Local Services in Austin

Women's or Men's Heel Replacement at Austin Shoe Hospital (Up to 62% Off)

Austin Shoe Hospital

Multiple Locations

Men and women's worn-out soles and heels are restored like new at century-old cobbling shop

$15.95 $6

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$75 for $200 Toward a Natural Mattress at Austin Natural Mattress.

Austin Natural Mattress

Multiple Locations

Large stock of organic and eco-friendly mattresses pleases earth-conscious spines in business known for charitable endeavors

$200 $75

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Private Training Lessons for One Dog or Agility Classes for Two Dogs at Zoom Room (Up to 51% Off)

Zoom Room

Allandale

Dogs and their owners learn new skills and gain confidence during group classes, training sessions, and agility classes

$101 $50

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$19 for a 30-Minute Photo Shoot Package with Prints and E-view CD from Portrait Scene ($218 Value)

Portrait Scene

Multiple Locations

Seasoned photographers capture individuals and families during on-location shoots

$218 $19

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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

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and poses for holiday portraits

$119.96 $19.99

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Three Nights of Boarding for One, Two, or Three Dogs at Bobbi Colorado's Canine Camp (Up to 51% Off)

Bobbi Colorado's Canine Camp

Bobbi Colorado's Canine Camp

Pooches play in six tree-lined areas on a 10-acre property under 24-hour supervision

$93 $49

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$11 for a Tape-to-CD or VHS-to-DVD Transfer at Pro Tape ($20 Value)

Pro-Tape

Austin

Technicians transfer 80 minutes of audio into CD or two hours of VHS/Hi8/Mini into DVD formats

$20 $11

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32-Hour Spanish Beginner Class at Rapid Spanish (57% Off)

Rapid Spanish

Austin

Four-hour Spanish language classes incorporate snacks, games, music, and kinesthetic learning instead of textbook-style learning

$695 $299

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$69 for a Portrait Package from Caudillo Studios ($700 Value)

Caudillo Studios

Austin

Photographers travel to various locations to photograph portraits of up to 25 people; package includes 11"x14" portrait or print credit

$700 $69

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Boudoir, Family, Individual, or Kids Photography Package at Glamour Shots (Up to 96% Off)

Glamour Shots

The Shoppes at Domain

Photo shoots include three outfit changes, one retouched print, and a DVD slide show of images

$464.95 $19

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120-Minute Photo Shoot with Up to 50 Edited Images at SnapDragon Photography (70% Off)

Snapdragon Photography

Garrison Park

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

$285 $86

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$110 for $200 Worth of Life Coaching — Baylor's Business Consulting Enterprise

Baylor's Business Consulting Enterprise

Govalle

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

$200 $110

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One, Three, or Five Emotional Health Neurolinguistic Programming and Reiki Sessions at NLP Genius (Up to 59% Off)

NLP Genius

Downtown

By reprogramming the mind, a master practitioner of reiki and neuro-linguistic programing helps clients unlock their true potential

$120 $59

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Movie-Rental Punch Card to I Luv Video (Up to 75% Off). Four Options Available.

I Luv Video

Multiple Locations

Independent video store open since 1984 rents out its extensive collection of films; store also sells vintage toys and movie memorabilia

$50 $25

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$99 for a One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with $50 Toward Prints at Tiffany Tagle Photography ($438 Value)

Tiffany Tagle Photography

Austin

Photographer consultation ensures clients can show their sexy sides before embarking on one-hour shoots, after which clients pick prints

$438 $99

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Dry Cleaning or Bridal-Gown Cleaning at Best Cleaners (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Best Cleaners

Multiple Locations

Dry-cleaning services powered by ecofriendly, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic products

$25 $10

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Dry Cleaning or Bridal-Gown Cleaning at Village Cleaners (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Village Cleaners

Multiple Locations

Specialists cleanse wardrobes with a hypoallergenic, eco-friendly process or preserve and restore delicate bridal gowns

$25 $10

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Two or Four 30- or 60-Minute Guitar Lessons at RockStar Guitar (Up to 61% Off)

RockStar Guitar

Multiple Locations

Veteran instructor customizes lessons to students’ skill levels and desired playing styles; guitars available upon request

$50 $25

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$99 for $220 Worth of Services at Amy Dyer LPC

Amy Dyer Lpc

The Uplands

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

$220 $99

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$49 for Two Weeks of Spanish Tutoring for Kids 3-10 from Froggin Learning Center ($190 Value)

