Our Go-to Dinner Date Venues in Williamsport, PA

After almost 3 ½ years of dating Andrew in the small town of Williamsport, I feel we have sampled nearly all the local restaurants in the area. And I admit it, we eat out almost every weekend at least once. I don’t cook, and well my kitchen just isn’t the greatest (being in student housing and all). Along the way we have developed our favorites, the ones we just can’t get enough of and the ones we use to celebrate our special occasions.

Sometimes we even invite friends to join us. Just yesterday for Easter, we invited a group to our second favorite restaurant and we were shocked some of them never even heard of it! That’s when I decided to share our favorite dinner date spots (fun for friends too) Take a break from studying, grab someone special, and get your butt to one of our top dinner date venue’s in Williamsport.

1. Franco’s Lounge

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Be warned, you need reservations for Franco’s Lounge. It’s a mega favorite among locals, and it’s actually quite a small place with only a few tables and booths. I think it’s exclusivity is what makes it a town favorite. The food is why it’s on our list. Get yourself the cheesy bread appetizer, and anything with pasta will satisfy your tastebuds. We usually save this place for special occasions, because the price it a little high compared to others on the list.

2. Hana Asian Bistro

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The Hana Asian Bistro has the best lunch special (yes, it’s our early dinner) in town, with all you can eat sushi and Chinese food for only $11.95 a person. I will admit, Andrew and I have spent a few hours here going through rounds of orders and taking breaks in between. Andrew enjoys the clear soup, and that’s always our first order. I’m not much of a sushi fan, but they’re chicken tempura rolls are my favorite.

They also have a hibachi side. If you visit their website they have a good deal for a hibachi dinner of chicken, shrimp, noodles, rices, soup, salad, and vegetables. It’s a lot of food, and we always have leftovers. A friend of mine celebrated her birthday here as well, which was a blast and the staff sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

3. Stone House Wood Fired Pizza and Pasteria

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We ate here just last Saturday, it was pretty busy. We’ve never needed a reservation before, though. Stone House has the best appetizer; garlic knots with vodka sauce. Ask for extra vodka sauce. It’s delicious. And then we order a shareable pizza, with leftovers for a midnight snack.

4. Moon and Raven Public House

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Moon and Raven a unique menu, and the venue has this fun hipster vibe. Along,  with the delicious food. We really enjoy the drink menu here. Andrew always has a Shameless, and my pick depends on the mood. We’ll usually sit at the bar, tables are sometimes limited.

Bonus: Sprinkled Sweet

I suggest taking a walk around town, if you decide on any in the downtown area, make sure to stop by Sprinkled Sweet in Pine Square (across from Stone House) for dessert!

Have you dined at any of our favorites? Did one of yours not make the list?

Let me know in the comments.

 

I’ve Been Targeted! Facebook Ad Options

Let me tell you a story. Recently, in my digital marketing class we have been discussing Facebook Insights, more specifically how business use the information Facebook collects to target their ads. I went to class, sat in my seat, and awaited the lesson for the day. We began creating a Facebook Ad for my professor’s family restaurant, and we went through the many options.

This is when my mind was blown. It all made sense now.

One of the options to target was subscription services. Its rests directly under purchasing behavior, and sits next to “health & beauty” as well as “clothing”. It’s no wonder subscription box ads have dominated my Facebook newsfeed. And it’s no wonder they lead to my purchase of yet another subscription beauty box. Just look at the ads I’ve been seeing everyday!

End of Story. But, honestly have you ever taken a good look at the ads you’re seeing on Facebook? I took the time to look, and Facebook knows me all to well, and therefore businesses have an excellent chance I will convert (to a customer). Birchbox won. I’m awaiting my box as I type.

Facebook’s advertising system is incredible. Targeted ads – the ads that take the data you provide to offer ads specific to you – is extremely accurate and pulls information from Facebook and other sources. So I decided to take a look at what the system might know about me. And it knows a lot. Below are only a limited few.

