Before Western Michigan University's big Tuesday Night Tussle football game at Waldo Stadium against Central Michigan University (televised live nationally on ESPN2 at 7:30), stop by parking lot 95. WQLR AM Program Director Dave Jaconette and Dan Cash will be hosting a live remote for WKZO radio while giving away free Subway submarine sandwiches while supplies last, courtesy Galesburg Subway. They are typically located just off Oliver Street at the entrance to parking lot 95. The sandwiches are probably 3-inch party platter subs.
This Saturday, after the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade, stop in at Irving's Market at 125 South Kalamazoo Mall for a free hot chocolate. Then, walk down to Epic Bistro at 359 South Kalamazoo Mall for a free taste of two of Epic Bistro's Signature Dishes.
Portage Printing's free 2008 monthly calendar is available as of last week. It's their annual gift to the greater Kalamazoo and Portage community. This year's calendar features historic photos of the area, including a view of South Westnedge Avenue in the 1960s, Kalamazoo State Theatre's old marquee, Howard Street and Oakland Drive intersection at night, and a photo from Vicksburg. Stop by Portage Printing during business hours at 1116 West Centre Avenue for your free calendar while supplies last. Please limit one calendar per person so that everyone may enjoy these historic area photos (which includes me since I haven't seen the calendar yet; maybe I'll pick up mine next week). The story on the Howard Street and Oakland Drive intersection picture is apparently someone was paid to photograph all the street lights at night to make sure they were all working? I don't know if I understood that story right. Why would someone need to photograph non-functional street lights? Wouldn't a pen and paper do the job quite well? In any case, if you see a street light out in the Kalamazoo area, please report it to Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. Traffic and pedestrian lights need to be reported to the local municipality.
There are also free 2008 calendars at Hoekstra's True Value Hardware at 625 Portage Street in downtown Kalamazoo. I imagine there are a bunch of other places to get free calendars as well, like insurance offices. Some calendars even have coupons in them.
The electronic marquee at Medawar Jewelers, 5721 South Westnedge Avenue, displayed the following on Tuesday, October 30:
FREE I don't know if this is absolutely free or free with purchase or service. An absolutely free watch battery is not unprecedented. I'm still working on the 10-year lithium watch battery I got absolutely free at Morrison Jewelers (321 South Kalamazoo Mall) in April 2004, I believe. They even installed it for free. They also gave me a guarantee that if the battery died within one year they would replace it for free. If Medawar Jewelers battery isn't absolutely free or very cheap, try locally-owned Interstate All Battery Center on Stadium Drive. They regularly put watch batteries on sale for $3.95 or $1.95 with coupon. Free installation is included in all battery purchases. Medawar Jewelers is located on the north end of a strip mall between Fazoli's Italian Restaurant and The Sprint Store.
The Panchero's Mexican Grill North Drake Road free late night burrito offer has ended, for now. I am certain they did it the first two Fridays of October, as I got my free burrito the second Friday. It had a retail value of $5.75 and no sales tax was charged. I was surprised I was not solicited to purchase anything else, fill out a marketing survey, sign up for a credit card, or join an e-mail or postal mailing list. I got a steak burrito with rice, black beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatos, and sour cream. Other "meat" options included chicken, carnitas, and vegetarian. Not too many people took advantage of this offer. The restaurant had no other customers when I went in. I don't know why they did this giveaway. I imagine it was to promote the fact they are open until 3 a.m., as are nearby competitors The Big Burrito and Taco Bell.
Speaking of Taco Bell, participating locations nationally gave away free hard or soft shell seasoned beef tacos on Tuesday, October 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. Kalamazoo locations participated, including 3233 South Westnedge Avenue (south of Cork Street) and 6314 South Westnedge Avenue (at Mall Drive) where I got my tacos. Neither location charged sales tax on the 89¢ retail price item (Taco Bell's website for the promotion said the retail value was 77¢). The 3233 store also gave me some buy one get one free coupons, a peppermint candy with hot cinnamon center, and a wet nap. This giveaway was part of Taco Bell's Steal A Base, Steal A Taco promotion for the World Series telecast on FOX. Taco Bell runs a promotion every World Series, so look for one again this time next year. I wonder if the 6314 location put up their
FREE TACOS YESTERDAY marquee again the following day. About two years ago, that store used to regularly have FREE TACOS YESTERDAY on their marquee. They had not in fact given out free tacos the previous day. Who would advertise that they gave away something free the previous day? It was just a confusing, attention getting sign.
Do you know of any other free stuff offers upcoming in Kalamazoo? Please share what you know.
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