Local Services in Piedmont

62% Off Guitar Lessons at 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

80% Off Studio Photography

Fruitvale Station

$350 $70

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Up to 53% Off Psychic Readings by Cheyenne

Psychic Reading By Shyann

$40 $20

Psychic reads palms, performs tarot-card readings, assesses auras and chakras, and evaluates minds, bodies, and spirits

Up to 86% Off Family or Headshot Photo Shoot

Oakland

$350 $49

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

50% Off

Pill Hill

$150 $75

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80% Off Boudoir Shoot at DNA Premium Photography

Fruitvale Station

$485 $99

Photographers capture sultry boudoir images of subjects, with retouched, high-res images and two 5 x 7 prints avaialable after the shoot

Up to 58% Off from 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

55% Off Custom Framing from Frame-O-Rama

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

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Frame-O-Rama's staff offers framing services ranging from closed-corner frames to putting objects inside three-dimensional shadow boxes.

50% Off

South Berkeley

$60 $30

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Up to 70% Off Photography Workshop

Multiple Locations

$150 $49

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

Up to 65% Off at Artistic Picture Framing

North Berkeley

$100 $35

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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

Create Arabic Calligraphy with a Visual Artist

West Berkeley

$75 $75

Visual artist Salma Arastu gives a brief history of Arabic calligraphy, then leads you through copying Arabic words and layer painting

Up to 70% Off at ABC Bartending School

Multiple Locations

$150 $75

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Experienced mixologists impart bartending secrets as students shake up classic and popular drinks

jcp portraits – Up to 83% Off Photo Shoots

Multiple Locations

$125 $25

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

Up to 55% Off Private Violin Lessons

Richmond

$120 $55

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

Half Off Frames at Cheap Pete’s

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

(399)

Custom framing, ready-made frames, and framing supplies for concert posters, photos, and artwork

79% Off a Career Assessment and Academic Planning Session

Multiple Locations

$215 $45

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

Up to 57% Off Spiritual Counseling

Walnut Creek

$99 $49

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

Up to 51% Off at Sunset Sewing & Vacuum Center

Inner Sunset

$80 $40

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

Up to 60% Off Custom Framing at Framed and Cornered

San Francisco

$100 $40

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An experienced framing technician can carefully preserve a diploma, sports jersey, or other collectibles with a custom frame

60% Off Intro to Filmmaking Workshop

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

67% Off Group Spanish Class

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

Up to 62% Off Tarot-Card and Aura Readings

Inner Sunset

$60 $24

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

50% Off Computer Repair

San Francisco

$20 $10

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Up to 89% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot at DeBoudoir

Downtown

$399 $45

With lingerie outfits, women bring their sensuality to the surface, posing for 60 minutes to create unique, romantic gifts

Up to 61% Off Custom Framing

Presidio Heights

$125 $49

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

Up to 56% Off Memory-Improvement Workshop

Bay Club San Francisco Tennis

$397 $189

US Memory Champion Chester Santos's one-day workshop instills participants with sturdy techniques of memory retention

50% Off Eight Hours of Arabic Classes ($400 value)

Nob Hill

$400 $200

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Up to 54% Off Private Music Lessons

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

75% Off Photo Session with Print Credit

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

Half Off Tax and Accounting Services

San Francisco

$200 $100

Tax returns, QuickBooks training, and estate planning are a few of the services that accountants offer to both individuals and businesses

Up to 57% Off Piano or Guitar Lessons

Multiple Locations

$70 $32

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

Up to 88% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot

San Francisco

$250 $29

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

Up to 51% Off Dog Daycare or Boarding at Citipets

San Francisco

$40 $20

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

54% Off Mixology 101 Class

Mission Bay

$195 $89

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

50% Off Psychic Readings

Pacific Heights

$60 $30

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Up to 76% Off Photo-Shoot Package

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

Up to 88% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot

San Francisco

$300 $39

Photographers let subjects dress and pose to their comfort level during one- or two-hour shoots

Up to 75% Off Mixology Class at 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

Up to 44% Off DJ Workshop and Mixer

SoMa

$135 $75

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90-minute courses introduce students to keeping a dance floor full and using a turntable as an instrument

Up to 70% Off Photography Classes at Isla Studio

Civic Center

$149 $59

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Professional photographers wean students off automatic settings, demystifying exposure, aperture, and ISO for more breathtaking shots

61% Off Framing at Back to the Picture

SoMa

$100 $39

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Framing experts set artwork within custom frames complete with mats and glass

83% Off Boudoir Photo Shoot with Prints

SoMa

$568 $99

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

Up to 51% Off at 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

45% Off Life Coaching

Diamond Heights

$125 $69

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Up to 61% Off Matchmaking Services

Multiple Locations

$45 $19

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

Up to 59% Readings at SF Psychic

Inner Richmond

$45 $22

Psychic practioners seek answers to life, love, or career in tarot cards, Chinese fortune-telling methods, or clients' electromagnetic auras

57% Off iPhone 3G or 3GS Screen Repair at Citicomm Wireless

SoMa

$58 $25

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Skilled technicians replace defunct iPhone 3G or 3GS screens and service charging ports, batteries, and essential components

50% Off Storage-Space Rental

San Francisco

$150 $75

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60% Off Custom Framing at FastFrame

