Welcome Our New Gemz Merchants

25 Jul

Since our launch in Menlo Park, we are proud to announce that we have three other local stores joining Gemz: Peabody Fine Art Gallery, Pink & Harmony, and Cafe Zoë.

Headquartered at 603 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park, Peabody Gallery focuses on ‘Art That Celebrates Life’. They specialize in upscale fine art and custom framing and feature a broad selection of artists.

Pink & Harmony, a specialty boutique featuring chic, cosmopolitan clothing and accessories that have an uptown edge, offers fashions that are extremely affordable and easily attainable on any budget. Beyond providing on-trend, reasonably priced fashion for women, Pink&Harmony is firmly committed to giving back to the community and local non-profit organizations through fundraisers and charity drives. You can follow Pink & Harmony on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Cafe Zoë, located at the intersection of Menalto & Gilbert in Menlo Park, serves brewed coffee, espresso drinks, and a delicious selection of pastries, bagels, scones and oatmeal. Their lunch menu features cold deli and panini sandwiches and salads, while weekly specials include soup and quiche. The cafe is also a gallery for local artists and they host live music most Friday nights.

Have we given you enough reasons to shop at these amazing local stores? Before you visit them, make sure to check our app or website to see what offers they have for Gemz users. Happy shopping!

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Lutticken’s After 5: A ‘Menlo favorite’ deli now doing delicious dinners

18 Jul

Judy Congdon and Bob Lutticken of Lutticken's

If you’ve been around Menlo Park long enough, chances are that you, your children and maybe your children’s children have been to Lutticken’s deli on its familiar corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Gordon Avenue, either for a classic Dutch Crunch sandwich or for a hand-brewed coffee to start the day. For three decades, Lutticken’s has been about starting your day right or keeping you fueled at lunch.

And now there’s a reason to come by after school or after work: Lutticken’s After 5, the working title of a full-scale revamp that includes a new dinner menu, some posh remodeling and plans for wine and beer tastings and maybe even some live music. Longtime owners and operators Judy Congdon and Bob Lutticken couldn’t be more excited, discussing the new menu items, the new furnishings and plans to keep Lutticken’s hopping as the sun goes down in a recent interview.

“We feel like there’s a real gulf to fill” between white-tablecloth establishments and chain restaurants, said Congdon. “We’re an old-fashioned deli who’s been known for our great sandwiches and our community service. And now we’re adding a little bit of upscale for dinner.”

So what’s cooking at Lutticken’s After 5? You can start out with a plate of hummus or some pot stickers, and then move on to small plates, salads, and even pizza — which can be washed down with a glass of wine from the extensive by-the-glass selection, or a handcrafted microbrew, either at some of the new long wooden tables or at the dark walnut-veneer wine and beer bar. Congdon smiles as she remembers the brownie a la mode dessert, which might in the near future be devoured as live jazz music fills the air.

Expect the trademark Lutticken’s family atmosphere to remain intact at dinner — which means Bob giving you a little bit of good-natured grief while Judy makes you feel at home — just the way you remember it after all these years. While the scaffolding and construction stuff might linger for a little bit, once it’s done you’ll be able to enjoy the comfy new leather chairs, the high tables and the outdoor patio seating while you’re having one of the numerous blends of coffees or something off the extensive lunchtime menu. The same old goodness of Lutticken’s, with a nice new finish. And now, available at dinner time too.

To learn more about Lutticken’s After 5, visit their Facebook page.

Did we mention that Lutticken’s has joined the Gemz family? Visit http://gemzapp.com/ for a full list of current offers.

The extensive coffee menu at Lutticken's

Comfy chairs and couches are part of the Lutticken's remodel

How about some Lutticken's pizza for dinner?

The new bar, perfect for a glass of wine or a microbrew

[First two photos, credit: Localgemz. Last three photos, credit: Lutticken’s]

For 5,000 Gemz, get 50% off all Andy Byrne’s garden art

15 Jul

Summer is the perfect time for local festivals and fine art and that’s exactly why we have created a special offer for you at this weekend’s Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park.

