Lowe’s Garden Club Select

I’ve seen the Lowe’s Garden Club Select name at Lowe’s stores and on their website. I thought it was a club; you know, like a club you join. I thought maybe it was a loyalty/rewards program, but then I figured that could not be the case because they put so much emphasis on their My Lowe’s program.

It turns out that Lowe’s Garden Club Select is not so much a club, but a method of categorizing plants sold at Lowe’s that have gone through some special evaluation and selection process.

Here is some language that appeared on the Lowe’s website:

Our team of garden experts selects and tests only the finest varieties, ensuring you always get better growth, better blooms, better longevity and the confidence to grow your best. Plants that make it to Lowe’s Garden Club Select™ originate from years of tireless evaluations and trials, with one ultimate objective in mind — to ensure you, the customer, will be successful with this product. On average, it takes between 5 to 7 years for an item to even be considered for Lowe’s Garden Club Select™.

Read more about Lowe’s Garden Club Select.


National Gardening Association – features a plant database and a wide range of forums and blog.

Dave’s Garden – a rich site for exchanging ideas and questions with other gardeners through a long list of forums.

Muddy Boots Plant Tags – the essential tool for documenting your garden. Muddy Boots Plant Tags features a robust garden record-keeping system. Gardeners can use this to document their own garden by adding plant records, pictures and journal notes in their own private database. It allows sharing information from your own personal database with others. It features interactive, QR-coded plant tags. You can scan these smart tags with a QR code reader available free for iPhone and Android smart phones as well as tablet computers. By scanning the QR-coded plant markers in your garden you can instantly retrieve the history of your plants on your smart phone. Great for garden tours large and small.

Missouri Botanical Gardens – a terrific source detailed fact sheets about many plants.

Fine Gardening – great for inspiration and articles.

American Horticultural Society – a great all around resource site for gardeners.

List of Restaurant Loyalty Programs – March 13, 2016

LoyaltyPulse Research Finds an Effective Restaurant Loyalty Rewards Program may increase Guest Visits by 35%

LoyaltyPulse Research Finds an Effective Restaurant Loyalty Rewards Program may increase Guest Visits by 35%


Have we missed one? Let us know.

