California Stores and Shopping

Women’s Apparel and Accessories from Caché (50% Off)

Caché

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Day dresses, evening wear, and lifestyle separates sport eye-catching prints and rich colours, as well as demure neutral tones

Accessories at Why Not Rhinestones (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Why Not Rhinestones

Central San Jose

$20 $10

Pile on the sparkly accessories, including trendy earrings, bracelets, rings, and statement necklaces; clutches and bags also available

2014 Napa Valley Wine-Tasting Membership for Two or Four from Napa Valley Passport (Up to 58% Off)

Napa Valley Passport

Online Deal

$59 $29

Access free tastings, discounts, and special promotions at Napa Valley wineries

Six or Nine Weeks of Laser Hair-Restoration Treatments with Analysis at Strut Hair Solutions (Up to 86% Off)

Strut Hair Solutions

Multiple Locations

$694 $99

Licensed hair replacement specialists pair a hair and scalp analysis with low-level-laser therapy to combat clients' hair loss

Books at The Book Collector (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Book Collector

Midtown

$15 $7.50

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Bibliophiles can browse through an eclectic inventory of nearly 15,000 books at a shop specializing in used and out-of-print titles

$2 Buys You a Coupon for $15% Off Your In Store Purchase Of Books Or Bondage at Feelmore510

Feelmore510

Downtown

$2 $2

For $2, receive a coupon for $15% off your in-store purchase of books or bondage

$25 for $50 Toward a Standard Bike Tune Up

Riverbend Bikes

Bakersfield

$50 $25

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

Keyless Car Entry Packages at Car Stereo Warehouse (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available

Car Stereo Warehouse

Northeast Anaheim

$264.99 $169

Technicians make starting up and entering your car a breeze in any weather with secure remote starter and unlocking devices

$10 for $20 Towards Merchandise at SmokerStax

SmokerStax

Online Deal

$20 $10

Browse e-hookah flavors including Apple Apocalypse, Blueberry Blues, and Grape Drape or Purl e-cigarettes

Over-the-Counter Medications at The Medicine Shoppe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Medicine Shoppe

Riverside

$20 $10

Visitors shop for cough and cold products, health and beauty aids, and other over-the-counter drugs; wellness center dispenses health info

E-Cigarette Starter Kit or E-Liquid from KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette (Up to 42% Off)

KINGS eLiquid & eCigarette

Online Deal

$65 $38

Stop smoking with the help of e-liquids and e-cigarette starter kits, which come with a rechargeable battery and carrying case

$11 for $20 Groupon — Seduxion

Seduxion

Central Chula Vista

$20 $11

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$28 for $50 Worth of Ceiling Fixtures — Hatfield Luxury

Hatfield Luxury

Irvine

$50 $28

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Costumes, Costume Accessories, Props, Wigs, Hats, and Masks at The Fun Corner (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Fun Corner

Fun Corner

$20 $11

Costume shop with more than 5,000 outfits in their inventory has been slinging costumes, accessories, and decor for over 55 years

$6 for $12 Worth of Watch Batteries— Yates & Co. Jewelers

Yates & Co Jewelers

Modesto

$12 $6

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Cell-Phone Repairs and Accessories at AP Computers (50% Off). Two Options Available.

AP Computers

Moreno Valley

$100 $50

Expert technicians efficiently repair customers' cell phones

$39 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing and Mirrors at The Warehouse of Home Decor

The Warehouse of Home Decor

Glendale

$100 $39

Personal works of art get measured by a professional for frames of your choice; mirrors come in many styles to go with a range of interiors

Monogrammed Baby Pillow or Kids' Clothing and Accessories at Becca's Bows 'N' Bow Ties (Up to 70% Off)

Becca's Bows 'N' Bow Ties

Santa Clarita

$30 $9

A small pillow is embroidered with baby's name and birth facts; the children's boutique also features clothing, bows, and tutus

$10 for $20 Worth of E-Cigarettes at Pure Vaporz

PureVaporz

Garden Grove

$20 $10

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Women's Clothing and Accessories from 24|7 Frenzy (Up to 72% Off). Two Options Available.

24/7 Frenzy

Online Deal

$60 $18

Build a complete outfit or update your spring wardrobe on a site showcasing dresses, tops, skirts, pants, and sleepwear

$10 for E-Cigarette Products from E-Cig City North Hollywood ($20 Value)

E-Cig City North Hollywood

North Hollywood

$20 $10

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Smokers ditch traditional cigarettes for smoke-free puffs of flavored e-cig vapor

Health and Beauty Products from Sohm Inc (Up to Half Off). Three Options Available.

