Archive for April, 2011

$30 for a 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lesson at Sacred Cross Horse Services in Castro Valley ($60 Value)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$30 for a 60-Minute Horseback-Riding Lesson at Sacred Cross Horse Services in Castro Valley ($60 Value)

The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 60-minute horseback-riding lesson at Sacred Cross Horse Services in San Ramon (a $60 value).

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Canyon Creek Ranch, Sacred Cross Horse Services instills harmony between human and horse through an array of training programs and outdoor riding adventures. Led by equine extraordinaire Ashley Mason, rough riders of any rank can saddle up to learn the basics of horseback riding or take the time to practice equestrian techniques, all while working to build self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to ride while texting. Geared toward a family-friendly atmosphere, the one-hour private lesson provides cowboys-in-training with an elite pony playground boasting an indoor and outdoor arena as well as on-site trails.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Dry-Cleaning and Laundry Services with Pick-up and Delivery from PurpleTie in Redwood City

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$15 for $30 Worth of Dry-Cleaning and Laundry Services with Pick-up and Delivery from PurpleTie in Redwood City

Before dry cleaning, clothing was washed by dressing up a phalanx of backyard laundry scarecrows just before thunderstorms. Today's Groupon lets you do away with sopping straw men and clean your clothes the new-fashioned way—with science. For $15, you get $30 worth of mobile dry-cleaning and laundry services from PurpleTie based in Redwood City. Click here for PurpleTie’s service area.

PurpleTie bathes and repairs body sheaths with a laundry list of environmentally friendly services with the option of pick-up and delivery from the home or office. The accommodating staff dry cleans dirt, grime, and stains from physique trimmings such as jackets ($6.99 home/$5.99 work), sweaters ($5.99/$5.49), and dresses ($9.99/$8.99). Tricky materials such as silk, leather, and stardust also receive deft and delicate treatment. Conventional laundry services are available for pieces such as hung cotton shirts ($2.19/$1.99) and jeans ($5.99/$5.49), as well as mending and alteration for shoddy shoes, distressed purses, and even eyeglasses in need of a tune-up.

PurpleTie’s cleaning services incorporate several eco-friendly techniques, including the use of a carbon-neutral delivery fleet, reusable laundry bags, and a 100% perchloroethylene-free dry-cleaning method. Mother Nature–inspired practices such as these allow the purifying process to run carbon neutrally, like commuting to work in a Radio Flyer wagon.

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$135 for Two-Hour Spa Package at Au Natural Skin Rejuvenation Center in Oakland

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$135 for Two-Hour Spa Package at Au Natural Skin Rejuvenation Center in Oakland

Skin is a mischievous trickster, frequently embarrassing its wearers by sprouting sudden date-destroying blemishes or decorating itself with NSFW wrinkle patterns. Curb your skin's attempts at sabotage with today's Groupon: for $135, you get a deep-cleansing facial, micropeel, Biolight treatment, detoxifying body wrap, and hand treatment at Au Natural Skin Rejuvenation Center (a $315 value) in Oakland.

Au Natural rewards relaxation seekers with customized skincare treatments, high-quality products, and a welcoming spa environment. After settling into the softly lit treatment room, guests will be treated to a deep pore-cleansing facial that cleanses and steams dermises before evicting dead skin cells with an exfoliating mask ($120 value). As the neck and shoulders are liquefied via massage, the face will be hugged with a hydrating finishing mask that delicately lulls irate pores into a refreshing slumber. Epidermises will also be treated with the enzyme-infused exfoliation of a micropeel ($50) as well as the collagen-stimulating Biolight, which slathers facial fabrics with a skin-appropriate serum and provides a 10-minute soak beneath a LED light for cheeks as warm and toasty as a recently evacuated sleeping bag ($50).

Created to extract toxins and unplug pores filled by bad vibes and edible ghosts, detoxifying body wraps swaddle figures for a stress-eradicating experience ($80) as a hand treatment doses parched fingertips with the moisture-endowing ingredients of GM Collins and La Bouquetiere products ($15). Au Natural's quaint space offers a calming oasis of plush furniture with a vintage flair and ornate decorations.

