The BMets Are Back

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It’s spring, it’s April and it’s time for baseball. The warm weather has been holding off long enough and Binghamton is ready to support its home town team. The Binghamton Mets, which play in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. If you didn’t make it to a game last year or this is your first spring in Binghamton, April is your chance to go to a game for just $1 with your CommuniKey.


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The stadium has deals throughout the week to amp up your experience. Two for Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays offer drink deals to add another level of entertainment to chilling in the sun. Grab a group of friends and come by for a full afternoon of fun.
This is the perfect timing to transition from watching the Binghamton Senators all winter to an outdoor season of exciting action. The B-Mets placed first in the Eastern league standings last year and will look to continue their dominance this year. April 3rd is opening day and the team hits the ground running with a full week of home games so there are many chances to check them out. Head over in the next couple of weeks to support the community, have a good time and cheer on our very own Binghamton Mets.
Spencer Kostrinsky – CommuniKey Intern and food blogger at

Southern Tier Crossfit: Downtown’s Newest Fitness Facility

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What is crossfit exactly? Is that the thing with the tires and stuff right?

We get both of these questions fairly often. Officially, crossfit is a work-out regime that incorporates high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, strongman exercises and other disciplines. But if you talk to any hardcore crossfitter they’ll tell you that it’s much more than that; it’s a lifestyle and the ultimate way to train your body and your mind.

Luckily for us Binghamtonians (I think that’s right?) there is now a crossfit center located right downtown. Southern Tier Crossfit is Binghamton’s newest fitness facility. They opened their DT facility last summer and are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate crossfit experience. ST Crossfit holds classes every day, throughout the entire day, which is conducive to almost any schedule.

ST Crossfit strives to provide an environment that is supportive and free of intimidation. So if you’re looking to get into a great shape and become physically and emotionally healthier, Southern Tier Crossfit is the perfect solution.

PS: ST Crossfit completely renovated a vacant building, adding to the economic development of downtown. Also, check out their new sign. The owner built it with his bare hands. It’s pretty awesome.

The Café That Has You Crawling On All Fours

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Nezuntoz (think knees and toes) located on Pennsylvania Avenue connected to Weis Markets is serving up everything from soup to espresso. Just a short drive from campus, this café has a variety of options to choose from on their vibrant menu. The colorful chalkboards are the first thing that hits your senses when you walk through the door. With so many delectable sounding dishes to choose from, you may want to look at the menu beforehand and maybe even place your order online and it will be ready for pickup as soon as you get there.
My first time in their doors I had to go after one of the many Panini sandwiches with interesting names that I heard great reviews about. I settled on the hungry hiker which has turkey, Muenster cheese which happens to be my favorite, avocado and bacon aioli. It was the aioli that sold me because anytime you read a menu item and it says aioli, it basically means another added layer of flavor. It was a heavy sandwich because of the three types of fats, but the crunchy Panini bread that grilled up perfectly in the press was definitely my favorite part. For me, the bread is always the most important part of a sandwich and Nezuntoz didn’t disappoint.
Nezuntoz sandwich
Besides sandwiches, they have breakfast options, a plethora of coffee creations, homemade soups and salads and plenty of sweet treats to finish your meal. Grab a bite to eat before you head into the supermarket to pick up your groceries for the week to try and recreate the amazing meal you just had. It’s a fun thing to try one night a week: buy ingredients to imitate your favorite meal at a restaurant to see if you can do it any justice. Grab this week’s freebie fast to enjoy a spot serving up food that satisfies all ages.
Spencer Kostrinsky – CommuniKey Intern and Binghamton Food Blogger at

Introducing Fat Boys Pizza

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This week’s “business of the week” is Fat Boys Pizza. Instead of doing a generic review we’d thought we’d do something a little different. We got 4 of the 5 CommuniKey co-founders together to sit down, have a few beers, try some Fat Boys Pizza, and share their thoughts.

Before we get started here’s some background info on our business of the week. Fat Boys opened in late 2013 in the spot that Cosmo’s Corner (R.I.P) used to occupy. Fat Boys offers up pizza, wings, subs, calzones and munchies. They are currently take-out only but have future plans of putting in a sit-down/bar area.

