Saturday, January 24, 2015

ROASTED CHICKEN in Costa Rica

From what I've heard OVER and OVER and OVER again is that THE BEST FLAME•FIRE ROASTED CHICKEN in Costa Rica is:

POLLO MALE
in Escazu Centro
They roast it over COFFEE twigs!



More details coming!


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What's YOUR FAVORITE ROASTED CHICKEN??



Friday, January 23, 2015

NOTIONS STORES in Costa Rica = PASAMANERIAS - Where to find Sewing Notions like zippers, threads, needles, ribbons, buttons & more

In Costa Rica - NOTIONS shops - where you can find zippers, threads, needles, ribbons, buttons and sometimes Arts and Crafts supplies and LOTS MORE are called
"PASAMANERIAS".

WARNING - I have not found many Fabric Stores in Costa Rica ("Tiendas de Telas") carrying Notions like we're used to in the U.S. and they're not so easy to find.

U.S.•AMERICAN PASSPORTS - Renewing • Adding•Additional Pages • Stolen • Lost - a Step-by-Step Guide on How to do it in Costa Rica

 
(this is actually a navy blue color - ahhh - my camera)


This is a

DETAILED STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS TO
RENEW and/or REPLACING YOUR
U.S. PASSPORT
at the U.S. Embassy in
Pavas, San Jose, Costa Rica

(note that it is based on MY experience and that of helping many others and other's sharing their experience AND

verifying points with "Powers that Be" - though note this is
NOT an "official" document of the U.S. Embassy!!)

PHARMACY • FARMACIAs - Where to find Pharmaceutical Medicines & Info on Medications in Costa Rica


Pharmacies / Farmacias in Costa Rica are DEFINITELY MUCH CHEAPER than in the U.S., BUT MANY people have shared with me that they feel that prices seem to be rising on many items BIG TIME!!! 

Below are some
Pharmacies • Farmacias I've found that seem to be cheaper and are having later hours as well as notes on what you can•can NOT get in Costa Rica withOUT a prescription and other helpful information.

FURNITURE - Places•Where to find Furniture in COSTA RICA

Below are some thoughts on whether to bring a container with ones own furniture & things or whether not to.  It's a NEW way of thinking about it from when I first came to Costa Rica 9+ years ago.

Below that you'll find lists of stores and places TO find furniture!!

MESSAGE BOARDS • FORUMS • FACEBOOK PAGES & GROUPS • DESTINATION INFORMATION CONNECTIONS SITES in Costa Rica

This is one of the MOST COMPLETE lists of various Forums and Message Boards on Costa Rica that I've started gathering - mainly geared towards people LIVING in Costa Rica or thinking about it and ExPats•ExPatriots.  I'm slowly adding "Pages" and "Groups from Facebook as I'm finding them to often be LOTS more helpful - either in the Instant Gratification of the responses or just the quality of some of the answers.
And in time I'll add Travel Forums as well.
It can also be a place to find information for people Traveling to Costa Rica. Basically these sites are what YOU make them to be but I'm a BIG believer if you don't find an answer - ASK (and PLEASE try to ask as CLEARLY and DETAILED as you can to get the clearest answers!!)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica•DACR - Monthly Meeting - JANUARY 31 - Discussion of State of Union Topics & Senator Elizabeth Warren's take on them

DEMOCRATS ABROAD Costa Rica
MONTHLY MEETING
Saturday  - 
January 31, 2015  -  9:30am till noon-ish

Discussion on topics covered in the State of the Union address and

Senator ELIZABETH WARREN
's
take on them

DINNER SPECIALS • CENA ESPECIAL - All-You-Can-Eat Special Nights from the Costa Rica Eats Restaurant Guide

Dinner Special's • Ofertas Cena are few and far between in Costa Rica which is unfortunate - especially in these tougher economic times many (especially those not living off their credit cards).  Hopefully if restauranteurs can be true "business people" and they will see the importance in offering such specials (heck, Lunch specials [aka "Ejecutivo Almuerzos"] is a newer phenomenon in Costa Rica). 

"Early Bird" specials - I can't say I've seen one in ALL my years living in•traveling around Costa Rica!


So I'm starting this page and will share as I find
DINNER SPECIALS and ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
specials available at Dinner time!

SUPER BOWL XLIX - 2015 - How•Where to watch the U.S. Football Super Bowl in Costa Rica


Where to Watch
SUPER BOWL 2015 XLIX
in Costa Rica

FLAG FOOTBALL in Costa Rica • Where to play • pick up a FLAG FOOTBALL game in Costa Rica


Anyone interested in playing some pick up non-contact flag football games in the Central Valley - Men or women contact:
Jim Zimolka
JimZimolka@FlagMag.com  •  FlagMagcom@aol.com
Flag Football Magazine
FlagMag.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Do YOU have any RESOURCES around Costa Rica to SHARE on my CR Information Lists that I'm working on?

