Running errands, grabbing lunch or catching up with friends has never been more useful. Today marks the third annual Foursquare Day.
The social media application, largely used on phones, allows users to "check-in" at various locations around town. Going to Starbucks? Check-in. Getting a pedicure at your favorite spa? Check-in.
The more times you check in at a location, the more status you receive. So after a number of times checking in, you earn badges and can even become "mayor" of a certain location.
But on today, businesses around the country are giving "check-iners" an extra boost by offering specials and discounts.
Foursquare Day was the brainchild of Westchase optometrist Nate Bonilla-Warford. He created the holiday from his Twitter page two years ago and it's grown in popularity ever since.
Last year, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced April 16 would officially be Foursquare Day in the city. In Tampa Bay, Foursquare Day has its own loyal following. Here's a list of Foursquare Day events and discounts you can get for checking-in today:
Foursquare Day Discounts:
- Bright Eyes Family Vision Care: 32% of glasses purchase
- The Write One Creative Services – Offering 10% off any graphic or web design or copywriting service through 4/30.
- Century Buick - offering a $16 (plus tax) oil change. Up to 5 quarts of oil. Cannot be combined with other offers.
- IKEA - many. See PDF with details.
- IPN Web Broadcasting - IPN Studios will give any Foursquare guest a 2 for 1 commercial deal. Buy 1 commercial package on any show on the IPN network, and we’ll either double the shows (from 4 to or choose another show to run your ads on. This is a $400 value, and good for the month of April only.
- Linda’s Jewelery and More - five dollars off Jewelry ($15 sale minimum) or the Tea Deal : Free Earrings if you take a picture with the owner or friends at a local tea shop-Here are your choices: -Boba Int, Kalesia Tea, Sacred Grounds, Felicious, Te bella, Infusions, Milk and Honey Tea Shop, Empress Tea room, Royal tea (in South Tampa) or Hooker’s Tea (in st pete) . (You have to tell me what tea shop you are at and post on my wall.) Ten choices!
- Mojo Books & Music – Buy 3, get 1 free on all used books, $1 off any drink.
- Oleston Chiropractic – free chiropractic consultation
- Park Lane Jewelry - Buy one item ($30 minimum value) get second item of equal or lesser value for FREE.
- TampaBayDiscountMattress.com – $150.oo off any double-sided mattress SET or Memory Foam Mattress set
- Tampa Personal Concierge – $200 off of my personal wedding coordination services
- Terry Foster – Free V-Card.
- Tukie’s Cakery – Any and all Cake & Cupcake orders placed From Monday 4/16 through Thursday 4/19 for production between the dates of 4/30 through 5/14 (Saturday before mother’s day) will receive 40% off their total order before taxes and delivery.
- Urban Body Clothing – 20% discount on your purchase
- UPS Store. 10 free copies of tax return & $1 off UPS shipping.
Foursquare Day Events:
Foursquare Day at IKEA
Location: IKEA * FREE Breakfast and an IKEA Signature Blue Bag
* FREE 16 Minute Massage
* Buy an EXPEDIT 4 Cube and Get Two LEKMAN Storage Boxes for FREE
* FOUR Chances to Enter To Win Products Valued up to $179
* Foursquare swag Details at: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/tampa/activities
City of Tampa Foursquare Day Scavenger Hunt!
Foursquare Day Party 2012 at Tampa Tap Room and foursquare tournament!
Location: Tampa Tap Room Time: 7pm. Come meet your 4Square friends and celebrate 4sqDay Tampa.
$1.50 domestic bottle and 50cent wing specials.
More info: http://www.facebook.com/events/129828443808624/