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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/BusinessOfferExclusions
Armeny Custom Jewelry20% off storewideExcludes Fine Jewelry, Repairs, Custom Orders
Artisan West Hartford20% off lunch food or dinner entrée
Arugula20% off one dinner entréeExclusions apply
Avert Brasserie20% off lunch or dinner entrée
BarcelonaFree tapa with We Care Card
bartacoFree housemade Churros with housemade chocolate dipping sauce with purchase of $25 ($7 value).
Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry15% off estate jewelryExcludes watches
BK&CO20% off storewide, including sale merchandise
BluemercuryFree samples with every purchase
Bridgewater Chocolates20% off storewide
Bruegger’s BagelsFree cream cheese bagel with purchase of any drink
Café SofiaFree small coffee
Center Framing & Art20% off all custom framing and artwork
Central Optica20% off in-stock prescription eyewear; 20% off in-stock non-prescription sunglassesSome brand and lens package restrictions, see employee for details.
Cookshop Plus10% off any full-priced products
Daswani Clothiers20% off storewide, excludes custom, special orders, alterations, services
Deadbolt & Skeleton Key20% off bill
DeRobertis Jewelers10% off StorewideExcludes loose diamonds, diamond engagement rings, diamond stud earrings, and repairs
Division West20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Elbow Room20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Exclusive Furs10% off storewide
Eyeglasses.com20% offOn 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 Medspa10% off Hydrafacial treatment & complimentary LED collagen booster therapy ($75 value)
Fleet Feet20% off storewide, excludes electronics and sale merchandise
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar10% off billCannot be used during happy hour
Frame Dimensions20% off on custom framing only, may not be combined, not valid on rush or special orders.
French Cleaners50% off one order (max $20)
Grant’s20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Harry’s Pizza20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Hope & Stetson20% off storewide; excludes sale items, and furniture
India Restaurant15% off entire check
IRIS Photography20% off any family photo package
J.McLaughlin20% off full price storewide
KAOUD Rugs10% off storewide
Keating Agency$20 restaurant gift certificate with personal risk review
Kennedy’s All American Barber15% off Signature haircuts
Kimberly Boutique20% off storewide; excludes special orders and previous purchases
Kimberly Gift20% off storewide; excludes special orders and previous purchases
Larsen Ace Hardware20% off most itemsNot 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 Hartford20% off any large pizza, take-out/dining only (excludes delivery)
Lux Bond & Green10% off storewideExcludes Rolex, Tudor, David Yurman, loose and mounted diamond rings, and jewelry services. Other exclusions may apply.
Matthew Phillips Aveda Concept SalonFree complimentary deep conditioning with any hair service
Max Burger20% off any lunch or dinner entrée
Max Zeller Furs10% off storewideExcludes prior sales
Max’s Oyster Bar20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Ooh La La Boutique20% off one item
Penzeys SpicesTwo free ¼-cup jars of Pie Spice (one for you, one for a friend)No purchase necessary
Philip David Jewelers20% off selected items
Play It Again Sports20% off any 1 item
Poké-Man15% off total check
Relax the Back WH5-15 % OFF
Up to $1000 OFF ON SELECTED MATTRESSES, MASSAGE CHAIRS AND  ZERO GRAVITY CHAIRS
SEE STORE FOR DETAILS.
Restaurant Bricco20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Robeks20% off, excludes gift cards
Savoy Pizzeria & Craft Bar20% off any pizza
Sight20% off Full-Priced eyewareCannot be combined with insurance
SPoT Coffee15% off total purchase
Sugar15% off all retail productsExcludes B3 & Brazilian Blow-out products
Ten Thousand Villages25% off one itemExcludes sale merchandise
The Claypen15% off entire purchase, maximum $30 discount
The Fix20% off
The Green Teahouse15% off on regular priced itemsCups of tea and food items are excluded
The Silver Dahlia20% off one full priced item
Toast Wines & Spirits15% off any wine caseMay mix bottles; wine only, excludes spirits
Toy Chest10% offCannot be combined with any other offer; some manufacturer’s restrictions apply.
Treva20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Vinted Wine Bar15% off all food (lunch or dinner)Does not apply to already discounted items.
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen20% off lunch or dinner entree

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