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$75 for a Couples Massage at Orchid Bloom Spa in Los Altos ($150 Value)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$75 for a Couples Massage at Orchid Bloom Spa in Los Altos ($150 Value)

Enjoying a massage with a loved one is one of the most sincere ways to express appreciation for them, second only to finger-combing their hair for tasty insects. Pamper yourself and a partner with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-hour couples massage at Orchid Bloom Spa in Los Altos (a $150 value).

The professional muscle mashers at Orchid Bloom Spa soothe bodies and minds during couples sessions featuring gentle Swedish massage. Lie side-by-side on separate tables with a friend, family member, or other familiar-looking person as two therapists use touch techniques designed to alleviate tired muscles. With the help of aromatic oils, massage sages press and rub frustrated fibers and ligaments to encourage blood flow. The service makes a thoughtful gift that the giver can also benefit from, similar to flowers that can be programmed to whisper subliminal messages.

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$75 for a Haircut and Color at Studio 290 in Mill Valley (Up to $180 Value)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$75 for a Haircut and Color at Studio 290 in Mill Valley (Up to $180 Value)

A haircut is like a breakup—it doesn't seem like you need one until someone starts brandishing scissors. Get cut by a professional with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a haircut and your choice of base color or partial highlights at Studio 290, located in Mill Valley (up to a $180 value).

Studio 290’s crew of stylists, each with more than 10 years of experience, transforms mop-topped patrons into walking hair idols with an assortment of services. The salon is both dog and kid friendly, allowing clients to consult with a pet or a human seedling before picking a style. Let one of Studio 290’s hair experts landscape scalp grass to complement your body type, cheekbone contours, and facial tattoos of yourself (up to a $75 value), followed by a brain-warming blow-dry. This Groupon also lets customers tweak their head's hue with either a full-color service from roots to tips (an $80+ value) or intimidating racing stripes with partial highlights (a $105+ value).

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$25 for $50 Credit for To-Dos from TaskRabbit

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$25 for $50 Credit for To-Dos from TaskRabbit

Unlike dust, dishes, and leaf-clogged gutters, not all domestic drudgery can be hidden under the bed to be dealt with later. Excavate to-dos with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 credit for household help from TaskRabbit.

TaskRabbit conveniently eliminates household projects with a unique online process that contacts nearby runners to complete everyday tasks at reasonable, negotiable prices. Customers post a task online and how much they are willing to pay, and then they may be contacted by a "runner"—often within 30 minutes— who is willing to offer his or her skills as a seamstress, notary, writer, handyman, plumber, and amateur secret agent, among other skills. Jobs vary in price based on difficulty or the amount of work involved, with average assignments running $20 to $30 each. Runners swiftly perform deeds and accept payment through the website's account, preventing cash-allergic clients from sprouting unsightly hives from excess wallet contact.

Task a runner with everyday assignments that are hard to fit into busy schedules, such as grocery lugging and dry-cleaning retrieval, or toss them an onerous to-do list filled with instructions like "Organize closet," "Repair old shoes," and "Take the fern for a walk." Each member of TaskRabbit's online network must pass a multilayer, national background check by Acxiom and are continuously and publicly reviewed to verify their expertise and moral fortitude. Check the FAQ section for more information.

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$15 for Two Tickets to a Secret Improv Society Show ($30 Value)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$15 for Two Tickets to a Secret Improv Society Show ($30 Value)

Improv comedy shows, unlike criminal court proceedings and open-heart surgeries, encourage people in the room to shout out suggestions. Explore the extemporaneous with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to a performance by the Secret Improv Society at the Shelton Theater (a $30 value). Parents should note that Secret Improv Society shows are for mature audiences and not suitable for children younger than 16.

The Secret Improv Society is composed of a talented lineup of seasoned improvisers who teach audiences that there's a way into and out of every imaginable situation. The doors open at 9:45 p.m. each Saturday for the 10 p.m. show. For roughly 75 minutes, these real, human improvisers craft original blankets of hilarity out of the threads of improvised games, short sketches, live music, and audience participation. Every single show is a brand-new experience that explores the twisted contours of humor and reason, excavating comedy from mines of everyday life.

