Local Services in Piedmont

$10 Buys You a Coupon for 50% Off A Package Of 4 Activation Coaching Sessions at The BeautyKween

The BeautyKween

Prescott

$10 $10

For $10, receive a coupon for 50% off a package of 4 activation coaching sessions

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Multiple Locations

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Dry-Cleaning Services or Wedding-Dress Preservation at Hi Hat Environmentally Clean Drycleaners (Up to 51% Off)

Hi Hat Environmentally Clean Drycleaners

Upper Dimond

$20 $10

Dry cleaners eschew toxic chemicals in favor of eco-friendly solutions in a shop that once cleaned garments for the likes of Lauren Bacall

$70 for $350 Worth of Services at Marcus Edwards Photography

Marcus Edwards Photography

Fruitvale Station

$350 $70

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for Pepper Spray with the Purchase of a Personal Safety Class at The Loss Prevention Group

The Loss Prevention Group

Downtown

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for a bottle of pepper spray with the purchase of a personal safety class at the Loss Prevention Group

One-Hour Family or Headshot Photo Shoot with Five Retouched Digital Images from MooD-ology Photography (Up to 86% Off)

MooD-ology Photography

Oakland

$350 $49

Photographer snaps dramatically lit family portraits or headshots during in-studio sessions that yield five retouched digital images

$75 for $150 Groupon — John R. Edwards, Life Coach

John R. Edwards

Pill Hill

$150 $75

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Two- or Four-Hour Photo-Booth Rental from 143 Photo Booth (Up to 58% Off)

143 Photo Booth

Merritt

$695 $299

Party packages include the use of props and a CD of all images; booth attendant takes care of setup and takedown

Two or Four Salsa Classes at Rueda Con Ritmo (Up to 62% Off)

Rueda Con Ritmo

In The Groove

$26 $10

Hour-long classes feature four different levels of Cuban-style salsa dancing

Rossiter System Stretching Class on Sunday, September 21 at Strategic Bodywork (Up to 81% Off). Four Sessions.

Strategic Bodywork

Emeryville

$200 $39

Learn simple, two-person stretches that help relieve chronic pain throughout the body

One or Three Pottery Classes at Play With Clay (50% Off)

Play With Clay

Emeryville

$30 $15

Pottery classes teach students of all ages and skill levels how to turn lumps of shapeless clay into exquisite decorative stoneware

$69 for an American Heart Association First-Aid, CPR, and AED Class ($140 Value)

Safety Training Seminars

Multiple Locations

$140 $69

Five-hour American Heart Association class teaches CPR, defibrillator use & basic first-aid techniques; certification is valid for two years

$39 for $100 Worth of Custom-Framing Services at Artistic Picture Framing

Artistic Expert Picture Framing

North Berkeley

$100 $39

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Staff consult on materials and colors to frame jerseys, portraits, and art with upgrades such as UV-conservation glass and acid-free matting

$30 for $60 Groupon — Russian Program "Krugozor"

Russian Program “krugozor”

South Berkeley

$60 $30

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Photography Fundamentals and/or Night Photography Workshop from Eric Gould Photography (Up to 57% Off)

Eric Gould Photography

Multiple Locations

$150 $69

Hands-on workshop introduces camera controls and artistic methods; evening classes work with sunsets, silhouettes, and dusk-lit images

Computer Repair for One or Two Computers at eon Technologies (Up to 51% Off)

eon Technologies

Alameda

$100 $50

Computer support professionals with over 20 years experience address system issues, expel viruses, and optimize performance

One or Two Months of 30- or 60-Minute Private Lessons and Other Perks at Bradley School of Music (Up to 52% Off)

Bradley School of Music

Lafayette

$162.50 $79

Students of all ages learn to play the guitar, piano, drums, or other instruments in a supportive environment with an on-staff psychologist

$159 for 40-Hour Bartending Certification Course at ABC Bartending School ($535 Value)

ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

$535 $159

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Instructors guide burgeoning bartenders within a real bar, preparing them to mix, stir, and shake drinks for fun or professionally