Froggin Learning Center

Bullcreek

Tutors employ time-honored psychological research on learning styles to teach kids spanish using games and positive stimuli in classes

$190 $49

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Eight-Course Online Photography Course from Capturing True Emotion ($250 Value)

Capturing True Emotion

Online Deal

Through online videos and coursework, a professional photographer imparts how to have complete control of a digital camera

$250 $49

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$79 for a One-Hour Massage Class for Two at Excellence In Touch ($160 Value)

Excellence In Touch

Bee Caves - Mopac

Engaging, fully clothed workshop on easing tension in shoulders, necks, backs, and feet

$160 $79

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$15 for $30 Worth of Dry-Cleaning at Star Brite Cleaners

Star Brite Cleaners

Multiple Locations

Same-day dry-cleaning services eliminate dirt and blemishes from shirts, suits, blouses, pants and skirts

$30 $15

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$59 for 60-Minute Photo-Shoot Package with Digital Images and Prints at Ron Parks Photography ($442 Total Value)

Ron Parks Photography

Ron Parks Photography

Photo shoot with unlimited wardrobe changes, retouched digital images, and a set of four prints

$442 $59

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$49 for a One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with Prints and Digital Images at Celebrate Your Sexy ($377 Value)

Celebrate Your Sexy

Hampton Inn and Suites

Strut your stuff in four of your favorite outfits and turn two poses into 5"x7" and wallet-size prints and retouched digital images

$377 $49

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$45 for a One-Hour Tarot-Card Reading or Reiki Session at Happy Creative Life ($80 Value)

Happy Creative Life

Austin

Tarot-card readings help people gain insights into their careers and love life; Reiki sessions help improve energy flow and relax clients

$80 $45

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$46 for $80 Worth of Music Lessons — Classical Guitar Lessons

Classical Guitar Lessons

Brentwood

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

$80 $46

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Dry-Cleaning Services or Wedding-Dress Dry Cleaning at Q Cleaners (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Q Cleaners

Multiple Locations

Techs clean blouses, slacks, and suit coats, or help keep wedding dresses in pristine condition

$30 $15

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$85 for $155 Worth of Outdoor Photography — Muranyi Photography

Muranyi Photography

On Location

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

$155 $85

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$60 for $200 Worth of Outdoor Photography — Haleybeth Photography

Haleybeth Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$200 $60

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$99 for a Complete Cisco Certification IT Network Training Bundle from IT University Online ($3,295 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Bundles contain hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators to help students prepare for CCNA and CCNP certification

$3,295 $99

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One or Two Introductory Photography Classes for 1 or 2 People at Anthony Maddaloni Photography (Up to 85% Off)

Anthony Maddaloni Photography

Doug Sham Hill

Learn fundamentals of your digital SLR camera with introductory curriculum and hands-on training at local outdoor spots

$195 $49

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$49 for a NeurOptimal Brain-Training Session at Headway Health ($100 Value)

Headway Health

Austin

A NeurOptimal machine aims to train brains to function at optimal states, helping clients overcome depression, anxiety, and increasing focus

$100 $49

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$8 for $20 Worth of Ironing — Jenn D's Laundry

Jenn D's Laundry

Redeem from Home

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

$20 $8

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60-Minute On-Location Photo Shoot and Disc of Edited Photos from Augusta Leigh Photography (45% Off)

Augusta Leigh Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$299 $164

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$79 for an Online Oracle Database Administration Course from e-Careers ($840 Value)

e-Careers

Online Deal

Online course covers skills needed to install and maintain Oracle databases; earn an Oracle-certified professional certificate at the end

$840 $79

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$99 for an Underwater Portrait Session Package from Flashpool Productions ($324 Value)

Flashpool Productions

On Location

Photographer captures unique, other-worldly images underwater, catching flowing fabrics and the happy faces of children

$324 $99

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$25 for $49 Groupon — B*TRU ARTS ACADEMY

B*tru Arts Academy

Westgate

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

$49 $25

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$44 for $80 Worth of Life Coaching — EveryLIfe Coaching

Everylife Coaching

Redeem from Home

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

$80 $44

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$69 for CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ IT Certification Training Bundle from Career Academy ($1,485 Value)

Career Academy

Online Deal

Online courses with video instructions help IT professionals attain certifications in networking and corporate security

$1,485 $69

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Two Private Music Lessons from Octave Higher East (40% Off)

Octave Higher East

Austin

Private voice studio located in central East Austin provides lessons that include a free practice CD

$40 $24

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One, Three, or Four Personal-Development Sessions at Life Is LIfe Training (Up to 50% Off)

Life Is Life Training

Northwest Austin

Therapists work with clients to help improve their outlook on life and promote emotional, mental, and physical health

$120 $60

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$49 for $89 Worth of Computer Repair — Elite Computing of Austin

Elite Computing, Llc.

