Local Services in South Boston

91% Off Photo Shoot from Portrait Scene

Multiple Locations

$218 $19

Seasoned photographers capture individuals and families during on-location shoots

Up to 60% Off Boston Marathon T-Shirt or T-Shirt Quilt

Project Repat

$25 $10

Choose between a t-shirt commemorating the first woman to register in the Boston Marathon, or a quilt made from your old t-shirts

50% Off Language Classes

Boston

$50 $25

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

45% Off Fortune Telling

Boston

$80 $44

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

56% Off In-Studio Piano Lessons

Multiple Locations

$135 $59

Lessons based in classical training for pianists of all ages and experience levels

51% Off PC Repair Service

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

In 24 hours, technicians probe computer systems to chart their health and suss out issues to provide solutions to common computer ailments

Up to 59% Off Voice Lessons or Audio Engineering Course

Back Bay

$120 $55

Work with the coaches and producers that have helped develop artists for The Voice and for labels including Sony and Universal Records

Up to 52% Off DSLR Camera Workshops

The Lenox Hotel

$99 $49

Workshops teach students to explore the manual settings of their digital cameras, including aperture, ISO, and white balance

45% Off One Month of Co-Working Space

Downtown

$350 $193

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

60% Off Custom Framing at Harvard Art & Frame

Thompson Square - Bunker Hill

$120 $48

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Artisans create custom frames for paintings, photos, and 3-D objects using acid-free materials

55% Off Psychic Readings

Downtown

$40 $18

Spiritualists help demystify the present and future with a tarot reading, mediumship, psychometry, or combo reading

Up to 55% Off Custom Apparel Printing

Back Bay

$39.95 $19

You can create the perfect T-shirts, socks, tank tops, or bandanas for any event

Up to 81% Off Tarot Card and Spiritual Reading

Back Bay

$50 $15

Licensed psychic reads the past and present and foretells the future in tarot card, crystal, aura readings for up to 20 people

45% Off Electronics Services and Repairs

Beacon Hill

$150 $83

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Computer technicians venture to clients' homes to solve device issues, such as spyware complications to hardware upgrades

Half Off Jewelry or Watch Repair

Brookline

$50 $25

Horologists restore wristwatches, jewelry, grandfather clocks, and pocket watches to proper, wearable functionality

45% Off Snow Removal

St. Elizabeth's

$40 $22

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

64% Off SAT or ISEE Test Prep

Multiple Locations

$220 $80

Teachers help students understand general knowledge questions in preparation for the SAT or ISEE (Boston Exam School Test)

Up to 72% at Travel Masters Academy

Cambridge

$100 $29

Courses help travelers earn numerous frequent flyer miles without leaving the ground, & redeem them for nearly free flights around the world

51% Off at Digital Printing MA

Chelsea

$100 $49

Digital printers bring signs for small businesses, brochures, flyers, and presentations to life

55% Off

Thompson Square - Bunker Hill

$100 $45

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

Up to 56% Off a Coworking-Community Membership

Admiral's Hill Marina

$125 $59

Waterfront views, sitting and standing desks, and comfy chairs stimulate creativity in this coworking community for entrepreneurs and others

Up to 88% Off Lifetouch Portrait Packages at Target Portrait Studio

Multiple Locations

$204.95 $25

Photographers customize backdrops and props before capturing images with professional gear; posting images in online gallery within 24 hours

49% Off Pet Daycare

Lower Mystic Basin

$35 $18

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

60% Off Private Guitar Lessons

Middleton

$150 $60

Seasoned session musician, performer, and School founder helps students of all ages and skill master the guitar or bass with private lessons

Up to 61% Off In-Studio Photo Shoots

West Street - River Street

$100 $49

Seasoned photographer arranges and creates keepsakes for families and groups of up to six

Up to 54% Off Life or Career Coaching

Quincy

$145 $70

Life & certified career coach Matt Donatelle changes the way you think about your life & career in sessions held in person or by phone/Skype

55% Off Real Estate Licensing Course or Broker's License

Quincy

$350 $157

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

50% Off Massachusetts Real Estate Course

Multiple Locations

$279 $139

The licensed real estate school's instructors teach students how to pass the Massachusetts salesperson test during a 40-hour course

Up to 80% Off Videography or Photography

Boston

$2,000 $599

Each videography option comes with 30 hours of editing; each photography option is for up to four people and comes with 10 retouched images

45% Off Computer Repair

Malden Center

$99 $54

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

Up to 61% Off Furniture

Medford

$100 $49

Selection of home decor and furniture, including tables and chairs

61% Off Custom Framing at The Frame Studio

Hull

$100 $39

Artist and store owner Nanci Jaye provides one-on-one attention at her full-service frame store

Up to 57% Off Kids' Drum Lessons

East Arlington

$25 $12

Longtime drum teacher instructs youth on keeping the beat through classes of up to 5 students

87% Off at The International Entrepreneurship Center

Nonantum

$20 $5

Attend a Wednesday-evening IEC event, or take advantage of entrepreneurial experts with either an hour of mentoring or pitch practice

