Archive for September, 2012

One-Night Stay with $40 Breakfast Credit at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, CA

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
One-Night Stay with $40 Breakfast Credit at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley, CA

Historic Boutique Hotel in Downtown Berkeley

Located in a town defined by the prestigious University of California, Berkeley and a tradition of social activism, Hotel Shattuck Plaza on the corner of Berkeley’s iconic Shattuck Avenue combines the spirit of both influences. Inside the turn-of-the-century hotel, guests may be drawn to the hotel’s historic dining room, its grand chandelier, and marble floors that exude an elegance befitting the university next door. Alternately, the hotel has shown itself to be both attention-grabbing and contemporary since its 2009 renovation, evidenced by the large peace symbol in the floor at its entrance and a number of eco-friendly initiatives. The New York Times writes that Hotel Shattuck Plaza has “caught Berkeley’s venturesome spirit” and that “if a hotel can be outspoken, this one is.”

Mission Revival–style arched windows make the hotel’s exterior feel like something out of the Old World. That feeling extends to the lobby, where black pillars and bold crimson accents contrast with stark-white walls. The guest rooms are done in a warm, earth-toned palette with soft lighting. In many rooms, you can look out your window and see San Francisco Bay or the Golden Gate Bridge.

From its spot on the city's main drag, the hotel offers easy access to upscale international restaurants in the north side's Gourmet Ghetto and high-end boutiques downtown. But consider staying onsite and using a $40 credit for breakfast at Five restaurant, which recently received a Bib Gourmand rating from the Michelin guide. Executive chef Banks White crafts a delectable breakfast menu featuring omelets stuffed with gulf shrimp and farm-fresh avocado ($16) and eggs benedict made with cage-free eggs ($13). At dinner, the restaurant pairs locally sourced entrees with an extensive wine list that spotlights local wineries.

Berkeley, California: Eclectic College Town Full of Art, History, and Culture

Situated across the bay from San Francisco, Berkeley is best known as the location of the oldest University of California campus, home to some 36,000 students and a still-thriving activist spirit. Residents are left leaning and politically engaged, a legacy of Berkeley's role as one of the major centers of campus unrest during the late 1960s. Though things have settled down since the city's turbulent peak, public demonstrations still take place every now and then. Telegraph Avenue remains a colorful, free-spirit-friendly thoroughfare lined with cafés and smoke shops. During the school year it teems with scholars, bohemians, and vendors hawking tie-dyed graduation gowns. Over on Shattuck Avenue, a slew of bars and restaurants serves frothy microbrews and fresh, farm-to-table cuisine.

Those looking to sample Berkeley’s renowned folk-music scene can drop by the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, a venue that has hosted blues, bluegrass, and other Americana artists since 1968. For a night of world-class opera, theater, jazz, classical music, or dance, head to Hertz and Zellerbach Halls on the campus of the university.

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$35 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing Services at Artistic Picture Framing

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
$35 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing Services at Artistic Picture Framing

Lives often resemble art, especially the lives of still-sitting fruits, Victorian-era wardrobes, and blue guitar players. Preserve personal masterpieces with this Groupon.

$35 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing

Depending on the size and quality of the frame, mat, and glass, most hangable pieces price starting around $169 (16”x20"). Meanwhile, smaller 4”x6” plain black or wooden casings encapsulate stills atop 2-inch matting ($99+) to outline art crisply without the aroma of a border fashioned from fried bacon. Optional framing extras include UV-conservation glass, museum-glass finish, and acid-free matting.

Thought Artistic Picture Framing sometimes features discounts online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

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30- or 60-Minute Studio Photo-Shoot Package with Six Digital Images at This is it Photography (76% Off)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
30- or 60-Minute Studio Photo-Shoot Package with Six Digital Images at This is it Photography (76% Off)

Photographers use fancy terms, such as shutter speed, metering, and clicky metal box that makes time be still. Let pros be pros with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $49 for a 30-minute studio photo-shoot package (a $200 value)
  • $59 for a 60-minute studio photo-shoot package (a $250 value)

Each package includes:

  • An in-studio photo shoot for up to four people, including pets
  • Six color-corrected 4"x6" digital images (600x900 pixel by 300 dpi)
  • 30 days of access to an online gallery for proofing
  • 15% discount on any additional orders

This Groupon is valid for family, high-school-senior, maternity, and newborn portraits, as well as headshots, engagement, and post-wedding sessions. For shoots with more than four people, a $10 fee applies for each additional person.

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$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift at Jeunederm Cosmetic Surgery Center (Up to $3,000 Value)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift at Jeunederm Cosmetic Surgery Center (Up to $3,000 Value)

Wrinkles appear based on how frequently people have smiled, especially if it was directly at the sun. Beam at beams with this Groupon.