Sohm Inc

Corona

$20 $11

Clients treat maladies with over-the-counter generic pharmaceuticals, or freshen faces and skin with scientifically designed beauty products

$110 for $200 Worth of Women's Clothing — Alpaca by Karim

Alpaca By Karim And Jewelry

Torrance

$200 $110

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Up to 33% Off Women's Clothing — Prolific Screen Printing Company

Prolific Screen Printing Company

Hayward

$12 $8

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$15 for $30 Worth of Gently Used Clothing and Household Goods at Salvation Army Family Store

Salvation Army Family Store

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Furniture, toys, silverware, and clothing in all sizes and styles; proceeds from your purchases fund Adult Rehabilitation Centers

$299 for One Custom-Fit Italian Suit at Peter Cassara Clothiers (Up to $795 Value)

Peter Cassara Clothiers

Sunnyvale

$795 $299

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Expert sartorialists fit high-quality Italian suits by Renoir, Carlo Lusso, and Giorgio Fiorelli to each client's unique form

$75 for $150 Worth of Arts and Crafts Supplies at Janakpur Handicraft Center

Janakpur Handicraft Center

Pasadena

$150 $75

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Skincare and Haircare Products at L & K (Up to 80% Off). Three Options Available.

L & K

Orange

$100 $25

Stock includes hairstyling products, facial peels, masks, foot lotion, mineral-salt treatments, body butter, moisturizers, and eye serum

Two or Four Custom Spray Tans with Holiday Drinks at Bull Couture (Up to 75% Off)

Bull Couture

Thousand Oaks

$70 $19

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Guests get bronzed with custom spray tans and enjoy holiday-themed beverages

Jewelry and Engravings at Visalia Jewelry Services (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Visalia Jewelry Services

Visalia

$40 $20

Rings and earrings; services such as ring sizing and watch and buckle engravings

E-Cigarettes and Accessories at Vapor Hub (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Vapor Hub

Simi Valley

$40 $20

Online vapor store stocks everything needed to start vaping, including accessories and flavors such as caramel and apple-peach

$15 for $30 Worth of Sports Apparel, Gear, and Accessories at Heads Up Sports

Heads Up Sports

Concord

$30 $15

Sports apparel, gear, and accessories emblazoned with team-specific logos

Extreme-Sports Apparel and Rentals, or Wakeboards and Binding at Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop (50% Off)

Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Snowboarding, wakeboarding, and skating apparel brands such as Volcom and Burton; complete wakeboarding gear packages

Jewelry Pieces from Evarity Trading (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Evarity Trading

Techmart Center

$20 $10

Shoppers accessorize outfits with handbags, watches, earrings, necklaces, and bead jewelry pieces

$5 Buys You a Coupon for a Free Pound of Coffee with a Purchase of Five or More Pounds of Coffee at Moschetti

Moschetti

Vallejo

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for a free pound of coffee with the purchase of five or more pounds of coffee.

$14 for $25 Worth of Sports Merchandise — Heart Driven Tees and noveleties

Heartdriven Unique Tees Man & Fan Cave Novelties

Victorville

$25 $14

Any tee shirt in our uniquely designed collection

$25 for $50 toward Cell Phone Accessories and Cases — New Orange International

New Orange International

Rosemead

$50 $25

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off Cleaning Or 15% Off Select Jewelry at M. Lowe Jewelry

M. Lowe Jewelry

North Berkeley

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 50% off cleaning or 15% off select jewelry

$59.99 for Document Shredding for Up to 100 Boxes from American Shredding ($450 Value)

American Shredding

Downey

$450 $59.99

Off-site pickup and shredding with crosscutting to prevent identity theft; certificate of destruction included

Smartphone Accessories at All Wireless Accessories (50% Off). Three Options Available.

All Wireless Accessories

All Wireless Accessories

$30 $15

Smartphone accessories, including phone cases for Apple devices, screen protectors, and chargers

$25 for $50 Worth of Women's Apparel at A. Marie Fashion Boutique

A. Marie Fashion Boutique

Inglewood

$50 $25

Custom-made dresses with artistic prints. Plus sizes available. Complimentary coffee, tea, and donuts for shoppers on Saturday mornings.