4 Days of Cage-Free Pet Boarding from Kanlove Dogs (60% Off)

Kanlove Dogs

San Leandro

$160 $64

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$385 for $700 Worth of Wedding Photography — Photography By Aizhan

Photography By Aizhan

San Leandro

$700 $385

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Portrait Packages with Three-Image CD and Prints or Gallery-Wrap at JCPenney Portraits (Up to 88% Off)

JCPenney Portraits

Multiple Locations

$129.93 $25

Professional photographers capture families, babies, and individuals with custom backgrounds, props, and variety of poses

Two or Four 30-Minute or 60-Minute Private Violin Lessons at Vernon Music Studio (Up to 55% Off)

Vernon Music Studio

Richmond

$120 $55

A violinist who customizes lessons to students' needs, helping them to learn violin quickly and thoroughly

$199 for Pre-License Program from BHG Home Real Estate ($399 Value)

BHG Home Real Estate

Multiple Locations

$399 $199

With live study groups and an included textbook, students can prep for a real-estate license

$45 for Career Interest and Academic Assessment with Planning Session at C2 Education ($215 Value)

C2 Education

Multiple Locations

$215 $45

After assessing career interest, personality, and academics, director creates academic program designed to address needs of K–12 students

Tailoring at The House of Couture (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The House of Couture

Downtown Walnut Creek

$40 $20

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Experienced tailor creates custom, one-of-a-kind designs for both men and women, and can also alter garments

Six-Page Website and One Month of Website Hosting from Gutensite (45% Off)

Gutensite

Walnut Creek

$500 $275

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One or Three Spiritual-Counseling Sessions at Adventure Quests International Counseling Service (Up to 57% Off)

Adventure Quests International Counseling Service

Walnut Creek

$99 $49

Sessions designed to give clients a more mystical and magical perspective provide them with tools to bring them greater joy

$70 for $140 Worth of Singing Lessons — The Studio of Meghan Michelle McGovern

The Studio Of Meghan Michelle Mcgovern

Alamo

$140 $70

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 10% Off Session Fee & $50 Off Next Session With New Client Referral at Resplendent Photography

Resplendent Photography

The Haight

$50 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for photography deal

$22 for $40 Worth of Photo Printing — Le Boxy

Le Boxy

San Francisco

$40 $22

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In-Person Workshop for One or Two or Online Stock-Trading Class for One from Acorn Wealth Corporation

Acorn Wealth Corporation

Downtown

C$499 C$29

Stock-trading courses taught by a young CEO and master trader give students a grounding in trading platforms, markets, and basic strategy

$65 for a Two-Hour Couples-Massage Class at The Love Lab ($135 Value)

The Love Lab

Cow Hollow/ Marina

$135 $65

Partners learn the fundamentals of professional back, neck, and foot massages as they munch on gourmet refreshments

Vacuum or Sewing Machine Services at Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center (Up to 51% Off). Five Options Available.

Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center

Inner Sunset

$80 $40

Expert sewing and vacuum technicians clean up or repair hard-working household appliances

$451 for $820 Toward 6-Weeks of Intensive Portuguese Language Classes at IBEC

IBEC - Instituto Brasil De Educação E Cultura

San Francisco

$820 $451

Pretend you're going to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by learning Portuguese in this six-week course.

$79 for an Intro to Filmmaking Workshop at San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking ($199 Value)

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking

SoMa

$199 $79

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The one-day intensive workshop covers the basics of filmmaking such as screenwriting, directing, producing, lighting, shooting, and editing

$20 for a 90-Minute Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish Class at Enjoy Spanish ($60 Value)

Enjoy Spanish

San Francisco

$60 $20

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Experienced bilingual instructors teach group Spanish classes at six levels, taking students from basic present tense to fluency

Tarot-Card Reading, Aura Reading, or Both at Sf City Psychic (Up to 62% Off)

Sf City Psychic

Inner Sunset

$60 $24

A psychic with 25 years of experience gives insight into finance, romantic relationships, and more during intuitive readings

$165 for $300 Worth of Music Lessons — Lewis Violin Studio

Lewis Violin Studio

San Francisco

$300 $165

Learn how to play classical, fiddle, or jazz violin

One or Three Days of Dog Daycare or One or Three Nights of Dog Boarding at Citipets (Up to 53% Off)

