By Cheri Stutzman | Echo
Two local business, Joe on the Go and Greek's Pizzeria, are offering Taylor students a discount on their orders.
A 10 percent discount from Joe on the Go and a 15 percent discount from Greek's Pizzeria will be given to anybody with a Taylor ID. This includes, faculty, staff and students.
"I know what it's like to be a college kid and have ... a limited amount of money but you have some, so I just wanted to offer something to the people at Taylor," Greek's Pizzeria General Manager Drew Kemp, said.
Greek's Pizzeria features the usual options, including pizza, salads, breadsticks and sandwiches. It has a unique twist to the usual pizzeria fare: none of their ingredients are frozen. Kemp said that using the fresh ingredients changes the flavor of the pizza for the better.
"We literally have fresh everything every day and I think that really adds to the flavor … you can really taste it in a piece of pizza." Kemp said.
Joe on the Go is a coffee shop located beside Ivanhoe's that serves coffee, chai, loose leaf tea along with numerous specialty drinks similar to frappes. They also have added bagels, muffins and donuts.
All of the profits Joe on the Go makes go back into the community. They are a part of a nonprofit organization called Community and Family Services, which has thrift shops, food pantries and much more throughout several counties.
Both establishments are fairly new to the Upland community -- Greek's only being open for less than a year.
Drew Kemp said that Greek's Pizzeria moved to Upland simply because Upland didn't really have a pizza place. Whereas Greek's has locations throughout central Indiana, it had never opened one in a small town before.
"I knew about Taylor and there's just no pizza place. Upland hasn't had a pizza place in a while," said Kemp who is from Hartford City.
Kemp attributes their success to the difference in their pizza compared to other pizza shops.
Brian Blevins, general manager of Joe on the Go, said that Joe on the Go is known for its customer service and quiet atmosphere. People come in not only to study but also to have meetings or Bible studies. And, as Blevins said, their customer service is exceptional.
"Other people's opinions on Facebook is that we're a five-star place to come because of our five-star service," Blevins said. "I get a lot of compliments on our customer service."
The discount is allowing Taylor students a chance to use these restaurants and get their services at a decreased price.
Sophomore Leigh Sumner is excited about the discount from both places.
"As a college student, I'm constantly ballin' on a budget," Sumner said. "So I love that local places can give me a discount."