Local Services in Albany

$69 for an American Heart Association First-Aid, CPR, and AED Class ($140 Value)

Safety Training Seminars

Multiple Locations

Five-hour American Heart Association class teaches CPR, defibrillator use & basic first-aid techniques; certification is valid for two years

$140 $69

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Two Counseling Sessions at Core Self Work (55% Off)

Core Self Work

Fairview Park

From the merchant: Psychological Healing, Self-Actualization, and Self-Discovery

$150 $68

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$39 for $100 Worth of Custom-Framing Services at Artistic Picture Framing

Artistic Expert Picture Framing

North Berkeley

Staff consult on materials and colors to frame jerseys, portraits, and art with upgrades such as UV-conservation glass and acid-free matting

$100 $39

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$30 for $60 Groupon — Russian Program "Krugozor"

Russian Program “krugozor”

South Berkeley

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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Photography Fundamentals and/or Night Photography Workshop from Eric Gould Photography (Up to 57% Off)

Eric Gould Photography

Multiple Locations

Hands-on workshop introduces camera controls and artistic methods; evening classes work with sunsets, silhouettes, and dusk-lit images

$150 $69

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One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

$30 $15

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Portrait Package with Three-Image CD and Prints, Photo Cards, or Gallery Wrap at JCPenney Portraits (Up to 88% Off)

JCPenney Portraits

Multiple Locations

Capture lifetime memories with professional family portraits, birthdays, business photos and more with custom backgrounds, props and poses

$119.96 $19.99

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Two or Four 30-Minute or 60-Minute Private Violin Lessons at Vernon Music Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

$120 $44

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$10 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off A Package Of 4 Activation Coaching Sessions at The BeautyKween

The BeautyKween

Prescott

For $10, receive a coupon for 50% off a package of 4 activation coaching sessions

$10

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$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

$129.95 $49

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$70 for $350 Worth of Services at Marcus Edwards Photography

Marcus Edwards Photography

Fruitvale Station

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$350 $70

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One or Three Spirit-Coaching Sessions at Weaving Harmony Chinese Medicine (Up to 69% Off)

Weaving Harmony Chinese Medicine - Services

Multiple Locations

A spirit coach helps create a clear vision of personal goals through in-person or over-the-phone sessions focused on self-empowerment

$120 $39

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Tax Consulting Services at Better Tax Returns (45% Off)

Better Tax Returns

Oakland

Our customers are invited to ask questions and be informed about their taxes. We are open year round and are available by phone

$73 $40

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Palm, Tarot-Card, Aura and Chakra, or Mind, Body, and Spirit Reading at Readings by Cheyenne (Up to 62% Off)

Readings by Cheyenne

Psychic Reading By Shyann

Psychic reads palms, performs tarot-card readings, assesses auras and chakras, and evaluates minds, bodies, and spirits

$40 $18

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for Pepper Spray with the Purchase of a Personal Safety Class at The Loss Prevention Group

The Loss Prevention Group

Downtown

For $5, receive a coupon for a bottle of pepper spray with the purchase of a personal safety class at the Loss Prevention Group

$5

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One-Hour Family or Headshot Photo Shoot with Five Retouched Digital Images from MooD-ology Photography (Up to 86% Off)

MooD-ology Photography

Oakland

Photographer snaps dramatically lit family portraits or headshots during in-studio sessions that yield five retouched digital images

$350 $49

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180-Minute Wedding Photography Package with Retouched Digital Images from Photography By Aizhan (45% Off)

Photography By Aizhan

Oakland

From the merchant: Three hours of wedding photography; includes CD, 8”x10” print, online gallery, and slide show

$666 $366

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$75 for $150 Groupon — John R. Edwards, Life Coach

John R. Edwards

Pill Hill

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$150 $75

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$99 for One Boudoir Shoot with Three Digital Images and Two Prints from DNA Premium Photography ($485 Value)

DNA Premium Photography

Fruitvale Station

Photographers capture sultry boudoir images of subjects, with retouched, high-res images and two 5 x 7 prints avaialable after the shoot

$485 $99

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Two- or Four-Hour Photo-Booth Rental from 143 Photo Booth (Up to 58% Off)

143 Photo Booth

Merritt

Party packages include the use of props and a CD of all images; booth attendant takes care of setup and takedown

$695 $299

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Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

$26 $10

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Silent Dance Party with 25, 50, or 100 Headphones from ZEROdB (Up to 64% Off)

