Join us for a special Tesla Model S Preview!

29 Aug

We are all about local businesses and helping the environment and we know you are too. And that’s why we are giving you the opportunity to attend a unique event: a preview of the new Tesla Model S car.

This event, co-organized by Gemz and Tesla, will be hosted on on September 8th at the Berkeley Tennis Club from 4-8pm.
Space is limited so if you, like us, are dying to see the prototype, make sure to reserve your spot by RSVPing here or emailing us at Not only will you receive 1,000 Gemz for RSVPing but you’ll also get an additional 5,000 Gemz at the event!

The Model S prototype is a show car hand-built in 2009 to demonstrate the design intent of Model S. Now it’s on tour to make public its exquisite styling and advance engineering at open house events across North America.
Model S is a premium sedan engineered from the ground up as an electric car. it pushes the boundaries of functionality, style, and efficiency. By positioning the battery pack under the floor and maximizing packaging efficiency, Model S provides unparalleled handling, safety, and cargo room.

Tesla Motors, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. It is currently the only automaker building and selling a zero-emission sports car, the Tesla Roadster, in serial production and its new zero-emission premium sedan, the Model S, will be built at the 350,000-square-foot Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, starting in 2012.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!


So Fresh and So Clean

29 Aug

Gemz users get 1 laundered shirt for free when they spend 3,000 Gemz! Get the Gemz App on your iPhone today!

College Cleaners may sound like it’s just for students, but anyone can save on dry cleaning, whether or not they’re attending classes. Plus, Gemz users, students and otherwise, can earn 500 Gemz with every purchase at College Cleaners.

Gemz users get 1 laundered shirt for free

For most of us, dry cleaning is reserved for our very special “handle with care” items. These are the ones we don’t trust ourselves not to shrink, bleach, or pill. College Cleaners is just the place to take your most precious items. Jenny, the manager, explains to me that all of the items they clean truly are handled with care. Each garment is spot-checked by hand using a special steamer for the toughest stains. Then the garment spends about an hour in a gentle wash with other items of the same fabric. After all the stain removing and careful washing, the garment is pressed to perfection. The whole process takes from 1 to 2 hours, so you know that special attention is being paid to your favorite clothes.

In addition to their attention to detail, College Cleaners, which has been operating for 20 years, uses solvents that are all natural and environmentally-friendly, as well as gentle on your skin. They have parking available (which comes in handy when you’re dashing in or out with clothes) and great prices. Dress shirts start at just $4.50 per shirt, and dresses are $8 and up.

Stop by College Cleaners to spiff up your wardrobe and earn some Gemz while you’re at it!

A welcoming toast to TOAST

20 Aug

Enjoy a FREE glass of on-top wine at TOAST for just 5,000 Gemz – get the Gemz App on your iPhone today!

Once upon a time, two moms met by chance in a dog park, and discovered that they shared a great love for wine. In time, this chance occurrence in the universe created two great friends, with happy dogs, and a great place to indulge in that perfect glass of vini.

The lovely Jennifer hanging out behind the bar at TOAST

Heather and Kristen opened the TOAST Wine Lounge at the end of April, 2011, as a place to explore wine, not just drink it. The lounge specializes in creating a dynamic palette of taste experiences, paring natural, sustainable, and often organic food with a wide variety of quality wines. The menu is always based on “what’s fresh today”, making it an ever changing course of discovery for lovers of wining and dining alike.

Whether your idea of “legs” is locomotion, or you feel at home with the most esoteric of wine lists, the knowledgeable staff prides itself on creating a friendly, easy atmosphere, waging their laid back campaign against the snobbery of the status quo. TOAST is not open to be a destination. It’s open for whoever’s hungry. It’s open for those of us who need a mini-vacation over a late lunch.

Two very happy customers enjoying a delicious mid-afternoon snack at TOAST


“TOAST really belongs to Rockridge,” Heather admits, reaffirming that it couldn’t have happened without the community. It’s a great new resource, with favorites like spicy lamb meatballs, and wine on tap – a new direction to offer exceptional wines at better prices.” For 5,000 Gemz, you can enjoy a glass of wine on the fantastic outdoor patio before 5PM. So stop by and indulge yourself. Who knows? Maybe that glass will spark your own chance occurrence in the universe.

And don’t forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the know about their special events and delicious offerings!

Why Gemz?

12 Aug

It was a busy one in all five of our neighborhoods this week – which is why you get to hear about us instead of a local business 🙂 We started Gemz to help local businesses, plain and simple. Yes – we are a technology company and sometimes tech and local business don’t play nice, but so far, so good! That is part of the reason we made our platform so customizable – so businesses can create great offers for shoppers that don’t kill their bottom line. Now for some updates about us:

We are super excited to launch Cal Gemz in the next couple weeks – this is going to be a combination of businesses surrounding campus, Northside, Southside and Downtown Berkeley. We also have a few great updates to the application for users including a  referral feature that will allow you to share the app and get great bonus Gemz for doing so. Lastly – there are going to be lots of Gemz events upcoming and we invite you to join them! Monday is our Rockridge / Elmwood merchant appreciate night at TOAST starting at 5pm and we also have some great things in store in Menlo Park, Half Moon Bay, on Solano Avenue and near Cal. Be on the lookout!