This year, Menlo Park’s Connoisseurs’ Marketplace marks 25 years as one of the Bay Area’s top summer festivals. The festival takes place this Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 in downtown Menlo Park and will feature art by 250 of America’s top artists, two days of music, chefs’ demos, food and drinks, a collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, and of course tons of fun for kids and adults. Admission is free.

But let us give you another good reason for attending this event: This weekend only, Menlo Park shoppers can enjoy 50% off all garden art by local artist Andy Byrne for 5,000 Gemz. Andy Byrne is a local metal sculpture artist with an interest in and experience with a wide range of media and methods. Using recycled metal in an untraditional manner, he makes interesting and provocative pieces out of simple components. Andy will be showcasing his work this weekend at booth #500 & #502 (Santa Cruz Ave & Crane St) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Please email us at info@localgemz.com with any questions you have. We hope to see you in Menlo Park this weekend!

Five Reasons to Shop Local.

7 Jul

Buying local helps the overall health of your community.  According to the Civic Economicsstudy for the City of Austin, Texas in 2002, for every $100 spent at a chain store only $12 is circulated back into the local economy.  Whereas that same $100 spent at a local business — $45 is recirculated in the local economy — that’s over 3x as much money that stays in the community!  Shopping at a local small business means you are supporting your neighbors, friends, shop owners, community, and your local economy.

Here are five (of the many, many, many) reasons why consumers should start shopping in their own backyard.

  • Keeps jobs and creates jobs: Local shops employ local residents, which means there will be more job opportunities within your community.  Local businesses also tend to hire people with some knowledge of the products they are selling — ultimately giving the shopper a better, personalized shopping experience.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Local stores help to sustain vibrant, walkable town centers — which result in less car travel and reduced air pollution.
  • Local Decision Making: Local ownership means that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and who feel the impact of those decisions.
  • Product Diversity: Big box stores have national sales plans and generally do not stock their stores with items that are produced locally.  Local shops tend to keep an array of products and those made in the region.
  • Keep Your Community Unique: Locally shops help keep the diverse character of our neighborhoods for generations to come.

Have a great weekend and thanks for shopping local!

One Million Gemz?

1 Jul

What could you do with one million gemz? We can’t wait to find out! Between July 1st and August 30th, every time you use Gemz you’ll be entered into a contest to win Gemz. We are going to give away a total of TWO MILLION GEMZ. One lucky winner will get 1 million. A second prize will be 500,000 Gemz. A third person will get 200,000 and finally three people will each receive 100,000 gemz. But what will you do with 1 million Gemz? We intend to find out by scouring the Gemz neighborhoods and find out what our local merchants will do for you for 100,000 or 200,000 or 500,000 or even 1 million Gemz! We’ll let you know over the summer what exciting prizes will be available for you. By the way, our lawyers wanted you to know that the full contest rules can be downloaded from here.

Menlo Park Block Party

30 Jun

Several local businesses came out for a fun-filled evening in Menlo Park last week for the Menlo Park block party. Families brought their neighbors, friends, kids and pets to enjoy great food, face painting, hula-hooping, and more.

Our team had a great time meeting local residents and talking with them about tour new loyalty program that we just launched in the neighborhood. We also had beads or “gems” at our booth for the kids to make colorful bracelets and keychains  — Overall it was a huge hit and we were happy to share the evening with local residents.

Gemz Launches in Menlo Park

27 Jun

Gemz is excited to announce the launch of Gemz: Menlo Park! Starting today, shoppers can earn and redeem Gemz at various merchants in the Menlo Park community. The stores who currently have live offers are The Mix, Kepler’s Books, and Ristorante Mataro — More offers will populate within the next week including Cindy’s Flowers and Lutticken’s.

Gemz is easy to sign up and FREE to use:

1. Download the Gemz App at the App Store for FREE

2. Scan the Gemz QR Code from your favorite Menlo Park stores

3. Earn and Redeem Gemz for great offers in Menlo Park

For those who are not familiar with Gemz —  Gemz is a local loyalty program that connects local businesses with frequent shoppers in their neighborhood. One of our goals is to help to shift spending away from chains and online stores — putting money back into LOCAL communities.  Using your smartphone, shoppers can earn and redeem Gemz at various stores in town.

For any questions, visit www.GemzApp.com