First conceived nearly 50 years ago, the dream of the Oshman Family JCC officially came to fruition in 2009 as a sprawling, 8.5-acre campus that welcomes people of all backgrounds. The Richard & Rhoda Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex hosts more than 150 group fitness classes per week, complementing these sessions with basketball and volleyball games. A heated outdoor pool supplies six lanes for swimming laps and connects with a sun deck that's ideal for relaxing with a good book or identifying barbell-shaped cloud formations. But the center focuses on enriching people's lives through other means as well. It supports families via kid-friendly camps, activities, and early-childhood education programs. It also hosts cultural events in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, spotlighting the works of renowned artists, musicians, and authors.
From the scenic docks of Fisherman's Wharf, the eponymous shutterbug at Stillwell Photography captures candid shots of individuals or groups of people and transforms them into high-quality portraits. Photo shoots accommodate groups of up to five friends, loved ones, or mathematicians with 30–45 minutes of portrait posing aboard the Nina Tarantino, a historic fishing vessel christened into existence in 1939. After wooing the camera with seductive poses or aggressive stares, subjects can sift through a reel's worth of shots (about 25/session) online and choose one to be rendered into two 5"x7" prints and one 8"x10" print, perfect for placing on a mantle, hanging in an office, or carrying around in a giant wallet. To keep the soul-stealing rendezvous fully customizable, customers can opt for an on-location shoot at a locale of their choosing for an additional fee ($10/10 miles of travel, up to 60 miles). Online orders cost $5 for shipping.
Eat Club cofounders Kevin Yang and Rodrigo Santibanez share more than a Master's of Business Administration from Stanford University, a penchant for technology, and an abiding love for molten chocolate cake. They once experienced a mutual frustration at the lack of convenient and high-quality lunch options for office workers on a hectic schedule. Yang—whose previous jobs have ranged from computational biology research to classical Chinese translation—and Santibanez—who enjoyed spicy food while growing up in Mexico and Neapolitan cuisine while working in Italy—decided to turn that frustration into an opportunity. They came up with a winning concept: meals from local restaurants delivered quickly and affordably to commercial locations. In an NBC Bay Area feature, reporter Kris Sanchez said Yang and Santibanez created the Palo Alto–based startup only two days after graduation. According to Liz Gannes of AllThingsD.com, they have served more than 750 companies in the past year with upward of 60,000 lunches.
The founding partners have since refined their operation with assistance from CEO and e-commerce industry veteran Frank Han. Registered customers get a morning email with the daily menu and place an order online by 10:30 a.m. (or 4 p.m. the day before for 10 or more meals), and staffers deliver the edibles by 12:30 p.m. Busy office workers can order a single meal for themselves, and businesses can provide midday sustenance for up to 500 hungry employees.
ShortKitchen’s name hints at its mission: to help users get in and out of the kitchen in as little time as possible. Staff members base each of their health-focused recipes on the prepared, semiprepared, and raw foods found at a standard Trader Joe’s grocery store, rather than forcing customers to spend weeks tracking and hunting their own kale. After customers submit an online questionnaire outlining their fitness goals and dietary preferences, ShortKitchen’s nutrition pros get to work choosing the Trader Joe's products that best fit the client's personal tastes. They design custom restaurant and takeout dining plans, or craft plans with 9–12 weekly recipes and grocery-shopping lists—each of which is tailored to diets such as gluten-free, weight-loss, and paleo.
Rather than basing plans on calorie counts, staffers balance their recipes with a healthy ratio of carbohydrates to fats to proteins. They also scale each Trader Joe's grocery list to include only the ingredients needed for each meal, ensuring customers don’t have to throw out leftovers at the end of the week or stage a hostile takeover of their neighbor’s pantry.
Start as a Stanford student. Get experience at Facebook, Square, and eBay. And then find work as a delivery driver. It's an uncommon career trajectory, but it worked for the four founders of DoorDash. After realizing that Palo Alto restaurants didn't have a good delivery network, the foursome coded the first prototype of a delivery app within hours. Thirty minutes later, their phone rang with an order, and they had no choice but to hop in the car and start making deliveries.
Within six months, they had a wildly successful app called DoorDash, which gives users access to restaurants such as SugarFish, Urth, Meet in Paris, Katsuya, and more around Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Culver City that didn't previously offer delivery. They built an efficient delivery network that both empowers local businesses and provides customers a convenient and reliable service so they don't have to wait in traffic or at the restaurant.
Short-rib sliders. Jamaican jerk chicken. Mediterranean platters. Gobble helps busy families and kitchen novices create a range of gourmet dinners in less than 10 minutes. Here's how it works: customers sign up to browse a menu filled with globally inspired dishes, which change weekly to keep palates curious. Customers receive their dinner kits in a refrigerated box on a consistent day every week?complete with pre-chopped produce, par-cooked pastas, and marinated proteins. While meal kits can be stored for up to a week, they can be prepared for lunch or dinner in as little as ten minutes with minimal cooking utensils and appliances. This emphasis on crafting quick gourmet dinners has earned Gobble plenty of notice from the foodie community; their positive press includes clippings from The Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and TechCrunch.