A new downtown POGO card has made its way to the streets of downtown Lincoln, and Tim Gemar, founder of POGO, is looking forward to all the benefits the card can offer downtown shoppers and businesses.

“We’re pretty excited; it’s a new niche for us. We haven’t sectioned out any part of town yet, so it’s exciting to see what comes of it,” he said.

The new card features nearly 100 downtown businesses, costs only $10 and will be good through December 31st, 2012.

POGO cards have discounts for a variety of businesses all within the convenience of a single card. The cards are used for fundraising by over 200 groups ranging from high school organizations such as marching bands or athletics, to select university groups, fraternities and sororities.

“One of the benefits of the card is helping out the group that’s trying to sell them, while getting the value out of the card as well,” Gemar said.

Also excited about partnering with POGO was Todd Ogden, Marketing Director of DLA.

“DLA is thrilled to have a fun and rewarding discount card that will attract people downtown, raising awareness of the area’s several unique business offerings,” Ogden said.

Shoppers can get the cards at the POGO office in southwest Lincoln near Wilderness Ridge at 8540 Executive Woods Drive, or at the Nebraska Bookstore as well.

To be on a list for future announcements concerning new cards or vendors, text POGO to 90210.

For more information about the Downtown POGO card and to see the complete listing of deals, visit PogoCard.com.

Recent and ongoing developments spotlight the reoccurring vitality of downtown Lincoln:

Last month resulted in a large amount of building improvements and alterations, leading to an investment of $2,151,000 in downtown construction projects. This includes $411,500 worth of retail enhancements, $1,353,500 worth of residential enhancements and $386,000 worth of office improvements.

Downtown Business News

Qdoba Offers Rooftop Happy Hour with Live Music, Food and Drink Specials
Starting Friday, April 15th, and continuing every Friday throughout the summer, Qdoba will host happy hour from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on their beautiful, breezy second-floor patio that doubles as an environmentally friendly green roof.  As if that wasn’t enticing enough, Qdoba will lure you to this little downtown utopia with the savory smell of their new Qdoba Sampler – a delicious platter of three tacos, a quesadilla, a side of warm tortilla chips with cheesy queso, and a pitcher of beer to wash it all down for just $14.99.

While you’re up on the rooftop mingling with friends, munching on the Sampler, and dreaming up plans for your do-nothing weekend, you’ll be vibing to the soulful tunes of live musician Josh Hoyer whose only job is to make sure that you’re having a good time.

Your Friday happy hour plans for the next few months are set, and now you have something to look forward to when Monday rolls around again.  Enjoy the atmosphere, the food, and the live music, and as always, drink responsibly and arrange for a designated driver.

Visit Qdoba.com to view their full menu and catering options.

by Terry Uland, President
Downtown Lincoln Association

Founded in 1967, the Downtown Lincoln Association provides services and champions initiatives for maintaining and enhancing our vibrant downtown. Our vision is to create an energetic downtown environment where we live, learn, work, invest and play. DLA has evolved into a multi-faceted organization supporting a wide range of programs and activities including maintenance, economic development and advocacy. For a complete listing of downtown businesses, events and residences visit downtownlincoln.org. ‘Like’ us on Facebook at facebook.com/downtownlincoln.