Latest things I'm seeking information•leads on to enhance on my blog:

GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLES • THINGS FOR SALE • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA!  • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE
In general - Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica

FLEA MARKETS • MERCADO de las PULGUS 
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/07/FleaMarketsCR.html


FABRIC STORES:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/04/FabricStoresInCR.html

CHURCHES • RELIGIOUS • SPIRITUAL GROUPS•CLASSES - IN ENGLISH:


SEAMSTRESSES
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2015/01/SeamstressesInCR.html



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BUTTERMILK - What is Buttermilk called in Costa Rica - LECHE AGRIA


BUTTERMILK in Costa Rica is called

LECHE AGRIA

AND - it even has PROBIOTICS which is better than antibiotics

It's made by Dos Piños and can be found at most stores



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LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2015/01/ButtermilkLecheAgriaInCR.html


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VALENTINE'S DAY • DIA de SAN VALENTIN - Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Costa Rica - 2015

Acabo de empezar esta lista de lugares y maneras de
I've JUST started this list of places and
MANERAS DE CELBRAR EL
DIA DE SAN VALENTIN
WAYS TO CELEBRATE
VALENTINE'S DAY
en•in
Costa Rica!

CONSIGNMENT SHOPS in Costa Rica


Finding used furniture, clothes and things is not an easy task in Costa Rica.  It's almost impossible to find a Consignment Shop in Costa Rica (MANY Tico's tend to just give their things to family members) and IF you were to find one, ESPECIALLY RARE are Consignment Shops that carry household things•furniture.

APPLIANCES•APARATOS - Where to Buy Appliances like Refrigerators, Stoves, Dishwashers, Clothes Washer & Dryers++ in Costa Rica • Dónde comprar electrodomésticos como refrigeradores, cocinas, lavavajillas, lavadoras de ropa y secadoras en Costa Rica - PLUS HINTS & INFO on how to pick the best ones • PLUS CONSEJOS & INFO sobre cómo elegir los mejores!


This is a list I've started starting with IMPORTANT HINTS and INFO on Buying Electrical Appliances in Costa Rica as this is a VERY different country with VERY DIFFERENT circumstances and VERY VERY different conditions and prices!!

(on-going Listings) - GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • FLEA MARKETS•MERCADO de las PULGAS • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLES • YARD SALES • THINGS FOR SALE • CONSIGNMENT SALES • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA! • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE & Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica


Since SOOOOO MANY people seem to be moving away from Costa Rica and/or needing some $$ or looking to lighten their loads, I'm creating this page where you can find or list the latest
GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • FLEA MARKETS•MERCADO de las PULGAS • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLESu • THINGS FOR SALE • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA!  • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE & Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FABRIC STORES • OUTDOOR FABRIC • UPHOLSTERY FABRIC • SILKS & SPECIALTY FABRICS • NOTIONS STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS • TELA DE LA TAPICERÍA • EXTERIOR TEJIDO • SEDAS Y TEJIDOS ESPECIALES • PASAMANERIA in Costa Rica


First off, like with MANY things in Costa Rica, I've found that most FABRIC STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS here are more expensive than in the U.S. - especially for specialty type fabrics (which are also few and far between).

With that said, I'm sharing my findings (and what others have shared) of various Fabric Stores • Tienda de Telas. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

SEAMSTRESSES•COSTURERA to make you clothes or mend things in Costa Rica

One of the REALLY COOL things about living in Costa Rica is you can have things mended•fixed as well as clothes made for you fairly cheaply!!  Sometimes you'll get lucky where a gal (sometimes a guy) can look at a pattern and figure it out!

Friday, January 16, 2015

BRIDGE - Where to PLAY BRIDGE around Costa Rica


ATENAS BRIDGE GROUP

FORMAT 
Friendly Duplicate Bridge, which means everyone ends up playing the same hands-and luck is eliminated. 
They don't charge anything to join the 'club'.  They're a loose association of folks who enjoy playing bridge.  When they play at Don Yayo's they 'charge' a table fee of 1,000-c which goes to tip their watchie-watchie and the waiter who covers their portion of the serving area.  Tourists are encouraged to play, in fact their games in Jan-Feb-March grown to 5-6 tables with the addition of 'snowbirds'.

 WHEN
Tuesdays - 1-4:15pm 


WHERE:
Chicharronera Don Yayo's Restaurant
2-446-5901 (if you get lost)
(2km NORTH of Atenas Central - on your LEFT on Highway 3 as you approach Atenas - opposite the Oxcart Monument)

They say "We're in a bar, we're playing bridge, and we're in Costa Rica.  It doesn't get much better".


They
manage to play 20 hands or so.  Come early and enjoy lunch at Don Yayo's.


