California Stores and Shopping

$5 for $10 Worth of Cell Phones at Corey's Communication Needs

Corey's Communication Needs

San Diego

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

$10 $5

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$10 for $20 Worth of Adult Novelties and Apparel at Adult Megastores

Adult Megastores

Multiple Locations

Adult-store chain stocks a variety of romance items, such as personal massagers, lingerie, DVDs, and massage oils

$20 $10

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$4 Buys You a Coupon for 15% Off Your Total In Store Purchase Of Selected Wines at Enoteca Vino Nostro/Italian Wine Shop

Enoteca Vino Nostro

San Francisco

For $4, receive a coupon for 15% off your total in-store purchase of selected wines.

$4

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Basic or Full Bicycle Tune-Up at Tri Sport Bicycles (Up to 60% Off)

Tri Sport Bicycles

Woodward Park

Seasoned bicycle repairmen restore rides to working order by lubing chains, adjusting brakes and derailleurs, and truing wheels

$50 $20

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $100 Towards Furniture at One Stop Furniture (50% Off)

One Stop Furniture

Multiple Locations

Peruse two 10,000-square-foot showrooms filled with furniture from brands like Ashley and Williams, and mattresses by Simmons and Serta

$100 $50

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$19 for $35 Worth of Beauty Products at 2nd Street Beauty Boutique

2nd Street Beauty

Multiple Locations

Hair, skin, and nail products from high end brands such as Murad, Joico, Paul Mitchell, and Jane Iredale

$35 $19

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

Feelmore510

Downtown

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

$2

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iLuv iPhone 5 Case, or $22 for $50 Worth of Phone Accessories at Extreme Wireless

Extreme Wireless

Marketplace

Red, white, or black iLuv dual-layer cases protect iPhone 5s; other phone accessories include various cases and cables

$25 $9

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One 5- to 6-Foot or 7- to 9-Foot Fresh Christmas Tree at Christmas Trees 4 Less (Up to 47% Off)

Christmas Trees 4 Less

Multiple Locations

Fir trees and other species sourced from Oregon begin arriving just before Thanksgiving for decorators getting into the spirit early

$69 $39

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Skincare Products at Dermasport Skin Care (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Dermasport Skin Care

Santa Ana

Four-step skincare process, featuring a face wash, toner, moisturizer, and eye cream, works to improve athletes’ skin

$30 $15

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Ballroom-Dancing Costumes, Jewelry, and Shoes at Razzle Dazzle (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Razzle Dazzle

Riverside

Men and women can peruse the selection of shoes, shirts, competitive custom gowns, jewelry, skirts and shirts for ballroom dancing

$40 $20

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$11 for $20 Groupon — Seduxion

Seduxion

Central Chula Vista

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

$20 $11

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

Hatfield Luxury

Irvine

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

$50 $28

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Bouquets from Fantasy Flowers Florist (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Fantasy Flowers Florist

San Bernardino

Brightly colored arrangements of roses, tulips, and lilies are arranged for pickup or delivery (for an additional fee)

$30 $15

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

Yates & Co Jewelers

Modesto

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

$12 $6

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

AP Computers

Moreno Valley

Expert technicians efficiently repair customers' cell phones

$100 $50

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$32 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing and Mirrors at The Warehouse of Home Decor

The Warehouse of Home Decor

Glendale

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

$100 $32

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$15 for $30 Worth of Beauty Products at Planet Beauty

Planet Beauty

Multiple Locations

The beauty emporium stockpiles makeup, haircare and skincare products, as well as brushes from brands such as Pureology

$30 $15

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$25 for $50 Worth of Apparel at Down and Beyond Skiwear Outlet

Down and Beyond Skiwear Outlet

Santa Clarita

Bundle up against the winter cold with a large selection of snowboarding and skiing gear for men, women, youth, and infants

$50 $25

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

PureVaporz

Garden Grove

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

$20 $10

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$75 for $150 Towards Mattresses Over Sale Price of $500 at The Futon Shop

The Futon Shop

Multiple Locations

Mattress purveyor stocks organic, fair-trade mattresses alongside memory foam or more classic materials

$150 $75

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

E-Cig City North Hollywood

North Hollywood

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

$20 $10

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Hobby Supplies, Train Sets, and Wooden Toys at North County Hobby & Toys (50% Off). Two Options Available.