BJs Brewhouse Premier Rewards

Brenner’s Steakhouse Rewards

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Rewards

Cadillac Bar Rewards

California Tortilla Burrito Elito

Carmelo’s Rewards

Champps Americana MVP League

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Handshake Club

Chart House Rewards

Cheese Burger in Paradise Board Club

Copeland’s of New Orleans Lagniappe Club

Churchill’s Pub

Cosi CosiCard

Crave Loyalty

Dave and Busters Rewards

Davinci Group Frequent Diner Club

Dunkin’ Donuts

Del Frisco’s Steak House Rewards

Don Pablos Habeneros Club

Duffy’s Sports Grill MVP

El Pollo Loco My Loco Rewards

Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Society

Farrelli’s Pizza Fire Club

Freebirds Fanatic Rewards

Gastronomy Frequent Diner

Genghis Grill Khan’s Reward Kard

Gordon Biersch Passport Rewards

Grotto Pizza Swirl Rewards

Hard Rock Rewards

HWY 55 Burgers

J.P. Licks Cow Card

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Red Mask Club

Kings Family Restaurants Royal Rewards

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Kobe Rewards

LaMotta’s Italian – Belly Rewards

Landry’s Seafood Rewards

Landry’s Select Club

Lettuce Entertain You Frequent Diner Club

Levy Restaurants

Louisville Originals

Max & Ermas Good Neighbor Rewards

Max Restaurant Group Max Vantage

McCormick & Schmicks Rewards

Mellow Mushroom Beer Club


Morton’s The Steakhouse

My Loyal Family

Old Chicago World Beer Tour

Ox & Pen Chicago

Outback Steakhouse My Outback Rewards

P.F. Changs Warrior Rewards

Pacifica Seafood Rewards

Panera Bread My Panera

Papa Gino’s Rewards/D’Angelo’s Rewards

Papa Johns Papa Rewards

Parasole Restaurant Holdings Dining Club

Phillip’s Seafood Friend’s of Phillips

Pita Pit Pit Card

Pizza Ranch Rewards

Qdoba Rewards

Rain Forest Cafe Rewards

Red Mango Club Mango

Red Robin Red Royalty

Restaurant.com Rewards

Restaurants America Frequent Diner

Restaurants Unlimited Eat, Drink & Earn

Rewards Network

Rock Rewards

Ruby’s Diner Jitterbug Club

Rusty Pelican Rewards

Smokey Bones Bones Club

Specialty Restaurants Loyalty Club

My Starbucks Rewards

Stoney River Legendary Rewards

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Rewards

TGI Friday’s Gimme More Stripes

The Counter The List

The Palm 837 Club

Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill My Tumble Bucks

Chipotle Chiptopia Rewards

Chipotle has recently announced a new summer-long loyalty-like program to lure back some of those guests who were scared away by the troubles the company has recently faced. I label this loyalty-like because it’s more of a short-term promotion rather than the long-term strategy that loyalty marketing represents. It’s tough to make significant short-term progress with a loyalty program because by nature those who will get on board first are typically a brand’s best and most frequent guests. So short-term efforts at loyalty can become break-even at best and quite possible negative, with many visit unnecessarily discounted.

This Chipotle Chiptopia program goes live on July 1, 2016 and runs through the end of September. On the one hand, Chipotle has attempted to create a program that aims specifically at the creation of incremental visits. However, the program they have created is complicated. I often say that a loyalty program has to be simple enough for a server to explain in one, maybe two sentences.

Here is the graphic they’re using to explain the program:

Chipotle Chiptopia Graphic

It’s takes some work to figure this thing out. I think plenty of guests will join and figure “why not?” Those who really try to figure this out are likely to be who? Those who really like Chipotle and already visit Chipotle a lot.

If you don’t want to study the graphic you can watch a video about the program:

Chiptopia Summer Rewards Program from Chipotle Mexican Grill on Vimeo.

Blaze Pizza Rewards

Blaze Pizza is all the rage because of the way the company has reinvented the process of ordering pizza. They’ve turned it into made to order fast casual allowing consumers to select each sauce and topping individually and have their hot, crispy and yummy pizza ready in less than five minutes.

Blaze also has an app-based rewards program, allowing members who download the app to earn “flames” every time they spend five dollars or more at a Blaze Pizza location. Once you’ve earned ten flames you’ll get a reward. The snag with this is that they don’t specifically describe what the reward is. And as far as I can tell, the only information about the program is in the app, not on the Blaze Pizza website.

I’ll find out once I get to ten flames. Because of the convenient nature of the Blaze concept and the really good pizza, it’s a viable lunch option that competitive with most other fast casual restaurant concepts and one of the few that offer tasty and fast pizza. So it doesn’t take long to get to ten flames.

Learn more about Blaze Pizza at the website. For more about the app and Blaze Pizza Rewards, check out the app on your smart phone.

Bartolotta Rewards

Over the last two decades, the Bartolotta Restaurants have created a great reputation by offering traditional Italian dishes using the freshest ingredients available.  The Bartolotta Rewards program recognizes customers loyalty by rewarding them one point for every dollar spent, translating to 10% back on all dining purchases!


The Bartolotta Restaurants sets high standards for innovation and quality of cuisine to produce a memorable dining experience.  We know you have countless options when selecting a restaurant in Milwaukee, and we are so pleased when you choose to dine with us. 

Join our loyalty program by dining at any participating restaurant and ask your server about Bartolotta Rewards!  Your server will give you a card that you’ll need to register once you get home.  Plus, you’ll earn points for your purchase that day!  The Bartolotta Rewards program is free to join, and will award you 200 bonus points on your first purchase!

Earn one point for every dollar you spend on food and beverage at any of our participating restaurants.  For ever 250 points you accumulate, you earn a $25 Rewards certificate that we mail out after the end of each quarter.  That translates to 10% back on all food and beverage purchases when dining, hosting a private function or attending a special event.

More Perks! The primary account holder will receive a $25 birthday coupon to use during his or her birthday month.  At the beginning of each year, we’ll send you a coupon for $25 off a bottle of wine that is valid for the entire calendar year.

For more information visit the Bartolotta Restaurants website.

Cosi Card – Two Cards in One

Cosi II

The New Cosi Card is like two cards in one!  It is both a rewards card and a gift/stored valued card.  Just swipe your Così Card each visit and you’ll start earning freebies after just 10 purchases!  Cosi also introduces a Catering Rewards card to start accruing catering points.


The re-loadable reward-able way to enjoy Cosi.

Cosi Card loyalty program – It’s our way of saying thank you. Pick up a Così Card at any Cosi location then, swipe your Cosi Card each visit and after just 10 qualifying purchases you’ll earn your first meal or beverage on us. We will also be surprising you every so often with special treats.

Gift/Stored Value Card – Cosi Cards make the perfect gift – whether you’re treating yourself or surprising one of your Così loving friends, family members or employees. The Così Card makes it quick and easy to pay for Così cravings.

