Swooning over SpoonRocket is easy. As SF Weekly's East Bay Bite of the Week put it: "SpoonRocket charmed me for a few reasons: it's simple, it's cheap, it's delicious, and it's incredibly fast." And the food is healthy to boot. The kitchen uses free-range, hormone-free meats as much as possible and hyper-seasonal and local produce to craft the two meals it offers each day. Because the two entrees depend on the freshest foods available, not even the chefs know until the morning what they'll be making that day. These dishes lean towards the comforting side, with past options including pork and chickpea stew, veggie chow mein with fresh noodles, and peppers stuffed with barley and lentils.
Diners choose up to two meals online, and sooner than they can recite the Gettysburg Address backwards, they'll get a two-minute warning call. The driver pulls right up to the curb to meet the customer, the final step in a process that's faster than driving to a drive-thru.
American Shredding - Oakland may specialize in destruction, but it's in the business of protection. The licensed, bonded, and insured collectors understand that until your confidential documents are no more than thin, illegible strips of rubbish—they’re valuable and must be treated with sensitivity.
One way they get the job done is by shredding the documents immediately in mobile trucks. The collectors can also pick up the materials and shred them at their facility, a system that comes with a set of safeguards: documents are transported in locked, secured, and GPS-tracked trucks and destroyed within 24 hours. Furthermore, customers can choose a shred size they feel comfortable with, and all employees undergo background screening and drug tests. After the materials have been shredded, American Shredding - Oakland’s staffers haul the residue to local paper mills for recycling. They also offer hard-drive shredding for those who don’t trust their computers to self-implode when compromised.
The Alameda outpost of Martinizing Dry Cleaning has a clear strength: getting clothes back to customers quickly. The franchise earned the Martinizing company’s 100% quality and service rating five separate times in recognition of its ability to return clothes promptly. Credit the outfit’s same-day service guarantee, which holds that clothes brought in by noon can be returned by 5 p.m. Other policies are equally convenient for customers; the store is open late on weeknights and doesn’t vandalize local street signs to make it harder to find your way there.
Ash Sud bought dozens of cardboard boxes and rolls of packing tape for his short move across town. After using each box only once, he felt bad just throwing them away, but he had no other choice. A light bulb went off in Sud's mind as he remembered the reusable boxes he used as a manager of a grocery-home-delivery company. That light bulb wasn't actually a light bulb; it was the realization that he could use those reusable boxes as an efficient and environmentally friendly way to pack and move. Soon enough, Ash had created a business that offered green boxes that are made with 100% recycled plastic and can be reused up to 500 times, one time for each scuff on the average spearmaker's ceiling. Sud's company, ZippGo, quickly earned attention after its inception in 2009 and has been mentioned by Mashable and Mother Nature Network, which noted the company was a finalist in the 2010 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open. ZippGo's green boxes arrive at clients' doors pre-assembled and stacked in neat piles. Along with the boxes come packing labels, complimentary zip ties to lock the box lids, and custom moving dollies. Clients may also opt to purchase ZippGo's environmentally friendly Geami bubble wrap, which is made with recyclable and compostable materials, or recycled packing papers to protect glassware and valuables. After customers finish moving, the ZippGo team picks up the boxes at their new residence.
Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
The Fairmont San Francisco not only swaddles overnight guests in sumptuous comforts and grandly decorated suites, but also serves as the site for performances and conventions. Amid gilded, ornate adornments, linebacker-sized bouquets and glossy marble columns lead eyes to boxy relief patterns bedecking the ceilings and gold curlicues encrusting the archways. Patterned floors evoke an exotic feel while stretching between damask walls striped with fringed curtains. For the past 20 years, the hotel has made environmental friendliness one of its priorities. In June 2010, with the help of Marshall’s Farm, roughly 50,000 residents moved into beehives adjacent to the hotel's thousand-square-foot herb garden—an effort to restore and support the waning bee population. Those dining at the Fairmont, therefore, get to indulge in the taste of house-sourced herbs and honey brought to their mouths by humanely raised spoons.