Fluc stands for Food Lovers United Company, which is fitting considering the breadth of options the food-delivery specialists offer. But Fluc isn't an ordinary delivery service: it lets diners choose from hundreds of restaurants and ensures wait-times of no more than 45 minutes, plus, there are no minimums on orders. Additional features include group-ordering, letting multiple people add and subtract from orders on different devices, and advanced ordering for up to one year from now. There's no need for dollar bills or IOU's either?transactions are conducted completely online from start to finish.
First conceived nearly 50 years ago, the dream of the Oshman Family JCC officially came to fruition in 2009 as a sprawling, 8.5-acre campus that welcomes people of all backgrounds. The Richard & Rhoda Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex hosts more than 150 group fitness classes per week, complementing these sessions with basketball and volleyball games. A heated outdoor pool supplies six lanes for swimming laps and connects with a sun deck that's ideal for relaxing with a good book or identifying barbell-shaped cloud formations. But the center focuses on enriching people's lives through other means as well. It supports families via kid-friendly camps, activities, and early-childhood education programs. It also hosts cultural events in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, spotlighting the works of renowned artists, musicians, and authors.
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.