A quarter cup?

One of the things I look forward to every year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I know it sounds weird, but I do. Is it for the great deals on shoes or jeans? No. It is for the $0.25 cup of coffee. Every year since 1999 when they raised the price from a quarter, during their Anniversary sale they would revert back to the quarter price.

I arrived at the Nordstrom eBar (espresso bar) at The Irvine Spectrum Center before work with a quarter in hand. I ordered my coffee, dropped the coin on the counter and said “The Anniversary sale coffee makes the crowds here worth it!” Much to my dismay, I was informed by Matt and Jason, my regular morning baristas, that the sale price was no longer part of the Anniversary sale. I was not the only one that remembered this part of the sale, they graciously informed me. The only thing I could see related to the sale at the eBar now is an offering is to add an additional $5 when a $25 Nordstom gift card is purchased.

I understand business and costs, but the drip coffee is not that expensive and it was a nice little perk. (get it , coffee…perk…nevermind)

I am not sure if this is just regional or company wide, but either way, I was disappointed. Regardless, Irvine Spectrum Center eBar still provides friendly service (thanks Matt and Jason) and good coffee, just not $0.25 Anniversary coffee.

My question to the readers is this: Are there any local traditions/ perks that seem to have gone by the wayside due to costs or corporate decisions?

5 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on July 19th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

    Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm Cast Member/Employee discounts at local businesses come to mind. The more global corporations that move in the less discounts are available.

    I know the discounts are not required but it was a nice way of saying thank you to the people that make the booming local economy so nice – also it helped make up for the fact that cast members/employees get paid for shit.

  2. Gina (oc_gina) on July 19th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    I was also going to add the "Happy Hearts" program at Disneyland? At least I think that is what it was called, and it was free admission for children with disabilities.

  3. Jon (oc_jon) on July 20th, 2008 @ 11:42 am

    Gina, Disneyland will be offering up a pretty exciting new promotion for *all* Guests in 2009. Can’t say what it is, but it’s going to make some people really happy!

  4. Dave Share (daveshare) on July 20th, 2008 @ 3:54 pm

    Jon! Why do you tease us with these things? }:-(

  5. Jon (oc_jon) on July 21st, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    because I can. :)

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