One Card to Unite Them All: Connect In The City Summer Promotion

June 16, 2014

Gaze upon it, in all its heavenly glory. The Connected In The City card comes in six different art variants, and is your ticket to hot times at cheap prices in the Old Pueblo all summer long!

Gaze upon it, in all its heavenly glory. The Connect In The City card comes in six different art styles, and is your ticket to hot times at cheap prices in the Old Pueblo all summer!

by James J. Jefferies

If you’re a regular visitor to this page, you’re no doubt very aware that there are massively exciting changes that have taken place, with more on the horizon for Downtown Tucson. New businesses inbound, an astounding array of excellent eateries and brewpubs that make for fantastic outings, and of course, the arrival of the Modern Streetcar on July 25th.

It’s an terrific time to make Downtown yours, as this energetic urban hub becomes home to more and more destinations the entire city is pumped about visiting.

In the spirit of this bold era of renewal, more than 100 merchants from the four districts that fall along the Streetcar line have come together, in an unprecedented show of cooperation, to bring you the fantastic Connected In The City promotional Saver Pass.

4th Avenue's venerable Antigone Books, named Best Independent Bookstore by the Tucson Weekly in 2013, is 100% solar-powered, and features not only a tremendous selection of books, T-shirts, stickers, and mugs, but also countless amusing knick-knacks, such as this Avenging Unicorn, which comes complete with a hipster, a mime, and a businessman to gore.

4th Avenue’s venerable Antigone Books, named Best Independent Bookstore by the Tucson Weekly in 2013, features a fantastic array of books, T-shirts, and this Avenging Unicorn figure. 20% off the item of your choice! (Textbooks, gift cards, & tickets excluded.)

 

It’s a very simple program: the purchase of a $5 card (available at all participating businesses and directly from the website) will bring you fantastic discounts throughout the area when presented to a participating merchant.

The list is impressive, and there’s a very handy and mobile-friendly website that will give you a list of all the participants in a specific district, which is divvied into Downtown, 4th Avenue, Main Gate Square, and Mercado San Augustin.

“We went directly to the merchants in the four different districts and said, ‘Hey, let’s all work together.’ This is the first time it’s ever been done,” said John Jacobs, President and Founder of Artfire.com and Maker House, who currently serves as the Chair of the Downtown Merchants Association. “This entire infrastructure development, especially when tied in with the Modern Streetcar, has completely changed the paradigm. All of the participating 110 merchants across the city are excited about putting ourselves forward and embracing the new Tucson.”

Empire Pizza & Pub is offering a free fountain drink with any slice when you flash the card!

Empire Pizza & Pub is offering a free fountain drink with any slice when you flash the card!

 

The number of participants is staggering, and the no-brainer value offered by this $5 card is really remarkable. Most discounts range between 10-25% off the total of your order or purchase, with some going as high as 50%. Downtown’s Thunder Canyon Brewery, for example, is offering half off regular-priced TCB beers, well drinks, soft drinks and wine.

Are you all about getting inked? Sacred Art Tattoo, the venerable ink-slingers on 4th Avenue, are offering either free jewelry with a new piercing, or 10% off the price of a new tattoo. If you know how much tattoos can run, that’s a sizeable chunk of cash you’re saving!

Needing to stay beautiful near campus? Main Gate Square’s Aveda Institute Tucson is offering a whopping 50% off any service, which again, could pay off the price of the card several times over. Campus Candy, also at Main Gate Square, is offering a 99 cent frozen yogurt cone with the card – a perfect summer treat.

This is Seis Kitchen and Catering's platter of adobo steak tacos with tomatillo salsa and calabacitas. The card gets you 10% off. Stop drooling and GO.

This is Seis Kitchen and Catering’s platter of adobo steak tacos with tomatillo salsa and calabacitas. The card gets you 10% off. Stop drooling and GO.

 

Over at the Mercado San Augustin, you can chill out with Sonoran Snowcones’ delicious raspados and other frozen delights for 10% off, and the same goes for Seis Kitchen and Catering. And on and on and on, all summer long!

The Modern Streetcar’s debut grows ever closer, and the entire community is more unified than ever in embracing this whirlwind time of positive change, and ready to reward visitors who want to come down and enjoy some of the best food, drink, shopping, and entertainment to be found.

For the comprehensive list of merchants and the discounts being offered, please check out the Connect In The City website here.

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