American Shredding - Oakland may specialize in destruction, but it's in the business of protection. The licensed, bonded, and insured collectors understand that until your confidential documents are no more than thin, illegible strips of rubbish—they’re valuable and must be treated with sensitivity.
One way they get the job done is by shredding the documents immediately in mobile trucks. The collectors can also pick up the materials and shred them at their facility, a system that comes with a set of safeguards: documents are transported in locked, secured, and GPS-tracked trucks and destroyed within 24 hours. Furthermore, customers can choose a shred size they feel comfortable with, and all employees undergo background screening and drug tests. After the materials have been shredded, American Shredding - Oakland’s staffers haul the residue to local paper mills for recycling. They also offer hard-drive shredding for those who don’t trust their computers to self-implode when compromised.
As an online emporium of all things meaty, Naturally Stoked’s impressive stock treats the discerning carnivore to natural animal eats. The protein purveyor uses biodegradable foam and reusable gel packs to keep meats—some of which have never seen the inside of a freezer—fresh. Chow down on the Pig Wizard natural sausage sampler ($89.99 for four packs of eight sausages each) for a hearty breakfast or casual lunch. The links come in a variety of flavors, such as pork with romano cheese and fennel, or chicken with candied orange rind and allspice. For heartier fare, try the natural dry-aged New York Featherbone steaks, beef dry-aged 14–21 days and employed as a lounge singer for half a fortnight ($149 for four steaks). Natural Beef NY whole striploin ($189) leaves the trimming, sizing, and origami shaping to the customers, with the help of Naturally Stoked’s cooking and cutting videos. Any remaining dilemmas find resolution on the company’s extensive FAQ page.
The Magic Laundry's wall-to-wall washers and dryers transform sullied attire into squeaky-clean apparel via a thorough laundering. Opt for free pickup and delivery and a clothing wizard will arrive at your doorstep to whisk away garments to be washed, dried, and folded. Patrons have a choice of detergent, softener, and dryer sheets, with hypoallergenic options available, and first-time clients receive a free laundry bag to hold unsightly threads. After clothing is cleaner than a newborn's criminal record, a laundry connoisseur can email or call to set up a delivery time, or clients may pick up the clothes themselves. If customers prefer to drop off their laundry, they can feel free to stick around while garments are made spick-and-span, passing the time by surfing free WiFi, watching rotating washers, or counting floor tiles.
Swooning over SpoonRocket is easy. As SF Weekly's East Bay Bite of the Week put it: "SpoonRocket charmed me for a few reasons: it's simple, it's cheap, it's delicious, and it's incredibly fast." And the food is healthy to boot. The kitchen uses free-range, hormone-free meats as much as possible and hyper-seasonal and local produce to craft the two meals it offers each day. Because the two entrees depend on the freshest foods available, not even the chefs know until the morning what they'll be making that day. These dishes lean towards the comforting side, with past options including pork and chickpea stew, veggie chow mein with fresh noodles, and peppers stuffed with barley and lentils.
Diners choose up to two meals online, and sooner than they can recite the Gettysburg Address backwards, they'll get a two-minute warning call. The driver pulls right up to the curb to meet the customer, the final step in a process that's faster than driving to a drive-thru.
The Alameda outpost of Martinizing Dry Cleaning has a clear strength: getting clothes back to customers quickly. The franchise earned the Martinizing company’s 100% quality and service rating five separate times in recognition of its ability to return clothes promptly. Credit the outfit’s same-day service guarantee, which holds that clothes brought in by noon can be returned by 5 p.m. Other policies are equally convenient for customers; the store is open late on weeknights and doesn’t vandalize local street signs to make it harder to find your way there.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes, in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, sports classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.