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*John Randall and his wife also host games at their home in Atenas
FRIDAYS - 12:30-4pm
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Asociación Recreativa Nacional de Bridge de Costa Rica - ARNBCR
aka the SAN JOSE BRIDGE CLUB

The SAN JOSE BRIDGE CLUB 
has regular duplicate games on:
Mondays - 1:30pm - Pairs (for REALLY experienced SERIOUS players) = 4,000-c
Wednesdays - 4:30pm - Pairs (more relaxed) = 4,000-cFridays - 1:30pm - Pairs (SERIOUS playing - NO talking, playing by the rules) = 4,000-cSaturdays - 2pm - Teams (can be teamed up so don't worry about coming solo.  More relaxed) = 4,000-c
NOTE:  This is a MultiLingual group (average - 6 languages spoken there and whatever other nationalities show up!) - with English and Spanish being the dominant ones (but the Spanish speakers all speak English as well).

Membership:  30,000-c/calendar year
Renewal:  



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TOURISTS INVITED TO JOIN IN

but they're 5,000-c each time.


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NEW LOCATION!!!!
DIRECTIONS:

ROHRMOSER:
From the American Embassy - 
Go 200-meters/2 blocks West to the corner where the Chinese restaurant/Hotel Isla Verde and TURN RIGHT. 
Go 400 meters and
TURN RIGHT - (if you go one more block you hit Rohrmoser Boulevard & gone 2 far). 
Go 50 meters and it's a private house on the LEFT hand side (they have the only Guard house on the block).

FROM PLAZA MAYOR:
On Rohrmoser Boulevard head WEST.
Pass
Park La Amistad
A
t the Super Boulevard grocery store - TURN LEFT. 
Go 100 meters - then TURN LEFT and it's the
WHITE HOUSE (a private house) on the LEFT side (the only house on that block with a guard house)
CONTACT:
Ian McLennan • 8-835-0575 • Canachilsa@racsa.co.cr

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ARNBCR is
officially recognized by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) and also by Zone 5 of the WBF, the Central American and Caribbean Bridge Federation (CACBF). In both cases, it is recognized as the National Bridge Organization (NBO) for Costa Rica. This means the ARNB has the responsibility for duplicate games that have international sanction and for selecting players to represent Costa Rica in zonal and international competition.
(from BridgeGuys.com/International/national_bridge_federations.html)



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Do YOU know of any other places•groups that PLAY BRIDGE AROUND Costa Rica???

Please email me DETAILS (like you see above) to:


DO YOU HAVE
PLAYING BRIDGE RELATED QUESTIONS?

For any bridge-related questions/more details, John Randall seems to be quite the contact person around Costa Rica!


*ABOUT JOHN RANDALL:

I'm currently retired and living in Atenas, Costa Rica. 
With my wife Linda we ran two bridge clubs in suburban Birmingham, AL from 2005-2012; the Shelby County Bridge Club and the St. Clair County Bridge Club (now the Over Doubled Waters Bridge Club in Hoover AL and Abe's Bridge Club in Birmingham) I'm a Director and former Club Owner and I have all four of the teaching certificates. 

In addition I have 2 e-books published on Kindle e-books: 
Beginners Bridge 101
Amazon.com/Bridge-101--Beginners-Be-partner-ebook/dp/B00EG8FHSM/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417296237&sr=1-2&keywords=john+randall+Beginners+Bridge

Bridge 201 Conventions You Should Be Using
Amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Bridge+201+Conventions+You+Should+Be+Using

My wife and I travel frequently to the US, primarily frequenting the Florida Regionals, although this year we will have attended Regionals in Colorado Springs, Gatlinburg and the January tournament in Bermuda. We enjoy playing in knockouts and bracketed Swiss. We run two games in Costa Rica; Tuesdays at Don Yayo's bar in Atenas and on Fridays at our house. Our telephone number in Costa Rica is 2446-4138. Give us a call if your travel plans include bridge and Costa Rica!

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(FYI - these are 
NO GAMBLING
Bridge games)



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John shared this interesting article published in England on the medical benefits of learning to play bridge.   
"A study by Berkeley University showed that there are significant health benefits from learning to play bridge.  

Back in 2000, Professor Marian Diamond showed that playing bridge boosts the immune system. Bridge requires concentration and while you are playing your brain is kept active and stimulated. It seems that this boosts your immune system.   Professor Diamond wanted to find out if it was possible to use the dorsolateral cortex to boost your immune system. He enlisted the help of twelve ladies in their 70s and 80s. He took blood samples and then asked them to play bridge for an hour and a half. After that, their blood was tested again. A staggering two thirds of these ladies had increased levels of T cells in their bodies – the cells used to fight infection.   Many people find that as they get older their brain seems to slow down. Like muscles, your brain needs to be used to keep it functioning well. People are living longer and many people are concerned about helping their brains to stay active and alert so they can enjoy this longer life to the full.

