including an ultrasound, during which he thoroughly explained Mike’s situation. He then told us how he had performed surgeries twice before on dogs with this form of tumor and that both were still alive and thriving. He even pulled out his iPad to show us photos of both dogs’ surgeries to make sure we completely understood what was involved. With his sincere assurances that he would not allow our dog to suffer under any circumstances, we opted to give surgery a try and scheduled it for the following day. The surgery went perfectly; Mike was up and walking around later that same day, and almost a year later Mike is the picture of health.
Back in the States we would go to great lengths to ensure that our pets received the best care available. We would unequivocally assert that never have our pets received the level of care that we’ve found at Moralva Clínica Veterinaria.
Clinica Veterinaria - Sarchi
Dra. Melissa Alfaro Ledezma,
by Don Davis
I can highly recommend Melissa for your dogs and cats in the Sarchi area. Bright, energetic, genuinely sympathetic and knowledgeable and Melissa speaks English. Melissa maintains extended office hours and is open during the lunch hour.
Marycruz and Odontopet Veterinary Clinic
by Deborah Taylor
If you own (or are owned by) a pet, you know that there can be vast differences in both the quality of medical care and the degree of concern that the veterinarian shows for those important members of your family. Marycruz, at OdontoPet, not only offers excellent medical care, she will take that extra, or even extraordinary, step to help and protect your pet.
A case in point: Larry and I feed two feral cats that live in and around our yard. One of the cats recently had a litter of four kittens. When the kittens were about 2 days old, the mother cat abandoned one of them. When we found the kitten, she had been alone and unfed for at least overnight. She was cold and crying and blindly trying to find her littermates and her mother. She could not have survived much longer. We searched but could not find the mother cat and the other three kittens. We were distraught and called Marycruz, who asked us to bring the kitten to her immediately. She had no kitten replacement formula in the office, so she made up her own formula using lactose-free cow’s milk, an egg yolk and sugar and immediately bottle fed the tiny, still blind, kitten. She then managed to find a nursing mother cat who accepted, and began nursing, our kitten. Marycruz has kept us updated with pictures and video of our kitten happily nursing, growing and thriving. The kitten will be returned to us when she can be weaned.
Marycruz is a terrific vet and, even more importantly, a truly kind and caring person. Larry and I highly recommend her for your veterinary needs. To make an appointment with Dra. Marycruz, call 2494 6952 or 8314 7245 if it is an emergency. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or on fb under odontopetvet. The office is located 200 mts Oeste del Gimnasio de Plaza Pinos on the west side of town. Hours are 8-12 and 1:30 – 6, Monday through Saturday. Marycruz also makes housecalls.
USA Shopping and Delivery Service
At Fly Buy Knight we take the hassle out of your shipments from anywhere in the U.S. to Costa Rica. All rates are based on cubic inches, NOT weight. In addition, we have no "mimium" charge, regardless of how small the package. We will, with your permission, open boxes to condense items and lower shipping charges. Unlike other shippers, we do combine your orders even if they arrive separately. Rates include everything, with convenient pick up in Alajuela, near Pricesmart. Should you require delivery in the Atenas, Grecia areas there is a small $15 charge. For further information or questions, please call Knight Breckinridge at 2433-9790.
Gringo Dave’s Ornamental
Welding and Art Work
We provide design and build services as well as custom built projects using your designs.
Shown are a couple of pieces that I have recently finished: "Cattails by the Lake" detailed photo at right 1.0 M (39”) X .70 M (28”) $80.00
|We have over 30 years experience in the construction industry as well as custom steel fabrication. We can weld steel, stainless steel and aluminum up to 3/8”.|
|We also provide sharpening services for carbide tipped circular saws blades up to 12” in diameter and chain saw chains.|
|"Shady Blues" - A new, original art piece
This project is approximately 10’ tall…keys actually move. Call for price.
|“Floating Notes” available in your choice of color – White, Gold, Red. Blue, Green, Silver, Beige 1.0 M (39”) X .60 M (24”) - $100.00|
|“All that Jazz” – Originally built as a 3 piece set, but can be purchased singularly .90 M (36”) X .40 M (16”) ea $200.00 – set of 3 or $75.00 ea|
We also fabricate and install decorative gates (w/openers), screen doors, window guards and fencing. Equipment list: TIG, MIG, Spot Welder, Plasma Cutting, Roll Former, Ring Roller, Shear, Spiral Roller Bender/Streacher, oxy/act torch, Sand Blast Booth, Vibratory Tumbler along with numerous sanders and grinders.
