Who: Deal hunters, CrowdCut visionaries, MSPMag staffers, and happy hour lovers.
What: A celebration of CrowdCut and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's new partnership
Where: The View
When: Thursday, October 14
Why: Flourescent green Crowdtinis are fabulous, but new friends are even more fabulous.
Blame my mother: I love a good deal. Roll the tape back to my early childhood when my mom's Sunday coupon clippings packed a recipe box, or fast-forward to later years when a trip to Costco was less an errand than a challenge.
If my mom was still around today, she'd be a fiend for this new crop of daily, straight-to-your-inbox deals. I get 'em all: CrowdCut, DealStork, Groupon. I justify my addiction with the knowledge that I'm supporting my local economy: one month of unlimited yoga at that tiny Tangletown studio? Bring it. $25 for $50 worth of food and drinks at an obscure Thai restaurant? Sold. Half off a full check-up at that downtown dental practice?
Um, get back to me on that. So, imagine my delight when I heard that Minneapolis-based CrowdCut and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine had solidified a friendly partnership. An even better excuse to fill my inbox with deals and steals, right? To celebrate the new friendship, the two companies threw a joint happy hour, which, obviously, got a banner offer on CrowdCut's homepage. Free drink tickets? Party on, Wayne.
The View Restaurant and Bar hosted the bash. CrowdCut's black-and-white-and-green color scheme took over the venue's sleek interior: balloons, tablecloths, and green-tinged track lighting added a fun, festive touch. Guests sipped bright green (and free) Crowdtinis, while TVs above the bar displayed a slideshow of CrowdCut's latest slew of local deals. I sidled up to co-workers Maggie Brennan and Michele Eernisse at the bar, shaking hands with Kyle Hale, CrowdCut's director of sales. The atmosphere was lighthearted, celebratory, and—most of all—welcoming.
As guests poured into the bar, you could sense the communal feeling that often sprouts up around these types of deal-a-day sites. The offers that land in our inbox every morning are more call-to-action than coupon. Maybe we should attempt yoga one more time, or try that adventurous Thai dish, or venture into a new neighborhood. We just need a really great excuse.