By DARLA HIGGINS,
Folks who have lived in town for decades – even generations – may assume they know everything they need to about Jefferson. But a newly-launched app might change that perception.
Tourism Director Kevin Godfrey, the brains behind the app, has created a free, one-spot source for everything Jefferson, from a list of B&Bs to local attractions to the many historical landmarks throughout the city limits.
“It was kind of a labor of love to get it done,” Godfrey said of the app, which he sourced out to another company to save money on the cost. “I wanted to marry convenience with information.”
In the mood to tour historic homes and/or markers? Click on the corresponding list on the app, which essentially provides a walking tour of landmarks. The app also includes a calendar of events and the weather forecast, among other features.
More than 1,000 people have downloaded it since it launched in June, Godfrey says, adding that the research that went into the program revealed more than most knew about Jefferson. For example, it was previously noted the city is home to more than 70 historical markers, but Godfrey and his team found more than 100.
“So we found out that we have a lot more history here than we had thought,” he says.
The app can be downloaded for Apple and Android phones through the App Store or Google Play on the respective devices.
But the opportunity for life enhancement via apps – or at least a free fast-food Slush – doesn’t stop with Jefferson tourism. The following apps are all now available in town, and all are free.
Walmart: The app (look for the orange logo rather than the blue design, the latter of which includes non-grocery items) is now available for use at the Supercenter in Marshall. Shop on your phone, choose a pick-up time and build your basket. An associate will then load your items into your vehicle when you arrive — ideal for people who dread navigating through bigbox stores.
Lowe’s: The Marshall location offers customers the option of shopping via the app, browsing “an endless aisle of products, or limit your search to items currently available in-store for pickup or immediate delivery,” the company notes. Your purchases will be ready for pick-up in about an hour, according to the local customer-service department.
Dollar General: The app is widely used at the Jefferson location, offering digital coupons for big savings. For example, according to a local associate, detergent that is normally $4.95 can be offered via the app at $1.95.
Family Dollar: The Jefferson store also offers easy access to its Smart Coupons, while also providing time-saving payment options via its app.
Sonic Drive-In: Not only does the Jefferson location send out deals and freebies on a regular basis (99-cent corn dogs, for example), it also offers an order-ahead option. Simply choose what you want from your phone, check in at Sonic via your phone, and have your food delivered in a flash.
Dairy Queen: Although the Jefferson location doesn’t participate in the “free treat after five visits” offer, it does regularly issue coupons via one’s phone. Local customers should be sure to download the DQ Texas app instead of the broader Dairy Queen Mobile App.
McDonald’s: “This app is going to change the way you experience McDonald’s,” the massive chain predicts. As is the case with other fast-food offers, customers can order via their phones, customize future orders and enjoy many app-only deals.
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