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West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square Annual ‘We Care Card’ Nov. 2-12

West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square merchants are gearing up for a season of giving (Nov. 2-12), with the WE CARE CARD to support Foodshare.

Representatives from West Hartford Business Association, West Hartford Magazine, and West Harford Chamber of Commerce present a check to Foodshare in 2016. Submitted photo

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 can be purchased at the following link:

With the purchase of the card, donors will be offered discounts and special offers in over 50 different businesses from Thursday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 12.

The promotion enables participants to address the problem of hunger in our local area. Each $50 donation equates to 125 local meals!

“It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to some fabulous fall fashions, do some early holiday shopping, or eat at your favorite restaurant,” said Barbara Karsky, president of the West Hartford Center Business Association, “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.”

The West Hartford Center Business Association (WHCBA) is hoping to exceed the 20,000 meals they provided with their donation to Foodshare in 2016. “We’d love to push our card sales over 300 this year and be able to provide 35,000 meals,” said Karsky.

Recently the merchants were educated about the vast need right here in Hartford County. Al Marino of Foodshare told the WHCBA, “Last year we distributed over 15 million pounds of food in Greater Hartford from their warehouse in Bloomfield.”

Karsky 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 most participating businesses at 20 percent, it has never been a better time to shop, dine, stroll, and give in West Hartford Center.

Participating Merchants, as of Oct. 31, 2017:

Armeny Custom Jewelry 20% off storewide, excludes Fine Jewelry, Repairs, Custom Orders
Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry 20% off estate jewelry; excludes watches
Bella Bridesmaids West Hartford 20% off in store, in-stock merchandise, 10% off custom
Bella Gusto Select Oils & Vinegars 15% off your total order of any 2 oils or vinegars or
combination of the two; includes free gift bagging, cannot be combined with any other offer.
Excludes all gift & sampler baskets, specialty items and all Italian pottery & giftware
Bluemercury Free samples with every purchase
BK&CO 20% off storewide, including sale merchandise
Bridgewater Chocolates 20% off storewide
Center Framing & Art 20% off custom framing, 10% off all artwork
Central Optica 20% off purchase (some brands and lens package restrictions, see employee
for details); 20% off in-stock non-prescription sunglasses (some brand restrictions)
Cookshop Plus 10% off any full-priced products
DeRobertis Jewelers 20% off storewide; excludes loose diamonds, diamond engagement
rings, repairs, appraisals, and diamond stud earrings
Daswani Clothiers 20% off storewide, excludes custom, special orders, alterations, services
Exclusive Furs 20% off storewide
Face Rx Medspa 10% off Hydrafacial Treatment & complimentary LED collagen booster
therapy ($75 value)
Fleet Feet Sports 20% off storewide, excludes electronics
Frame Dimensions 20% off on Custom Framing only, may not be combined, not valid on rush
or special orders.
Gift-ology 15% off purchase; excludes A&A, Pandora, sale items
Hope & Stetson 20% off storewide; excludes sale items, baby, and furniture
IRIS Photography 20 % off any portrait session fee
J.McLaughlin 20% off full price storewide
Kaoud Rugs 10% off storewide
Keating Agency $10 Dunkin Donuts Giftcard with Insurance review appointment
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 giftcards, fuel, Weber, Nest, Stihl, Yeti Brands, water heaters and grills.
Lux Bond & Green 10% off storewide; excludes Rolex, Tudor, David Yurman, loose and
mounted diamonds rings, and jewelry services. Other exclusions may apply.
Matthew Phillips Aveda Concept Salon Free complimentary deep conditioning with any hair
Max Zeller Furs 10% off storewide, excludes prior sales
Ooh La La Boutique 20% off 1 item
Penzeys Spices Two free ¼-cup jars of Pie Spice (one for you, one for a friend) No purchase
Philip David Jewelers 20% off storewide; excludes special orders.
Play It Again Sports 20% off any 1 item
Robeks 20% off, excludes gift cards
Sight 20% off Full-Priced eyeware; cannot be combined with insurance
Sugar 10% off Davines retail products (excludes B3 & Brazilian Blow-out products)
Ten Thousand Villages 25% off one item, excludes sale merchandise
The Claypen Free ½ hour studio fee
The Silver Dahlia 20% off storewide; excludes previously discounted merchandise
Toast Wines & Spirits 15% off any wine case – may mix bottles; wine only, excludes spirits
Toy Chest Inc 10% off, cannot be combined with any other offer; some manufacturer’s
restrictions apply.
Woof Gang Bakery 15% off storewide; excludes grooming

Avert Brasserie 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Barcelona Free tapa with We Care Card
Bartaco Free housemade Churros with our housemade chocolate dipping sauce with purchase
of $25 ($7 value).
Bruegger’s Bagels Free cream cheese bagel with purchase of any drink
Division West 20% off any lunch or dinner entree
Grant’s 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Harry’s Pizza 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi 20% off any lunch or dinner entree
Icy Rolls 20% off any purchase
Luna Pizza West Hartford 20% off any Large Pizza Take-out/Dining only (excludes delivery)
Max Burger 20% off any lunch or dinner entree
Max’s Oyster Bar 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
McLadden’s West Hartford
Restaurant Bricco 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Savoy Pizzeria &Craft Bar 20% off any pizza
The Elbow Room 20% off lunch or dinner entree
Treva 20% off lunch or dinner entrée
Vinted Wine Bar 20% off all food (lunch or dinner), excluding Happy Hour
Zohara Mediterranean Kitchen 20% off lunch or dinner entree

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