Posted on 08 February 2012.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, bringing with it an abundance of chocolate, hearts and roses. For patrons of Moe’s Southwest Grill in Marion, Feb. 14 also marks the arrival of more than 100 soda flavors made possible by a new machine called the Coca-Cola Freestyle.
The Freestyle, according to Moe’s General Manager Danny Sider, is a single-unit machine that infuses Coke products with a variety of flavors. A user selects his or her desired variety of soda on the Freestyle’s touch screen interface, then chooses from a wide assortment of flavors, including cherry, vanilla and raspberry options. The machine then automatically fills the user’s cup with the flavored soda.
Sider said the Moe’s chain, as a whole, will soon be making the Freestyle machines available at its U.S. locations, but it was decided in January 2011 that the Marion location would be getting one. Sider hopes that the addition of the Freestyle will boost Moe’s’ “walk-in traffic” and that buzz about the machine will provide a “better awareness of Moe’s in general.”
Adam Fike (so) said the addition of the Coca-Cola Freestyle would definitely increase the likelihood of him frequenting Moe’s.
The Freestyle is a relatively new product from Coca-Cola, but a number of fast-food chains across the U.S. are beginning to incorporate the machines into their business. Burger King, Five Guys and Taco Mac are three other major chains debuting Coke Freestyles, according to Coca-Cola’s website.
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Posted on 02 February 2012.
Students looking to save money while making purchases on- and off-campus have a unique opportunity to make their dollars go further, thanks to Students in Free Enterprise at Indiana Wesleyan University. The student organization is currently selling discount cards, which offer savings at 12 local businesses, for $10 each.
SIFE is “an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education,” according to the group’s website. Ryan Eash (jr), a member of SIFE at IWU, describes the organization as a group of students who seek to benefit their communities “using the positive power of business.”
According to Eash, members of IWU’s section of SIFE are planning to participate in the organization’s regional competition in Cincinnati. The discount cards are being sold to help pay for the group’s travel expenses.
In trying to decide whether or not to purchase these cards, many IWU students may ask what types of discounts they can expect. All 12 of the companies offering bargains through the SIFE cards have locations in Marion. Two of them – McConn Coffee Co. and Wildcutz Salon – are located on the IWU campus. The majority of the business offering discounts through the SIFE card are food service companies
Six of the 12 companies offer discounts of 10 percent. McConn offers 20 percent off and JuJu Berry Frozen Yogurt offers 15 percent off. These discounts are reusable.
The remaining companies’ discounts are not percentage-based. The Potter’s House offers 50 cents off any ice cream purchase. According a Potter’s House employee, the cheapest ice cream offered is a single scoop for $2.39. Using the card, then, one could save up to 21 percent at that business, paying only $1.89 before tax.
Moe’s Southwest Grill offers cardholders a drink and burrito for $5, a savings of $2.08, according to the general manager of Moe’s Marion location. That’s a savings of 28 percent, making it the largest possible discount on the card, using a percentage-based scale.
Students who spend more than $50 at McConn by Aug. 31, 2012, the card’s expiration date, would save money by purchasing a SIFE discount card, and cardholders need only make five trips to Moe’s to start saving.
Students can purchase discount cards at a variety of locations around IWU, including McConn.
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