Children's Apparel, Shoes, and Toys at Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children's Store (Up to 50% Off)

Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children's Store

Fairfield

$20 $10

Clothiers specialize in lightly-used items for newborns, toddlers, and their mothers

$15 for $30 at Rocket Popcorn

Rocket Popcorn

Murrieta

$30 $15

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Early or General Admission for Two or Four or Annual Pass to Vintage Clothing & Textile Show (Up to 56% Off)

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show

The Pickwick Gardens

$16 $8

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65 exhibitors show vintage wares, including designer clothing, ethnic textiles, Victorian lace, and vintage accessories and jewelry

Custom Smartphone or Tablet Case at Upper Case (50% Off)

Upper Case

Daly City

$30 $15

Hard plastic and leather cases get custom designs, including family photos and collages

$61 for $110 Worth of Pools — My Ds Pools

My Ds Pools

Aguanga

$110 $61

From the merchant: Our services include bi-weekly full pool service and bi-weekly chemical checks in order to keep pool nice and balanced.

$14 for $25 worth of Consignment Goods— Barter Ventura

Barter Ventura

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$25 $14

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$50 for $200 Worth of Mattresses and Mattress Sets at Mattress Land SleepFit

Mattress Land SleepFit

Multiple Locations

$200 $50

Mattress Land by SleepFit uses bedFit diagnostic technology to match clients and name-brand beds from Simmons and PosturePedic

Designer and Antique Jewelry from Saatchi Trading Jewelry (Up to 70% Off). Three Options Available.

Saatchi Trading Jewelry

Mission Viejo

$100 $40

Rolex watches, estate jewelry, and other elegant accessories in store or online

Smart-Phone Bundle with Case, Headphones, and Screen Protector, or $5 for $10 at Accessories USA

Accessories USA

Arden - Arcade

$33.97 $15

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Large variety of cell phone cases such as screen protectors, headphones, chargers, cables, power banks, batteries & lanyards for all phones

$22 for $40 Groupon — Kats Scrubs

Kats Scrubs

Hesperia

$40 $22

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$50 for $100 Worth of Fine Jewelry — Tala Jewelers

Tala Jewelers

Wilshire Montana

$100 $50

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$10 for $20 Worth of Shredding — Lawcopy, LLC

Lawcopy, Llc

Santa Barbara

$20 $10

Documents in a 12"x15"x10" box are stored in secure bin until shredded.

Contemporary Women's Apparel, Shoes, and Accessories from Stephan Cori (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

Stephan Cori

Costa Mesa

$50 $25

Stylish clothing, shoes, and accessories from top European and American brands

Beauty Products at Beauty Galleria (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Beauty Galleria

Floresta Gardens - Bradrick

$10 $5

Beauty products including haircare, nailcare, skincare, and makeup

Four-Piece Queen, King, Full, or Twin Mattress Kit at The Bed Shop (Up to 75% Off)

The Bed Shop

Multiple Locations

$200 $50

Kits of memory foam pillows, microfiber sheets, and a mattress protector with a 15-year warranty, available in four mattress sizes

$19 for $32 Worth of Paper Grocery Products — Amarist Paper Industries

Amarist Paper Industries

San Marcos

$32 $19

Amarist thermal paper sized 3.125'x230'; 10 rolls per pack

Women's Clothing and Accessories at Mandyz Boutique (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Mandyz Boutique

San Pedro

$30 $15

Family-owned boutique stocks trendy clothing, bags, and accessories for women

Wedding Accessories and Jewelry at Bridal and Jewelry Outlet (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Bridal and Jewelry Outlet

Inland Empire

$30 $15

Discounted, designer special-occasion jewelry and wedding accessories; custom veils and headpieces

$12 for $20 Worth of Art Supplies at Napa Valley Art Supplies

Napa Valley Art Supplies

Napa Valley

$20 $12

This art-supply shop hosts onsite events and keeps its shelves stocked with brand-name essentials from Prismacolor and Winsor & Newton

Batters at Interstate All Battery Center (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Interstate All Battery Center-Redwood City

Oak Knoll - Redwood Park

$20 $9

Battery purveyor powers gadgets ranging from cell phones and cameras to computers and medical devices

$10 for $20 Worth of Wine — Bellflower Beverage Depot

Bellflower Beverage Depot

Bellflower

$20 $10

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$45 for $100 Worth of Jewelry — Belts by Simon

B. B. Simon

Tustin

$100 $45

Belts by Simon's unique cross necklace collection is adorned with authentic Swarovski Crystals

$15 Buys You a Coupon for 40% Off Select Tablets at Michley Electronics

Michley Electronics, Inc. (Tivax)

Mountain View

$15 $15

For $15, receive a coupon for 40% off select tablets

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire & Shopping Totes for Two or Four from Antiques By The Bay (Up to 52% Off)

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire

Michaan's Annex Auction Showroom

$26 $13

On November 14 and 15, vintage fashion lovers peruse clothing jewelry & accessories from the past at a fair showcasing items from all eras.