Citipets

San Francisco

$40 $19

CPR- and First Aid-certified staff care for pets, who bunk down in communal sleeping rooms and play in a huge indoor-outdoor facility

Custom Framing at Paul Mahder Gallery (Up to 61% Off)

Paul Mahder Gallery

Presidio Heights

$125 $49

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Custom framers preserve a wide range of keepsakes and offer complementary onsite consultations

Two or Four 30-Minute Private Guitar, Bass, or Ukulele Lessons at Guitar Cities San Francisco (Up to 54% Off)

Guitar Cities

Downtown

$70 $33

Dexterous instrumentalists train aspiring players of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level or song choice

$79 for a One-Hour On-Location Photo Shoot with $125 Credit Toward Prints from Checkerbox Photography ($320 Value)

Checkerbox Photography

Multiple Locations

$320 $79

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Lifelong photographer makes sure his clients have fun as he renders their portraits at photogenic locations across the city

Piano or Guitar Lessons at Exploring Music (Up to 57% Off). Four Options Available.

Exploring Music

Inner Richmond

$70 $32

Talented instructors tailor lesson plans to each student's tastes and skill level during private or group music lessons

45-Minute Psychic Reading for Past, Present and Future from Psychic Isabella (45% Off)

Psychic Visions By Isabella

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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Intro Mixology Cocktail-Making Class, Spirits Evolution Class, or Both at SF Mixology (Up to 75% Off)

SF Mixology

Multiple Locations

$199 $69

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A cocktail guru helms courses in a nightclub setting, teaching the history of cocktails and techniques for mixing and preparation

$59 for an Online Website Building Class from Express Website Course ($197 Value)

Express Website Course

Online Deal

$197 $59

Video course teaches students the ins and outs of creating a website and working with the WordPress platform

One or Two One-Hour Marketing Consultations at Grow Your Local Business Right (Up to 81% Off)

Grow Your Local Business Right

On Location

$500 $99

Susan Callender, an author and business expert, shows professionals at independently owned firms how to maximize their profits

120 Minutes of Speed Dating from MATCH-MAID (50% Off)

Match-maid

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

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$450 for a Three-Hour Photo-Booth Rental with Unlimited Prints from A Vanity Affair ($1,200 Value)

A Vanity Affair

On Location

$1,200 $450

Unlimited color or black-and-white snapshots reel out of the mobile photo booth set up by a friendly attendant

Mixology 101 Class for One or Two from San Francisco Bartending Academy (54% Off)

San Francisco Bartending Academy

Mission Bay

$195 $89

Students learn how different flavor notes complement each other while creating eight staple cocktails and tasting exotic cordials

$15 for $30 Worth of Academic-Tutor Services — First Rate Tutors

First Rate Tutors

Redeem from Home

$30 $15

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$30 for $60 Toward a 30 to 45 minute Psychic Reading including 3 Questions — Psychic Palace

Psychic Palace

Pacific Heights

$60 $30

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Boudoir or Family Photo Shoot from Dekker Photography (Up to 76% Off). In-Studio or On-Location Options Available.

Dekker Photography

San Francisco

$405 $99

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Photo shoots staged outdoors at local spots, such as Baker Beach or the Lyon Street Steps; boudoir shoots embrace ladies' sultry sides

$28 for $50 Worth of Pet Care — Le Chien Dog Sitting

Le Chien Dog Sitting

Redeem from Home

$50 $28

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$69 for $125 Worth of Pet Care — Outdoor Petcare Dog Walkers

Outdoor Petcare Dog Walkers

On Location

$125 $69

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$52 for $95 Worth of Computer Repair — East Bay Computer Repair

East Bay Computer Repair

On Location

$95 $52

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$499 for $998 Worth of Financial Consulting — Business Plan Network

Business Plan Network

Redeem from Home

$998 $499

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One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with Optional Print and Digital Image at Celebrate Your Sexy (Up to 88% Off)

