Ah, New York. Where it all began.
kgbdeals itself, that is. We launched our first deal back in March 2010, where we dazzled the local masses before spiraling to glorious international recognition as a top global social buying company. (What? Everyone should self-congratulate once in a while.) We also like to think that while that old NYC adage may be tired, it’s true: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
These days, one Peter Chisholm is leading New York dealmaking strategy as kgbdeals New York City Manager. In my opinion, “NY City Manager” in any regard sounds like a terrifyingly huge job. As for Chisholm’s position, the city strains to contain an entirely unmanageable number of restaurants, spas, experiences, stores, and more; some great, some good, and some not so spectacular. His job entails figuring out how to deliver to you only high-quality deals.
How does Chisholm do it? I recently had the opportunity to ask. It seems the key is taking into account the ADD-addled mind of the typical New Yorker, and seeing to it that he or she’s “never bored.” Chisholm makes sure the site offers a rainbow of variety every week, and keeps a finger to the subways-rushing-underground pulse of the city: he says that right now, the deal hotspots are Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
“I’ve lived in the New York City area my whole life — from Jamaica, Queens to the Upper West Side,” he tells me, which is good because spending your entire existence here is pretty much the only way you’ll ever get a handle on the whole city, if then. I asked him what his favorite area deal so far has been, and his answer was not surprisingly a fast one: this deal for 60% off a luxury sportscar autocross in New Jersey. “You get to fly down a track in a car, Lamborghini or Ferrari, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for 99 bucks! Can’t wait!” he reports — and up til 5 a.m. EST on Thursday, this exhilaration can be yours, too.
Another really non-boring deal in NYC: half off very tasty French food in the Theater District, perfect for a pre- or post-show nosh.
Do you have a “Cheers bar”? A homey establishment that serves as the public extension of your living room? For Brian Jarcho, kgbdeals City Manager for Washington, the whole DC area is pretty much his Cheers bar.
I chatted up Jarcho recently to learn a bit about what’s happening on DC’s deal scene these days. Each week, he hits the pavement of the nation’s capital, greeting old buddies and finding new ones while he strikes deals with restauranteurs and business owners all over his hometown. Jarcho’s lived in and around Washington his whole life — save his college career a little further south — and lucky for Washingtonians, he knows what is up in this city. As kgbdeals’ Washington City Manager, he also leads the strategy of the local sales team, helping great places bring the best experiences to kgbdeals customers.
DC and Northern Virginia comprise one of those metro areas where the most interesting places to hang out aren’t super obvious until you know the territory well. This makes Jarcho’s deal-creating expertise and local know-how all the more critical for newcomers and under-rock-dwellers who rely on kgbdeals to point out the good stuff. That said, it won’t be a shock for just about anyone who’s been in the area for a bit to hear him opine that the Atlas District/H Street Corridor is “the hottest thing happening right now, with about two to three new establishments opening up every month between the Capitol and 15th Street.” Jarcho let on to me that he’s got a pretty fair inside edge with some of the the movers and shakers setting up shop in this fantastically dynamic neighborhood.
Jarcho’s favorite spots are those that offer a little extra something special. He describes kgbdeals merchant partner Inspire BBQ as “a hole in the wall — well, a really nice hole in the wall with amazing food” with a social impact bent, partnering with nonprofits to help nurture and teach the community. You may catch him at The Big Board Bar, where he gets a kick out of the “reverse Wall Street concept”; the prices of drinks decrease the more people order them.
Sounds like he’d be a pretty good friend to have as a DC tour guide, right?
Hit H Street with this week’s deal for 50% off at Souk, upscale Moroccan cuisine.