Under the watchful eye of elite provider Dr. Boschken, an Invisalign procedure straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. The process eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain, will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (starting at around $5,200); this Groupon gets you $1,500 to put toward that final cost. The credit can also be used toward traditional braces (starting at around $4,800) as well.
Signature service: Farm-fresh, sustainably grown produce
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Pro Tip: Our Seasonal Surprises boxes are a great way to start eating healthier.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Just being able to spend most of my day outside of the office is very rewarding. I, along with my team, regularly visit local farms (San Juan Bautista, Hollister, Watsonville, Turlock, etc.) to see what the best-tasting produce is and just to interact with the farmers (whom we would never normally interact with, as "city folk").
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Dimitri has been involved with farming ever since he was little kid. His family owned a farm and went to numerous farmers' markets. However, tired of the crowds, [he] decided to look into other ways of distributing his fresh produce, but all of the services left much to be desired (they were either too expensive or didn't offer customization). In the winter of 2014, Furrowed Fields was born, with the mission of providing the freshest sustainably grown produce to its customers, while supporting the local community.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
There are two aspects: One is that customers can completely customize their [selection] for Build Your Own Boxes (per seasonal availability). The second is that we actually give a lot back to the community. For any customer that mentions a school or other non-profit cause, we donate 10% of all sales on an ongoing basis to that school (for approved schools/non-profits). If the community is happy, then we're happy.
From the scenic docks of Fisherman's Wharf, the eponymous shutterbug at Stillwell Photography captures candid shots of individuals or groups of people and transforms them into high-quality portraits. Photo shoots accommodate groups of up to five friends, loved ones, or mathematicians with 30–45 minutes of portrait posing aboard the Nina Tarantino, a historic fishing vessel christened into existence in 1939. After wooing the camera with seductive poses or aggressive stares, subjects can sift through a reel's worth of shots (about 25/session) online and choose one to be rendered into two 5"x7" prints and one 8"x10" print, perfect for placing on a mantle, hanging in an office, or carrying around in a giant wallet. To keep the soul-stealing rendezvous fully customizable, customers can opt for an on-location shoot at a locale of their choosing for an additional fee ($10/10 miles of travel, up to 60 miles). Online orders cost $5 for shipping.
ShortKitchen’s name hints at its mission: to help users get in and out of the kitchen in as little time as possible. Staff members base each of their health-focused recipes on the prepared, semiprepared, and raw foods found at a standard Trader Joe’s grocery store, rather than forcing customers to spend weeks tracking and hunting their own kale. After customers submit an online questionnaire outlining their fitness goals and dietary preferences, ShortKitchen’s nutrition pros get to work choosing the Trader Joe's products that best fit the client's personal tastes. They design custom restaurant and takeout dining plans, or craft plans with 9–12 weekly recipes and grocery-shopping lists—each of which is tailored to diets such as gluten-free, weight-loss, and paleo.
Rather than basing plans on calorie counts, staffers balance their recipes with a healthy ratio of carbohydrates to fats to proteins. They also scale each Trader Joe's grocery list to include only the ingredients needed for each meal, ensuring customers don’t have to throw out leftovers at the end of the week or stage a hostile takeover of their neighbor’s pantry.
Start as a Stanford student. Get experience at Facebook, Square, and eBay. And then find work as a delivery driver. It's an uncommon career trajectory, but it worked for the four founders of DoorDash. After realizing that Palo Alto restaurants didn't have a good delivery network, the foursome coded the first prototype of a delivery app within hours. Thirty minutes later, their phone rang with an order, and they had no choice but to hop in the car and start making deliveries.
Within six months, they had a wildly successful app called DoorDash, which gives users access to restaurants such as SugarFish, Urth, Meet in Paris, Katsuya, and more around Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Culver City that didn't previously offer delivery. They built an efficient delivery network that both empowers local businesses and provides customers a convenient and reliable service so they don't have to wait in traffic or at the restaurant.
The Ives Quartet's musicians—violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz. and cellist Stephen Harrison—wash two intimate venues with unexpected selections. One of Haydn's famous Prussian quartets opens the program with rich interplay between instruments and instantly accessible melodies before Quincy Porter's String Quartet no. 6 spotlights a 20th-century take on the classical form. To help perform Tchaikovsky's energetic Souvenir of Florence sextet and feed the metronomes during the earlier pieces, violist and co-founder of the Moab Music Festival Leslie Tomkins wields her bow alongside guest cellist Tanya Tomkins of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.