We are always open to your feedback and thoughts – so feel free to drop us an email to A big thank you from the Gemz team and happy Friday!!

A Warm Gemz Welcome to Supercuts!

4 Aug

Get a free haircut at Supercuts Elmwood for 12,000 Gemz. Get the Gemz App on your iPhone today!

A satisfied Supercuts customer!

Everyone wants to look good, and your most dramatic and dynamic accessory is your hair. Thankfully, your local Supercuts can help you out! Right now, Gemz users (download here) can receive a free haircut for 12,000 Gemz and earn 750 Gemz with any purchase or service. If that’s not enough incentive to make a hairstyle change, dramatic or otherwise, I don’t know what is.

Although they benefit from having a nationally recognizable name, Supercuts is actually a franchise, and the Berkeley location is family-owned and run. Estella, the manager of the store, tells me her staff of 12 is also like a family unit, and they try to get together for dinner as often as they can.

Estella loves the friendly and walkable Berkeley neighborhood, where she can pop next door for a coffee and maybe see one of the coifs she’s crafted walking down the street. Between the rotating student population and the hometown regulars, she sees people (and hair) from all walks of life and corners of the world. “I love making people feel good,” she tells me when I ask her about her customers. Styling hair has been a passion of hers since she started in 1999 and she loves talking with customers while she cleans up their looks.

The door is always open at your friendly neighborhood Supercuts!

With prices that anyone can afford and stylists who specialize in color (not every Supercuts can accommodate coloring), it’s worth a stop by. Walk-ins can come in any time or if you’re on a tighter schedule, you can make an appointment. Haircuts are $16 for both men and women and only $14 for kids and seniors. Color starts at $45 and can be anything from highlights to lowlights to all-over color to glazing, a process that spiffs up your own color and adds a shiny gloss.
We are so pleased to have Supercuts on-board and hope you use your Gemz to get started on a whole new look!

50% off Matt’s Three Bottles of Rose

2 Aug

Get 50% off 3 bottles of Rose (just $20) for 12,000 Gemz – get the Gemz App on your iPhone today!

During summer, a glass of Rose is a perfect end to a long day – and Gemz collectors, you are in luck because we have a great deal for you! For the month of August, you can get Matt’s three bottle selection of Rose for only $20+tax plus 12,000 Gemz! Download the app to start earning Gemz and take advantage of this great offer now! The selection includes:

  • Vallevo Montepulciano Rosé
  • Le Saint André Provencal Rosé
  • Solindo Pinot Noir Rosé

The offer is good from today, August 2nd until Wednesday August 31st when you bring in 12,000 Gemz to the Elmwood store, you will get those delicious three bottles of rose for only $20 dollars + tax – that’s a 50% discount! This deal is only available at the Elmwood location, limited to one per customer and is while supplies last. The wines in this offer are pre-selected by Vintage Berkeley and cannot be substituted.

Where: Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop: 2949 College Avenue, Elmwood
When: Shop today, August 2 through Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Offer: Get Matt’s special three bottles of Rose from Vintage Berkeley for $20.00+tax plus 12,000 Gemz

Fabulous Frame-O-Rama

26 Jul

“If it can fit through the door, it can be framed,” Audrey at Frame-O-Rama tells me. And she would know. She’s framed everything from family portraits to fishing rods to a beautiful Japanese Obi (on display in the store!), to a 10×2 foot metal Jameson Whiskey sign. She’s even framed a portrait of herself.
Frame-O-Rama is currently celebrating its 37th year in the Bay Area and they have a deep connection to their local community. They participate in the Open Studio Art Walks and give a discount to students of local artist, Catherine Watters. Audrey crafts monthly-themed window displays and many of her customers carry their framed art home on foot, right to their doorsteps.
Frame-O-Rama offers special features you can’t find anywhere else. They’re the only retailer in the Bay Area to carry Peruvian leather frames (they smell amazing!) made by a former saddle maker. They have a system for visualization, where a digital camera takes a picture of your art and pops it onto the computer screen, so you can see what your art will look like once it’s matted and framed. Plus they have an infinite number of moldings stashed away in drawers or available to order.
You can use your Gemz to get a FREE 8×10 Dennis Daniels Frame (limited to stock) or spend $200 and earn 15,000 Gemz! Frame-O-Rama has great deals on custom framing and ready-made frames, so get over there and check it out.