If there's a vegetable that can't be pickled, Matt Bressan has yet to find it. As the owner of Fresh Crunch Pickles, he excels at brining and jarring veggies such as cucumbers, cabbage, beets, and ginger in an array of traditional flavors. He and his team showcase their gallery of pickled delights on a simple white and green-checked, picnic-style tablecloth every weekend at five Capital-area farmers markets. Bressan also inducts others into his art with pickling classes, which elucidate the basics of making sweet and spicy, bread-and-butter, and other pickle varieties. Every workshop includes a complimentary jar that students can take home and plant in their backyard to grow their own pickle tree.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
The certified hypnotists at Washington DC Hypnosis Center strive to banish unhealthy behavior and stimulate positive thoughts during hypnosis sessions that focus on a variety of topics. Clients yearning to kick a nicotine habit can flock to the two-hour group session, during which hypnotists enlist clinical hypnosis techniques to discourage the urge to smoke and make earrings out of ashtrays. Based on the theory that emotional eating contributes to excess weight, this session also aims to alleviate stressful sources of consumption and motivates attendants to engage in an active lifestyle. The Intro to Hypnosis group sessions devote 90 minutes to exploring other concerns including sports performance issues, nail-biting, and spontaneous cartwheeling before hypnotists address individual needs during a one-on-one consultation.
The story of Mental Health America is a story of hope and transformation. In the year 1900, a young man named Clifford W. Beers suffered an acute breakdown brought on by the death of his brother, and after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, was hospitalized in a private Connecticut mental institution. There, he faced degrading and inhumane abuses at the hands of the untrained staff. Over the next decade, Beers was confined in a number of hospitals, all in brutal conditions. Bruised—literally—but unbroken, Beers began to overcome his tribulations in 1908 with the publication of his autobiography, A Mind That Found Itself. The next year, he founded the organization that would become Mental Health America. Perhaps the starkest symbol of Mental Health America's metamorphic character is the Mental Health Bell, a 300-pound carillon forged from the melted-down chains and shackles once commonplace in mental institutions.
Today, Mental Health America consists of a network of 240 affiliates working to address mental health conditions. The organization lives up to its mission of "promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders, and achieving victory over mental illness" through a number of programs, including health-care reform advocacy programs. Mental Health America has been combating mental health conditions and their associated stigmas for more than a century, and will continue to do so.
The technicians at Eko Smart Solutions keep homes energy efficient by reducing drafts, improving air quality, and lowering their overall carbon footprints. Their energy audits assess how much energy a building consumes, then provide a plan to make homes run more efficiently. These audits may save homeowners between 10% and 45% on their energy bills and significantly reduce their consumption of environmental resources.
At Fairouz Cafe, waiters ameliorate appetites with a menu of classic Middle Eastern dishes. Hummus bel-shawarma ($9.95) jump-starts eating engines with a serving of hummus topped by slices of beef and lamb, created by cracking a meat piñata over the plate. The chicken kebab platter unites marinated, boneless chicken cubes with rice ($11.95), and the falafel sandwich corrals fried chickpea patties into bellies ($5.95). Combo appetizer plates such as the yogurt salad with diced cucumbers ($3.50) or the shakshouky, an eggplant salad with diced tomatoes and pomegranate extract ($5.95), juxtapose simple ingredients to accentuate their flavor, much like PB&J sandwiches or barbershop quartets with one rapper. Escort meals to hunger-vanquishing glory on a cascade of nonalcoholic beverages such as juices and smoothies ($4.50) or a toasty pot of Turkish coffee ($3.95). During meals, diners can enjoy the smoky flavors of a hookah (not included with this Groupon), soak in live or DJed music, observe the sensual stylings of a belly dancer, or keep up with sports on wall-mounted televisions.