North County Hobby & Toys

Oceanside

Model trains, handmade stuffed animals, wooden toys, and craft supplies delight kids and adults

$20 $10

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$495 for $900 Worth of Bedroom Furniture — Arts and Crafts Industries

Arts And Crafts Industries Ltd

Ontario

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

$900 $495

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Health and Beauty Products from Sohm Inc (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Sohm Inc

Corona

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

$20 $11

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$6 for $10 Worth of Hot Beverages — Restful Steep

Restful Steep

Torrance

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

$10 $6

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

Prolific Screen Printing Company

Hayward

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

$12 $8

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$274 for One Custom-Fit Italian Suit at Peter Cassara Clothiers (Up to $795 Value)

Peter Cassara Clothiers

Sunnyvale

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

$795 $274

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

Janakpur Handicraft Center

Pasadena

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

L & K

Orange

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

$100 $25

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

Bull Couture

Thousand Oaks

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

$70 $19

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

Visalia Jewelry Services

Visalia

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

$40 $20

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

Vapor Hub

Simi Valley

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

$40 $20

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$17 for a Lifetime Membership and 6 Hours of Game Time at EPIC Cyber Cafe ($35 Value)

EPIC Cyber Cafe

Roseville

Membership grants access to one of 30 gaming machines for 6 hours of play time on games such as Battlefield 3, Starcraft II, and Dota 2

$35 $17

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

Evarity Trading

Techmart Center

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

$20 $10

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$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

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

$5

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

Heartdriven Unique Tees Man & Fan Cave Novelties

Victorville

Any tee shirt in our uniquely designed collection

$25 $14

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

New Orange International

Rosemead

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

$50 $25

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$25 for $50 Worth of Adult Toys and Accessories at Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Multiple Locations

Personal and couple’s massagers, lubricants, and romantic accessories such as massage candles

$50 $25

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

American Shredding

Downey

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

$450 $59.99

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3-, 6-, or 12-Month Mailbox Rental at Boxfli (Up to 50% Off). Eight Options Available.

Boxfli

Costa Mesa

Shipping store that rents small, medium, and large mailboxes

$54 $27

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

A. Marie Fashion Boutique

Inglewood

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

$50 $25

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Children's Apparel, Shoes, and Toys at Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children's Store (Up to 58% Off)

Teeny Tots Second Time Around Children's Store

Fairfield

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

$20 $9

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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

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

$16 $8

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20 Balloons, 4 Balloon Centerpieces, 8 Balloon Centerpieces, or a Balloon Arch from Air Lollipops (Up to 71% Off)

Air Lollipops

Daly City

Brightly colored latex balloons hang in single strands, decorate tables, or form 50 ft. arches

$20 $10

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

My Ds Pools

Aguanga

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

$110 $61

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Women's Boutique Apparel at Heavenly Couture (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Heavenly Couture

Ventura

Shoppers peruse racks of high-quality clothing and accessories ranging from prom and party dresses to tops and high heels

$20 $10

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

Mattress Land SleepFit

Multiple Locations

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

$200 $50

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Women's Clothing and Accessories at Hut no. 8 Oceanside (50% Off)

Hut No. 8 Oceanside

Vista

From the merchant: Trendy, name-brand resale clothing

$30 $15

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Wreaths, Trees, Garlands, and Tree Stands at Rudy's Christmas Tree Lot (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Rudy's Christmas Tree Lot

Mission Viejo

This Christmas tree lot sells trees, wreaths, garlands, and tree stands and works to support fundraising campaigns for local charities

$30 $18

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

Accessories USA

Arden - Arcade

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

$33.97 $15

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$22 for $40 Groupon — Kats Scrubs

Kats Scrubs

Hesperia

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

$40 $22

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$25 for $50 Worth of Running Shoes, Apparel, and Accessories at Top to Top

Top to Top

Santa Monica

Moisture-resistant socks, sports apparel, and custom-fit running shoes from brands such as New Balance, Asics, Nike, Hoka, Newton, and iNov8

$50 $25

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Mattresses or Mattress Sets (Up to 78% Off). Three Options Available.