So begins the group review….
“What have you heard about Fat Boys”
Adam-Good pizza
Dave-I didn’t know much
Jimmy-That it’s where Cosmos used to be.
Lee-Good things

“Now that you’ve taken your first bites, what do you think?”
Adam-I’m diggin’ it. The dough is amazing
Jimmy-Kind of reminds me of Tony’s in Endicott
Lee-Me want more

“What would you order next time?”
Adam-Chicken parm sub
Dave-I want to try the garlic knots
Jimmy-The chicken, bacon, ranch pizza

“Would you go back to Fat Boys”
Adam-Yes. Can’t wait til the bar section opens!
Dave-For sure

That’s it. Keeping it sweet and simple. Go enjoy Fat Boys this week!

Zona: Helping Bring Binghamton Back

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This week’s freebie highlights a restaurant that exemplifies Binghamton pride. With daily free food contests on their Facebook page, charity work and happy hours with insane deals; Zona & Co. Grille is looking to connect you with the town you love. If you haven’t already eaten a burrito with the reoccurring CommuniKey deal, now is your chance to get into Zona’s doors for free.

Owner Mike Tulsey is a dedicated business man that continues to put on events to help his business grow and increase community involvement. Whether it’s a contest partnering with the Binghamton Senators or working with students of BU, Mike wants to help everyone he can. He is a proud supporter of the CommuniKey program and the recent addition of the Zona happy hour further shows his support. On Fridays from 5-7 come grab great drink deals throughout the two hours and a limited amount of free food for the first CommuniKey customers to show up.
ZonaFor first timers to this Binghamton restaurant, Zona’s menu is a compilation of bar food classics with a hint of Tex-Mex inspiration. You will never leave hungry as the portions are as big as the over sized plates they are served on. They also feature specials each week that are creative chef inspired dishes. Their Facebook page is your best bet to find out what they’re are cooking up today and any hints of contests to come. Be sure to follow them for that information and random 25% off deals for CommuniKey members throughout the week.

Zona & Co. Grille is trying to push the envelope with new additions to their menu and cater to students and Binghamton residents the best they can. They are always looking for feedback so let them know what you want to see changed, what you really enjoy or a crazy idea for a new menu item. Hurry in for this week’s freebie to get a taste of what everyone’s been talking about at a restaurant that is helping to reface downtown Binghamton.
Spencer Kostrinsky – CommuniKey Intern and Binghamton Food Blogger at

What The Muck? Muckles’ Ink Is What’s Up

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Muckles’ Ink is the proverbial newcomer to the Binghamton screen printing scene but they’ve already made a big splash with their innovative designs, many of which you’ve probably already seen around town. Muckles’ specializes in high-end screen printing and giclee ( pronounced zhee-KLAY) paper prints, but what sets them apart is their attention to detail and superior design skills. I was able to catch up with the owners, Casey & Chauna (both BU alums) last week and I was able to ask them a few questions about their business:

Q: When did you start Muckles’?

A: The business was officially founded on 4/5/2012 but we’ve been doing this unofficially for years.

Q: Why did you start the business?

A: The business kind of just found us. Chauna had experience with screen-printing in high school and when we found out from a family friend that the owner was selling his equipment we decided that it was the perfect time to start our own thing.

Q: What do you want Muckles’ Ink to be known for?

A: Wearable art. We have many friends who are artists and we wanted to give them a way to showcase their work. We also want to be the go-to spot for well made and designed apparel.

So whether your org/team/club/frat or sorority is in need of some “proper prints” or you’re just looking for some Parade Day or Bar Crawl shirts for you and your pals, Muckles’ will take great care of you. We went to Muckles’ for our 2014 CommuniKey Parade Day shirts and we couldn’t be happier with the

Warm Up With Sip of Seattle

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Sip of seattle menuBinghamton weather has been numbing your toes and making the morning commute frigid over the last few weeks. Here is your chance to defrost with a free drink from Sip of Seattle on Washington Street. This week’s freebie is good for more than just warming your soul. The caffeine rush will be sure to keep you attentive in today’s classes and feeling toasty for hours to come. Venture on in to see all of the options Sip of Seattle is brewing up.

Sip oF SeattleWith a special blend of espresso, this spot is ready to whip up any coffee addict’s dream. Grab a hot drink, breakfast sandwich and copy of the paper and sit down for the afternoon at this comfortable café. The walls are lined with art that makes for good eye candy and helps let the creative juices flow. Sip of Seattle picturesSip of Seattle also offers drinks for those like me that aren’t in love with coffee just yet. Fruit smoothies are refreshing and bring you back to your warmer times on the beach. Sip’s baristas recommend the chocolate raspberry latte for an elevated twist on the typical fare.

Whether you need something delicious to hold in your hands on the way to class or an extra boost to get you through accounting, Sip of Seattle has you covered.

Stay Hungry and Eat Local.

