During shoots at Portrait Simple—a studio specialized in child, infant, maternity, and family portraits—skilled photographers snap an unlimited number of poses in front of a choice of backgrounds and provide the convenience of instant printing. Sessions can take any size group, accommodating families and close-knit juries. Models don simple duds without heavy patterns or logos and can tote props such as sports equipment or special blankies. After striking jubilant, winsome, or wrathful poses, guests sit down with the photographer to select images to turn into prints.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Photographer DeVa Akman knows how much people value time spent in the company of family and friends—and she wants to help make those moments last a lifetime. DeVa lends her savvy eye to wedding shoots, family portraits, and landscape photography.
Couples rarely enjoy a third wheel on a date, but Chef Michael is no ordinary third wheel. The certified personal chef whips up restaurant-quality dishes—such as pasta crepes stuffed with ricotta and napa valley lamb—in home kitchens, transforming cozy nights into special occasions. He can also craft smorgasbords of tapas for ladies’ nights, cater small dinner parties, or enhance football games with handmade snack spreads. In his hands-on cooking classes, he teaches his students not only to make similar repasts at home, but to pair their food with appropriate beverages, such as steak with pinot noir, or swordfish with a cocktail of ocean water and Great Blue-dini Kool-Aid.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the four-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn, plus all family classes. The month membership ($69) allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. The enrollment fee ($40) is included with this Groupon. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (click here for the schedule).