Necessity is the mother of invention and Loudoun’s tourism and hospitality businesses have been astonishingly inventive in coping with the COVID-19 lockdown. We’ve discovered many ways our partners have adapted to help their neighbors and the wider community and how they’ve turned to Livestreaming and Virtual Experiences to sell their products and stay in business. Sometimes though, what it really takes to keep going is the simplicity of a good deal, a giveaway, a great discount, perhaps even a prize.
Here, in the second of a Weekly Series, we’ve selected the 5 Most Creative Special Deals in Loudoun.
1. Exercise Bingo
Popular family-owned gym Noble Athletics, with facilities in Sterling and Purcellville have created Noble Bingo: a bingo card with 24 exercises and quirky activities such as “Complete 100 burpees in one day”, “Juggle three rolls of toilet paper”, and “Keep a food journal.” Complete the activities on the card, post it on their Facebook with the hashtag #noblesupportslocal and you can win a $50 gift card for a local business such as Awakenings Spa Boutique or Purcellville Pub. “It’s our effort to support local and keep people healthy and stress free,” says manager Mike Jeffreys.
2. Private In-Store Shopping
Retail business have suffered terribly during lockdown, with people wary of browsing next to strangers. To address those fears Twigs boutique, in an elegant Victorian building in downtown Purcellville, is offering private in-store shopping for loyal clients and customers who want to avoid even small groups. Register online here for one or two-hour private retail sessions in the two-floor emporium featuring a wide array of gifts, from vintage clothing, classic jewelry and home décor, to kids’ toys, books and men's grooming products.
3. Sangria Kit
Bluemont Vineyard is offering sangria kits – part of what they call a “Build Your Own Sangria Bar” package. Buy two bottles of Bluemont wine and the sangria mix comes free. Recipes are included for Strawberry Rosesangria, made from Bluemont’s 2018 Rosé ‘The Donkey’, and Red Mixed Berry Sangria made with their house red blend. Sample recipe: two parts wine, one-part mix, club soda, garnish with mixed berries, and enjoy! Order here
4. Ice Cream Party Kit
Ashburn’s favorite mom and pop ice cream parlor JR’s Frozen Treats & Chocolates is offering an “At Home Ice Cream Party Kit”, available for curbside pick-up or delivery on weekends to the 20147 zip code. Sized for four people, the kit contains four ice creams of choice (three large scoops each), four sauces, four toppings and comes with a cup of whipped cream and four cherries. The cost? $24, although with a $3 discount through May, it’s a bargain for $21. Happy birthday kids!
5. BBQ Gift Cards and Fish Dinners for Four
Popular western Loudoun bar and BBQ joint Smokin’ Willy has a juicy offer for cue-fans: any order of $50 or more of ribs, pulled pork, brisket or other specialties and you get a $20 gift card to the joint available for use after July 15th. From BBQ to Branzino: over in Middleburg and Leesburg, both outposts of King St Oyster Bar are offering 3-course family meals for four at a bargain $59. Entrée options for fish fans are the cedar plank salmon, parmesan crusted trout, and crab cakes.
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