Spencer Kostrinsky – CommuniKey Intern and food blogger at

Progressive Laser – Science Enhancing Beauty

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Do you have a patch of hair you could live without? This week is your chance to get a $100 life changing procedure for free. Progressive Laser in Endwell, NY has certified laser technicians that want to improve your personal image. This painless procedure targets your unwanted hair with a laser of high-intensity light. Some patients may feel a little discomfort, but the results last for a lifetime.
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This first session and consultation will give you all the information you need to start the process. The number of overall sessions varies depending on the patient and type of treatment. 2014-02-08 17.41.49There are many lines of procedures that go far beyond hair removal. Progressive offers laser treatments for beard bumps, age/sun spots, wrinkle reduction and many more. The brand new offices are located next to the well-established dental and massage clinics that looks to take care of all of your personal needs. 2014-02-08 17.41.57The husband and wife team of owners graduated from Syracuse and now own multiple locations with vast experience.

This week’s freebie may be a little unorthodox, but it looks to support local businesses and help you just like any other deal. Don’t be afraid to get the consultation and look for other discounts with their message services for a future gift or personal day. As always, support your community and get out to this week’s freebie for the consultation that could change your life.
Written by Spencer Kostrinsky – CommuniKey Intern and food blogger at

Despina’s: Bringing More Than Just A Taste Of The Mediterranean To Binghamton

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Despina'sYour new favorite lunch spot is closer than you think. Right around the corner from State Street, Despina’s is your best bet for an authentic and delicious Mediterranean meal.
Even though she doesn’t serve late night food for the after-hours crew anymore, Despina, owner and head chef, is dedicated to feeding the masses healthy and affordable dishes. From the gyros to the array of salads, everything is homemade or delivered fresh from NYC for some of the best tasting food in Binghamton.

I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Despina after devouring a meal of Mediterranean classics. Her passion shows on the plate and satisfies your stomach and soul. Don’t expect a fancy atmosphere or sit down service here. Do expect the duo of Despina and her hardworking son and Binghamton basketball star Jimmy Gray to deliver an amazing meal.
Despina'sI started with the classic pita and hummus that blew away any other dip I’ve had in a long time. The pita was soft and the hummus was creamy and bright with a lot of lemon and garlic. Next up was this week’s freebie, the Mediterranean all-star known as the gyro. No matter how you pronounce it, this version was loaded with the popular condiment tzatziki, fresh veggies and lamb all wrapped in more of that heavenly pita. Don’t get too excited and unwrap this flavor pocket before eating. Start at the open end and keep unraveling the parchment paper until it’s all gone. After five minutes you’ll be done and ready for dessert. Ask to see if they have baklava for a sticky and sweet ending to a filling lunch. This trio of dishes will be sure to wipe away any bad memories you had last night around the corner at one of the bars.

GyroYou may never pass this place again without sticking your head in to see what’s being cooked up today. With this location being so close to the downtown apartments and student center; forget about bringing a granola bar and enjoy a great lunch all while supporting the community that gives us so much. It is people like Despina that bring life and energy to the downtown scene and you can show your love by heading there for your next meal. Get to Despina’s this week to see if you can catch the freebie or always get 15% off your bill by flashing your Key.
Stay Hungry and Eat Local.
Spencer Kostrinsky – Communikey intern and Binghamton food blogger at

GasLamp Gym: You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Try the Best

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Picking out a gym these days is a lot like being Goldilocks with the three bears. “This one’s too crowded”…”This one’s too expensive”…”This one’s just kind of creepy”…luckily, GasLamp is juuuust right. A personal favorite of the CommuniKey crew, GasLamp offers just about everything you could ask for in a place to work out.

First and foremost, everything in this place is absolutely first class. From the brand new weight and circuit machines, to the numerous free weights and dumbbells, to the diverse array of cardio machines (complete with individual TVs and headphone jack may we add) it’s hard to think of anything more we could want from our gym. Whatever kind of workout you’re into (weight training, yoga, cardio, or just general toning and fitness), GasLamp has what you need to get through your routine.

Another thing we love about GasLamp? How amazingly convenient the place is! Not only is it smack dab in the middle of downtown Bing, but members also get 24/7/365 access to the place. So, you like working out with a group of friends? Awesome, get everybody together and come on down. Prefer more of a solo workout session? No problem. Late night sessions at GasLamp can be one of the most peaceful, relaxing parts of your week.

This really is one of our favorite places in all of Binghamton, and we’re beyond excited to be able to share it with you guys this week. So get in there and check it out, you’ll be glad you did.