Up to 67% Off at Tail Waggerz Pet Care

Nonantum

$62 $30

7,500-square-foot indoor and outdoor facility where pets are bathed, cared for, socialized, and pampered

Up to 63% Off Reading and Writing Classes

Newton Upper Falls

$240 $99

Age-grouped classes get students analyzing & discussing texts to improve reading comprehension, writing skills & critical thinking; age 5–18

50% Off Wedding-Planning Workshop

Auburndale

$299 $149

An experienced wedding planner teaches brides the basics of vendor selection, contracts, DIY projects, budgeting, and more

Up to 62% Off Kindermusik Play-Dates

Auburndale

$15 $7

Parents engage with their children through guided musical activities using instruments provided by the Suzuki School of Newton

75% Off Mattress Set or Futon Frame and Mattress

Upper Washington - Spring Street

$200 $50

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Mattress sets from Symbol, Serta, and Simmons Beautyrest come with delivery

Select Local Merchants

At Logan Furniture, you will find quality brand name furniture, accessories and mattresses for less. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the styles they want at a price they can actually afford.

50 Freeport St
Dorchester,
MA
US

Lindsay Busa is fulfilling a passion that she’s had since she was a child. With a thoroughly trained eye, she lends her design sense to residential projects, including room redesigns, organization, furniture selection, and holiday decor. Lindsay also extends her services to commercial projects such as staging houses for real-estate showings and creating visually attractive storefronts.

40 tuttle st apt 1
dorchester,
MA
US

One might not expect an immigrant with no formal education to name his family business after Yale University. But that's just what Steve Sheinkopf's grandfather did in 1923, and the pluckiness of the name was a harbinger of the company's ability to thrive against all odds. Over the course of almost 90 years, Yale Appliance & Lighting weathered the Great Depression and other economic crises, yet Sheinkopf's grandfather kept the business going and even made enough to help his four brothers emigrate to America. In 1984, when the landlord sold the Portland Street building that had housed Yale for 30 years, Sheinkopf helped his father measure a space on Freeport Street on the coldest day of that year. They've been there ever since.

What keeps the company going is a refusal to rest on its laurels and an almost obsessive commitment to customer satisfaction. On any given weekday, you'll find Sheinkopf blogging exhaustive side-by-side comparisons of a variety of his merchandise. The now 25,000-square-foot store houses more than 3,500 lights and thousands of appliances and plumbing products, and its delivery and service departments have grown to include 112 experienced employees and a fleet of 25 heavy-duty vehicles and industrial-size Tonka trucks.

The family legacy continues to flourish. Yale Appliance & Lighting’s kitchen appliances have made the megastore a multiyear winner of Boston magazine’s Best of Boston awards. As reported in the Boston Business Journal, Yale earned a Green Award from Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the city of Boston in 2007 for promoting energy-efficient appliances with education and in-store rebates. That same year, the Journal named Yale Appliance & Lighting one of the best places to work in Boston, which may be partly due to the frequent in-store cooking demos performed by regional chefs.

296 Freeport St
Dorchester,
MA
US

Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider understands why his clients would want to pamper their pups with massage and reiki sessions or warm-water swims. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It’s a relationship that’s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.” The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel—and its second location in Boston—because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.

Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also offers multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services.

Schneider hired and trained a staff for around-the-clock supervision and care. Dogs who are aging, have health issues, or secretly write reviews for Frommer's get special attention in a room with a fireplace and stretch lounges.

274 Southampton St
Boston,
MA
US

Commended by Boston magazine in 2008 for wedding-gown preservation, Dependable Cleaners offers a basketful of laundering and dry-cleaning services. Turn last night's unfortunate ketchup incident into tonight's food-free canvas with same-day service. Items dropped off before 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday can typically be picked up by 5 p.m. that same day, depending on the location. Though prices vary by location, all stores offer the same reliable de-staining services for dusty dresses ($14.04–$15.34), slovenly shirts ($2.54–$2.88), and pigpennish pants ($7.08–$7.98). Hide a fading summer tan with a freshly depurated jacket ($7.65–$8.52) or sweater ($7.23–$8.73). Dependable Cleaners locations can also handle unconventional vestments such as ballroom gowns, Ugg boots, and antique tri-cornered hats.

249 Newbury St
Boston,
MA
US

Head instructor Francois Asselin has guided Boston Sailing Center's neophytes to seaworthiness for more than 15 years, with his programs reaching more than 400 students annually. Mr. Asselin and his cadre of nine other sailing instructors take small groups onto the water to provide hands-on experience with the ropes, sails, steering, and maintenance of sailboats. Together, they introduce the science of seamanship or sharpen the skills of experienced sailors so they can eventually set sail on their own with a complete mastery over wind, water, and doing jumping jacks with a peg leg.

Boston Sailing Center owns an armada of vessels, which, in addition to lessons, may be rented for on-the-water events or lent out to members for regular sailing. Skippers conduct tours of Boston Harbor's skyline, stopping at scenic islands for impromptu picnics or to let parents maroon angst-ridden teenagers.

54 Lewis Wharf
Boston,
MA
US