Archive for April, 2012

$18 for Oil-Change Package at Precision Tune Auto Care (Up to $68.85 Value). Ten Locations Available.

Monday, April 30th, 2012
$18 for Oil-Change Package at Precision Tune Auto Care (Up to $68.85 Value). Ten Locations Available.

The thrill of cruising the open road in a finely tuned automobile is surpassed only by the thrill of watching a chicken cross the open road, but not asking why. Saddle up for four-wheeled thrills with this Groupon.

$18 for Premium-Plus Oil Change, Brake Inspection, and Tire Rotation (Up to $68.85 Value)

Choose from 10 locations in San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Salinas, and Fremont.

Though Precision Tune Auto Care sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

Precision Tune Auto Care

For more than 35 years, the highly trained technicians at Precision Tune Auto Care have been the sworn enemy of check-engine lights around the globe, battling auto troubles with a full array of maintenance and repair services. They tackle problems both cosmetic and mechanical on sedans, SUVs, minivans, and even hybrids, which require special care since they’re half car and half human. From 350 locations in six countries, these car clinicians hone their expertise by servicing 2.5 million vehicles each year.

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Mani-Pedi with Optional Hot-Stone Foot Massage at Vanity SpaSalon in Sunnyvale (Up to 69% Off)

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Mani-Pedi with Optional Hot-Stone Foot Massage at Vanity SpaSalon in Sunnyvale (Up to 69% Off)

Watching paint dry can make people restless, especially when the paint covers a television screen or a car's windshield. Speed into nice nails with this quick-drying Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $25 for a mani-pedi (an $80 value)
  • $39 for the above mani-pedi with a 15-minute hot-stone foot massage (a $105 value)

Vanity SpaSalon

The lighting is soft, but the touch is firm. That's the case during Vanity SpaSalon's signature treatment, a combination of massage modalities that includes hot-stone, Swedish, and shiatsu techniques, all administered in a private room where candles and small table lamps toss light across burgundy walls. The color scheme and relaxation spill over into the salon, where stylists begin each haircut with an upper-body massage that relieves shoulders of the strain of shrugging off bossy stoplights. Strands then nibble on the proteins and carbs that infuse Redken's men's products, or smell the fragrant notes of naturally derived blends from Carol's Daughter.

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$25 for Five Premium Exterior Car Washes at Millbrae Car Wash ($50 Value)

Monday, April 30th, 2012
$25 for Five Premium Exterior Car Washes at Millbrae Car Wash ($50 Value)

Washing a car, like performing taxidermy on a marlin, keeps it looking the way it did when it first came off the line. Preserve your greatest catch with this Groupon.

$25 for Five Premium Exterior Car Washes ($50 Value)

Car-wash attendants hand-wash vehicles, equipping them with air freshener before sending them through a tunnel for rainbow wax application, soft-cloth polishing, and drying. Staff then finalize washes with a soft-cloth towel drying by hand.

Millbrae Car Wash

At Millbrae Car Wash, attendants guide auto owners into their two-lane car-wash bay for soft-touch exterior or full-service car washes, including higher-tiered options that douse paint jobs and wheels with Rain-X. After their cars exit the wash tunnel, auto owners can watch from under a table umbrella as attendants clean out interiors using vacuums that are studying for their drivers' permits. When road grime reaches severe status, the shop's detailing technicians massage carnauba wax onto paint jobs, shampoo floor mats, and coat surfaces with biodegradable Blue Coral cleaning products.

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Hot Air Balloon Tour with Optional Winery Tour and Tasting from Balloon Over Napa Sonoma in Saint Helena (Up to 62% Off)

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Hot Air Balloon Tour with Optional Winery Tour and Tasting from Balloon Over Napa Sonoma in Saint Helena (Up to 62% Off)

Hot air balloon rides shatter the stork community's monopoly on carrying humans in baskets. Democratize the skies with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

Passengers glide over valleys and vineyards in a wide, 25-person basket helmed by a licensed commercial balloon pilot. As they survey the countryside and shoot photos of curious paper airplanes, riders nibble snacks and take part in a sparkling cider toast. Upon return to earth, they gather for a wine celebration. Tours include a chauffeured limousine ride to and from the balloon launch site.

After their hot air balloon tour, participants board a chauffeur limo and travel to the winery housed in a castle built in 13th-century Tuscan style. Following a tour of the fermentation facilities and barrel room, guests taste five different wines from the winery and current releases.

