Get ready to start hoppin’.
Area businesses are participating in Hoppin’ Thursdays in Sunnyside, a weekly promotion for the month of May.
Thirty-three business are offering exclusive deals to customers.
The promotion is co-sponsored by the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) and Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars.
The deals include dining and drink specials, discounts on products and discounted salon services. When a customer purchases a Hoppin’ Thursdays deal, he or she gets a stamp on the back of a card available at participating business and the Sunnyside Shines BID’s office. A complete list of businesses and deals is on the back of the card.
“It’s a great way to encourage people to check out a business they haven’t yet,” said Rachel Thieme, director of the Sunnyside Shines BID. “And it is a great way for businesses to promote themselves.”
Customers who receive stamps for buying at least five deals will be eligible to enter a sweepstakes with prizes including a flat screen TV, an iPad mini and a Kindle Fire. There is no limit on the number of cards participants can complete.
“Businesses have been very creative with their Hoppin’ Thursdays deals and we want to generate excitement about shopping locally in Sunnyside,” said Thieme. “This is also a great opportunity to introduce our excellent local businesses to people from other neighborhoods.”
Every Thursday this month, participating bars will offer a “buy one, get one free” offer on a featured drink with a limit of one drink special per customer per night.
Other deals include two-for-one wheatgrass shots, $4 smoothies and 20 percent off fresh, organic bread from Go Natural Health Food and Juice Bar at 45-03 Queens Boulevard. Pink Icing Bake Shop at 44-13 Queens Boulevard is offering a free cupcake or small coffee with a $5 or more purchase between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.
For a complete list of participating businesses and specific deals, visit www.sunnysideshines.org.