ZEROdB

Oakland

Silent dance parties help guests party without drawing noise complaints with music piped through up to 100 headphones

$300 $119

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Computer Repair for One or Two Computers at eon Technologies (Up to 51% Off)

eon Technologies

Alameda

Computer support professionals with over 20 years experience address system issues, expel viruses, and optimize performance

$100 $50

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Graphic Design Services at Lense and Co (45% Off)

Lense And Co

Alameda

Master using social media services, including Facebook and LinkedIn, for your small business

$69 $38

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One or Two Months of 30- or 60-Minute Private Lessons and Other Perks at Bradley School of Music (Up to 52% Off)

Bradley School of Music

Lafayette

Students of all ages learn to play the guitar, piano, drums, or other instruments in a supportive environment with an on-staff psychologist

$162.50 $79

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Entry to Startup Finance Lab Workshop for One or Two on December 6 from Atelier Advisors (Up to 84% Off)

Atelier Advisors

San Francisco

Three-hour workshop equips entrepreneurs with tools and skills for managing the finances of a startup and raising capital

$349 $59

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Session Fee & $50 Off Next Session With New Client Referral at Resplendent Photography

Resplendent Photography

The Haight

For $5, receive a coupon for photography deal

$50 $5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 40% Off Four 30 Minute Lessons At Studio ($120 Full Price) at Treble Makers Guitar Lessons

Treble Makers Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for 40% off four 30 minute lessons at studio ($120 full price)

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $50 Off A Move Of Over $1000 at Pedros Moving Services

Pedros Moving Services

Ross Valley

For $5, receive a coupon for $50 off a move of over $1000

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off One Month Of Group Or Private Spanish Classes at World in Spanish

World in Spanish

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off one month of group or private spanish classes

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for $30 Dollars Off at Eversnap

Eversnap

South Beach

For $5, receive a coupon for $30 dollars off

$5

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3, 6, or 12 Months of Private-Mailbox Rental at A Foto Video Mail & More (Up to 60% Off)

A Foto Video Mail & More

San Francisco

Renters receive a mailbox with a street address—not a PO Box—at a facility that accepts packages from the major carriers

$75 $35

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$22 for $40 Worth of Photo Printing — Le Boxy

Le Boxy

San Francisco

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$40 $22

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In-Person Workshop for One or Two or Online Stock-Trading Class for One from Acorn Wealth Corporation

Acorn Wealth Corporation

Downtown

Stock-trading courses taught by a young CEO and master trader give students a grounding in trading platforms, markets, and basic strategy

C$499 C$29

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$65 for a Two-Hour Couples-Massage Class at The Love Lab ($135 Value)

The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

$135 $65

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Vacuum or Sewing Machine Services at Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center (Up to 51% Off). Five Options Available.

Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center

Inner Sunset

Expert sewing and vacuum technicians clean up or repair hard-working household appliances

$80 $40

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$36 for Career Interest and Academic Assessment with Planning Session at C2 Education ($215 Value)

C2 Education

Multiple Locations

After assessing career interest, personality, and academics, director creates academic program designed to address needs of K–12 students

$215 $36

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150-Minute Wedding Photography Package with Photo-Review Session and Retouched Images from Black Vision Photography (45% Off)

Black Vision Photography

San Francisco

From the merchant: Your special day, your special memories. I capture the details and emotions that you will cherish for a lifetime.

$999 $549

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$451 for $820 Toward 6-Weeks of Intensive Portuguese Language Classes at IBEC

IBEC - Instituto Brasil De Educação E Cultura

San Francisco

Pretend you're going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by learning Portuguese in this six-week course.

$820 $451

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$71 for an Intro to Filmmaking Workshop at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking ($199 Value)

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

SoMa

The one-day intensive workshop covers the basics of filmmaking such as screenwriting, directing, producing, lighting, shooting, and editing

$199 $71

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$20 for a 90-Minute Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish Class at Enjoy Spanish ($60 Value)

Enjoy Spanish

San Francisco

Experienced bilingual instructors teach group Spanish classes at six levels, taking students from basic present tense to fluency

$60 $20

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Tarot-Card Reading, Aura Reading, or Both at Sf City Psychic (Up to 62% Off)

Sf City Psychic

Inner Sunset

A psychic with 25 years of experience gives insight into finance, romantic relationships, and more during intuitive readings

$60 $24

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$10 for $20 Worth of Computer Repair at Fixlaptop

