Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes, in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, sports classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class.
Swooning over SpoonRocket is easy. As SF Weekly's East Bay Bite of the Week put it: "SpoonRocket charmed me for a few reasons: it's simple, it's cheap, it's delicious, and it's incredibly fast." And the food is healthy to boot. The kitchen uses free-range, hormone-free meats as much as possible and hyper-seasonal and local produce to craft the two meals it offers each day. Because the two entrees depend on the freshest foods available, not even the chefs know until the morning what they'll be making that day. These dishes lean towards the comforting side, with past options including pork and chickpea stew, veggie chow mein with fresh noodles, and peppers stuffed with barley and lentils.
Diners choose up to two meals online, and sooner than they can recite the Gettysburg Address backwards, they'll get a two-minute warning call. The driver pulls right up to the curb to meet the customer, the final step in a process that's faster than driving to a drive-thru.
Armed with more than a decade's worth of styling experience, Mancini de Paris guides his team of stylists and technicians as they pamper patrons from head to toe. Staffers administer services ranging from haircuts to pedicures with brand-name products from companies including Dermalogica, Redken, and Goldwell. The salon area houses blue chairs for patrons to relax in as stylists wash, snip, color, perm, and talk to hair, and the dedicated spa area features plush pedicure chairs and private treatment rooms with linen-draped massage tables.
The assiduous staff at Alex’s Dry Cleaning Valet picks up sullied duds for a thorough preening with eco-friendly services before returning garments to their owners in a timely fashion. Prior to Alex's arrival, clients scan wardrobes to find unkempt blouses ($10.95 each), slacks ($12.05 each), and gold-plated pajamas beckoning for soap and suds. Alex's Dry Cleaning Valet specializes in bridal gown cleaning, pressing, and preservation as well as couture apparel, so clients can breathe easy as the diligent cleaners carefully reanimate designer cocktail dresses or two-piece suits. New customers receive a complimentary welcome kit that includes a personalized laundry bag, lint roller, spot tape for marking blemishes, and this fall’s line of Emperor’s new clothes. Pickup and delivery services can be scheduled over the phone or online.
Signature service: Phylicia H. Sheean
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Protect Dignity and Safety
Pro Tip: We are approachable, collective, cool, calm and [create a] tranquil environment, with [a] focus on respect
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.