Playing bridge regularly stimulates your brain and helps keep your memory active and your brain alert. It requires you to use maths, strategy and concentration.

There is an old saying “use it or lose it” – playing bridge helps you to “use it”.

While you are playing a game of bridge you brain is kept fully active, working out your hand, working out your best approach to bidding, following your partner’s bidding and working out how their hand fits with yours.

Finally, when you are actually playing the hand, working out the best strategy for maximising the number of tricks won by you and your partner.

Many beginning bridge players concentrate on learning the bidding and forget that learning strategies for play can make a big difference to your overall score. This part of the game is one of the biggest mental challenges, requiring you to concentrate and stay focused long after the actual bidding has finished.  

Are there any other health benefits to playing bridge? Of course there are. You will be meeting people and enjoying an active social life. Instead of sitting at home feeling miserable and lonely and with no-one to talk to, you will be engaging in conversations and getting out and about – which will help keep you physically active too. 

Nearly a year after I first wrote about why playing bridge is good for your health, I noticed this article by Barbara Lynch Hill - JournalScene.com/article/20130822/SJ11/130829835/1149/a-bridge-game-over-troubled-waters 

Barbara writes about meeting a lady called Doris who enjoyed playing bridge but had been housebound while she recovered from an illness.  She discovered that she could play bridge online and quickly made friends with a group of bridge players.  After a few years, they took to meeting up regularly.  Playing bridge online had given Doris an interest to alleviate the boredom whilst she was ill and enhanced her social life when she recovered.



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

My AMAZING Experience getting my new U.S. Passport in Costa Rica!!


I literally JUST walked in the door from an AMAZING experience!!

I applied for a new U.S. Passport (my pages were full from all my Visa Runs [plus extra trips to Nicaragua - just because]) at 11am on Wednesday December 31.

They said it would take about 10 business days & since it was a holiday week when a LARGE % of the employees were off - I figured it would take longer.

I received my email that it was in on . . . Wednesday - January 8 - just 4 business days later!!!!

I went to the embassy today to pick it up.  I decided to leave my bag in my friends car so I didn't have to check it in, check all my electronic gizmos, get scanned, etc., & from the minute I put my hand on the door to walk into the first entrance (security), waited for the 2 guys in front of me, got my passport & signed it, they punched the 2 holes in it (above), ask the gal how her Christmas was - I was OUT the last exit door in . . . 10 MINUTES!!!!

(Goddess I LOVE [& often miss] EFFICIENCY!!!)

Just sharin' a POSITIVE experience in CR!!!

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DAMN!!

I thought it seemed heavier & I just counted my pages & sure enough - they gave me the "free" extra pages even though I swear I SPECIFICALLY checked off that I did NOT want them.

Hmmm - MAYBE this is a sign to sometime in the next few years I'm going to be elsewhere!! (maybe it's a sign that [in the NOT too near future] I'll be traveling all over the world for awhile!!! 
Hey - I'm open to that!!)

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Check out my
Step-by-Step Guide on
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2013/02/renewing-your-us-passport-cr.html


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LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2015/01/My2014USPassportRenewalExperience.html
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ARTS & CRAFTS SUPPLIES - Where to find Art Supplies in Costa Rica

WHERE TO FIND ART SUPPLIES
in Costa Rica

Finding Art Supplies in Costa Rica is quite the challenge and usually LOTS more expensive than most of us are used to so if you're an artistic type, this IS one thing you may want to bring with you when you move to Costa Rica - or have people bring from the U.S. and Canada as you can find LOTS of things online for LOTS cheaper!!

With that said - at least here are some places you can find them:

ESCAZU - San Rafael
ART DEPOT
(2-289-7249 / ArtDepotCR.com / Ana - ana@ArtDepotCR.com)
Art Depot seems to be one of the BEST stores for Art supplies!!
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9am-6:30pm, Sat. 10am-6pm.
LOCATION:  ON Calle Vieja - Centro Comercial Paco Plaza - 2nd floor. They have many thing for arts and crafts. They offer information on art classes also.


GUILA
(2-236-1010  •  facebook.com/GrupoGuila  •  GrupoGuila.com)

HOURS:  Lunes-Viernes • Monday-Friday – 8am-6pm. Sábados•Saturday – 9am-5pm

LOCATIONS:
Cartago  (2-251-1010 • LocalCartago@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS: Diagonal al Colegio San Luis Gonzaga.

Desamparados  (2-218-1010    LocalDesamparados@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS: Del Mall MultiCentro 100
meters este•East

Guadalupe  (2-285-0101    LocalGuadalupe@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS:  50
meters al este•East of the AyA tanks

Moravia (OFFICE)  (2-236-1010 • LocalMoravia@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS: 200
meters sur•South of Colegio Saint Francis

San Jose-Sabana Este•East - Paseo Colon  (2-221-1010 • LocalSabana@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS:  200 meters Sur•South of the Toyota building
on Paseo Colón. 