Celebrate Your Sexy

SoMa

$250 $29

Strut your stuff in four of your favorite outfits and turn one pose into a retouched 8"x12" print and digital image

$549 for $999 Worth of Beauty-School Classes — Womack Salon Academy

Womack Salon Academy

Excelsior

$999 $549

Join the cosmetology field, learn to specialize in haircuts for both men and women, invest your time, and develop a new skill

$203 for $495 Worth of Photography Classes — Lisa K. Cheney Photography

Lisa K. Cheney Photography

On Location

$495 $203

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$50 for $100 Worth of Life Coaching — Empowerment Coaching

Peijman Kouretchian

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

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4-Hour Photo-Booth Rental with Unlimited Prints and Onsite Attendant from Cortes Special Events - Photo Booth and Photography Services (45% Off)

Cortes Special Events - Photo Booth And Photography Services

Redeem from Home

$999 $549

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$29 for Three Months of 3D Guitar Lessons Online from iPerform 3D Online Guitar Lessons ($168.85 Value)

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

$79 for a Professional Resumé and Cover Letter from StaResume ($228 Value)

StaResume

Online Deal

$228 $79

With a virtual customer service interface, professional writers help applicants with insightful resumé editing, design, and cover letter

$39 for a Microsoft Office Certification Career Advancement Bundle from IT University Online ($399 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$399 $39

Exercises, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in Microsoft Office certification, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$125 for a 45-Minute Boudoir Photo Shoot with Three Digital Images from San Francisco Boudoir Photography (50% Off)

San Francisco Boudoir Photography

On Location

$249 $125

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Up to 70% Off Video-to-DVD Conversion

Memories on Media

Online Deal

$99.90 $39.99

Video-duplication experts transfer video onto DVD, updating the medium and making its content more accessible

$69 for a Family, Newborn, or Engagement Photo-Shoot Package with Prints from YtyPhoto ($320 Value)

YtyPhoto

On Location

$320 $69

Passionate, experienced photographer captures candid, natural shots by making subjects feel at ease

$150 for $299 Worth of Marketing Consulting — Lense and Co

Lense And Co

Redeem from Home

$299 $150

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Four, Six, or Eight Hours of Arabic-Language Lessons from Arabic Language Service (Up to 51% Off)

Arabic Language Service

San Francisco

$200 $99

Experienced tutors can travel to pupils' homes for in-person Arabic lessons, video chat via Skype, or meet at a Starbucks coffee shop

$99 for a 45-Minute Boudoir Photo Shoot with Two Digital Images and Prints ($568 Value)

Alloria Winter Photography

SoMa

$568 $99

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45-minute photo shoot captures ethereal-looking boudoir poses; clients get access to designer accessories

Small or Medium Karaoke-Room Rental at Knet Karaoke (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

Knet Karaoke

Inner Parkside

$19.50 $12

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Groups of friends croon tunes in small room, which holds between two and six people, or medium room, which holds between six and nine people

$68 for $150 Worth of Pet Care — Busy Bodies Dog Walking

Busy Bodies Dog Walking

Redeem from Home

$150 $68

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$75 for $150 Worth of Personal-Stylist Services — Jill Siefert - Personal Styling

Jill Siefert - Personal Styling

On Location

$150 $75

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$69 for $125 Worth of Life Coaching — Neil Aaron Life Coaching

Neil Aaron Life Coaching

Diamond Heights

$125 $69

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Digital Photography Basics for One or Two at Image Light Photography (Up to 54% Off)

Image Light Photography

On Location

$49 $24

Small classes cover how to use your DSLR to set up a shot, use the manual function, take advantage of the auto functions, and focus

First-Date Package with Group Matchmaker Meeting for One or Two from The Dating Ring (Up to 61% Off)

The Dating Ring

Multiple Locations

$45 $19

Hand-selected groups based on an initial matchmaker meeting meet for first-date drinks

Online Microsoft Excel Training Course or Business Finance Workshop from Startup Saturdays Online (Up to 93% Off)

Startup Saturdays Online

Online Deal

$499 $35

Video-based online courses give beginners an overview of Microsoft Excel or finance; access to Excel course material for up to one year

Two or Four Private Guitar, Bass, or Ukelele Lessons at Guitar San Francisco (Up to 51% Off)

Guitar San Francisco

Fidi

$76 $39

Instrumentalists train pupils of all ages during low-key one-on-one lessons tailored to skill level; students can pick a song to learn

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The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.

Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.

1345 Grand Ave
Piedmont,
CA
US

A single weathervane squeaks as it sways in the breeze atop a peaked roof. Below it, a building dating back to 1948 houses Montclair Bistro amid fieldstone and brick pathways created in french provincial style. At 7 years old, future chef and owner Henry Vortriede began his cooking career by thumbing through culinary magazines and preparing meals for his family of eight. After going on to earn diplomas in food and wine at Le Cordon Bleu and L'Académie du Vin in Paris, France, he honed his skills as a chef in several French restaurants and created chocolate art showpieces at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Today, as owner and chef at Montclair Bistro, Vortriede draws on his culinary background to create a rotating menu that includes organic chicken scaloppini sourced from Petaluma Farms, duck-and-wild-mushroom quesadillas with brown-butter chestnuts, and thick, double-cut pork chops with sweet-potato-apple pancakes. Another menu of brunch fare combines traditional favorites such as scrambled eggs with black truffle and eggs benedict with lobster cake.

Vortriede's taste is on display not only on plates but also on the restaurant’s walls, where elegant painted canvases hang. Two hundred bottles of wine stand nearby on storage racks inside walk-in glass covered with the pressed noses of oenophiles. The decor, which includes dark carpeting and dark chairs, white-linen-covered tables, and flickering candles, helped earn the restaurant OpenTable's 2012 Diners' Choice award for romantic restaurant in East Bay.

6118 Medau Pl
Oakland,
CA
US

Souley Vegan's proprietor Tamearra Dyson uses techniques she learned from her family in Louisiana to subvert that idea that healthy, vegan eating lacks flavor. She dredges tofu in a southern-style batter that mimics fried catfish and fashions a menu that appeals to meat-eaters and vegans alike. Tofu also gets dressed in BBQ sauce in burgers and tossed in sweet and sour and green peppers. Tamearra and her kitchen staff put a vegan spin on a roster of Southern classics, such as potato salad with black olives following a family recipe three generations old, as well as mashed potatoes drenched in vegan gravy made like her mom did. The eatery's mac and cheese made with yeast-based, non-dairy cheese earned it accolades from the East Bay Express, which said that it "is so perfect a substitute to its dairy-based kin that it leaves the eater convinced it?s the real thing," while also bestowing Souley Vegan with "Best of East Bay" awards for the past five years. USA Today has also recognized the eatery as among ten great places for soul food in the country.

Brightly painted walls and block-style prints of blues musicians lend a cozy Southern atmosphere to the restaurant, where diners gather around color-splashed tables or cluster on picnic style benches as they share family-style meals or play License Plate Bingo for the last piece of fried okra.

301 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

Pump It Up of Oakland's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.

The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.

2500 Embarcadero
Oakland,
CA
US

The Terrace Room’s art-deco furnishings, elaborate ironwork, and white-draped tables evoke an elegant supper-club vibe that complements the restaurant’s classy confines in the Lake Merritt Hotel, built in 1927. The eatery’s upscale American dishes borrow influences of Cajun, French, and Italian cuisines, which chefs skillfully weave together and artfully plate to cultivate a sophisticated and luxurious dining experience. Amid picturesque murals and panoramic views of Lake Merritt, dishes parade out of the kitchen bearing local and seasonal ingredients, as well as organic touches, such at the Bison chocolate stout that flavors battered fish 'n' chips. Chicken and dumplings sate stomachs with tender meat from Petaluma free-range chickens—a tasty and humane alternative to chicken cooped up in a cubicle all day—and the menu brims with sustainable seafood, platefuls of pasta, and flavorful cuts of beef. Servers splash wine into glasses, or bring up bottles of requested vinos for those hoping to discover the flavorful bounty or Cracker Jack prize inside.

1800 Madison St
Oakland,
CA
US

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.

1221 3rd Street
Oakland,
CA
US