In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
One of the oldest businesses in the community, Redwood City Nursery's expert staff digs through an assortment of flowers, trees, fertilizers, grasses, and gardening supplies. Most of its full-time employees have more than 20 years of nursery experience, lending thoughtful guidance on how to quickly spruce up a garden with colorful annuals or the most tactful way to let prickly pine branches know that they’re shedding. Pick up a six-pack of annuals ($3.05) to fill flower beds that have been empty since the youngest Cabbage Patch Kid left for college, or spice up dinners with a healthy selection of herbs and vegetables. Cantankerous cacti can be placed in a customer-selected container by request, and birdhouses and bird feeders attract welcome feathered friends, as opposed to unwelcome feathered friends like Darrell.
Jigsaw Java offers a social spot filled with ample table space for simple piecemeal fun. Families and friends can borrow a puzzle from Jigsaw Java’s behemoth collection or bring their own disassembled Rene Russo headshot to put back together while sipping free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate or feeding their carpal tunnel its favorite snacks from home. Daily puzzle fees cover double dates ($15 for two, $5 per additional person) or rogue solo sleuths ($4 per hour) working feverishly to build Rome in a day. Although not covered by today's Groupon, Jigsaw Java also offers an astonishing array of puzzles for purchase, with many creations tailored toward advanced, beginner, special needs, or elderly customers.
The first day of school can be one of excitement and anticipation. But it can also be a day of anxiety, of stress, of fearing that you'll stand out for all the wrong reasons. For kids from low-income families or families experiencing homelessness, the latter is more often the case. But My New Red Shoes works to eliminate that stress. Partnering with homeless shelters and community agencies, My New Red Shoes identifies homeless and very low-income children in need of clothing and shoes, and works with thousands of volunteers—from Girl Scouts to families—to meet that need. Children as young as four help the organization sort shoes and create cards to wish students luck on their first day. And equipped with their new footwear and that vote of confidence, the students can look forward to a new year.
See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
Interstate All Battery Center has been in the power biz since 1950, when it started out of founder John Searcy's red Studebaker pickup truck. Back then, it acted exclusively as a purveyor of car batteries. In the decades since these humble beginnings, Interstate Batteries has become one of the country's top brands for replacement batteries and has branched out to power a smorgasbord of gadgets and applications. The business now supplies juice to cameras, phones, and even heart pacemakers. They don't just simply supply batteries, though—for the last 55 years, the center has collected and recycled lead-acid batteries to avoid environmental hazards and diminish gluttony in the robot community.