North Shoal Creek

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

$89 $49

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One or Three One-Hour Consulting Sessions at Keller Healing Arts Center (83% Off)

Keller Healing Arts Center

Keller Healing Arts Center

Learn healthy techniques to overcome depression and anxiety from expert holistic practitioner Steven Keller

$125 $24

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$102 for $340 Worth of Lifecycle Photography — Raggz2Riches Photography Studios

Raggz 2 Riches Photography Studios

Redeem from Home

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

$340 $102

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$198 for $440 Worth of Personal-Training Certification Classes — Mind, Body, & Spirit Fitness

Mind, Body & Spirit Fitness

Austin

12 one-hour personal training sessions provided by Nicholas Hoerrmann, a certified personal trainer

$440 $198

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One-Hour Financial Boot Camp for One or Two People with Cash Money Revolution (Up to 58% Off)

Cash Money Revolution

Downtown

Dive into the basics of investing, homeownership, debt, and personal finances, covering IRAs, mortgages, loans, and credit cards

$59 $29

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$69 for a One-Hour On-Location Shoot for Up to Five with CD and Prints from CourtPie Photography ($250 Value)

CourtPie Photography

On Location

Photographer has had work published in SXSWORLD and Shuffle magazines

$250 $69

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30-Minute On-Location Photo Shoot for Up to Six with Image CD from YB Photography (73% Off)

Yb Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$450 $122

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$19 for Pro Se Assistance Class at Whelan Brown Law Firm ($40 Value)

Whelan Brown Law Firm

Austin

Attorneys will give you the knowledge you need to represent yourself well in court and how to fill out the necessary documentation

$40 $19

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$75 for $300 Worth of Boudoir Photography

Rebel G. Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$300 $75

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Heartsaver CPR and AED Class with AHA Certification for One or Two at Sav-A-Heart (50% Off)

Sav-A-Heart

Steiner Ranch and Surrounding Austin Area

American Heart Association certifies childcare providers, parents, and others after they learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator

$50 $25

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90-Minute Introductory or Advanced DJ Classes at Dub Academy (65% Off)

Dub Academy

East Cesar Chavez

Classes teach students how to use TRAKTOR or Serato DJ software, which allows DJs to put their own spin on a favorite song

$110 $39

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90-Minute Studio Photo Shoot with Wardrobe Changes and Digital Images from Shutter Lovin' Photography (55% Off)

Shutterlovin' Photography

Austin

From the merchant: You will be treated to a customized, studio-setting session that captures your real self.

$700 $315

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$75 for $150 Worth of Studio Photography — Nj Photographs

Nj Photographs

On Location

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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$549 for $999 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — Austin College Prep Consulting

Austin College Prep Consulting

Redeem from Home

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

$999 $549

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$549 for $999 Worth of Wedding Photography — Haylie Noel Photography

Haylie Noel Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$999 $549

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Seven-Day Film Course at "I Make Movies" Mobile Device Film School (45% Off)

"i Make Movies" Mobile Device Film School

Austin

Learn how to make that almost-epic movie using a cellphone or tablet while using proper film techniques and methods

$495 $272

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Futon Frames and Mattress Ensembles at The Futon Store (Up to 67% Off). Two Options Available.

The Futon Store

Allandale

Futons of every size and design fill the shop, alongside other elegant and artistic furniture pieces

$150 $50

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One or Three 50-Minute Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy Sessions at Excelerated Living (Up to 78% Off)

Excelerated Living

Austin

Overcome issues and subconscious blocks with 50-minute sessions of life coaching and hypnotherapy

$150 $49

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Custom Print of Italy on 8"x12" or 12"x18" Paper from Belle Photography (Up to 84% Off)

Belle Photography

On Location

Choose an Italian scene and let photographers turn the image into a custom print in one of two sizes

$150 $24

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$50 for $100 Worth of Photography Services from Atxpics

Atxpics

On Location

Photo shoots can happen at a local spot of your choosing; expert prints from 4"x6" wallets to enormous 72"x48" wall clings

$100 $50

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60-Minute On-Location Photo Shoot and Disc of Edited Photos from Tejas Prints, LLC (70% Off)

Tejas Prints, Llc

Redeem from Home

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

$350 $105

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Wedding-Photography Packages from Roman P Photography (Up to 70% Off). Two Options Available.