Cosi Catering Rewards – Now you can start earning your way to FREE sandwiches, salads and more with the NEW Così Catering Rewards Program. Simply use your Catering Rewards Card with each visit and you’re on your way to deliciousness.

For more information please visit the Cosi Card page on their website.

Beggars Pizza Rewards – Big Cheese Club

Beggars Pizza has been bringing great pizza and Italian food to Chicagoland for nearly 40 years. With a family atmosphere and a strong commitment to the local community, they  realized the importance of a loyalty program. In April 2014, Beggars Pizza launched its loyalty program, inviting guests to join the Big Cheese Club to earn rewards, free food and more!


Join our Big Cheese Club to earn Rewards, Beggars Stuff, Free Food and More! Get 10 points for every dollar you spend. For every 1500 points, $10 in Beggars Bucks will be automatically added to your account which can be used towards any food/beverage purchase!*

We also celebrate your birthday & anniversaries with rewards! By just being a Big Cheese Loyalty Member you will earn bonus offers, Beggars Stuff and more!

For more information, visit the Rewards section on the Beggars Pizza website.

Join the Ranks of the Khan’s Rewards

By using your Khan’s Rewards card you will never leave empty handed.  You’ll receive 5 points for every $1 you spend.  At 350 points you can redeem a free dessert. At 750 points, you will receive a $10 reward. When you sign up you will receive a Free Shareable or Dessert special offer. Khan’s also offers birthday rewards, the more you visit Genghis the bigger the birthday surprise.


Legend has it that during their conquests, Genghis Khan and his men grilled food on their shields over an open flame. In much the same way, our Grill Masters grill your combination of fresh ingredients and stir fry them to perfection on our sizzling hot grill. It’s a centuries-old tradition you can enjoy only at Genghis Grill – the Build Your Own Stir Fry.

Genghis Grill, the largest build your own stir-fry chain in the United States, is well known for its fresh, hot and healthy food, and for its style of fun service. Fans head over to the Fresh Market Bar where they are greeted with an array of more than 80 delicious, fresh ingredients from which they can build their own bowl. They then hand their bowl to our grill masters who cook their creation to perfection on a large, sizzling, circular grill.

The first Genghis Grill opened in 1998 in Dallas, TX. As of March 2014, there are 105 locations in 23 states nationwide.

For more information visit the Khan’s Rewards page on the Genghis Grill website.

Which Wich – Vibe Club Rewards

Which Wich 2

The first rule of Vibe Club is everybody loves Vibe Club!  As a club member, you’ll receive all sorts of good vibes in your inbox, including a free gift for signing up, special savings, sandwich suggestions, Which Wich news and birthday presents.


Vibe club has now become vibe club rewards, our way of continuing to communicate our new and exciting news to you, but now we can also reward you for your purchases. Vibe Club rewards eliminates the need to print offers, and you can now redeem them in store through your phone number.

You can either provide your rewards card or mobile number at check out to earn points for your purchase.

Once you earn 35 points, a free 7” wich will be added to your card. You can redeem your reward on your next visit, or save it for another time.

As long as you have registered your card online you can use your mobile number to earn or redeem rewards in store or when you order online.

For more information on Vibe Club Rewards, please visit the Which Wich website here.

Raising Cane’s – Caniac Club

Raisin Cane's

Did you know there is a club just for Caniacs? By joining the Raising Cane’s Caniac Club you’ll get free food, exclusive invites and gear – plus chances to win free tickets to local concerts and sporting events.  When you register your card online you will get a free box combo meal (no purchase required), and free food on your birthday.  Every time you make a purchase and swipe your card you are instantly entered to win big prizes.


Raising Cane’s is a restaurant company that has ONE LOVE- quality chicken finger meals. Cane’s is known for its great crew, cool culture, and active community involvement.

Raising Cane’s was founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, LA.

Raising Cane’s vision is to grow restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture, and active community involvement.


The Caniac Club is a customer appreciation program that has been developed to provide our customers with special THANK YOU offers for being a member.  Throughout the year you will receive free food, fun news and more, just  for being a member.

4 Simple ways to become a Caniac Club member:

1. Simply visit our participating Raising Cane’s locations and ask a crew member for a Caniac Club Card.

2. Go to RaisingCanes.com on the web and click on the CANIAC CLUB page. You’re already SO close!

3. In the REGISTER YOUR NEW CARD area enter the card number located on the back of the card provided.

4. Follow the rest of the instructions and enjoy your Caniac Club privileges.

For more information please visit the Caniac Club page on the Raising Cane’s website.