$20 Wine Tasting Card or $12 for $20 Worth of Beer, Wine & Liquor at Liquorama

Liquorama

Upland

$20 $10

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Wine tastings host samples of different varietals; knowledgeable clerks guide you to domestic and imported beer, wine, and liquor

$15 for $30 Worth of Boutique Clothing and Swimwear at RackN

RackN

Folsom

$30 $15

Dresses, swimwear, and fashionable accessories line shelves of ladies' boutique, as well as huge selection of sports-team apparel

Indian Boutique Clothing at Sheino (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Shieno

Pleasanton

$50 $25

Shoppers don colorful sarees, hand-embroidered shawls, flowing cotton tunics, and ruby-studded polki jewelry

$35 for $70 Worth of Lingerie and Merchandise at Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Multiple Locations

$70 $35

Lingerie, costumes, couples' games, and romantic gift kits with a variety of accessories

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off Bead Classes, $20 Per Person Per Class at House of Beads

House of Beads

Downtown Walnut Creek

$20 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 50% off bead classes, $20 per person per class

$25 for $50 Worth of Children's Books — China Books

China Books

South San Francisco

$50 $25

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$10 for $20 Worth of Services at iHOPE

Ihope

San Clemente

$20 $10

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$50 for $100 Groupon — Mattress By Appt

Mattress By Appt

Pittsburg

$100 $50

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$6 for $10 Worth of Gourmet Food — The Olive Bar

The Olive Bar

La Habra

$10 $6

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$10 for $20 Worth of Gently Used Children's Clothing and Toys at Jelli Beanz

Jelli Beanz

Santa Cruz

$20 $10

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Gently used children’s and maternity clothing, as well as toys, music, and books hand-selected for quality and age suitability

Potted Succulent Plants at Leucadia Succulents (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Leucadia Succulents

Encinitas

$30 $15

Lush succulents such as a variegated foxtail agave and echeveria “Black Prince,” which grows in rosettes and blooms salmon-red flowers

Men’s Suits, Slacks, Shirts, and Ties at Warehouse Suit Sale (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Warehouse Suit Sale

Gardena

$40 $20

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Thousands of suits in styles such as slim fit, tuxedo, and three piece from private labels and brands such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein

$3 for $5 Worth of Children's Clothing — San Diego Children's Resale / Mothers n Kids Place

Mothers N Kids Place

National City

$5 $3

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$39 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing Services at Fine Art & Frame

Fine Art & Frame

Petaluma

$100 $39

Picture framing in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional, helps to display and protect favorite prints and posters

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Thanks in part to Miracle on 34th Street, the classic Christmas film, and its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's has been immortalized in the minds of generations of Americans. It's hard to imagine that Macy's was once a small storefront operation founded by a businessman whose previous stores had failed. But success was just around the corner.

Origin

Eleven dollars and six cents. That was the total of first-day sales when Macy's opened its doors in 1858. Of course, at that time, it wasn't a retail superpower?it was a small dry-goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Before founding that little shop, Rowland Hussey Macy had suffered several failed retail ventures. This time, things would turn out differently.

Growth

By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store, spreading its way into the ground spaces of 11 adjacent buildings. Just about 25 years later, the store had outgrown even those expanded confines, so the company moved to its iconic Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street. There, Macy's began to attract shoppers from the rest of the country and the world. This location also saw the store become a major part of American holidays, especially in 1924, when immigrant employees wrangled the city's packs of stray floats and organized the first annual Macy's Parade.

Modern Day

Today, Macy's boasts 850 locations across 45 states and US territories. A far cry from that initial dry-goods shop, the modern-day stores carry everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and electronics. Though it is now headquartered in Cincinnati, the company's flagship store in Herald Square still attracts throngs of customers from all corners of the globe. The same can be said for the Macy's website, which is one of the most visited retail destinations on the Internet.

