Local Services in Portland

$99 for a Complete CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ IT-Certification Bundle from IT University Online ($2,695 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$2,695 $99

Expert lectures, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in three courses, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$27 for $50 Worth of Pet Grooming — Droopys Pet Grooming

Droopy's Pet Grooming

Corpus Christi

$50 $27

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$11 for Wash, Dry, and Fold Services for up to 20 Pounds of Laundry at Tejas Coin Laundry ($22 value)

Tejas Coin Laundry

South Side

$22 $11

Laundry specialists in business since 1996 clean and fold garments, keeping customers' wardrobes looking fresh and presentable

$19.99 for $60 Worth of DVD and Digital Conversion Services of VHS Tapes and Film Reels from YesVideo

YesVideo

Online Deal

$60 $19.99

Send in VHS tapes and film reels to access your memories from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, or order a personalized DVD

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

JCPenney Portraits

La Palmera Mall

$129.93 $25

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

Two-Night Dog-Resort Stay, VIP Spaw Day Package, or One Week of Doggie Daycare at Bruno’s Bath House (Up to 59% Off)

Bruno's Bath House

Multiple Locations

$56 $28

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Dogs sleep in comfortable suites at night, play inside and outdoors during daycare, or receive a thorough grooming

5, 10, or 20 One-Hour Jump Passes at Brinca! (Up to 56% Off)

Brinca!

Corpus Christi

$50 $25

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Sock-clad children cavort across large multicolored inflatables during open-play times

$547 for $995 Worth of Videography Services — Western Meadow Productions

Western Meadow Productions

On Location

$995 $547

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

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For five years, the chefs of Miss K Bistro and Catering have sliced seasonal fruits, wrapped meats in flavored tortillas, and baked light quiches for their menu of healthy American fare. Their daily offerings eschew fried foods and rotate to include broccoli-and-cheddar quiches and sweet-potato bisques. The team can supply patrons with fresh wraps and baked goods served at charming red and black café tables, or wrap everything in ready-to-cook foil pans for quick catered entrees, perfect for parties, business lunches, and tea parties with imaginary friends.

1726 State Highway 361
Port Aransas,
TX
US

Specializing in APHA and AQHA horses, the breeders at Coquat Ranch extend their equine knowledge to the general public through lessons, birthday parties, and trail rides across their wildlife-rich property. Beginner lessons acquaint novices with safe practices and the essentials of riding, centering on mounting, grooming, walking, and other basic topics. Building on this foundation, intermediate and advanced lessons delve into more advanced activities, such as moving laterally and riding around obstacles.

Once comfortable in the saddle, rider can sign up for a trail ride across the ranch's hundreds of acres, where they can spot wildlife ranging from deer and wild hogs to sandhill cranes amid the salt water marshes and brush country. Young riders can also enjoy time with animals through birthday and pony painting parties, when they'll have the chance to cover horses in non-toxic paint and ask for their definition of art.

5454 County Road 4491
Aransas Pass,
TX
US

The floor technicians at Pro-Kleen smarten up shag and refine tile with a combination of industrial-age steam power and cutting-edge technology. After a free estimate nails down a firm flat rate, berber inspectors put rugs through an eight-step process that includes inspection and pretreating stains. A truck-mounted Rotovac 360 machine dissolves soil, grease, and spots with 180-degree water before a high-powered vacuum extracts the mix, leaving behind soft, allergen-free fibers and terrified Lego people. The process removes most of the water it uses to saturate the fibers, reducing drying time to a few hours. All jobs are guaranteed and backed up with the promise to reclean any unsatisfactory jobs or refund the total cost.

11313 Olmos Creek Cir
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

Bruno’s Bath House elevates the dog-boarding experience by housing pups inside plush suites that will remind them of home. Two times a day, room service peeks in, checking to make sure beds are comfy and bowls are brimming with filtered water. Dog-loving caregivers oversee dogs so that each pet receives ample attention as they gambol across the indoor and outdoor play areas or nap on communal couches. This attentive treatment carries over into Bruno’s Spaw, where dogs receive baths with plush add-ons such as aromatherapy, massage, and Pawdicures. Edible and wearable doggie accessories are also available at Bruno’s Bistro and Boutique.

1217 First National Blvd
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.

Liquid Crystals and LCDs: How Cell Phones Resemble Carrots

The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.

Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.

5409 Everhart
Corpus Christi,
TX
US

In the eight years since the start of Local Furniture Outlet, the cherished baby business of Mr. Aaron Masterson has grown up fast—from a 2,000-square-foot metal warehouse to four locations and more than 80,000 combined square feet of furniture. But the success didn't go to Aaron’s head. The proud father still traverses showrooms in casual flip-flops, enforcing a no-competition policy so that loyal staff members don’t feel pressured to make a quota. The stripped-down showrooms allow for lower price tags on direct-from-manufacturer brands such as Ashley, Simmons, and Crown Mark. Patrons are invited to peruse dining-room, living-room, and bedroom sets—or “kick the tires,” as Aaron puts it—without the pushy-push of larger retailers, who may use turkey legs to reward team members for sales.

5568 Ayers St
Corpus Christi,
TX
US