Archive for May, 2011

$45 for The Napa Card from GrapeBomb.com ($100 Value)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$45 for The Napa Card from GrapeBomb.com ($100 Value)

Grapes generally have two options in life—be harvested in their prime and fermented into delicious wines, or grow into raisinhood to be shunned in Halloween giveaways. Bask in grapey glory with today's Groupon: for $45, you get The Napa Card—a Napa Valley wine-tasting pass and savings card—from GrapeBomb.com (a $100 value). All offers associated with The Napa Card are redeemable through the end of 2011.

The Napa Card–holders walk the burgundy carpet at more than 30 wineries around Napa Valley and enjoy exclusive savings at local businesses. Wallets stay comfortably nestled in pocket hammocks with complimentary tastings for two at 12 wineries, including Cuvaison, Girard, and Clif Family Winery & Farm. Tour the 2,400-square-foot garage at Revolver Wine Company or soak up the knowledge of Beaulieu Vineyard's guides on a historic tour of their winery, stocked with redwood wine tanks that are more than 100 years old. Savings abound at several other wineries, dousing members with two-for-one tastings and 5%–25% off wine purchases, ideal for restocking gift closets or stocking up for shirt-staining parties.

Grape smashers can enrich their winery-spelunking by taking advantage of included savings on lodging, spa services, dining, and more. Grab a stool at Silo's, where hand-selected wines and local microbrews wash down the sounds of live jazz, blues, reggae, and surprisingly digestible cocktail napkins, or put hot air to good use on rides with Napa Valley Balloons, floating in FAA-certified piloted crafts.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Spices from Spicely Organic Spices

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$15 for $30 Worth of Spices from Spicely Organic Spices

The proper amount of spice elevates a mundane dish to new flavorful heights, leading NASA to abandon its shuttle program in favor of cheaper chili-powered flying saucers. Taste the future with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of organic spices from Spicely Organic Spices.

Spicely Organic Spices' herb-hunting moguls scour the globe for naturally grown spices and teas and distribute them in bulk to household pantries and professional eateries. A selection of more than 400 items are carefully selected to screen out artificial sweeteners, genetic modifications, and irradiation, ensuring healthy flavor and making it next to impossible to accidentally acquire the powers of an oregano plant. Enliven lackluster spice racks with signature eastern flavors such as piquant organic ground cumin ($10.99 for 13 oz.) or thai curry seasoning, a zesty blend of organic paprika, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne, and other exotic tastes ($12.99/lb.). The American Kitchen 12-Box Sampler restores depleted reserves with a dozen cookery classics such as organic rosemary, garlic, and basil ($32.40)––which, as everyone knows, are red, white, and blue flavored, respectively. Ovens relish the sacchariferous scent of the anise seed and vanilla bean found in the Baker's Favorites 12-Box Sampler ($36), and neighborhood hummingbirds will take song requests in exchange for a hot cup of nectar made from organic hibiscus-flower ($7.99 for 14 oz.).

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$150 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments of Your Choice at LaserAway (Up to $900 Value)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$150 for Three Laser Hair-Removal Treatments of Your Choice at LaserAway (Up to $900 Value)

It may be a few more millennia before human evolution finally gets around to erasing unwanted hair along the lip, chin, and bikini line. Give nature a nudge with today’s Groupon: for $150, you get three laser hair-removal treatments of your choice at LaserAway, with locations in San Francisco and Walnut Creek (up to a $900 value). Click here for the available treatment areas and their values.

Unlike the candle cruelty of waxing and the barbaric ripping away of hair, laserful light is a quick, safe, and effective method for removing unwanted follicles. A state-of-the-art laser targets individual follicles, effectively treating unwanted hair with maximum comfort. LaserAway’s medical professionals are all experienced and fully qualified to administer a variety of services that fit your individual needs. Pick which spot to smooth from the 13 available treatment areas, which include the bikini line, underarms, eyebrows, and Sharpie mustache.

If everything in our lives could be safely and professionally lasered away, our embarrassing moments, soup stains, parking violations, and ugly family-obligated sweaters would all vanish in a flash. As it stands, lasers can at least get you streamlined and smooth for Slip 'N Slide season.

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$75 for a One-Hour Fat- or Cellulite-Reduction Session at PerfectMe by Laser in Burlingame ($300 Value)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$75 for a One-Hour Fat- or Cellulite-Reduction Session at PerfectMe by Laser in Burlingame ($300 Value)

Losing weight is a challenge almost as difficult as reading an entire dictionary or climbing a tree that’s covered in canola oil. Take an expert approach to tackling the task of slimming down with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-hour fat- or cellulite-reduction session at PerfectMe by Laser in Burlingame (a $300 value). Guests can choose to use the Zerona, VelaShape, or Vaser Shape machines on a single area, such as the thigh, torso, or arms.