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Now, I am more than okay with Facebook using my information to target ads to my news feed. I like seeing relevant ads, and they totally work, obviously. I’ve seen a ton of ads about relationships, master’s degrees, and continually see ads from websites I visited. I urge you to take the time, and evaluate the ads you’re seeing.

Infographic of all the Facebook Ad Options: All the Options

Keep in mind you may also see the same or similar ads on Instagram. As that is an option for businesses to choose as well. I’ve actually seen a men’s clothing subscription box ad that read something like, “Show your partner you care.”

Has Facebook targeted you correctly? Did it lead you to make a purchase?

Let me know in the comments.

 

The Right Subscription Box for You, Chosen by Their Website

You heard it here folks, subscription boxes are the trend you need to try. Who doesn’t love the anticipation and feeling of adventure? I’ve tried 2 so far and wish I could afford more, just for the excitement of a package awaiting my arrival at the end of a stressful day. Maybe you’ve tried a couple subscription boxes and want more or maybe you’re new to the whole idea. No problem, I’m here to help.

The two subscription boxes I have tried are Ispy and Stitch Fix.

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Ipsy is a “glam bag” full of 5 beauty product samples, sent once a month. I subscribed to Ipsy for a few months, but no longer use the service. I really enjoyed my monthly Ipsy, but after a few I felt like I was gathering a little too much makeup. I don’t wear it all that often. The samples are actually a lot and I use the cute little makeup bags for all sorts of things.

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I just started my subscription to Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription box sent monthly (or when you choose) and you gain a personal stylist. Before sending the box you’ll communicate with the stylist through notes and social media, especially Pinterest. I received one box so far, and purchased one item. You’re able to choose a price range, though I did feel the items in my first box where a bit expensive for their style. I’m still looking forward to my second.

While on your search for the right subscription box for you, there are 3 major items to consider about their website before clicking send. First, know that you’re not alone in the search for the right subscription box. According to a recent survey by Hitwise, the visits to subscription box sites have increased almost 3,000% in US since 2013, counting 21.4 million visits during January. Just remember, if it’s the convenience of receiving your favorite snacks, games, beauty products right on your doorstep then these considerations are for you.

3. Design

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The first question to ask yourself is, how does this subscription box stand out? There are many to choose from, and some may even offer similar items. My first instinct is to check out the design of the website (Yeah, that’s the web developer in me) But, honestly this can mean a lot for you. You’ll most likely be viewing the website a least once a month (probably more) and it better be easy to navigate. Their design should be beautiful and functional. This advice may seem odd, but try using their search function. If it gives you the results you were looking for, it may be a key sign they’re doing things right.

If you find yourself on their website asking more questions than getting answers for, they’re not worth your time.

2. Content

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Obviously the content of the subscription box is important, but the content on their website can be as equally important. Look around, and take note of what else they offer and what types of content are being used. Is the content helpful in anyway? Using content on a their website, is most likely a marketing tactic to gain your trust and build expertise. Whether it’s a page that introduces a stylist, or a blog that share tips and tricks, there’s usually more to learn than just from your box.

I really like the different articles about fashion trends, or biographies about specific stylists that Stitch Fix uses. They offer great outfit ideas for the items I received.

1. Community

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This last item is an element of their website, but also their online presence in general. Every website should have social links to quickly get to their social media, if not I’d say they’re a bit sketchy. Go ahead and stalk their social media accounts, and any associated hashtags. This can give you a very good idea on the quality of items and services they offer. Some companies may even offer rewards for referring friends, or contests to share your photo for a prize.

Though I never won one of the contests, I liked the possibility of winning a prize by simply using different hashtags. Ipsy offers many contests each month, and all you have to do is instagram a photo with some hashtags.

I hope this helps in your search to find the right subscription box for you. Checking out a company’s website and online presence is always my first step in deciding to become a customer. Have any thoughts? Please comment below.

5 Apps That Reward You With Free Food

Maybe it’s been a long week of long classes. Or maybe it’s time for a night out. Or, you’re simply a college student out of board meals. (Hey, I’ve totally been there.) Whatever the reason, if you’re going to eat out, it might as well include some free goodies. After being a college student, and planning college events, I know free food is the best motivation. Here are three restaurant apps that reward you with free food and drinks.

5. Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks

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Honestly, I cannot just pass by a Auntie Anne’s. I must stop, and I must get at least one pretzel. They’re the best. And I always pull out my phone to check for rewards. I’ve gotten numerous free pretzels, and plenty of coupons worth using. They almost always have a deal, usually enticing you to try the newest item. On National Pretzel Day, they give away a totally free pretzel to celebrate.

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4. myStarbucks

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Yes, Starbucks can be expensive. This is why I use a trip to Starbucks to treat myself after a particularly stressful day.  Free coffee? That just makes everything better. Start collecting your stars, today.

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3. McDonald’s App

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Craving some fast-food? Free fries can help. This app offers a variety of weekly deals, and is always changing. Some include getting a free McCafe drink after 5 purchases, and there’s usually buy one get one free items as well. This can make an already cheap meal, even cheaper.

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2. Chick-fil-A

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I admit it. Chick-fil-A is my favorite restaurant, and I absolutely love their chicken. Once, I was craving their delicious chicken and fries, and drove an hour and a half get it. Unfortunately, that’s the closest Chick-fil-A to me. Bypass the line, gain points, get free treats. Endless awesome.

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1. TGI Fridays

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I saved the best for last. TGI Fridays offers free chips and salsa at every visit. You earn points at every visit, and spend points on some awesome rewards. The more points you save, the better the reward.

Andrew and I decided to have a dinner date at TGI Fridays one night. (The steak dinners are our favorite.) The waiter told us about the app, and had us sign up to get immediate rewards. I’ve been a faithful customer ever since.

Not only do you collect points for rewards, but TGI Friday seems to always have special offers. My favorite is the “buy one entree, get one free” offer, which happens a lot actually. Because of that deal, my mom and I were able to have some quality time together over a nice lunch. Andrew and I are even thinking TGI Fridays for Valentine’s Day, here’s to hoping they have a great deal next weekend.

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Have any more apps that reward you with free food? Share them in the comments below.

About Me

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Hello there, I’m Brittany.

So, here’s the thing. I have spent the last 3 1/2 years being a college student at Penn College. Throughout those years I have had quite a few jobs: some for the paycheck and some for the experience, the best being for both. I’ve been an events marketer, events assistant, babysitter, president, hospitality chairman, ambassador, orientation leader, and of course web developer. I say of course because that’s what I’m currently studying, along with digital marketing. As you can see, I have taken almost every opportunity thrown my way. My dad, who always gives excellent advice, started me on this path by urging me to “just join a club and make friends.” That was the first year of college, and this is my last.

So, here I am. I’m currently an intern at the James V. Library and working as a freelancer. I’ve learned, I’ve grown, and added all I could to my resume and portfolio. I have just 4 classes standing between me and the finish line. (excluding the most important goal of finding an amazing job) One class in particular, has me creating this blog.

I find the world of marketing fascinating, specifically the digital kind, and love to see companies take bold moves to earn positive media. I can also appreciate a well-designed website, and get easily frustrated with those that have not updated their 90’s feel. I have on occasion visited a restaurant’s website, and decided whether or not it’s worth going to solely based on the development and design of their website or app. It’s important to me. I absolutely love when companies give themselves a personality, more importantly a voice.

Some more about me.

  • I have recently binge watched all of The Mindy Project, and now hear myself responding to situations the way she would.
  • I have been in a serious relationship for 3 years. His name is Andrew.
  • I spend my free time playing Sims 4, my current sim will be a rocket scientist.
  • The hospitality chairman position was for an All-American Rejects concert.
  • I was president of the events board at Penn College for 2 1/2 years.
  • I’m (not so patiently) waiting for new episodes of both The Flash and Grey’s Anatomy.
  • I am the oldest of 3. I have a younger brother and a younger sister.
  • I also have 3 dogs back home. One is a yorkie and the other two are chorkies.