March membership madness in full swing with discounts at Otherlands, Deli

By Renee Massey

March is when the Cooper-Young Community Association holds its spring membership drive and to those of you who joined or renewed your membership when our mailers went out in December, thank you! But I know there are still some readers who forgot to send in their membership for 2012, and for you, the spring membership drive is your chance for redemption.

Joining the CYCA not only strengthens the voice of your neighborhood when the association provides advocacy of CY interests to local government, but joining in March means there is still so much time for you to enjoy all of the extra benefits of membership. If you’re not sure what sort of extra benefits there are, visit us at www.cooperyoung.org to see the full list. In the meantime, here’s the scoop on a couple of the local businesses that provide benefits to CYCA members.

Otherlands Coffee Bar at 641 S. Cooper generously offers CYCA members one free cup of coffee or a coffee drink (up to $3) one time during the membership year, which ends Dec. 31. And CYCA members who drink their coffee onsite can soak up the ultra-hipness of Otherlands for free, too! Karen Lebovitz of Otherlands Coffee Bar said she chose to be a CYCA membership sponsor because she believes in the community and feels that CY is “a cool place to live, work, and play.” I agree completely! She also believes her sponsorship is good for business and says it makes her feel good to do it.

Karen points out that Otherlands continues to evolve as local culture evolves. In the early days of Otherlands, the coffee bar was a hangout where people came to meet other people. These days she has a lot of customers that come in to work or study. In the future, she plans to add to the usual Otherlands offerings by having a private meeting room and by providing an option to rent the building for private parties and events.

Karen is excited about some of the events happening at Otherlands this month and next month. They will host an art, music and dance event with Prizm Ensemble and Ondine Geary on March 10. Otherlands is also the host for the April 1 Artists’ Reception, debuting pieces that will be auctioned at our April fundraiser, the Art for Art’s Sake auction. Please join us at the Artists’ Reception to get a preview of works that will be available at the auction and to bask in the glow of Otherlands Coffee Bar.

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Speaking of the Art for Art’s Sake Auction, many of you have enjoyed yourself at our previous auctions, held the last few years at another of our sponsors: Young Avenue Deli.

Known to many in the neighborhood as simply “The Deli,” Young Avenue Deli at 2119 Young Ave. bills itself as a “Midtown eatery and watering hole” on its website, www.youngavenuedeli.com. Along with Otherlands, The Deli is a longtime supporter of the CYCA and its mission to make Cooper-Young a safer and more desirable place to live, worship, work, and play.

Offering a menu that includes award-winning fries, delicious pub grub and plenty of vegetarian choices, Young Avenue Deli also has a formidable beer list that counts local brews in its options. Sports fans can enjoy a game with friends on the big-screen TV, music fans can load up the juke box or catch their favorite indie bands live, pool sharks can test their bank shots, and dog lovers can see and be seen with their well-behaved, leashed pooches on the patio. All this, and Young Avenue Deli offers CYCA members 30 percent off any one entrée one time during the membership year to boot, so don’t forget to thank them for their sponsorship when you visit.

One final note about membership benefits: Both Otherlands and Young Avenue Deli have supported our Art for Art’s Sake Auction, and we’d love to see you there to support it, too. Not only is your CYCA membership your ticket to discounts, but it will get you a discount on tickets. CYCA members get a $5 discount on each ticket purchased to the auction, which will take place on April 14.

So make our spring membership drive a success and support your neighborhood community association — the organization that works to make your neighborhood a better, safer place to be — by joining today. Then head out for some free coffee at Otherlands Coffee Bar and discounted food at Young Avenue Deli.

Joining is easy! Visit us online at www.cooperyoung.org, fill out the membership form in this paper, stop by the community office at 2298 Young Ave., or call our community director at 272-2922. I look forward to another year that is distinctly “Cooper-Young!”

Author: Staff

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