Feb 3, 2009

Local businesses offer discounts

by Camille Smith, News Reporter

Lately, counting quarters and dimes has not made much of a dent in the cost of dinner and a movie. When Friday night rolls around and pockets are emptied onto the coffee tables around Liberty’s campus,Ramen noodles and video games seem to win almost every time. While a first date at Reber Thomas Dining Hall may be your dream, sometimes stepping out of the norm is just what a college student needs, and those quarters and dimes may go further than realized.

With the fall in the economy taking a bit out of everyone’s budget, the Student Advocate Office (SAO) has partnered with businesses around Lynchburg in order to offer students a discount when they present their Liberty student identification (ID) card. Students can log into the Liberty portal and click on the SAO home page to find an up-to-date list of restaurants, clothing stores, attractions and other businesses that participate.

The staff members of the SAO are always looking to add new businesses to this list. Students can e-mail them at studentadvocate@liberty.edu with any specific business that one would like to see participate.

The Bakery on Timberlake and Leesville is a local business in town that is on the list. Owner Jyl VanDusen is well acquainted with Liberty students who come in for their 10 percent discount.

“It’s fun. We have a lot of regulars now from Liberty,” VanDusen said. “What some of them don’t realize is that we offer 50 percent off of donuts one hour before we close as well.”

The discount is offered because room must be made for the fresh donuts to be put out in the morning.

Closing times are 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

IHOP, just around the corner from campus on Fort Avenue, offers a student discount as well, but stresses the importance of having your student ID.

“If you show your ID, I’ll work it,” manager Mary Garcia said.

The deal is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and students can receive a 50 percent discount off their meal if they purchase at least one soft drink.

Garcia added that because they are open 24 hours, students are coming in all the time for their discount.

Another participant is the J. Crew clearance store. While they have offered students a 10 percent discount in the past, the clearance store has recently decided to be a little more gracious.

“The 10 percent has been bumped up to 15 percent,” employee Ardith Lara said.

J. Crew is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and offers 15 percent off at their monthly Saturday sales, as well. Other businesses, while they offer student discounts, also stress the need to present a Liberty student ID at the time of purchase.

“As long as you have your ID, a discount will be offered to you,” Joe Aboid, who represented the Putt-Putt Fun Center on Timberlake, said.

The center has batting cages, go carts, two miniature golf courses and bumper boats. Students who present their Liberty ID receive a game of miniature golf for $4 instead of the regular $6. Spare quarters can be put to good use in the arcade game room for video games and food.

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