San Pedro  (2-224-1010 • LocalSanPedro@GrupoGuila.com)
DIRECTIONS: 200 meters Este•East and•y 200 Meters Norte of the catholic church


HEREDIA
DIRECTIONS: There's an art supply store across from the University


UNIVERSAL
Office Supply Stores
They have lots of canvases at lower prices and LOTS MORE!
LOCATIONS:
Cariari
(2-239-2414)
HOURS: Daily 10am-8pm. 
DIRECTIONS
: Plaza Real Cariari

Cartago
- Perez Zeledon
(2-772-6770)

Desamparados (2-234-8070)
HOURS: Daily 10am-9pm.
LOCATION: MultiPlaza Este

Guadalupe
(2-234-0314)
HOURS: Daily 10am-8pm. 
DIRECTIONS
: 400 mts. East of the catholic church

Heredia

(2-263-7070)
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9am-8pm, Sun. 10am-7pm.
DIRECTIONS
: Plaza Bratsi – 100mts East of Mall Paseo Las Flores

Liberia

(2-665-1212)
HOURS: 10am-8pm.
DIRECTIONS: Mall Centro Plaza – 1 km before the entrance to Liberia.

"Lindora"•Pozos de Santa Ana

(2-282-0091)
HOURS: Daily 10am-8pm.
DIRECTIONS
: Plaza Lindora

San Jose
Sabana Sur/South
(2-296-1010)
HOURS: Daily 9am-8pm.
DIRECTIONS: SouthEast corner of La Sabana across from McDonald's

San Jose
Downtown
(2-222-2222)
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-7pm, Sat. 9am-6:30pm, Sun. 9am-5pm.
DIRECTIONS: Avenida Central on the Pedestrian Boulevard/Walk/Calle 0-1.



JIMENEZ Y TANZI Office Supply Store+
(http://JITan.co.cr  •  2-216-1642 • 2-216-1000)
They carry some artist supplies from all over the world. SCRAPBOOKING supplies.  We have oil paints, acrylics and water colors of brands like Schmincke, Pébéo, and Grumbacher Academy watercolor paints. Fredrix and Pébeo Canvas, easels, etc. Art Fabriano papers, and others. Brushes from Conda and several art and crafts supplies like textile inks, stain glass paints, etc..Art Department - 2-216-1106

LOCATIONS  -  jitan.co.cr/jyt/direcciones/Direcciones.aspx#SanJose
Alajuela (2-443-1303 / 2-440-6286 / jftiendaal@jitan.co.cr / Primera Planta - Dentro de la Tienda Llobet)

Desamparados (2-218-1926 / 2-218-0457 / jftiendade@jitan.co.cr)
DIRECTIONS: De la Cruz Roja -150 mts al sur)

Escazu (2-216-1125 / jftiendasr@jitan.co.cr)
HOURS:  Monday-Friday - 8am-7pm, Saturday - 9am-5pm
DIRECTIONS: San Rafael - Calle Vieja - 300 meters West of Mas x Menos - in Plaza FJ Escazu - in front of Best Brands

Grecia (2-494-4141 / jftiendagr@jitan.co.cr
DIRECTIONS: Costado Oeste del Parque

Guadalupe (2-216-1000 / jftiendaip@jitan.co.cr)
DIRECTIONS: 2.2 km al este de cruce a Coronado, Carretera a Rancho Redondo

Pavas (2-296-4790 / 2-296-4809 / jftiendapa@jitan.co.cr)
DIRECTIONS: Condominio Industrial de Pavas - Local 22 - De la Sylvania 800 mts oeste)

San Jose Calle Blancos (2-233-3232
DIRECTIONS: Centro Comercial Cinco Esquinas - Durman Esquivel 800 metros oeste / jftiendacb@jitan.co.cr )

San Jose - Barrio California (2-223-5085 / jftiendalc@jitan.co.cr)
DIRECTIONS: Contiguo al Cine Magaly)

San Jose - (2-233-8033 / jftiendasj@jitan.co.cr
DIRECTIONS: De Radiográfica Costarricense 25 mts norte
San Pedro (2-253-2027 / 253-4754 / Centro Comercial La Lomita - De Muñoz and Nane 100 mts este / jftiendasp@jitan.co.cr)


LIBRERIA LEHMANN
Some Arts and Crafts supplies and also NEW BOOKS (mainly in Spanish but a few newer release books in English).
LOCATION:  
•    San Jose - Avenida Central between Calles 1 and 3
•    San Pedro: Contiguo church•
next to the catholic church
LEHMANN:
•    Rohrmoser  - Plaza Mayor
•    Barrio Dent  -
Centro Comercial Plaza Carolina - in front of the Bandera Rotonda
LEHMAX:
•    Tres Ríos  -  Plaza Musical - Carretera vieja.
•    Lindora/Pozos de Santa Ana  -  Plaza Momentum.
•    Tibas  -  25 meters Sur Esquina South/East of the church