Roman P Photography

On Location

Professional photographer takes memorable pictures of engagements, weddings, and rock-the-dress/trash-the-dress shoots

$500 $149

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$29 for 12-Month Access to Microsoft Library Online Training from Total Training ($209.99 Value)

Total Training

Online Deal

Online courses cover a variety of topics such as the Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook, as well as Windows 8

$209.99 $29

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30-Minute On-Location Photo Shoot for Up to Six with Image CD from OH-Livas Photography (70% Off)

Oh!livas Photography

Redeem from Home

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

$125 $38

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$41 for $135 Worth of Custom Printing — Saba Graphix Printing

Saba Graphix Printing Austin

Austin

Progressive printing techniques and finishes; heavy stocks, metallic inks, and more

$135 $41

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5 Hours of Event-Planning Services from Rl Wilburn Productions (50% Off)

Rl Wilburn Productions

On Location

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

$500 $250

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$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

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

$3,595 $99

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$59 for a 60-Minute In-Studio or On-Location Photo Session from Kittleman Photography ($300 Value)

Kittleman Photography

West Lake Hills

Photographer with an art degree and more than 20 years of experience helps document important milestones for people of all ages

$300 $59

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Three or Five Nights of Boarding and a Bath for One or Two Dogs at Barking Springs Dog Ranch (Up to 59% Off)

Barking Springs Dog Ranch

Del Valle

Dogs romp in outdoor play areas in groups of 5 or less (weather permitting), sleep in 5'x6' dens, & receive plenty of one-on-one attention

$125 $59

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60-Minute Studio Photo Shoot with Digital Images from Anthony David Montanino Photography (75% Off)

Anthony David Montanino Photography

Austin

Includes two looks, a one-hour photo session, and one professionally retouched image

$500 $125

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$54 for $99 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — DelaRam Learning Center

Delaram Learning Center

Austin

Highly qualified tutors provide academic support to those in grades Pre-K through 12

$99 $54

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$90 for $300 Worth of Photography with Hair and Makeup Services — BAD JohnPaul Photography

Bad Johnpaul Photography

Austin

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

$300 $90

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Canine Heartworm Prevention or Feline Checkup at Central Texas Animal Hospital (Up to 68% Off)

Central Texas Animal Hospital

Pflugerville

Experienced vets provide health care to dogs and cats

$152.25 $49

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$200 for $400 Groupon — Capital Tax

Capital Tax

Pflugerville

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

$400 $200

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30-Minute Boudoir Photo Shoot from Austin Muse (75% Off)

Austin Muse

Pflugerville

Fine-art boudoir mini session; includes a 60-second HD video portrait

$100 $25

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$43 for $68 Groupon — Longhorn Mac Repair

Longhorn Mac Repair

Pflugerville

Valid toward any Apple-certified iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, or 5s repairs

$68 $43

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$440 for $800 Worth of Childcare — Shooting Stars Child Development

Shooting Stars Child Development

Manor

Quality childcare; servicing families in the Manor and Elgin areas

$800 $440

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Andrea Martin founded Jackie's Play & Stay so no dog owner would have to endure the same experience she had after boarding her four-year-old border collie, Jackie. After dropping her off on a Friday, Andrea picked an ill Jackie up on Sunday. Her rapidly declining health suggested some form of poisoning, and she soon passed. Determined not to let Jackie's death be in vain, she founded a daycare and boarding facility where owners could feel secure every time they parted with their best friends.

Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick. Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick.

3822 Airport Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

Bobbi Colorado and her husband Ken Beggs watched as their sly raccoon prot?g? crept across the room just as they had taught him. Having reached the whirring treadmill's power source, he yanked the cord out of the wall, sending actor Brendan Fraser flying over the top of the machine mid-sprint. The raccoon?who filmed this scene for 2010's Furry Vengeance ?is just one of many animal actors mentored by the husband-and-wife team, who have been training domestic and exotic critters for more than 35 years through their business The Wild Bunch.

