The staff at Good Vibrations aren't salespeople—they're SESAs, or Sex Educator-Sales Associates. The title was invented by the store to reflect not only the rigorous training that the employees go through, but also the open and empowering attitude that they project. They encourage questions about the stock of romantic accouterments, and dispense safe, respectful advice on enhancing erotic play. For the SESAs, knowledge is a stepping stone to pleasure. They've even employed the same sexologist and historian—Dr. Carol Queen—for more than 20 years to host a regular "Ask the Doctors" class.
Above all, the staff keeps a warm and welcoming shop—a characteristic that automatically distinguished Good Vibrations from its counterparts when it opened in 1977, an era when most adult shops were dimly lit and guarded by demons. Extending the positive, forward-thinking ethos beyond the shop's walls, the company has committed to environmentally friendly wares with its Ecorotic collection of natural lubricants—as well as eco-friendly packaging. The shop is also stocked with candles, costumes, and lingerie with the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco locations carrying their largest supply of nightwear.
East Coast Divers whisks experienced divers to picturesque spots dotting the shorelines north of Boston, from Cathedral Rocks and Pebble Beach in Rockport to Lane's Cove and Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. But before participants can tag along on the scuba outfit's trips, they need to learn the skills. That's where East Coast Divers's faculty comes in. Comprised of professional divers, the staff puts their experience to use during an array of classes. Discover Scuba teaches students the basics during a one-hour pool session, and the refresher course can revive a rusty diver's skills. Technical diving instills safety fundamentals, and open water certifications ready divers for underwater explorations in the ocean or playing the dolphin understudy at the local aquarium.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Today’s Groupon will awaken your inner, sleeping artist. For $50, you get enrollment and materials for a fall or winter workshop at the Brookline Arts Center, a $70 to $154 value depending on which course you choose. With the one-year membership included in this deal (an additional $35 value), you’ll also get early registration and a discount on future classes. Click here to discuss Groupon the Cat.
Master dance moves that don’t involve mimicking sprinklers, teen wolves, or robots with today’s Groupon. For $25, you get six dance classes at The Studio: A Dance Center for Adults in Brookline’s Coolidge Center (a $90 value). Your Groupon is good for any combination of ballet, jazz, modern, and tap classes but cannot be used for the Lambada, the forbidden dance, or the Sneaky Elbow, the really forbidden dance. Buy two Groupons, and get 12 classes for yourself.
Finally, you'll have a viable alternative to wooing potential romantic partners with a sousaphone serenade. For $137, today's side deal gets you five private, in-studio guitar lessons at Boston School of Guitar in Brookline (a $275 value for adults), including use of a guitar during your lessons. You may also choose to take home a rental guitar for additional practice (limited availability). Boston School of Guitar's private lessons are available seven days a week and typically last 45 minutes (30 for kids). All you'll need to bring to your lessons is a pick, some functional fingers, and maybe an iPod full of the music you'd like to learn.