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$7 for $15 Worth of Mediterranean Fare at Blue Front Cafe

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$7 for $15 Worth of Mediterranean Fare at Blue Front Cafe

In his famous classical conditioning experiment, Ivan Pavlov proved that it’s physically impossible for a Russian scientist's mouth not to water when it says the word “hummus.” Moisten your own sandwich receptacle with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Mediterranean fare and more at Blue Front Cafe.

The giant genie outside the Blue Front Cafe grants customers a wealth of largely Mediterranean menu items, including the falafel burrito, a super-powered blend of garbanzos, hummus, lentils, and rice sidekicked with avocado and tahini sauce ($7.99). The eatery also serves more basic sandwiches, such as the fresh-baked turkey sandwich with melted havarti, which is melted the basic way ($7.75). A number of breakfast options are on hand to degrumble morning fuel tanks, including the three-organic-egg greek omelet ($8.99), which pairs nicely with coffee ($1.60–$2), fresh-squeezed orange sweat ($2.25–$2.95), and thoughts of returning for a beer from the tap ($3.50).

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$99 for Glass-Making Experience at Holy City Art Glass ($280 Value)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
$99 for Glass-Making Experience at Holy City Art Glass ($280 Value)

Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $99, you get one glass-making experience at Holy City Art Glass in Los Gatos (a $280 value). This Groupon requires a reservation and is for ages 14+. An adult must accompany any participant aged 14–18. Participants must wear short-sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes, and safety glasses are provided.

Holy City Art Glass—housed in a ghost town's one-time post office—sets a historic stage for anyone to learn the time-honored art of creating glass art. Over the course of the two-hour session, accomplished owner Tom Stanton and his cadre of savvy, dedicated glass-art gurus steer the class of 8–10 artistes-to-be through a triumvirate of traditional glass-making processes. Students will first learn how to engrave glass surfaces by etching a star onto a beveled piece of glass, utilizing the same processes that expert artisans employ to cut Waterford Crystal and tree-trunk love poems for JJJfilms.

After crafting glass objects out of glass frits, powder, and hand-cut pieces of glass, students will practice the Old World process of glass painting. At the end of the session, greenhorn glass artists will have made three distinct pieces to share with friends and family or distract eyes from annoyingly translucent windowpanes.

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$45 for $100 Towards Facials at Capricious Skin Care

Friday, April 29th, 2011
$45 for $100 Towards Facials at Capricious Skin Care

When your stomach is unhappy, you get a stomachache, but when your face is unhappy, it drags you around by your tongue and makes your mouth hold a pen to write yourself an angry letter. Keep your face happy with today's Groupon: for $45 you get $100 towards facials at Capricious Skin Care in Los Gatos.

Capricious Skin Care provides visitors with quality face-smoothing services using top-notch skincare products. Customers can choose from a variety of facials that efficiently add lustrous sheen to faces while removing dead skin and sticky parking tickets. Opt for a glycolic pumpkin peel ($110 for 50 minutes), which morphs dull complexions into youthful skin with antioxidants and enzymes, or a powerful acne clearing facial ($95 for 50 minutes), which treats and prevents pimply breakouts. A classic spa facial applies a professional double cleanse, exfoliation, aromatic massage, mask, toner, and skin protection to the body part on which the nose is likely to be located ($90 for 50 minutes), and mouthed and mouth-less customers alike can enjoy an anti-aging facial ($100 for 50 minutes), skin brightening treatment ($110 for 50 minutes), or sensitive-skin treatment ($90 for 50 minutes).

Spasters can wind down and rest easy in the clean and crisp salon knowing they are in the capable hands of an experienced face-bettering staff. Taking care of your face is important at any age. When gobs of pie filling splatter your grill or an outer-space skydive forms a sheet of ice over your cheeks, it’s nice to know that underneath it all, your face is still primed for a high-school reunion.

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