10730 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

In 1927, after seven years of Prohibition, Vincent Rizzo had an idea. He would buy a winery. While this may have been an unconventional move, he knew he could get Bernardo Winery at a lower price and keep the business thriving with an unlikely product: olive oil. In a stroke of cunning and arguable genius, the first-generation Rizzo owner made use of the olive trees growing on his property, selling the cold-pressed virgin oil to many of the tuna canneries in downtown San Diego. He also continued production of sacramental wine and grape juice that was, according to the winery's website, "guaranteed to ferment by the end of the road."

The winery grew to be one of San Diego County's major wine suppliers in the late 1940s, and Vincent turned the family business over to his son, Ross, in 1962. Ross's passion and dedication fueled the winery's success until his passing in 2008. Ross Rizzo, Jr. now keeps his father and grandfather's legacies alive, adding new varietals and winemaking techniques to the company's repertoire while paying homage to the old ways. Ross still sources his grapes from local vineyards and produces and cellars his wine to develop each variety?s distinct flavor.

Guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at the historic winery during tours and tastings, and the scenic spot also hosts private parties at several outdoor venues and in the Barrel Room, where wooden rafters and huge redwood wine-storage vats create a rustic feel. Once they are done tasting, visitors can wander through a micro village of shops and studios or get a bite to eat at Cafe Merlot. The sprawling property features nods to its storied past with accents such as wagon wheels and an antique thresher machine and events such as grape stompings, otherwise known as do-it-yourself purple pedicures.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego,
CA
US

Bodies twist and arch through space in a series of progressive rotations. Participants cycle their shoulders, leap into crouches, and even swing club-shaped weights that resemble a clown's juggling pins. Watching a Circular Strength Training class at Chrome Fit might call to mind scenes of a mesmerizing circus performance, but the intent of the workout is anything but laughable. Rather, its dynamic actions help to broaden range of motion while simultaneously building muscle.

Circular Strength Training is one of five specialized classes led by Chrome Fit's coaching team. Though they utilize different tools—including gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and yoga techniques—they all have a holistic focus on increasing poised and powerful mobility. Their practical applications range from reducing chronic pain and competing in marathons to, in the case of TACFIT sessions, learning to tackle and safely recover from the crisis situations faced by police, military, and emergency personnel.

Owner Sheri L. Covey and her staff supplement these group classes with private personal-training sessions, as well as customized duo or small-group seminars. They adapt their instructions to suit clients of all fitness backgrounds, instead of simply telling newer students to watch the older ones until they feel ready to lift the same weights. Through boot-camp and corporate-wellness programs, they also encourage achievements in a more general community setting, drawing from the entirety of their class curriculum to plan varied drills.

1701 S 7th St, Ste 7
San Jose,
CA
US

The curators of The GLBT History Museum—the first stand-alone museum of its kind in the U.S.—know the GLBT experience is not the same for everybody. That’s why their flagship exhibit, “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History,” doesn’t just tell one narrative, but encompasses multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives. Broken into sections focusing on themes such as bar life, faith, and drag culture, the exhibition, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, collectively “packs a huge emotional and education punch." To illustrate 100 years of the city’s queer history, the exhibit includes everything from retro gay bar flyers to pantsuits worn by lesbian activists on their wedding day in 2008.

Along with its main exhibit, the museum hosts rotating materials from international collections that document the queer experience in countries such as Scotland and South Africa. Every one to four months, the Corner Gallery accommodates a new show dedicated to subjects such as African-American LGBT history or direct action during the AIDS epidemic. Besides exhibitions, the museum educates guests throughout the year with programming such as panel discussions and film screenings.

Groupon Celebrates Pride Month

Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.

At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.

This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.

4127 18th Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

At Fresno Fencing Academy, head coach and former Soviet and Ukrainian champion fencer, Vladimir Ostatnigrosh, distills his experience to foster a new generation of duelers within a 4,200-square-foot facility that boasts electric fencing strips, a fitness room with weight machines, and changing rooms. Ostatnigrosh invites students of all levels, aged 7 and older, to discover the art of parrying and thrusting, which nurtures self-discipline while bolstering the cardiovascular system and developing the skills necessary to retrieve stolen lunch money from Zorro. The academy’s classes, which range from introductory to competitive levels, cover the three Olympic fencing weapons: the foil, the épée, and the saber. Those expert swordsmen and swordswomen who have mastered the fencing rules and refrained from detonating any last-resort grenades during a match defend the academy’s robust reputation at local, regional, and national tournaments.

5717 N 1st St
Fresno,
CA
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

545 Downtown Plaza
Sacramento,
CA
US

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