Florence offers off-campus deals for college students

by Student Writer Evan Sandy

As college students become burdened with new expenses, money may start to run short.

To help ease the financial strain, many businesses in Florence offer deals and discounts to UNA students who have their Mane card. Several of these businesses are located near UNA’s campus.

One of the most well-known deals among college students is $3 bowling night at Lauderdale Lanes, at Florence Boulevard and Darby Drive. Shoe rental and each game played costs $2 apiece Monday through Thursday.

Rivertown Coffee, at 117 N. Seminary St., offers a 10 percent discount on all menu items, which includes specialty coffee drinks, lunch, dinner and craft beer.

UNA junior Michael Rogers said over time he has saved a considerable amount of money from these discounts.

“I have been a somewhat regular Rivertown customer for years,” Rogers said. “There’s no telling what each little discount has added up to.”

The Spinning Spoke Cycle Hub is a bicycle shop that offers tune-ups at a 50 percent discount. It is located two blocks down from Rivertown Coffee at 221 N. Seminary St.

Fashion Exchange is a clothing consignment business, which designates Monday as its college discount day, when all regularly priced items are discounted 15 percent. On Tuesdays, UNA seniors get the same 15 percent discount. These discounts are available at all three locations in the Florence and Muscle Shoals area. The nearest store location to UNA is at 1530 N. Wood Ave.

Montague’s, a nearby diner which serves sandwiches and hot dogs, offers a free drink to students who purchase a sandwich with a side.

Lenny’s Sub Shop, at 409 Cox Creek Parkway in Florence and 2101 Woodward Ave. in Muscle Shoals, offers a 10 percent discount on all purchases.

“Every little bit of money I can save will add up in the future,” Rogers said. “I’m much more inclined to do business where I can find these deals.”