The Bed Post

Multiple Locations

Mattress shop stocks Spinal Care Bedding and Maxim Mattresses at affordable prices

$100 $26

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

Lawcopy, Llc

Santa Barbara

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

$20 $10

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Two Custom-Made Shirts or One Custom-Made Suit with a Custom Shirt at M. Kenny's Fashions (Up to 56% Off)

M. Kenny's Fashions

Newport Beach

Professional tailors size up customers with 28 different measurements to conjure perfectly fitting suits and shirts from fine fabrics

$338 $149

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Furniture and Mattresses at Discount Furniture Warehouse (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Discount Furniture Warehouse

San Leandro

Choose from mattress and furniture brands such as Ashley, Serta, and La-Z-Boy

$50 $25

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Bedding Accessories and Furniture or Mattresses at The Bed Shop (Up to 75% Off)

The Bed Shop

Multiple Locations

Memory foam pillows, microfiber sheets, and mattress protectors, and more

$100 $50

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

Amarist Paper Industries

San Marcos

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

$32 $19

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Women's Clothing and Accessories at Mandyz Boutique (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Mandyz Boutique

San Pedro

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

$30 $15

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Wedding Accessories and Jewelry at Bridal and Jewelry Outlet (Up to 63% Off). Two Options Available.

Bridal and Jewelry Outlet

Inland Empire

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

$30 $14

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

Napa Valley Art Supplies

Napa Valley

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

$20 $12

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$55 for $95 Four Hour Book Art Making Class — Linh Dang Studio

Linh Dang Studio

Redwood City

A safe, instructional, and fun environment to create your own miniature fantasy accordion book that’s perfect for parties

$95 $55

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$110 for $200 Worth of Products at IDC Embroidery

IDC Embroidery

Bellflower

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

B. B. Simon

Tustin

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

$100 $45

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$17 for $38 Worth of Electronics Accessories — Anton International Inc.

Anton International Inc.

Baldwin Park

Wireless mobile-phone monopod allows you to photograph and shoot video in a wider range

$38 $17

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

Michley Electronics, Inc. (Tivax)

Mountain View

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

$15

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Four-Hour Basic Necklace and Bracelet Class or $9 for $20 Worth of Beads at Bead Inspirations

Bead Inspirations

Alameda

Bead shop that offers inspiring jewelry-making classes, while carrying gorgeous beads, metal stamping supplies, and Vintaj brass filigree

$20 $9

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

Shieno

Pleasanton

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

$50 $25

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$20 for $40 Worth of Extreme-Sports Apparel, Equipment & Rentals at Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop

Ground Zero Clothing and Boardshop

Multiple Locations

Snowboarding, wakeboarding, and skating apparel brands such as Volcom and Burton

$40 $20

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$80 for $160 worth of computer repair at Sell Phones

Sell Phones

Yuba City

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

$160 $80

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Fragrances, Makeup, and Gift Baskets from Fragranceandmakeup.com (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Fragranceandmakeup.com

Fragrance and Make-up

Products from brands such as Clinique, Cartier, Burberry, and Elizabeth Arden available as online orders or for in-store pickup

$55 $29

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$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

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

$20 $5

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

China Books

South San Francisco

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$50 $25

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$10 for $20 Worth of Services at iHOPE

Ihope

San Clemente

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

$20 $10

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$50 for $100 Groupon — Mattress By Appt

Mattress By Appt

Pittsburg

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

$100 $50

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

The Olive Bar

La Habra

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$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

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

$20 $10

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$12 for $22 Worth of Books — Silver Sky Publishing USA

Silver Sky Publishing Usa

Encinitas

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$22 $12

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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 North 1st Street
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.

1689 Arden Way
Sacramento,
CA
US

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