PerfectMe by Laser slims bodies with a trio of FDA-approved, noninvasive treatments designed to reduce the appearance of cellulite and shave off inches using laser, light, and massage technologies. Zerona invokes the power of Mr. Freeze with a cold laser that targets adipose cells, causing them to jettison fat through their membranes and into intercellular space to be carried away by the lymphatic system. Most patients report no sensation during the 40-minute procedure, allowing fat burners to relax during the cellulite siphoning. The usual treatment regimen is six procedures over two weeks, so guests can use today's deal to get started on their laser-assisted fat-loss journey.

Alternatively, VelaShape technology uses bipolar radio frequency, massage, and infrared light to shrink fat cells while increasing metabolism, burning away lipid deposits, and steamrolling uneven skin. VelaShape shows noticeable effects in as few as four treatments. The Vaser Shape machine combines ultrasonic vibration with massage to realign fat deposits while jump starting fat-devouring cellular metabolism. The sound waves and massage action from the hand piece smooth away cellulite while draining fat and toxins. Full effects usually take around three to five weeks with one zonal massage treatment and one ultrasound therapy treatment per week.

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Med-spa Services at Monterey Skin Fitness Center

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Med-spa Services at Monterey Skin Fitness Center

Regular facials often lead to a glowing complexion, compliments from total strangers, and the ability to purchase Happy Meals without a fake ID. Retaste the cuisine of childhood with today's Groupon to Monterey Skin Fitness Center in Monterey. Choose between the following options:

  • For $79, you get your choice of a MicroPeel, Refinity peel, or Vi peel (a $175 value).
  • For $170, you get your choice of 20 units of Botox or 50 units of Dysport (a $340 value).

Working under board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David S. Goldberg, Monterey Skin Fitness Center’s licensed aestheticians work to halt the march of time with an array of skin-plumping peels and injections. Aestheticians offer guidance during every step of each treatment with a full evaluation and explanations for postpeel care. The 30–45 minute MicroPeel curbs breakouts, smooths wrinkles, and conditions and protects formerly fraught faces to maintain a freshly peeled appearance. The peel's immediate results make it ideal for a last-minute spruce on the way to extreme staring contests. Refinity peels take about 30 minutes to renew skin with a gentle application of glycolic acid, while protecting it with Cosmederm-7, a patented anti-irritation ingredient that reduces postpeel grouchiness for sensitive skin. Treat pimple-prone pores with a Vi peel, which lifts away scum, sun spots, and the appearance of scars while firming the skin. The 20-minute Vi peel yields visible results after about four days; results are maximized over multiple treatments.

Botox and Dysport treatments temporarily silence the patter of crow’s-feet and turn frown lines inside out with an injection of a natural protein botulinium toxin. After a consultation, Dr. Goldberg will inject Botox or Dysport into furrowed facial muscles. Muscles relax like a puppy in a hammock within a few days, smoothing the skin’s surface for three and six months.

Dysport and Botox may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening, including problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing. Read all safety considerations for Dysport and Botox first.

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$7 for $15 Worth of Fresh Mexican Fare at Baja

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$7 for $15 Worth of Fresh Mexican Fare at Baja

Similar to a Teddy Ruxpin, a burrito is totally unassuming from the outside but mind-blowing once the exterior is breached with a Fisher Price tool set. Experience the wonderment of goodness warmly wrapped inside a billowy shell with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual Mexican eats at Baja Fresh, with locations in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, and Corte Madera.

At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare comprised of fresh-made guacamole, salsas, and never-frozen meats. An array of burritos or tacos swaddle themselves within the stuffed blanket of a warm flour or corn tortilla. Similarly, the signature Baja burrito smothers its protein with melted jack, guacamole, and pico de gallo ($6.69–$7.89), prepping itself for a burrito battle against the spicy nacho burrito stuffed with chicken, cheese, black or pinto beans, rice, queso fundido, jalapeños, crunchy tortilla chips, and salsa crema ($6.39). For lighter lifting, the kitchen also outputs fire-grilled mahi mahi tacos ($2.99 each), mango-chipotle chicken salad ($6.49), and tortilla-free burrito bowls in need of a sharp, prong-powered friend.

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$30 for One Private Yoga Session ($95 Value) or Five Vinyasa Classes ($75 Value) at Cocoon Urban Day Spa

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$30 for One Private Yoga Session ($95 Value) or Five Vinyasa Classes ($75 Value) at Cocoon Urban Day Spa

The first master yogis bent themselves like twist-ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. Now that all of your human and animal enemies are in exile, defeat work-related stress with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get one 45-minute private yoga session (a $95 value) or five Vinyasa yoga classes (a $75 value) at Cocoon Urban Day Spa on First Street.

Cocoon Urban Day Spa’s instructors, led by veteran yoga teacher Maya Ramsay, teach Vinyasa-style yoga at a pace that includes everyone and leaves no yogi behind. Busy professionals and parents will have no trouble fitting yoga into their schedules at Cocoon, which hosts one-hour Vinyasa Flow classes every day except Sunday. Through a series of choreographed poses and breathing techniques, guests can achieve the flexibility required to sleep comfortably in an overhead luggage compartment. Lone wolves that prefer to downward dog away from the pack can hone their stretchable skills in a 45-minute, one-on-one private session under a yoga expert’s guidance.

