Well a revolution is underway, and as usual, Liverpool is leading it. We're not storming the Bastille, but we are taking to the streets armed with a plastic card and an App. Independent Liverpool the brainchild of David Williams and Oliver Press only started this year, but their army of cardholders has mobilised throughout the city. You can buy your card online, or pick one up from the Bold Street branch of those lovely guys in Utility for just £10. The card is valid for a year, and there are various discounts and special deals from all the shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and business who have signed up, which means you'll be in profit in no time at all. But here's the USP behind the card - all the business and services are independent. Owned and run by real local people, who care about their city, and pay their taxes!
There's even a handy App so you can check where to shop, along with reviews, and details of the discounts available, whilst you're out and about.
One of the best aspects of the scheme is finding new places, especially the ones off the beaten track. I discovered Free State Kitchen a while back, in fact I've more than saved my £10 card fee in the 10% off food discount there alone. My good friend Alex, who likes her cocktails, is rather taken by the 2 for 1 offer at The Peacock; and if you fancy a walk along the beach in the company of the Iron Men, the lovely people at the nearby The Crosby Tea Rooms will give you a free cup of tea when you buy some of their delicious cake.
Talking of cake, if you're down in the Baltic Quarter at weekends, Unit 51 will give a whopping 20% off. 20%! Off cake! (actually its off everything, but I like cake, which is why I'd eaten most of it before I took the photo - and if you look carefully you can see my card - my card, get your own! - making a guest appearance)
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