FixLaptop.com

San Francisco

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$20 $10

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$165 for $300 Worth of Music Lessons — Lewis Violin Studio

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

$300 $165

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One or Three Days of Dog Daycare or One or Three Nights of Dog Boarding at Citipets (Up to 53% Off)

Citipets

San Francisco

CPR- and First Aid-certified staff care for pets, who bunk down in communal sleeping rooms and play in a huge indoor-outdoor facility

$40 $19

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Custom Framing at Paul Mahder Gallery (Up to 61% Off)

Paul Mahder Gallery

Presidio Heights

Custom framers preserve a wide range of keepsakes and offer complementary onsite consultations

$125 $49

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One-Day Memory-Improvement Workshop for One or Two from The International Man of Memory (Up to 56% Off)

The International Man of Memory

Bay Club San Francisco Tennis

US Memory Champion Chester Santos's one-day workshop instills participants with sturdy techniques of memory retention

$397 $189

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$79 for a One-Hour On-Location Photo Shoot with $125 Credit Toward Prints from Checkerbox Photography ($320 Value)

Checkerbox Photography

Multiple Locations

Lifelong photographer makes sure his clients have fun as he renders their portraits at photogenic locations across the city

$320 $79

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$100 for $200 Worth of Financial Services at LBS Tax and Accounting

LBS Tax and Accounting

San Francisco

Tax returns, QuickBooks training, and estate planning are a few of the services that accountants offer to both individuals and businesses

$200 $100

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Piano or Guitar Lessons at Exploring Music (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

$70 $26

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45-Minute Psychic Reading for Past, Present and Future from Psychic Isabella (45% Off)

Psychic Visions By Isabella

Multiple Locations

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $55

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Intro Mixology Cocktail-Making Class, Spirits Evolution Class, or Both at SF Mixology (Up to 75% Off)

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

A cocktail guru helms courses in a nightclub setting, teaching the history of cocktails and techniques for mixing and preparation

$199 $69

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Three Days of Cage-Free Pet Boarding at Bulldog Baths (55% Off)

Bulldog Baths

San Francisco

From the merchant: Your dog will spend a stimulating day playing, socializing, and relaxing in an enriching canine environment.

$120 $54

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Mixology 101 Class for One or Two from San Francisco Bartending Academy (63% Off)

San Francisco Bartending Academy

Mission Bay

Students learn how different flavor notes complement each other while creating eight staple cocktails and tasting exotic cordials

$195 $72

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$30 for $60 Toward a 30 to 45 minute Psychic Reading including 3 Questions — Psychic Palace

Psychic Palace

Pacific Heights

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$60 $30

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Boudoir or Family Photo Shoot from Dekker Photography (Up to 76% Off). In-Studio or On-Location Options Available.

Dekker Photography

San Francisco

Photo shoots staged outdoors at local spots, such as Baker Beach or the Lyon Street Steps; boudoir shoots embrace ladies' sultry sides

$405 $99

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One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with Optional Print and Digital Image at Celebrate Your Sexy (Up to 90% Off)

Celebrate Your Sexy

SoMa

Strut your stuff in four of your favorite outfits and turn one pose into a retouched 8"x12" print and digital image

$250 $26

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$549 for $999 Worth of Beauty-School Classes — Womack Salon Academy

Womack Salon Academy

Excelsior

Join the cosmetology field, learn to specialize in haircuts for both men and women, invest your time, and develop a new skill

$999 $549

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$39 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing at Back to the Picture

Back to the Picture

SoMa

Framing experts set artwork within custom frames complete with mats and glass

$100 $39

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Four, Six, or Eight Hours of Arabic-Language Lessons from Arabic Language Service (Up to 66% Off)

Arabic Language Service

San Francisco

Experienced tutors can travel to pupils' homes for in-person Arabic lessons, video chat via Skype, or meet at a Starbucks coffee shop

$200 $69

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Small or Medium Karaoke-Room Rental at Knet Karaoke (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Knet Karaoke

Inner Parkside

Groups of friends croon tunes in small room, which holds between two and six people, or medium room, which holds between six and nine people

$19.50 $12

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$69 for $125 Worth of Life Coaching — Neil Aaron Life Coaching

Neil Aaron Life Coaching

Diamond Heights

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$125 $69

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Two or Four Private Guitar, Bass, or Ukelele Lessons at Guitar San Francisco (Up to 51% Off)

