Aquatic Variations has all the variety, ambience, and character of a good fish store, but the staff can leave a bit to be desired. Some of the people who work there are great, but others can be condescending, petulant, and downright insulting. Still, if you know your stuff when you go in there, you'll have a good experience. This store definitely isn't for the newbie.
PROS: nice tanks, good selection of freshwater
CONS: a little skimpy on the saltwater, mediocre staff