urban card® 2.0: Bringing You More…So Much More

The urban card® has made it past our three year anniversary! It’s hard to believe humble beginnings and our ‘dare to dream that saving money doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of incredible goods and services’ has made way in the crowded space of discounts, but it has. Des Moinesians have shown that they, too, care [...]

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From IA to Hollywood to Martha Stewart!

Now and then I pinch myself  in disbelief of the great folks I get to do business with. It’s been one of those weeks. Perhaps you’ve read the recent articles written by Des Moines Register and WHO13 on Iowan, Andrew Fuller of Cirmes Tonsorial Parlour, whose men’s shave products are up for nomination to receive [...]

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Local Ingredients Take Center Stage

  Who:       Mojo’s on 86th Where:  Foxboro Square in Johnston [map] What:      Lunch / Dinner Try this: Book the private wine room for a party of 6-10.  It’s complimentary. urban card® Incentive: Buy One Entrée Get One Free   What We’re Feelin’: As a woman who thoroughly enjoys food and wine, there [...]

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My New Kama’aina Club

There was once a time when an all-inclusive vacation sounded like the perfect getaway. Some pristine resort oddly quarantined from the local scene – a tourist’s embassy of paradise. That all changed for me in late spring of 2002, when I adventured abroad to Hawaii for summer studies. The University is on the island of [...]

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It’s Just Better

The world is full of preferences. Here are ours: Food is better when it’s fresh. Dining is better when it’s local. Beer is better when it’s been hand crafted/microbrewed. Wine is better when it’s…well, good (just ask @abbethewinelady). Coffee is better with freshly roasted beans. When The Urban Card Alliance decided to put on its [...]

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A Margarita for Laura

The wonderful thing about vacation is enjoying the finer things in life that we don’t always prioritize (or afford) while at home. Recently, our Local BINGO grand prize winner, Laura Ludwig got to do just that as we sent her down to the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort in Cabo San Lucas for some much needed r [...]

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We Know You Want One

Aw, yes. We’re rounding out the month of March…amidst the swirling storm of receipts and mileage records I’m reminded, yet again, how much better my life (and business) would be with the help of a personal assistant. Enter Swanson eAssistant, one of our newest Merchants on the Urban Card® and founded by Michelle Swanson, personal development [...]

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Freshening Up: Part Deux

It’s working. My 2012 New Year’s Resolution to have more fun is working. I know you uber-disciplined freaks of nature are probably not impressed, but you try it – it’s not as easy as it may sound. Life continues on its normal path regardless if you ask it to “slow down, speed up, be easy on [...]

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Eat Mor Chickin

Recognizing a company by only its slogan, logo, or mascot is sign of celebrity of another level. Madonna. Beyoncé. Adele. Bono. First name only megastars that exist somewhere…out there. Far away from local and not unlike how some feel about franchises – recognizable, cool and polished but often distant, unfriendly, and generally lacking in substance. I [...]

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Omnivorous Consumerism

At Urban515, we dig saving money but not at the expense of quality goods or experiences. To us saving money means doing MORE of what we love – more community outings, more local food, more chatting with our favorite baristas, more wine, and MOST importantly, more frequency at our favorite spots. This translates into better [...]

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