Currently, I am sitting in a little coffee shop on Washington Street, between 4th and 5th Ave. by the name of Burial Grounds. Situated in a little nook that is almost invisible to those who don’t know where it is, Burial Grounds sports a subtle Zombie/Undead theme in their small, yet incredibly welcoming atmosphere. Leave your fear at the door, though, because even if you don’t like the zombie craze that seems to have infected pop-culture, the “Zombie” element is minimal. Names like “Rasputin Rising”, or “Grave Robber” for specialty drinks, and an Xbox with some zombie games are about the extent of it; they’ve really done an incredible job, especially with their mochas. Yet, the reason I’m mentioning them is not only because of their tasty beverages, but because of their student discount! Burial Grounds is one of the stores here in Olympia that offers a student discount on their goods and services.
Ok, so, a coffee shop offering a student discount in a college town is nothing unheard of. I’m from a college town back in West Virginia myself, and even the restaurant I worked at offered some student discounts every once in a while. So what? Well, in addition to Burial Grounds, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts offers an incredible student rush discount. A few weeks ago, I saw India.Arie and Idan Raichel perform for only ten dollars a ticket! They were both really incredible; if the show hasn’t sold out by the day of the performance, you can go between 12 and 5 and get any ticket, for any performance.
However, though India.Arie and Idan Raichel were really incredible, I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the National Broadway Tour of Spamalot, which is a stage adaptation of “Monty Python’s The Holy Grail”. I laughed till my sides split, and tears streamed down my face out of pure hilarity. Again, I bought two tickets on the day of the show, and my total was only twenty dollars. It is still difficult for me to believe that I was able to see a Broadway performance for only ten bucks a ticket, when normal prices were eighty and above. Opportunities like this remind me how affordable Olympia is, and why I am enjoying my time here so much.
UPDATE: I also wanted to add that my friend Sophie, who works at the Painted Plate (which I referenced in this post), reminded me that they also offer discounts to students on Friday nights!