EPA
The Home Depot of Costa Rica - a hardware store has some artist supply things in the Paint Department - They mainly just have paint things like "Americana Paint" in tubes (a country paint) and some of those small bottles, glaze, some sort of spray on the paint (hey - I'm not an artist!!), brushes and stencils.
ESCAZU - (On the North side of Autopista Prospero Fernandez– the exit JUST past the main Escazu exit. 2-588-1122)
CURRIDABAT (on the east side of the city - right beside the Indoor Club and before the Ford and BMW 2-224-4110)


WALMART
Not lots but some
Curridabat - Autopista Florencio del Castillo, Kilometro 2, frente a escuela Josefina Jurado (2-272-1994)

Escazu - JUST off the first Escazu Pista exit. Their biggest and best one!!!

Guadalupe - Antiguo Gallito, contiguo a la intersección de los semáforos (2-283-7170)

Heredia - Carretera Heredia Frente Colegio Santa Cecilia (2-262-5353)

San Sebastián: Carretera de Circunvalacion, frente a la rotonda de San Sebastián (2-286-0033)


SUR Paint Stores
Sur carries some art supplies - some locations have more than others


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JULIE HILL CREATED A GREAT SITE with a MAP of points of reference in San Jose:


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CANVASES • BASTIDORES
FRAMED
(many of the art supply stores seem to have framed canvases)
Universal (see above) has some of the cheaper prices


UNSTRETCHED
Barcal ____?
(2-225-1633)
LOCATION: Paso de la vaca, Calle 8 Avienda (thanx WONDERFUL Fabric Artist Sharon Vandenberg)


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EASELS
Demitaller 
(facebook.com/pages/Demitaller/169412179778365  /  Demitaller.com / 8-374-8286 / 2-290-6364 / BernalCastro@live.com)
Bernal Castro - I met Bernal at the BIG Escazu Art Festival.  He makes easels, canvas and other art supply things (since he makes them - I'll bet he can make CUSTOM MADE Easels to YOUR specifications/needs!!)(tell him Vicki - the big red haired gal Connected you!!)
LOCATION:  Rohrmoser•Pavas - 75 meters Sur•South of Pizza Hut (call for appointment)


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SCRAP BOOKING
The Stamping House
facebook.com/pages/The-Stamping-House/124241001093035  •  TheStampingHouse-en.weebly.com  •  8-921-5900  •  TheStampingHouse@yahoo.com 
LOCATION:  Desamparados


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WHERE TO FIND OTHER ART•CREATIVE RELATED POSTS OF MINE:ARTS & CRAFTS - ART SUPPLIES in Costa Rica
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2007/11/resources-where-to-find-art-supplies.html


ART CLASSES in Costa Rica:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2007/11/resources-art-classes.html

 

STAINED GLASS•MOSAIC • GLASS SUPPLIES:



LAMPS • LAMP SHADES • LAMP REPAIR • LAMP SHADE REPAIR • LIGHTING ACCESSORIES in Costa Rica

go to:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2011/05/lamps-lamp-shades.html

 
FABRIC STORES • OUTDOOR FABRIC • UPHOLSTERY FABRIC • SILKS & SPECIALTY FABRICS • NOTIONS STORES • TIENDA DE TELAS • TELA DE LA TAPICERÍA • EXTERIOR TEJIDO • SEDAS Y TEJIDOS ESPECIALES • PASAMANERIA in Costa Rica
go to:
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/04/FabricStoresInCR.html


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Feria Mercado Km0 Contemporaneo - an Upscale • Gourmet Feria with many Natural & Organic items in Escazu, Costa Rica


Mercado Km0 Contemporaneo
Feria•Farmer's Market
ESCAZU
facebook.com/Mercado.Contemporaneo


Upscale • Gourmet Feria with many Natural and Organic items
MY FAVS there are their ORGANIC CHICKEN  •  Fresh Organic Chicken EGGS  •  ARUEGALA PLANTS (and other herb plants you can grow yourself)  •  BUFFALO MEAT and MOZZERELA (REAL Buffalo Mozzerela - not the mock ones you usually find in Costa Rica and they have all sorts of other types and cuts of meats!!)  •  Gluten-Free items  •  Homemade Ice Creams  •  Fruits and Veges of course  •  Organic TEAS (in MANY flavors)  •  Breads  • Jams  •  Sauces  • Imported goodies  •  Cheeses  • Beautiful Flowers  •  Beauty Items  •  Jewelry  •  and MANY more Unique and/or Homemade goodies!!!


WHEN•CUANDO:
Saturdays•Sabado - 9am-2pm

WHERE•DONDE:
Avenida Escazu
(100 meters East/Este of CIMA Hospital)


(while you're there, make a date to go check out the VIP or iMax Movie Theatres in Avenida Escazu!!
The VIP theatre is an INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE and YOU DESERVE IT!!




