When looking through a wallet, one often finds some extra change, perhaps a debit card, miniature photographs and the occasional driver’s license. However, when flipping through a student’s wallet, one may find an additional card—a dark blue and silver card that offers discounts at local vendors such as Quizno’s. Late March brings about the annual release of the new Eagle Card, which students can purchase from ASB students and use to receive discounts at local stores and restaurants.
The new edition of the Eagle Card comes with its annual change of colors—from black and silvery white last year to dark blue and silver this year—and the replacement of Pick Up Stix (which closed in January) with The Cranberry Scoop, a store located at 295 State Street, Los Altos.
“[The Cranberry Scoop] called us and wanted to do it,” said senior Vera Finkelstein, who is a member of ASB’s Eagle Card Committee. “I was like, I don’t know if kids really like it, but I know moms and parents will. I was surprised—I found a lot of stuff I liked when I went there.”
Vera personally recommends The Cranberry Scoop for buying birthday card and presents for friends. According to the store’s website, items for purchase include soaps and lotions, decorated mugs, Vera Bradley bags, cookies, chocolates and general handicraft items.
“You can walk into [Cranberry Scoop], and no matter what mood you’re in, they’ll have something to match it,” sophomore Sarah Loebner said. “To be honest, I love everything there.”
According to Ellen Biolsi, the owner of The Cranberry Scoop, although the store “doesn’t have a lot” for male teenagers, she expects that female students could make good use of the discount.
Biolsi said that the store as plenty of “fun things” for girls, such a cell phone cases, costume jewelry and bracelets, purses and bath products. For all purchases over $20, students with the Eagle Card receive a 10 percent discount at The Cranberry Scoop.
“Not everyone goes downtown to eat or get Starbucks,” Sarah said. “Some people go to shop—and if the things there are cheaper, that’s more reason to go.”
In order to find vendors willing to offer discounts, members of the Eagle Card Committee go to local restaurants and stores. According to Vera, if the school already has a contract signed with the vendor, they will simply renew it with the manager. Vendors who do not wish to continue offering discounts can simply not renew the contract— in this case, the school will remove said vendor and try to find a new one to replace it. Afterward, the school sends the necessary information to the company which manufactures Eagle Cards.
Although the Committee attempted to add Jamba Juice to the Eagle card, this did not work out, as, according to Vera, “the manager was willing to do it, but the corporation wasn’t.”
For more information about The Cranberry Scoop, visit thecranberryscoop.com