Itâ€™s Friday night and youâ€™re sick and tired of drinking every weekend. The only problem is that you really donâ€™t know what there is to do around Fort Collins.
Well, a brand new website called www.fortcollinsnightout.com may be a solution to the problem.
According to Brian Goldrich, owner and creator of Fort Collins Night Out, the site aims to connect students and community members with whatâ€™s going on in Fort Collins.
â€œThe biggest difference between Fort Collins Night and regular directories is that, with a local directory, you donâ€™t really get customer service. They just give a list of whatâ€™s going on,â€ Goldrich said. â€œWhen using Fort Collins Night Out, you are connected to the business almost on a personal level. The website stresses customer service for both its businesses and its viewers.â€
And while there are many different coupon websites out there with the same concept, Goldrich said that Fort Collins Night Out is different because itâ€™s free for viewers and costs a nominal feel for businesses.
â€œWe connect the businesses with customers by having the customers follow their favorite restaurant and bars, much like Twitter,â€ Goldrich said. â€œThen when the restaurants and bars have special events going on, we send the customers a text message.â€
Freshman Ashley Sanchez thinks the site is full of great deals, calling it â€œawesome.â€
â€œIt is actually pretty easy to use, and since I am under 21 and canâ€™t drink, it is very helpful to know the different deals that are going on in Fort Collins,â€ Sanchez said.
The website isnâ€™t limited to just bars and restaurants. It also has information about other events such as plays or musical concerts.
â€œI know a lot of the owners of bars and restaurantsâ€ Goldrich said, â€œItâ€™s about giving back to the businesses that buy a slot on my site, making sure they get the most from the customers and vice versa.â€
After being launched on Aug. 1, the site already has its own app for both select smart phones.
â€œItâ€™s just such a convenient website,â€ said Fort Collins resident Brandon Vue. â€œWhether I want to go bar hopping or go to a restaurant or go to a play, all I have to do is pull out my phone and see whatâ€™s going on.â€
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