Often disappointed by the kennels they visited to find dogs for their projects, the pair decided that they would open a better one themselves. They soon set up Bobbi Colorado's Canine Camp on their 10-acre property, building six spacious tree-shaded play yards and large sleeping quarters. The camp is designed to be "a safe, fun, happy place, so when you go away, it's your dog's vacation too," says Colorado. During stays, canines play together outside or nap in the sun while under 24-hour-a-day supervision. The staff members also post photos and videos of the frolicking pooches online so that their owners can check up on them. In addition to boarding, the camp also offers training classes to teach dogs basic obedience or train them for work in movies, commercials, and print ads.

Besides their pet boarding business, Colorado and Beggs' love for animals drives them to train rescue animals for roles, often saving them from euthanization. For the movie Secondhand Lions, for instance, Colorado recruited pigs from a slaughterhouse, and afterward sent them on to work with autistic children through an animal-therapy program.

8929 Highway 290 W
Austin,
TX
US

“We hold the record for world’s smallest food truck,” Verts Kebap owner Michael declares in a prominent German accent. “They are Smart cars, all three of them. They took a year to develop.” German engineers spent those 12 months retrofitting sinks, refrigeration units, and food warmers into the backs of cars each roughly the size of two stacked bathtubs. But the record-setting vehicles—which each hold 50 sandwiches or one competitive eater who just ate 50 sandwiches—have a greater function. “They are for learning about the city, and teaching the city about our food. That’s how we hope to bring our food to the U.S.”

Verts is a casual-dining concept built around the döner kebap sandwich, which over the last 40 years has became the most popular fast food in Germany. “It doesn’t exist in the U.S.,” Michael explains. “We are wanting to share that.” While pursuing their MBAs, Verts founders Michael and Dominik craved the street food from their native country, inspiring their business concept. Their tasty pita-stuffed sandwiches employ Texas-raised meat, locally made bread, and house-made sauces––all the same composition as those found in Germany. That’s not to mention Turkish-style seasonings of pepper spices, basil, cayenne, and paprika.

The mobile food trucks, while conceptually innovative, are meant to bring people into their stubbornly immobile restaurants. They believe this is their true calling. “We get many people coming from Germany. People who have been in the military or traveled across Europe. Students. They are all happy to have those tastes again. And we are pleased to bring them."

609 W 18th St
Austin,
TX
US

Endorsed by financial author Dave Ramsey and highlighted on Oprah Winfrey's Life Lift blog, eMeals charts out a week's worth of dollar- and health-savvy dinner recipes to relieve the burden of kitchen-related stress. Each week, organized grocery lists based on food style, family size, and even grocery store showcase flavorful culinary creations for discerning palates. Plans developed by working parents capitalize on sale items at stores such as Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, and an "any store" list can be used to navigate the aisles of other favored grocers. Family meal plans serve seven meals for three to six people, whereas plans for two are tailored to singles, couples, or a pair of sock puppets on a date atop a chest of drawers.

Special paleo, gluten-free, clean-eating, low-fat, and portion-controlled meal-plan options aid nongeneric eaters in assembling targets for their teeth and fitness regimens. The classic version of the Walmart family plan supplies culinary sustenance to families of three to six for an average weekly cost of $75?$85 and takes advantage of the store's regularly discounted prices. A duo can fill a Publix cart for $50?$60 a week, including side dishes.

Born of founder Jane DeLaney's desire to feed her family stress-free dinners provisioned from an organized list without coupons, eMeals allows shoppers to spend more time at the table and less time wandering about the grocery store uttering monophonic 10th-century chants in dismay.

600 Congress Ave
Austin,
TX
US

Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.

Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.

1715 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin,
TX
US

Amazing Kakes sugar artists Yvette Humbert and Kim Sanchez, whose creations have been featured on the Food Network and in The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2010, apply their artistry to made-to-order wedding cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. The flavorings and fondant in their cakes hail from Switzerland, imparting a distinct European note to flavors that range in complexity from red velvet to champagne bellini. The duo's commitment to detail extends to its firm stance on only designing wedding cakes in-person, though the two have flown as far as San Francisco and the moon to construct and attend to celebratory pastries.

Humbert and her fleet of instructors share their expertise in cake-making classes, teaching students to mimic their magic in a roomy, sunlit classroom. In general classes, including topics such as how to make fondant or gum-paste flowers, bakers add new techniques to their repertoires, and during more specific classes, they learn to build cakes that resemble anything from the University of Texas at Austin tower to a high-heeled shoe. All materials are generally provided, allowing students to observe firsthand Amazing Kakes’ efforts to use exclusively sustainable and nontoxic products.

8711 Burnet Rd
Austin,
TX
US