It is no secret that Golden embraces the Mines community. Many local stores welcome business from the campus by offering special discounts to Mines students.
By far the most widespread of these discounts is Golden’s Golden Ticket Program. Available to anyone that completes a Coors Brewery Tour, these discounts offer great deals at over 80 companies in and around the Golden area. Upon completion of a tour, guests are offered a Golden Ticket which must then be scratched off like a lottery ticket at participating merchants to receive the discount. The discounts range in value from 5% to 20% off of the customer’s purchase. Even though some restrictions apply, and are written on the ticket, it is a way to save some money and support Golden businesses.
In addition to the Coors Brewery Tour, Golden Tickets are also distributed at other various community and campus events including the CSM Health Fair, Career Days, International Student Orientation, New Student Orientation, and the First Friday Fairs, beginning in June.
Equally enticing, the Golden Ticket Program also provides cash prizes of $10 and $500. The $10 prize is usually just deducted from the total sale at the business it was scratched off at and the $500 prizes can be claimed at the Golden Visitor Center.
For this reason, Golden Greeter Coordinator Marie Gillis encourages Mines students to participate, explaining that this is a “fantastic program” and that it is worth students time, considering that “the last $500 winners were CSM students!”
Of the nearly 90 companies that participate in the Golden Ticket Program, many offer their own unique discounts to college or CSM students. Below are a list of just a few of the discounts that are offered.
Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta – In addition to their $6 Lunch Special for two large slices of New York-style pizza, Anthony’s also offers a 10% discount to Mines students who have their Blastercard. The discount applies to everything Anthony’s offers besides the Lunch Special and the Large Pie Special.
Aspen Leaf Yogurt – Located in downtown Golden on Washington Street, Aspen Leaf Yogurt offers a 10% discount to all Mines student with ID on all of their frozen yogurts.
Golden Bowl – Among the most popular of discounts, Golden Bowl’s College Nights offer $1 games, $1 shoes, $1 beers, and $1 sodas to all Mines students on Mondays from 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM and on Wednesdays from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Halu Sushi and Asian Bistro – All Mines students receive a 10% discount off all of Halu’s Japanese cuisine when they present their Blastercard.
Paninos Sandwich and Bakery – A popular Italian bakery, Paninos gives Mines students 10% off of their entire purchase when they present their Blastercard.
Sherpa House – A Mines favorite and located just off campus at 16th and Washington, the Sherpa House gives Mines students a 20% discount on their entire meal.
South Philly Cheese Steaks – Located next to Golden High School, South Philly Cheese Steaks gives CSM students a free drink with the purchase of a meal.
Subway at N Rubey Dr. – If the line at the Subway in the Rec Center is just as long as it was during the men’s basketball playoffs, head over to the Subway on the north end of Washington Street by Highway 93. Students who present their Blastercard are given a 10% discount on their entire order.
Windy Saddle Cafe – The Windy Saddle Cafe in downtown Golden offers students a 10% discount on their “serious coffee and homemade food.”
Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza – You are spending too much time doing thermodynamics homework if you have not heard about Woody’s College Night special. Every Monday after 9:00 PM, college students (at any college) that present their ID are treated to $6 all-you-can-eat pizza, $2.50 Coors, and $8.00 pitchers.