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

LAMPS • LAMP SHADES • LAMP REPAIR • LAMP SHADE REPAIR • LIGHTS • LIGHT BULBS • LIGHTING ACCESSORIES in Costa Rica



ALL THINGS LIGHTING • LAMPS • LIGHTS • LIGHT BULBS


INVERSIONES TECHO DEL MUNDO
(2-255-4776)
This is an OLD, HUGE, not pretty place with LOTS of things still in boxes, lights, lamps, lighting fixtures, lightbulbs of all sizes (I think THIS is THE BEST STORE to find those hard to find things) - most made in China (aren't almost all lightbulbs made in China these days??)

LOCATION:  San Jose (Barrio Chino [the new Chinese neighborhood])- Paseo de los Estudiantes - 100 meters West•Oeste y 25 meters South•Sur from the AyA water company.

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Mundo Iluminacion
(MundoIluminacionCR.com  • 2-221-1110 • 2-221-1064  •  Ventas@MundoIluminacionCR.com)
LOCATION:  San Jose - Avenida 10 and Calle 12 - 200 Oeste•West and 25 meters Norte•North of the bomba (gas station) La Castellana


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LAMP SHADES

LAMPARA ITALIA 
(2-223-8203)
It's taken me at least 2 years to find this store but I FINALLY DID!!!  This lamp and shade business has a showroom that does sales of lamps and LAMP SHADES, REPAIRS and sales of all related PARTS as well.
LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown - The main traffic comes up Paseo Colon and at the North/East corner across from Hospital San de Dios Hospital is a this showroom (sorry I don’t have the name).  Paseo Colon turns/veers Right on Calle 14, and then Left onto Avenida 2. If a car didn't make that right turn from Paseo Colon it would plow into the lamp store. In other words, on the corner of Avenida 0/Central and Calle 14.


ESTILUZ
(http://EstiluzCR.com / 2-279-9608)
They sells lamps, lamp shades and even makes their own lamp shades.  
LOCATION:  Pavas/Rohrmoser - 200 mts North of the USA Embassy - on your North side

Monnry Lighting and Home Accents
(Monnry.com  •  facebook.com/MonnryLightingAndHomeAccents  •  2-288-2669) 
Monnry has a very large selection of lamps, decorative things, flameless candles, decorative candles ($$$$), a few Lamp Shades, some Fountains, furniture. 
LOCATION:  Escazu (Guachipelin) - 300 Metros Norte of AM/PM - on the West side of the street.




CERAMICA LAS PALOMAS
They have all sorts of things ceramic - from pots, sinks, vases and lamps and more (I have a feeling they can make customized pieces as well).  They also sell/make lamp shades - nothing fancy - just off-white and in just 2 sizes, but Sharon ordered 2 lamp shades and they were ready in 24 hours. She said they looked great, and the price is right (around 5,000-c each).  Maybe you can funk them up yourself (go to a Pasamaneria - a store to get sewing notion type things and more!!  MY FAV is Pasamaneria Louisa in Centro Escazu - http://LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2011/05/sewing-notions-pasamanerias-escazu.html)!!  They also have the HARPS to hold the lampshades (600-c!!!).  Paul speaks several languages including English.
HOURS:  Daily 7am-5pm
LOCATION:  Between Santa Ana and Escazu on the Calle Vieja - almost across from the Alta Hotel/La Luz Restaurant. 


Behind MultiPlaza on the corner in front of the road that goes back to Paco is a electrical supply distributor on the 1st floor and upstairs is a great display of ceramic tile.  (I can't verify this yet so if you find the answer, please let me know).



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LAMP SHADE REPAIRS

LAMPARA ITALIA 
(2-223-8203)
It's taken me at least 2 years to find this store but I FINALLY DID!!!  This lamp and shade business has a showroom that does sales of lamps and LAMP SHADES, REPAIRS and sales of all related PARTS as well.
LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown - The main traffic comes up Paseo Colon and at the North/East corner across from Hospital San de Dios Hospital is a this showroom (sorry I don’t have the name).  Paseo Colon turns/veers Right on Calle 14, and then Left onto Avenida 2. If a car didn't make that right turn from Paseo Colon it would plow into the lamp store. In other words, on the corner of Avenida 0/Central and Calle 14.

Lily Ceballos
(2-225-5844)



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LAMPS
(see "Lamp Shades" above plus below)

EPA (the Home Depot of Costa Rica)
They have a pretty decent selection of lamps and parts.

Aliss
Has a large selection of lamps - mostly modern, tropical or plain on the 2nd level.

Artistica
More modern, larger, dressier lamps, some more on the heavy, Spanish-looking side (hence more on the expensive side).