Balloon Over Napa Sonoma

Each of Balloon Over Napa Sonoma’s FAA-certified hot air balloon pilots maintain a perfect safety record in their gentle, slow flights over the Napa Valley, even after logging thousands of in-flight hours for private and commercial licenses. Though they've tamed thermals over five continents, each has returned to the valley to showcase local winery estates on ever-changing tours that never follow a set path, but instead follow the whim of the breezes. Other guides take passengers on chauffeured limousine rides to visit those same vineyards to sample their wines at the ground level to avoid forcing winemakers to test out their accuracy with a fire hose.

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Canine Rabies Shot, Pet Microchip, or Adult-Dog Care Package from VIP Petcare Services (Up to 62% Off)

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Canine Rabies Shot, Pet Microchip, or Adult-Dog Care Package from VIP Petcare Services (Up to 62% Off)

Pets, like children, require proper care and attention to ensure they don't get bored and bite the mailman. Pamper furry ankle biters with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $5 for a canine rabies shot (a $12 value)
  • $15 for a pet microchip (a $39 value)
  • $20 for an adult-dog care package (a $42 value) that includes a 5 in 1 vaccine, a bordetella vaccine, and a fecal-parasite screening

VIP Petcare Services

Since 1995, VIP Petcare Services has been operating mobile clinics to make preventive care accessible and affordable for all pet owners. The clinics rotate through 150 markets and provide heartworm or FIV tests, flea treatments, dewormers, and other vital care on a regular basis to keep pets healthy. Furry friends stay easily identifiable after microchipping services, and vaccination packages protect from maladies that range from rabies to bordetella to the urge to chase moving lasers. Each clinic is overseen by a state-licensed vet to ensure the safety of each animal. VIP Petcare Services also partners with pet retail stores and animal shelters in each of their markets, and donates many supplies to animal-control and rescue groups every year.

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Mani-Pedi Packages at Galaxy Nail Spa in Walnut Creek (Up to 55% Off). Multiple Options Available.

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Mani-Pedi Packages at Galaxy Nail Spa in Walnut Creek (Up to 55% Off). Multiple Options Available.

Our dexterous hands are what separate us from the animals, specifically by locking our front doors. Domesticate your digits with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $19 for a classic manicure and a spa pedicure (a $42 value)
  • $28 for a classic manicure and ultimate spa pedicure or a shellac manicure and spa pedicure (up to a $61 value)

Nail technicians buff and file nails during the classic manicure, creating shapely talons before polishing them with a colorful hue. The spa pedicure exfoliates heels with a fruit enzyme and footbath as technicians layer legs in hot towels before massaging them and painting the toenails.

Patrons can opt to upgrade to shellac polish, which maintains a chip-free façade for up to two weeks. For an enhanced pedicure experience, guests can revel in the ultimate spa pedicure as technicians steep feet in an aromatherapy footbath and exfoliate legs and heels with a salt scrub. A honey-butter moisturizing treatment is then slathered onto skin before hot towels coddle feet and legs, swathing them in rich hydration before technicians massage and polish tootsies.

Galaxy Nail Spa

The nail technicians of Galaxy Nail Spa pamper and polish digits with a specialized menu of mani-pedis. The staff’s repertoire builds upon the classic mani-pedi, lavishing patrons in customized levels of luxury with optional additions, including skin-softening scrubs, soothing hot towels, and sense-invigorating aromatherapy. Patrons can opt to upgrade polishings with a coat of shellac, which maintains a chip-free surface despite the wear of day-to-day activities and marathon ding-dong ditching.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Dinner Fare at King of Dumplings in Newark

Monday, April 30th, 2012
$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Dinner Fare at King of Dumplings in Newark

Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with this Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Chinese dinner fare at King of Dumplings, located inside Quickly in Newark.

Chefs at King of Dumplings flex fingers to craft a menu of savory bites, including dim sum, signature dumplings, and hand-pulled noodles. Small plates such as seaweed salad ($4.95) or popcorn octopus ($5.95) bury hunger beneath a taste of the ocean like a scuba diver in a salt-mine collapse. Twelve vegetarian or pork-stuffed dumplings ($6.95) burst with fillings such as pork, lamb, or shrimp, and photosynthesizing provender including napa cabbage, green chives, or chinese spinach. Dim sum plates feature two sesame pancakes with marinated beef ($5.95), ideal for sharing or tying together with a scallion to make edible earmuffs.

As patrons look on, cooks pull Chinese-style noodles by hand from behind a glass partition, weaving the noodles into dishes such as chicken chow mein ($6.95). Flat-screen TVs mounted on bright-blue accent walls entertain guests, whereas bamboo plants spruce up corners with barber-shop-quartet renditions of Top 40 songs.