Cocoon's spacious yoga studio, constructed of all-natural materials, is a relaxing place to stretch, strengthen, and balance all bodily components. Yoga classes will help achieve a healthier, more relaxed persona capable of remaining at ease throughout the most hectic of situations, such as finishing a jigsaw puzzle while wearing a beard of bees.

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$49 for a Three-Series Textile Course at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley ($150 Value)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$49 for a Three-Series Textile Course at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley ($150 Value)

The finest fabrics—like fashion magazines that explode when you're finished reading them—can help keep us both stylish and warm. Safely stay stylish with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a three-series textile course at the California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley (a $150 value).

The California School of Professional Fabric Design has woven a diverse curriculum to educate textile trainees on the ins and outs of the fabric industry in a vocational training program that prepares them for freelance and full-time work. Artistic passion is the only requirement for enrollees in the school's three two-hour sessions, where budding textile designers will take in an overview of the mass-produced textile industry, craft their own preliminary designs, teach proper hygiene to cashmere goats, and explore career possibilities. In the first session, a skilled instructor will dish on the introductory basics of global textile production before the second course opens up the workshop floor for apprentices to create their own textile designs and gives homework to students after the class to bring to the final class. The third session then sets the stage for a show and tell, where cloth canoodlers will present their preliminary designs and the exuberant crossing guards that inspired their creation. In addition, students can drum up inspiration for textile designing with a tour of a professional textile-design gallery.

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$225 for a Zoom! Teeth-Whitening Treatment and Whitening Trays For At-Home Use at Piedmont Dental by Design ($685 Value)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
$225 for a Zoom! Teeth-Whitening Treatment and Whitening Trays For At-Home Use at Piedmont Dental by Design ($685 Value)

Teeth must be both unstained and gleaming to impress observers, which is why George Washington coated his wooden dentures with Wite-Out and glitter. Give your teeth an inspiring shine with today's Groupon: for $225, you get an in-office Zoom! teeth-whitening treatment, custom whitening trays for at-home use, whitening and desensitizing gels, and a case at Piedmont Dental by Design (a $685 value).

At Piedmont Dental by Design, Dr. Jill Martenson whitens teeth up to eight shades with stain-eradicating gel and a Zoom! light. In the in-office treatment, pearly-whitening gel brightens the outlook of noir-influenced teeth in three 15-minute sessions under a Zoom! light, breaking up stains and discoloration even after they've exchanged promise rings. As patients' teeth doff tar-stained leather jackets and don new white coats, muscles are massaged as necks rest on a pillow. Provided take-home trays and additional whitening and desensitizing gels can touch up the winning smiles of the skeletons spilling out of your house's closets.

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$35 for $70 (or $50 for $100) Worth of Baby Accessories and Home Décor at Tourance

Monday, May 30th, 2011
$35 for $70 (or $50 for $100) Worth of Baby Accessories and Home Décor at Tourance

Without local shops, shoppers would buy blankets exclusively from in-flight catalogs, forcing fathers to sneak into airplane-wheel wells on Black Friday to order swaddling blankets for their babies. Enjoy earthbound browsing with today's Groupon to Tourance. Choose between the following options:

  • For $35, you get $70 worth of baby accessories and home décor.
  • For $50, you get $100 worth of baby accessories and home décor.

Focused on quality and texture, Tourance crafts an array of silky soft blankets, throws, and baby jackets to suit a wide range of tastes and baby-enveloping needs. Ensure safe delivery from the stork's mouth to your waiting arms with a cuddly swaddling blanket, available in several patterns including candy dot, fleur-de-lis, and paisley ($26). After a bath, wee ones can dry off in style in a colorfully printed hooded towel ($44), made with a generous amount of fabric so youngsters can continue to use bath-time capes into their fourth or fifth year. Parents can also give little girls instant street cred with a faux-snow-leopard-fur jacket ($68) or gently wipe be-drooled chins with a cotton and chenille-lined bib-and-burp-cloth set ($25).

Tourance's cozy throws are suitable for adults; come in a variety of styles such as rose bud ($150–$380), lux fur ($180–$580), lux faux fur ($180–$580), and animal print ($150–$380); and sport a heavenly texture similar to a combination of soft flower petals, luxurious goose down, and the unmarred pad of a kitten's paw. Meanwhile, the rosebud-cream-and-chocolate scarf ($43) swathes chilly necks in a double-sided swirl of cozy faux fur and the rosebud-truffle pillow ($75) provides a rich focal point for a favorite sofa, chair, or ejection seat. Aside from offering a plethora of attractive blankets and throws, Tourance employs a friendly customer-service team that is always on hand to ensure each customer leaves with something soft and snuggly.

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