$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift for Both Eyes (Up to $3,000 Value)

During an upper eyelid lift for both eyes, also known as bilateral blepharoplasty, Dr. Tabriz first numbs your skin with a local anesthetic. He then makes small incisions in the natural creases of the lids through which he removes excess tissue. This outpatient surgery lasts one to two hours, and leaves the eyes looking peppier. Web content related to this deal may contain graphic adult imagery unsuitable for minors or workplace viewing.

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Pizza for Two or Four at Triple Seven Pizzeria (Up to Half Off). Four Options Available.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Pizza for Two or Four at Triple Seven Pizzeria (Up to Half Off). Four Options Available.

For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy's most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Enjoy Italian excellence with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $10 for $20 worth of pizza for two or more 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • $13 for $20 worth of pizza for two or more any time
  • $20 for $40 worth of pizza for four or more 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • $26 for $40 worth of pizza for four or more any time

The menu includes gourmet pizzas such as the Straight Flush, topped with pepperoni, red onions, and italian sausage ($10.98–$18.98), as well as hot wings ($4.99–$8.49), bacon-cheddar breadsticks ($4–$6.75), and pizza by the slice ($3.25–$4).

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3-, 6-, or 12-Month Cardio-Kickboxing Membership with Unlimited Classes at Studio Kicks Palo Alto (Up to 92% Off)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
3-, 6-, or 12-Month Cardio-Kickboxing Membership with Unlimited Classes at Studio Kicks Palo Alto (Up to 92% Off)

Punching a bag full of sand is a safer way to make you fit than punching a shark that is well liked by the community. Touch gloves with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $29 for a 3-month cardio kickboxing membership with unlimited classes (up to a $297 value)
  • $55 for a 6-month cardio kickboxing membership with unlimited classes (up to a $594 value)
  • $99 for a 12-month cardio kickboxing membership with unlimited classes (up to a $1,188 value)

The studio offers a variety of fitness classes, including a cardio-kickboxing class where trainers guide students through energetic routines of kicks, punches, and conditioning drills. During bag classes, combinations are practiced on water-filled bags to help strengthen and sculpt muscles. Instructors also offer a power-kickboxing class for more advanced students, where they intersperse circuit-training routines with kickboxing combinations that focus on developing proper technique and form. In TRX & Stretch classes, they combine suspension-training workouts with martial-arts stretching exercises. See the class schedule.

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Four or Six Laser Lipolysis Treatments at i-Lipo Laser San Jose (Up to 76% Off)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Four or Six Laser Lipolysis Treatments at i-Lipo Laser San Jose (Up to 76% Off)

Reducing body fat can help you fit into clothes from your younger days, such as the wedding dress your parents forced you to wear on the first day of preschool. Turn back time with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $299 for four i-Lipo laser lipolysis treatments (a $1,200 value)
  • $439 for six i-Lipo laser lipolysis treatments (a $1,800 value)

Treatments are administered over the course of a few weeks. Although immediate results are visible after one treatment, one to four treatments are usually required to see a change in the body, and eight treatments are usually required for a complete body change. See the i-Lipo website for further information.

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$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift at Jeunederm Cosmetic Surgery Center (Up to $3,000 Value)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift at Jeunederm Cosmetic Surgery Center (Up to $3,000 Value)

Wrinkles appear based on how frequently people have smiled, especially if it was directly at the sun. Beam at beams with this Groupon.

$1,499 for an Upper Eyelid Lift for Both Eyes (Up to $3,000 Value)

During an upper eyelid lift for both eyes, also known as bilateral blepharoplasty, Dr. Tabriz first numbs your skin with a local anesthetic. He then makes small incisions in the natural creases of the lids through which he removes excess tissue. This outpatient surgery lasts one to two hours, and leaves the eyes looking peppier.

Web content related to this deal may contain graphic adult imagery unsuitable for minors or workplace viewing.

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12 or 20 Bikram Classes at Funky Door Yoga Haight (Up to 73% Off)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
12 or 20 Bikram Classes at Funky Door Yoga Haight (Up to 73% Off)

In yoga, it's important to pay attention to what your body is telling you, such as "I can hold this pose for another 45 seconds, tops" or "You just put my hand down on a candle." Listen to your body with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $39 for 12 Bikram-yoga classes (a $120 value)
  • $59 for 20 Bikram-yoga classes (a $215 value)

Click here for a class schedule.

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Haircut and Deep-Conditioning Treatment, or Brazilian Blowout at Brandon Hair Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Haircut and Deep-Conditioning Treatment, or Brazilian Blowout at Brandon Hair Studio (Up to 57% Off)

A haircut is a cheaper way to redefine your image than getting back from India and never shutting up about it. Change things up with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $59 for a haircut and deep-conditioning treatment (up to a $125 value)
  • $149 for a formaldehyde-free Brazilian blowout (a $350 value)

The Brazilian blowout treatment lasts approximately 90–120 minutes for clients with shoulder-length hair. The process leaves hair smooth, soft, and shiny for up to 12 weeks as well as lessens the time hair takes to dry. Read more about the treatment here.

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