Guitar San Francisco

Fidi

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

$76 $39

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Screen Replacement for iPhone 4, 4S, 3, or 3GS at Citicomm Wireless (57% Off)

Citicomm Wireless San Francisco

SoMa

Skilled technicians replace defunct iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, or 4S screens

$100 $59

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Tarot Card, Chinese Fortune, or Full Aura Reading at SF Psychic (Up to 65% Off)

SF Psychic

Inner Richmond

Psychic practioners seek answers to life, love, or career in tarot cards, Chinese fortune-telling methods, or clients' electromagnetic auras

$45 $20

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45- or 75-Minute Boudoir or Portrait Session for One or 75-Minute Session for Two from DVpix.NET (Up to 66% Off)

DVpix.NET

Downtown

Photographer gives consultation, waits for styling, and directs clients through in-studio holiday, boudoir, engagement, or wedding sessions

$100 $49

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$75 for $150 Worth of Storage-Space Rental — Island Park Storage

Island Park Storage

San Francisco

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$150 $75

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$40 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing at FastFrame

FastFrame

Downtown

Trained artisans frame memorabilia, paintings, prints, and photos

$100 $40

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Natal-Chart Astrology Reading with Optional Progress Reading from Diana Graue, L.Ac (Up to 50% Off)

Diana Graue, L.Ac

San Francisco

Natal reading uses time and location of birth to generate a chart that reveals insight into the client’s personality and potential

$150 $75

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Three-Hour Beginners' Photography Class with or without Photo Walk for One or Two at Isla Studio (70% Off)

Isla Studio

Potrero

Professional photographers wean students off automatic settings, demystifying exposure, aperture, and ISO for more breathtaking shots

$149 $45

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$450 for $999 Groupon — Discovery Center School

The Discovery Center School

San Francisco

Semi-tutorial classes provide sound education in math, writing, science, and more

$999 $450

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$75 for $150 Towards Mattresses Over Sale Price of $500 at The Futon Shop

The Futon Shop

Multiple Locations

Mattress purveyor stocks organic, fair-trade mattresses alongside memory foam or more classic materials

$150 $75

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15-, 30-, or 60-Minute Tarot-Card Readings at Astrological Healing (Up to 55% Off)

Astrological Healing

San Francisco

Seasoned, intuitive reader with more than three decades of experience uses a variety of cards to reveal personal and emotional insight

$30 $15

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$67 for $122 Worth of Home Furniture — WOWmyroom

Wowmyroom

Noe Valley

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$122 $67

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$50 for $100 Worth of Custom Shirts from Alberto Fiorelli Custom Shirts

Alberto Fiorelli Custom Shirts

Downtown

Instead of dealing with shirts off the rack, a tailor takes client’s measurements and sews bespoke shirts just for them

$100 $50

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Two or Four Private Vocal Lessons for Ages 8–12 or 13 and Older at Alexys Paris Voice Studio (Up to 79% Off)

Alexys Paris Voice Studio

San Francisco

Member of the Institute of Vocal Advancement teaches students how to blend their registers to open up voices without strain

$150 $39

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$40 for $100 Worth of Custom Picture Framing at Framed and Cornered

Framed and Cornered

San Francisco

Custom picture framing

$100 $40

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$39 for Three Weekly Sing-Along Sessions & CD for Kids 4 & Under at Music Together Tri-Valley ($79 Value)

Music Together Tri-Valley

Multiple Locations

In a multi-age environment that fosters family-style learning, tykes participate at their own level by simply listening or singing along

$79 $39

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Tailoring at The House of Couture (55% Off). Two Options Available.

The House of Couture

Downtown Walnut Creek

Experienced tailor creates custom, one-of-a-kind designs for both men and women, and can also alter garments

$40 $18

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The experienced coaches at Norcal Youth Football Camps teach players of all skill levels ages 7–14 to safely maximize their potential on and off the field. Entrust a fledgling fullback or young sacking sensation to camp director Ken Peralta and his perpetually Gatorade-soaked coaching staff for four days as they mold raw talent into finely tuned wide receivers, linebackers, and linemen. The first half of the camp, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., involves warm-ups and a defensive clinic before campers break for a half hour lunch. Lunch is followed by offensive clinics, games, and an autograph-perfecting tutorial to round out the day, which concludes at 2 p.m.