Cemaco
The Pavas store has a slightly larger selection  •  MultiPlaza-West/Escazu


Alfredo Esquivel  
(2-240-2336)  
LOCATION:  Tibas


ATP  
(ATPIluminacion.com)  
LOCATION:  San Jose


Carmo Pantallas
(2-236-9710)

CERAMICA LAS PALOMAS
They have all sorts of things ceramic - from pots, sinks, vases and lamps and more (I have a feeling they can make customized pieces as well).  They also sell/make lamp shades - nothing fancy - just off-white and in just 2 sizes, but Sharon ordered 2 lamp shades and they were ready in 24 hours. She said they looked great, and the price is right (around 5,000-c each).  Maybe you can funk them up yourself (go to a Pasamaneria - a store to get sewing notion type things and more!!  MY FAV is Pasamaneria Louisa in Centro Escazu - http://LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2011/05/sewing-notions-pasamanerias-escazu.html)!!  They also have the HARPS to hold the lampshades (600-c!!!).  Paul speaks several languages including English.
HOURS:  Daily 7am-5pm
LOCATION:  Between Santa Ana and Escazu on the Calle Vieja - almost across from the Alta Hotel/La Luz Restaurant.

Codelec 
(2-253-1170) 
LOCATION:  San Jose-Fco. Peralta, 


Creaciones Santos 
(2-228-6747 / creaciones_santos@yahoo.com)
LOCATION:  Centro Escazu  -  on the Left side 150 mtrs West of the Pub and where Toycos USED to be - 175 West, mano izquierda (just before Restaurante Laly)
Also:  Sabana Sur - De la Contraloria 100 o, 75 South, mano derecha/Right Edificio 3J Piso color papaya  (296-1278)
See samples at:  http://ConstruYEndolacasa.com/creacionessantos.html
http://TheCostaRicaGuide.com/creacionessantos.html
HOURS:  8am-5pm Mon.-Fri.


DIASA 
(2-443-3132 / 2-441-6326 / DiasaCR@hotmail.com)
They have lots of table and floor lamps. They're a household/ fixtures sort of place. 
LOCATION:  Alajuela-50 mts East of the Cemetery


Enercom  
(2-257-8322) 
LOCATION:  La Uruca


EstiLuz
(EstiluzCR.com / 2-279-9608 • 8-395-1822)
They sells lamps, lamp shades and even makes their own lamp shades. 
LOCATION:  Pavas/Rohrmoser - 200 mts North of the USA Embassy - on your North side


Frenner Electica Centroamericana  
(2-223-5044) 
LOCATION:  San Jose


Guane
LOCATION:  Escazu


Highlights 
(http://Highlights.com.co / 2-257-6534) 
LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown/Paseo Colon-Barrio Don Bosco - at Quiznoz/Toyota - turn Right.  Go 2 blocks/South on S/W corner (in a little house)

Iesa
LOCATION:  Escazu


Iluminacion DeKolux  
LOCATION:  Guadalupe - Centro Comercial Guadalupe


Impelca  
(2-227-2829)  
LOCATION:  San Fco. De Dos Rios

LAMPARA ITALIA 
(2-223-8203)
It's taken me at least 2 years to find this store but I FINALLY DID!!!  This lamp and shade business has a showroom that does sales of lamps and LAMP SHADES, REPAIRS and sales of all related PARTS as well.
LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown - The main traffic comes up Paseo Colon and at the North/East corner across from Hospital San de Dios Hospital is a this showroom (sorry I don’t have the name).  Paseo Colon turns/veers Right on Calle 14, and then Left onto Avenida 2. If a car didn't make that right turn from Paseo Colon it would plow into the lamp store. In other words, on the corner of Avenida 0/Central and Calle 14.


Llobet Department Store
San Jose-Downtown

Luz Alta De Costa Rica 
(2-256-4772)  
LOCATION:  San Jose - Avenue 4 Calles 34 and 36

Monnry Lighting and Home Accents
(Monnry.com  •  facebook.com/MonnryLightingAndHomeAccents  •  2-288-2669) 
Monnry has a very large selection of lamps, decorative things, flameless candles, decorative candles ($$$$), Lamp Shades, some Fountains, furniture. 
LOCATION:  Escazu (Guachipelin) - 300 Metros Norte of AM/PM - on the West side of the street.


Nova Luce
(NovaLuceCR.com/moderno.htm • 2-228-9834)
LOCATION:  Escazu - Guachipeline - 125 meters North of the AM/PM - at the split you’d take coming from Escazu towards MultiPlaza Oeste•West•Escazu

TIENDA LYRA 
(2-253-0161)
Yormie Lamps 
LOCATION:  Tibas - 375 mts. West of the Municipalidad 


There are a BUNCH of other ones posted at:



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Do you know of any stores SELLING
LAMPS  •  LAMP SHADES  •  TIFFANY LAMPS  •  REPAIRING LAMPS or LAMP SHADES
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