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Debbie Buchanan and Kenzi Whala

Stops: Dave & Buster’s, SMOKE. on Cherry Street, Mi Cocina, Boomtown Tees

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
February 1, 2017

The Mission: So providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment sound a lot more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the January issue of Preview.

The Team: Debbie Buchanan and Kenzi Whala

Stop #1: Dave & Buster’s has a great variety of games for children and adults, from the original Donkey Kong and Galaga, to carnival games, shooter games, racing games and so much more. It’s an excellent place to take your family or meet up with friends. Many of the games give out tickets which you can spend on a wide selection of prizes like toys, appliances, and even video games. And we love half-price Wednesdays; the games are half off, but the ticket payout is the same. We spent $25 and got $50 worth of game play and a ton of tickets.
Cost: $25

Stop #2: It always smells amazing when walking past SMOKE. on Cherry Street, so we decided to give it a try. I ordered the Monday Special (meatloaf), and the spicy blue cheese tomato bisque. Kenzi had the grilled sausage and pimento cheese board. It was all good, but my favorites were the bisque and the sausage. They also brought out a basket of house-made chips while we waited for our food. I would go again just for those chips.
Cost: $30

Stop #3: Next, we stopped at Mi Cocina because I love their Mambo Taxi drink and Kenzi hadn’t had a chance to try it yet. It’s a frozen margarita with sangria swirled throughout. It was refreshing, tasted fantastic, and I’d say we got the most bang (or buzz) for our buck. The atmosphere was perfect for just relaxing at the bar and catching up on what had been going on in our lives. They also have fantastic Mexican food, but since we had already eaten, we stuck with just the drink this time.
Cost: $8.50

Stop #4: Boomtown Tees is perfect for a T-shirt junkie. It’s a small shop, but it’s packed with an array of colorful shirts showing a lot of local love. And the service was great. I decided I wanted this cool raglan tee with an Art Deco print, but I couldn’t find it in my size. Travis immediately offered to print one for me in my size right there. I wound up finding my size and that wasn’t necessary, but that offer solidified some repeat business from me.
Cost: $28

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