Downtown

$100 $40

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Trained artisans frame memorabilia, paintings, prints, and photos

59% Off Singing Workshop from Singingbelt

Multiple Locations

$69.99 $29

Workshop lessons use the Singingbelt to help students learn about breath support and the mechanics of singing

76% Off a Photo Session for a Cat at Pet Poses Photography

Bernal Heights

$250 $59

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Photographer captures the beautiful bond between a cat and its owner, creating high-resolution digital snapshots

50% Off Pets

Castro Valley

$100 $50

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Up to 66% Off Dog Boarding or Dental Services

Castro Valley

$38 $19

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Vets scrub away tartar and bacteria from dogs under sedation; dogs stay in spacious accommodations while their owners are away

89% Off Photo Shoot & Pictures

Multiple Locations

$144 $16

Expert shutterbugs get to know photographees before snapping in front of colorful backdrops, with chosen portraits ready in about an hour

79% Off Family Photo Shoot

Pleasant Hill

$350 $75

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Pro shutterbugs capture portraiture of families of five or fewer

55% Off Services

Blackhawk

$165 $74

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Half Off Film Digitization

Danville

$60 $30

Mail in or drop off film reels and video tapes from nearly any format, while specialists digitally restore and transfer footage to DVD

Up to 64% Off Dog Boarding or Grooming

Pinole

$165 $65

Pets boarded in a safe facility for overnight stays; expert groomers primp pups

Up to 84% Off Media Transfers at Denevi Digital Imaging

Sunnyvale

$140 $22

Careful professionals convert home-video tapes, film, photos, and slides into DVD format and provide free editing software

55% Off Services

Hayward

$85 $38

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Up to 53% Off Dog Daycare at Good Dog Day Care

Hayward

$105 $49

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After successful prescreening, pups benefit from safely socializing with other dogs guided by experienced staff using positive reinforcement

93% Off Boudoir Photo-Shoot Package

Downtown Hayward

$550 $39

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Inside a sunlit loft, clients pose on beds and furniture for a sultry boudoir shoot, which yields proofs on the same day

Up to 77% Off Academic Tutor

Multiple Locations

$210 $49

Math or English assessment helps tutors develop lesson plans to aid students from pre-K through high school with 75-minute weekly sessions

Up to 51% Off at Sahota Tax Center

Sahota Tax

$100 $49

Financial professionals help taxpayers maximize their returns with W-2, Schedule A, or C filing assistance

55% Off One tutoring Session

San ramon

$55 $25

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Up to 85% Off Photo-Shoot Package

Martinez

$475 $79

Both options include a one-hour photo shoot with multiple outfit changes

Up to 64% Off Guitar or Voice Lessons

Concord

$130 $50

Seasoned instructor Ranjani Jones teaches basic theory, sight-reading, and technique for guitar, beginner piano, and voice

50% Off Computer-Skills Classes

Daly City

$600 $300

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Half Off Guitar or Bass Lessons

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Max Abrahams draws on his degree in music during 30-minute lessons for all ages; cover material ranging from simple songs to music theory

Up to 79% Off Engagement or Family Photo Packages

Millbrae

$399 $99

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Skilled shutterbugs spend an hour photographing families or newly betrothed couples before producing 4"x6" prints

50% Off Services

Ingold - Milldale

$20 $10

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55% Off Makeup Lesson

Lyon Hoag

$150 $75

Makeup artists show women how to get the look they want, whether it's a two-minute morning routine or a smoky eye for a night out

Up to 51% Off Private Piano Lessons at Aria Music Studio

Burlingame

$70 $35

Lifelong pianist Wendy Liu teaches students of various skill levels to play everything from basic scales to solo sonatas

Up to 50% Off Shoe Repair and Shines

Foster City

$30 $15

Longtime cobbler repairs and shines worn-out boots and shoes using high-quality materials

Select Local Merchants

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

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

In the heart of Oakland, the chefs at Nellie's Soulfood Restaurant & Bar draw from Southern soul-food traditions to craft a menu that's always changing. Many of their seafood, poultry, and beef dishes bear crispy golden crusts. Deep-fried oysters, catfish, and snapper fillets—as well as deep-fried pork chops and chicken wings—sit surrounded by traditional sides such as yams, okra, and rice and gravy. Gravy also covers portions of Southern-style steaks and complements specialty dishes such as meatloaf and oxtails. Traditional Southern desserts of peach cobbler and banana pudding end things on the sweetest note possible, much like the duet of "Islands in the Stream" that traditionally ends every presidential debate.

1155 3rd St
Oakland,
CA
US

If it has information on it, American Shredding's licensed, insured, and bonded staff probably can destroy it. The paper pros began shredding for IBM in 1982, and to this date still boast a record of never compromising or losing a piece of information. In addition to mobile and offsite paper shredding, they can pulverize other materials such as plastic, data tapes, and retail products. They also can destroy hard drives with a process that complies with Department of Defense and NSA regulations, instead of just dumping them into a perfectly good pot of beef stew. With a commitment to the environment, American Shredding recycles every piece of paper, metal, and plastic that it destroys.

1221 3rd Street
Oakland,
CA
US

Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.

519 18th St
Oakland,
CA
US