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If 40 People Donate $10, Then Hamilton Family Center Can Fund a Dresser and Bed for One Low-Income Family

Monday, April 30th, 2012
If 40 People Donate $10, Then Hamilton Family Center Can Fund a Dresser and Bed for One Low-Income Family

The Issue: Families Moving into Unequipped Housing

In 2011, the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program reported that through $1.5 billion worth of grants, it managed to prevent or end homelessness for one million Americans. The grant money provided often went toward organizations such as the Hamilton Family Center, which provides sliding-scale housing subsidies that empower families experiencing homelessness to establish permanent homes. Families transitioning through homelessness are often forced to abandon everything they own. When they move into new housing, they have to start from scratch, buying food, clothes, and furniture to rebuild their lives and make housing homes.

The Campaign: Furniture for Families to Establish Homes

If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Hamilton Family Center can fund a bed-and-dresser set for one low-income Bay Area family transitioning from homelessness into new housing. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding other furnishing for the new home, such as a twin bed, dishes and pans, a couch, and linens, as well as furnishings for additional families.

In the first quarter of 2012, Hamilton Family Center will establish permanent housing solutions for 70 families. The organization's staff finds families on the list for shelters and supplies them with rent subsidies for up to 18 months, support services, eviction-prevention services, monthly food boxes, and discounted furniture to help stabilize their living situations.

You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.

Hamilton Family Center

Hamilton Family Center works to transition more than 300 families into permanent housing every year and prevent its clients from becoming homeless with a comprehensive array of housing solutions and support services. The organization places families with sustainable income into permanent housing and provides shallow-rent subsidies and support services to help them achieve stability. Furnishings help turn the new houses into livable spaces, and monthly food boxes, job training, health screenings, financial-literacy coaching, and afterschool activities for children foster a community atmosphere and encourage personal advancement. After placement, case managers and family therapists work with the families to maintain their housing situations and rebuild their lives.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Dinner Fare at King of Dumplings in Newark

Monday, April 30th, 2012
$15 for $30 Worth of Chinese Dinner Fare at King of Dumplings in Newark

Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with this Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Chinese dinner fare at King of Dumplings, located inside Quickly in Newark.

Chefs at King of Dumplings flex fingers to craft a menu of savory bites, including dim sum, signature dumplings, and hand-pulled noodles. Small plates such as seaweed salad ($4.95) or popcorn octopus ($5.95) bury hunger beneath a taste of the ocean like a scuba diver in a salt-mine collapse. Twelve vegetarian or pork-stuffed dumplings ($6.95) burst with fillings such as pork, lamb, or shrimp, and photosynthesizing provender including napa cabbage, green chives, or chinese spinach. Dim sum plates feature two sesame pancakes with marinated beef ($5.95), ideal for sharing or tying together with a scallion to make edible earmuffs.

As patrons look on, cooks pull Chinese-style noodles by hand from behind a glass partition, weaving the noodles into dishes such as chicken chow mein ($6.95). Flat-screen TVs mounted on bright-blue accent walls entertain guests, whereas bamboo plants spruce up corners with barber-shop-quartet renditions of Top 40 songs.

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Beauty Treatments at Deae Lunae Spa & Boutique in Pleasant Hill (Up to 57% Off). Three Options Available.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Beauty Treatments at Deae Lunae Spa & Boutique in Pleasant Hill (Up to 57% Off). Three Options Available.

Much like classic cars, skin helps their owners to express themselves, must be frequently maintained, and looks best when painted with flames. Tune up a cherished exterior with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$27 for one 50-minute Selene facial (a $55 value)
$45 for a Selene facial and a 40-minute seaweed body wrap (a $100 value)
$75 for a two-hour full-body spa package (up to a $175 value)

  • Any facial except the Goddess facial (up to a $75 value)
  • Any body wrap (up to a $65 value)
  • One sugar or salt body scrub (a $35 value)

European-style Selene facials, customized for each skin type, include a detailed skin analysis, personalized Bioline Jatò product treatment, and a massage of the face and décolleté areas. Clients who opt for the full-body spa package can also select a different facial, such as the Queen Bee honey-infused facial or a specialized Lucina facial, customized for any skin type. During the healing body wraps, seaweed, mud masks, or Dead Sea salt coddle and rehydrate bodies.

Deae Lunae Spa & Boutique

Licensed aesthetician Sharon Bomar helms Deae Lunae Spa & Boutique, where she pampers visitors with face and body treatments infused with ingredients such as honey, oatmeal, and seaweed. Bright royal-blue walls and billowing pastel-colored curtains surround guests as they sit swaddled on draped treatment tables for cleansing facials, body wraps, or one-person slumber parties. In addition to soothing clients’ bodies and minds, Sharon employs a line of professional-grade products from lines such as Bioline Jatò, Repêchage, and Refinée in her treatments.

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