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Happy 1st Birthday, HHT! A Note of Reflection from the Founder

Happy Hour Toledo  |  11/07/2018 2:45 pm

Happy 1st Birthday, HHT! A note of reflection from the founder.

One year ago, on November 7, 2017, Happy Hour Toledo was born. Well, by “born” I mean the website and facebook page were launched. Okay, okay, I get that new websites and facebook pages are created, like, every second. That’s not what’s important.

What’s important here is that fact this day marks the beginning of Greater Toledo Area having an accessible and robust resource to find food and drink deals. Happy hours are good for businesses and good for a lively community…. but what good is a happy hour if no one knows about it?

Before this momentous day, if you wanted to enjoy a food or drink deal you had to (1) already know about it or (2) research/contact location after location until you stumbled on one that might be a “good enough” time, location, and deal.

Likely the effort to find a new happy hour took an unnecessary amount of time and energy, sometimes eliminating the enthusiasm for said activity in the first place. How do I know this? I had to do it too.

You see, I enjoy going to establishments for well-prepared food and drinks but my wallet does not always agree with me. As a compromise I began compiling a list of happy hours that caught my attention. Unfortunately my mind occasionally likes to mess with me and I soon collected too many deals to remember without assistance.

I also realized others probably struggle with a similar dilemma and would be interested in the intel I had collected. Sharing is caring, kids. So, taking what little tech knowledge I had I built a website and created a facebook page to create a home for keeping track of my favorite happy hours. Welcome to the world, Happy Hour Toledo!

Welp, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that my (lack) of web expertise limited the potential impact and usefulness of this resource. I needed a partner.

*Enter Toledo.com and their team of specialists.*

Toledo.com had the skill set, infrastructure, and enthusiasm to reformat the collected information and enable HHT to handle growing content in a visual and intuitive manner. Truly, a match made in heaven.

Over the last 10 months we have worked closely and I can tell you they are brilliant. We won’t get into all the details but this has been a thoughtful process full of people who care. In August 2018 we launched the updated website. Now you can browse and find specials with features such as interactive maps, location details, and daily summaries. We hope you enjoy the new and improved Happy Hour Toledo!

We also welcome feedback - the goal is to make happy hour deals accessible, accurate, user-friendly, and comprehensive. This is a young endeavor and we will continue to develop and refine. Let us know what you think! 

So, happy 1st Birthday, Happy Hour Toledo. And thank you to everyone for joining us on this journey. We’ll see you soon. Cheers!

Lyndsey

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