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West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square Annual ‘We Care Card’ Provides Savings, Supports Foodshare

The 2018 We Care Cards are ready for distribution! Photo courtesy of Barbara Karsky

West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square merchants are gearing up for a season of giving from Nov. 1-11, 2018, with the annual ‘We Care Card’ to support Foodshare.

By Joy Taylor

It’s that time again to “shop, dine, stroll, and give” as The Center and Blue Back Square businesses gear up for their annual giving event. The “We Care Card”is on sale for a donation of $50, and this year the can be purchased via a convenient Eventbrite link.

Select stores will also have We Care Cards available for purchase, including BK&Co., Central Optica, Kimberly Boutique, and Lux Bond & Green. With the purchase of the card, donors will be offered discounts and special offers at nearly 70 different businesses from Thursday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Shoppers are encouraged to buy their card(s) early so that it can be used for the full 10-day period.

The promotion enables participants to address the problem of hunger in West Hartford and throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. “Every card purchased will provide 125 meals to those who are locally food insecure,”Al Marino, corporate and community giving manager for Foodshare, told the West Hartford Center Business Association (WHCBA). “The people of West Hartford are extremely generous and we are very grateful.”

Not only are those who purchase We Care Cards giving back, but they can also save a significant amount while patronizing local businesses, and even amass far more in savings than the money spent on the card.

“It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to some fall fashions, do some early holiday shopping, or eat at your favorite restaurant, all while helping a great organization provide meals for those who are food insecure – people who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, ” said WHCBA President Matt Banever.

The WHCBA and Blue Back Square have a hefty goal this year. “Our goal is to sell 350 We Care Cards this year, first come, first served, ” commented Amy Cholawa, marketing director for Blue Back Square.

The We Care Card committee, which is chaired by Barbara Karsky, treasurer of WHCBA and co-owner of BK&Co. and Tom Hickey, co-owner of WHMedia, is so excited about kicking off this event. “We love the ability to react to this need on a local level, to urge our clients to participate, enjoy the savings, and keep their donation dollars in their own community where it is so desperately needed.”

With discounts in many shops and restaurants, it has never been a better time to shop, dine, stroll, and give in West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square.

Participating Merchants, as of Oct. 25, 2018. (List subject to change and updates. See businesses for details):

Merchant/Business Offer Exclusions
Armeny Custom Jewelry 20% off storewide Excludes Fine Jewelry, Repairs, Custom Orders
Artisan West Hartford 20% off lunch food or dinner entrée
Arugula 20% off one dinner entrée Exclusions apply
Avert Brasserie 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Barcelona Free tapa with We Care Card
bartaco Free housemade Churros with housemade chocolate dipping sauce with purchase of $25 ($7 value).
Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry 15% off estate jewelry Excludes watches
BK&CO 20% off storewide, including sale merchandise
Bluemercury Free samples with every purchase
Bridgewater Chocolates 20% off storewide
Bruegger’s Bagels Free cream cheese bagel with purchase of any drink
Café Sofia Free small coffee
Center Framing & Art 20% off all custom framing and artwork
Central Optica 20% off in-stock prescription eyewear; 20% off in-stock non-prescription sunglasses Some brand and lens package restrictions, see employee for details.
Cookshop Plus 10% off any full-priced products
Daswani Clothiers 20% off storewide, excludes custom, special orders, alterations, services
Deadbolt & Skeleton Key 20% off bill
DeRobertis Jewelers 10% off Storewide Excludes loose diamonds, diamond engagement rings, diamond stud earrings, and repairs
Division West 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Elbow Room 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Exclusive Furs 10% off storewide
Eyeglasses.com 20% off On complete prescription pair (frame & lenses purchased), or on in stock Ray Ban/Oakley Sunglass frame only. Applies to stock prescription lenses including insurance benefits.
FaceRx Medspa 10% off Hydrafacial treatment & complimentary LED collagen booster therapy ($75 value)
Fleet Feet 20% off storewide, excludes electronics and sale merchandise
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 10% off bill Cannot be used during happy hour
Frame Dimensions 20% off on custom framing only, may not be combined, not valid on rush or special orders.
French Cleaners 50% off one order (max $20)
Grant’s 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Harry’s Pizza 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Hope & Stetson 20% off storewide; excludes sale items, and furniture
India Restaurant 15% off entire check
IRIS Photography 20% off any family photo package
J.McLaughlin 20% off full price storewide
KAOUD Rugs 10% off storewide
Keating Agency $20 restaurant gift certificate with personal risk review
Kennedy’s All American Barber 15% off Signature haircuts
Kimberly Boutique 20% off storewide; excludes special orders and previous purchases
Kimberly Gift 20% off storewide; excludes special orders and previous purchases
Larsen Ace Hardware 20% off most items Not valid on sale, discounted and clearance, rental, in-store services, Ace gift cards, fuel, Weber, Nest, Stihl, Yeti Brands, water heaters and grills.
Luna Pizza West Hartford 20% off any large pizza, take-out/dining only (excludes delivery)
Lux Bond & Green 10% off storewide Excludes Rolex, Tudor, David Yurman, loose and mounted diamond rings, and jewelry services. Other exclusions may apply.
Matthew Phillips Aveda Concept Salon Free complimentary deep conditioning with any hair service
Max Burger 20% off any lunch or dinner entrée
Max Zeller Furs 10% off storewide Excludes prior sales
Max’s Oyster Bar 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Ooh La La Boutique 20% off one item
Penzeys Spices Two free ¼-cup jars of Pie Spice (one for you, one for a friend) No purchase necessary
Philip David Jewelers 20% off selected items
Play It Again Sports 20% off any 1 item
Poké-Man 15% off total check
Relax the Back WH 5-15 % OFF
Restaurant Bricco 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Robeks 20% off, excludes gift cards
Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar 20% off any pizza
Sight 20% off Full-Priced eyeware Cannot be combined with insurance
SPoT Coffee 15% off total purchase
Sugar 15% off all retail products Excludes B3 & Brazilian Blow-out products
Ten Thousand Villages 25% off one item Excludes sale merchandise
The Claypen 15% off entire purchase, maximum $30 discount
The Fix 20% off
The Green Teahouse 15% off on regular priced items Cups of tea and food items are excluded
The Silver Dahlia 20% off one full priced item
Toast Wines & Spirits 15% off any wine case May mix bottles; wine only, excludes spirits
Toy Chest 10% off Cannot be combined with any other offer; some manufacturer’s restrictions apply.
Treva 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Vinted Wine Bar 15% off all food (lunch or dinner) Does not apply to already discounted items.
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen 20% off lunch or dinner entree

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