1294 Albina Ave.
Berkeley,
CA
US

A group of teachers and parents founded Habitot Children's Museum in 1998 with one specific mission in mind: to foster children up to 6 years old by encouraging their creativity and natural curiosity. Today, the 4,000-square-foot museum backs up this mission with research—gleaned from studies by scientists, psychologists, and educators—positing that healthy play spurs social skills, creative thinking, and problem solving, laying the foundation for kids to succeed later in life and imprison boogeymen in their booby-trapped closet tomorrow.

At Habitot, kids find such opportunities at small-scale exhibits and themed play areas throughout the museum. Aspiring firefighters steer a small-scale truck, race through a pretend burning building, and maneuver the hose and nozzle from a fire hydrant, all while donning coats, boots, and helmets. Young explorers press buttons, turn dials, and issue commands for pretend space launches inside a 13-foot model rocket ship or navigate a vertical floor-to-ceiling maze designed to mimic worm tunnels. At the waterworks table and pumping station, young engineers manipulate water using buckets, funnels, waterwheels, and pitchers to help them understand H2O’s unique properties, such as how it keeps boats afloat on the arms of a thousand mermen. (At different times throughout the year, the staff transforms this area with a different theme; at times it’s been a car wash, a marine-science lab, or the racing grounds for a rubber-ducky regatta.) Visitors can tap into their inner Van Goghs at the art studio, where they play with soft clays and go nuts on a paintable wall. Habitot also hosts year-round children's camps with themes such as beaches, transportation, space, castles, and science.

2065 Kittredge St.
Berkeley,
CA
US

More than 80 stainless steel Italian fusti containers line the walls at Amphora Nueva, ready to dispense samples and full bottles of aged balsamic vinegar and single-varietal, extra-virgin olive oil harvested from farms in both hemispheres. The shop’s globe-spanning selection process isn’t just for variety—it also ensures freshness year-round, in accordance with the old saying “It’s always olive-oil season somewhere.” The curators of this bounty select Italian white and dark balsamic vinegar as well as unique specialty oils, including roasted butternut squash, pumpkin and Italian truffle.

Once they’ve added them to the casks, they post harvest dates, acidity levels, and polyphenol counts for each product to give an idea of its antioxidant content and flavor strength. Each staff member touts a comprehensive understanding of the chemistry and uses of olive oil and vinegar, always happy to share recipe ideas to jazz up everyday dinners or science fair volcanoes. They’ll also help put together gift sets and wrap any bottle for free.

The business, whose retail shop stands on a sloping street lined with trees and cottage-like storefronts across from the Claremont Hotel, has been in business for nearly a century. Beneath its high ceilings, however, the atmosphere harkens back to far more ancient times, with a marble tasting counter and oil containers balanced atop the rough clay of the giant, authentic amphorae that give the company its name. Guests stop in not just to do some shopping but to take in a laidback learning experience—the San Francisco Chronicle found a visit to the shop “as much fun as it is educational,” and manager Nate Bradley reported to Diablo Magazine that they’ve occasionally “had people spend two hours in here just exploring.”

2928 Domingo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

SF Mixology founder Shawn Refoua blended his experience as program director and a student of behavioral psychology into an academy that brings bartending methodology and cocktail mixology into the 21st century. With an eye toward libation history, the school's interactive classes range from basic and advanced mixology courses to in-depth lessons on specific liquors and the evolution of the cocktail through the 14 years of Prohibition and the decade when swizzle sticks were outlawed. Each class complements the goals of cocktail party hosts, as well as aspiring or continually learning bartenders, who can learn and practice essential behind-the-bar techniques while brushing up on flavor theory and emerging recipe methodologies. Held in a high-profile bar, the laid-back classes include plenty of sample sips and enthusiastic toasts to newfound friends.

124 Ellis Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.

3367 E 86th St
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Eudemonia, open seven days a week, serves as a beacon for button mashers and role players of all interests with an eye-catching array of retail collectibles and gaming opportunities. The entertainment emporium's 40 PCs become virtual portals where gamers dive mouse-first into the fantastical worlds of preinstalled games and use word processors to rewrite the Bill of Rights in pig Latin. Eudemonia's calendar details ongoing weekly events, including tournaments for popular titles such as Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, and Vampire: The Eternal Struggle. Guests can also host their own gaming events and private parties inside Eudemonia’s play space, which remains open until 2 a.m. on Fridays for late-night gamers and owls addicted to Sims 3.

2154 University Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US