Here’s one of the first signs that summer is over. No, not the fact that it’s getting darker earlier and that it’s getting cooler at night. Instead, it’s the annual end of Starbucks Treat Receipt program.
In case you’ve forgotten, it works this way. You buy a hot beverage in the morning at your favorite Starbucks and keep your receipt, so you can turn it in after 2 p.m. the same day to get a medium cold, iced or blended beverage for just $2.
Well, all that ends today. So, if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet or even if you have, now’s your last chance to stick it to the man…who runs Starbucks.
I admit it, one of the reasons there weren’t many postings last week is that I was on a family vacation to Lincoln City. One of the great things about travel is that I often come across great deals, interesting events and other cool stuff.
Today’s opening of Captain Little in Olympia today is a little bit of all three. While I can’t tell you what the prices will be in the new store, which replaces a much-loved toy store that had to close in March, I can tell you that they’ll be doing some pretty cool stuff starting at 11 a.m. today.
For starters, there’s the store itself. Although it wasn’t yet done when I happened by last weekend, what I saw looked really fun with some great merchandise already scattered around. And the staff was already excited about opening day.
As if cool toys weren’t enough, there will also be crafts for kids, prizes and free Snoqualmie Ice Cream.
I don’t know about you, but even though I’m an adult, I still think it’s hard to beat toys and free ice cream.
In case you were wondering, the store is at 121 5th Ave SE in Downtown Olympia. If you live in the South Sound, it’s definitely worth checking out. And if you don’t live down south, but have kids, it may be worth the trip as well. After all, it’s Saturday, and you weren’t doing anythig important anyway.
C’mon. You know you want to.
I can’t believe I almost missed posting about Morton’s The Steakhouse’s $1 Filet Mignon sandwich deal. I guess that’s what happens when you get involved with a really big project. Sometimes you miss the really big deals.
So, here’s the scoop for those of you who might be hungry and wondering about where to go for dinner.
According to those fun-loving, meat-eating folks at Morton’s today is National Filet Mignon Day (where do these people come up with all these wacky-ass holidays) and the national steakhouse chain is celebrating by offering sandwiches stuffed with the stuff IN THE BAR ONLY from open of business (which has already happened) to closing, which varies depending on location.
As always, call before you go to make sure there’s still enough supply on hand. Not valid with any other discounts.
The piroshky place that packs them in with lines out the door every day at the Pike Place Market opens at Northgate today and the new location is celebrating by giving free mini-piroshkys from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The press release I saw said that the store would be offering its cheese and meat or its apple cinnamon piroshkys. I don’t know if you’ll have a choice or not.
For more details, see my original post.
In an effort to get people to change their commuting habits, Metro Transit’s new In Motion Program is offering a free ORCA card to anyone who lives north of 85th Street in Seattle or in Shoreline (or Renton or Burien) and promises to make at least two fewer trips a week where they drive alone. The passes are good for two weeks of unlimited travel on Metro Transit.
All you have to do is register online and record your weekly effort to reduce your number of solo car trips by two. You must be at least 16 years old and have at least one car in your household to take part.
The program is running for 12 weeks.
If your car is in need of a summer wash and you can stand to wait, you might want to hold out until August 21st when all participating Brown Bear tunnel wash locations celebrate the company’s 57th birthday by offering free “Bear Essential” car washes from 8 a.m. to closing time.
There’s no purchase necessary…unless you want some sort of deluxe service.
Here’s a fun bit of trivia: The company did 27,233 free washes in one day when it celebrated its anniversary last year.
Do you think we can top it this year?
Here’s some cool news. Piroshky Piroshky, that Russian pastry place that always has a line out the door at the Pike Place Market, is opening a new location at Northgate Mall on Sunday, August. 10.
Even better news, the new store will celebrate its grand opening by giving away free mini-piroshkys from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that day.
This is great news not only because it gives you a chance to try some of the store’s amazing pastries, but also because it means that you won’t have to go through all the hassle of going to the Pike Place Market the next time you want a piroshky. That may sound improbable now, but trust me, once you’ve had one, you may find yourself hankering for more.
While I can’t guarantee the lines will be any shorter at the new Northgate location, at least the parking will be better.