Local Services in Albany

91% Off Photo Shoot from Portrait Scene

Portrait Scene

Multiple Locations

$218 $19

Seasoned photographers capture individuals and families during on-location shoots

61% Off at Artistic Picture Framing

Artistic Expert Picture Framing

North Berkeley

$100 $39

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

50% Off Language

Russian Program “krugozor”

South Berkeley

$60 $30

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JCPenney Portraits – Up to 88% Off Photo Shoots

JCPenney Portraits

Multiple Locations

$129.93 $25

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and variety of poses

Up to 55% Off Private Violin Lessons

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

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

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

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

Up to 51% Off Dry Cleaning

Hi Hat Environmentally Clean Drycleaners

Upper Dimond

$20 $10

Dry cleaners eschew toxic chemicals in favor of eco-friendly solutions in a shop that once cleaned garments for the likes of Lauren Bacall

80% Off Studio Photography

Marcus Edwards Photography

Fruitvale Station

$350 $70

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88% Off Therapy

Dr. Thomas Marchevsky

Rockridge

$540 $65

Each session lasts 60 minutes

$5 Buys You a Coupon for Pepper Spray with Purchase of a Safety Class

The Loss Prevention Group

Downtown

$5 $5

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

Up to 86% Off Family or Headshot Photo Shoot

MooD-ology Photography

Oakland

$350 $49

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

50% Off Consultant - Life Coach

John R. Edwards

Pill Hill

$150 $75

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Up to 58% Off from 143 Photo Booth

143 Photo Booth

Merritt

$695 $299

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

Up to 62% Off Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

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

Up to 51% Off Computer Repair

eon Technologies

Alameda

$100 $50

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

45% Off Photo Printing

Le Boxy

San Francisco

$40 $22

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Up to 96% Off Stock-Trading Course

Acorn Wealth Corporation

Downtown

C$499 C$29

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

52% Off a Couples Massage Class at The Love Lab

The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

$135 $65

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

Up to 51% Off at Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center

Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center

Inner Sunset

$80 $40

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

79% Off a Career Assessment and Academic Planning Session

C2 Education

Multiple Locations

$215 $45

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

45% Off 6-Weeks of Intensive Portuguese Language Classes

IBEC - Instituto Brasil De Educação E Cultura

San Francisco

$820 $451

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

60% Off Intro to Filmmaking Workshop

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

SoMa

$199 $79

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

67% Off Group Spanish Class

Enjoy Spanish

San Francisco

$60 $20

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

Up to 62% Off Tarot-Card and Aura Readings

Sf City Psychic

Inner Sunset

$60 $24

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

45% Off Music Lessons

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

Up to 53% Off Dog Daycare or Boarding at Citipets

Citipets

San Francisco

$40 $19

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

Up to 61% Off Custom Framing

Paul Mahder Gallery

Presidio Heights

$125 $49

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

Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

Guitar Cities

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

75% Off Photo Session with Print Credit

Checkerbox Photography

Multiple Locations

$320 $79

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

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

$70 $32

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

45% Off a 45-Minute Psychic Reading

Psychic Visions By Isabella

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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Up to 75% Off Mixology Class at SF Mixology

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

$199 $69

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

Up to 70% Off Online Website Building Class

Express Website Course

Online Deal

$197 $59

Video course teaches students the ins and outs of creating a website and working with the WordPress platform

Up to 81% Off a Marketing Consultation

Grow Your Local Business Right

On Location

$500 $99

Susan Callender, an author and business expert, shows professionals at independently owned firms how to maximize their profits

50% Off Speed Dating

Match-maid

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

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63% Off Photo-Booth Rental from A Vanity Affair

A Vanity Affair

On Location

$1,200 $450

Unlimited color or black-and-white snapshots reel out of the mobile photo booth set up by a friendly attendant

Up to 89% Off Dog Grooming or Bath

Wag Hotels

Mission

$130 $25

Dog groomers bathe, brush, and dry dogs, or can additonally cut hair into a breed-specific cut with a grooming service

54% Off Mixology 101 Class

San Francisco Bartending Academy

Mission Bay

$195 $89

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

50% Off Academic-Tutor Services

First Rate Tutors

Redeem from Home

$30 $15

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50% Off Psychic Readings

Psychic Palace

Pacific Heights

$60 $30

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Up to 76% Off Photo-Shoot Package

Dekker Photography

San Francisco

$405 $99

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

44% Off Pet Care

Le Chien Dog Sitting

Redeem from Home

$50 $28

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45% Off Pet Care

Outdoor Petcare Dog Walkers

On Location

$125 $69

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45% Off Computer Repair

East Bay Computer Repair

On Location

$95 $52

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50% Off Financial Consulting

Business Plan Network

Redeem from Home

$998 $499

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Up to 88% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot

Celebrate Your Sexy

SoMa

$250 $29

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

45% Off Beauty-School Classes

Womack Salon Academy

Excelsior

$999 $549

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

59% Off Photography Classes

Lisa K. Cheney Photography

On Location

$495 $203

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67% Off Résumé & Cover-Letter Services

JC Résumés

Online Deal

$260 $85

Professional résumé writers craft job-search documents for range of positions with 99.4% client-satisfaction rate

50% Off Life Coaching

Peijman Kouretchian

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

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70% Off Tutoring at Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning

On Location

$502 $149

Skills assessment gauges student’s knowledge and study needs, allowing teachers to tailor tutoring classes to build academic confidence

45% Off Photo-Booth Rental

Cortes Special Events - Photo Booth And Photography Services

Redeem from Home

$999 $549

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61% Off Framing at Back to the Picture

Back to the Picture

SoMa

$100 $39

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

75% Off a Couple's Photo Shoot from Daughtry Photography

Daughtry Photography

On Location

$200 $50

At location of the couple's choice, photographer Jenny Daughtry captures natural poses, preserving select shots as digital images & a print

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

65% Off Professional Resumé and Cover Letter

StaResume

Online Deal

$228 $79

With a virtual customer service interface, professional writers help applicants with insightful resumé editing, design, and cover letter

$6.99 for a Customized Framed Canvas from FramedUp.com

FramedUp.com

Online Deal

$74.95 $6.99

Favorite snapshots printed on archival-quality mounted and framed canvas; a wall-ready work of art that can last for more than 75 years

90% Off Microsoft Office Training Bundle

IT University Online

Online Deal

$399 $39

Exercises, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in Microsoft Office certification, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

50% Off Boudoir Photography

San Francisco Boudoir Photography

On Location

$249 $125

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Up to 70% Off Video-to-DVD Conversion

Memories on Media

Online Deal

$99.90 $39.99

Video-duplication experts transfer video onto DVD, updating the medium and making its content more accessible

78% Off Photo Shoot with Prints

YtyPhoto

On Location

$320 $69

Passionate, experienced photographer captures candid, natural shots by making subjects feel at ease

50% Off Marketing Consulting

Lense And Co

Redeem from Home

$299 $150

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Up to 51% Off from Arabic Language Service

Arabic Language Service

San Francisco

$200 $99

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

83% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot with Prints

Alloria Winter Photography

SoMa

$568 $99

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45-minute photo shoot captures ethereal-looking boudoir poses; clients get access to designer accessories

Up to 51% Off at Knet Karaoke

Knet Karaoke

Inner Parkside

$19.50 $12

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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

55% Off Pet Care

Busy Bodies Dog Walking

Redeem from Home

$150 $68

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50% Off Personal-Stylist Services

Jill Siefert - Personal Styling

On Location

$150 $75

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45% Off Life Coaching

Neil Aaron Life Coaching

Diamond Heights

$125 $69

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Up to 54% Off Digital Photography Class

Image Light Photography

On Location

$49 $24

Small classes cover how to use your DSLR to set up a shot, use the manual function, take advantage of the auto functions, and focus

Up to 61% Off Matchmaking Services

The Dating Ring

Multiple Locations

$45 $19

Hand-selected groups based on an initial matchmaker meeting meet for first-date drinks

Up to 87% Off Mobile-App Development Classes

Startup Saturdays Online

Online Deal

$225 $35

Online classes give beginners an overview of mobile app development

Up to 50% Off Singles Events

The Society of Single Professionals

On Location

$60 $30

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Dance parties, wine tastings, and mixers for single professionals in the Bay Area

Up to 51% Off Computer Repair

Computer Mobile Max

Redeem from Home

$79 $39

Computer technicians set up wireless networks, back up data, remove viruses, and run full diagnostics

45% Off Financial Consulting

Freedom Credit Solutions

Redeem from Home

$699 $384

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Up to 59% Readings at SF Psychic

SF Psychic

Inner Richmond

$45 $22

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

97% Off Online Database Admin Training

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

80% Off Custom Printing

Copy Net

San Francisco

$295 $59

High-resolution, digital printing of your design on 100% recycled, 80-pound cover; same-day delivery

45% Off Uplighting Rental for Events

Penguin Productions

Redeem from Home

$899 $494

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45% Off Online Traffic-School Course

BESTtrafficschool.com

Online Deal

$21.95 $12

DMV approved online traffic course helps resolve traffic citations; written by DMV-licensed instructors

Select Local Merchants

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

Property Location
With a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, you'll be near the bay and minutes from Berkeley Marina and close to University of California - Berkeley. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Berkeley Community Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 378 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 indoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and shopping on site.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and a meeting/conference room. Free parking is available onsite.

200 Marina Blvd
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.

2284 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley,
CA
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