The email address is: email@example.com The phone number is 8442-4655 - ask for David.
Forjados Del Acero
by Lou and Dawna Winegrad
There are many welders in Grecia, however there are only two iron artists that can make any gate, entryway or window protection into a unique art piece. They are twin brothers Juan & Jose Castro, located in Barrio Latino, and their work is not limited to large scale projects.
Using a combination of hand forging & welding, they’ve created furniture, bathroom fixtures, & decorative accessories. They are honest, dependable, & reasonably priced. And they are a delight to work with.
So if you are contemplating a project in the Grecia-Atenas area, check out their Facebook page (Spanish with lots of photos) and call Juan, who speaks English, or call us for more information.
Facebook: Forjados Del Acero CYS
Juan Castro: 8689 6107
Dawna & Lou Winegrad: 8483 9045
More Happy Customers
by Kim and Roy Scruggs
We recently used the welding services of Forjados Del Acero, whom we found here on Que Pasa. They are twin brothers, Juan and Jose Castro. The quality of their work totally deserves a shout out! They were efficient, very personable and dependable. It was a pleasure doing business with them. We highly recommend them for any welding project.
By Susan Adams
I would like to recommend these Craftsmen!
If you need any iron work or blacksmithing I cannot say enough great things about the Castro Brothers at Forjados del Acero Forjasa located in Barrio Latino, Grecia. They made a pot rack I designed and are truly artists! Check out their FB page. They are honest, fair, dependable, talented and speak English!
Their phone number is 8689 6107.
Yoga with Justa
by Irina Just
I have been taking yoga classes twice a week from Justa ever since she started to teach - almost 3 years ago.
Not only are the classes very reasonable (c 2,500 or $ 5.00), they are extremely helpful for any kinds of aches, pains - or just to stay fit by stretching and balancing.
Justa tailors her sessions to individual needs and makes it easy for anyone just to drop in. Each class is unique and different, and one can just come and "jump" in.
Justa is a licensed massage therapist as well who knows and understands the body perfectly which is why she can give individual advice and suggest custom exercises.
Sessions range from 4 to 10 participants (with ages ranging from 16 to 71) and are held on the patio of her home with a breath-taking view of the entire Central Valley.
Justa provides mats, blocks, straps and cushions for those who do not have any and administers a "delicious" aroma therapy during relaxation.
I highly recommend her classes up in the hills of el Cajón on Calle Matapalo.
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Introducing the Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page
We are pleased to announce a great new feature exclusively for Qué Pasa subscribers, the Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page.
We know that sometimes all of us could use a little help in getting answers to questions about living in Costa Rica. There is a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience among our subscriber base. So, we have started a subscriber interactive Facebook page where folks with questions can get help from other folks with answers. To start out, we are going limit our Answer Page to questions and answers from subscribers.
Description, rules and signups for your private Facebook Answer Page:
- Description: this is a private, interactive Facebook page for Qué Pasa subscribers only. It is a largely unsupervised service and its purpose is to help subscribers get answers from other subscribers who have already been down that same road. It is to be used only by Qué Pasa subscribers to receive assistance from other subscribers by getting answers to their questions.
It is a free service.
- Rules of Use:
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2) No reasonable question should be considered stupid. (Remember some of questions you may have asked that now seem silly or obvious.)
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5) Please check the Qué Pasa website first before posting your question. The answer to your question may already reside there.
6) If for any reason answers become contentious, they will be removed by the Qué Pasa staff.
- Note: this Facebook page will only work if we use it. Please, those of you with some experience or years under your belt “in country” go to our Facebook answer page frequently to see if there is a question you may be able to help answer. If you “pay it forward” and help someone, there may come a time when your favor will be returned.
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- Request the Qué Pasa editor via email to “friend” you on Facebook;
- Once you are confirmed, you will receive a notice from Facebook that the Qué Pasa Answer Page is now available to you;
- When you have a question, go to the Qué Pasa Answer Page and post it;
- Facebook will automatically notify you of a response(s) to your question(s) from another member via your personal email; and if you are curious about what questions have been asked and answered by others, don’t hesitate to visit your private Qué Pasa Facebook Answer Page as often as you like and run a search on your question.
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