community & campus connections

Friends of LR


Lenoir-Rhyne University campuses in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia participate in the University City Commission's Friends of LR Discount Program.

The University City Commission is a board aimed at broadening the relationship between LR and its home city. The program allows businesses to express support for LR by offering a discount to their local LR campus community. 

Currently, more than 50 businesses provide LR discounts. Any business is invited to participate in the program by offering a discount to LR students, faculty and staff. Businesses are also welcome to extend their discount to LR alumni.

Register a Business


If you would like to offer a discount to LR students, faculty and staff, you can simply place the “We Support LR” sticker in your business window. We also request you complete a registration form so we can maintain a current list of discount offerings. 

By uploading a digital version of your business logo, we will advertise your business on a rotating basis on on-campus televisions and in university publications.

Register Your Business

Participating Businesses & Discounts

  • Hickory Campus

    Dining and Grocery 

    Arby's
    10% off for students, faculty, and staff
    Discount only applies on regular price items, not happy hour or with another coupon or discount

    Bloombaes 
    10% off for students, faculty, and staff
    Receive a $10 discount on $85 Valentine's Chocolate Bouquets for pre-orders received before February 9
    Free delivery within the Hickory area

    Blowing Rock Draft House and Brewery 
    15% discount for all students, faculty, and staff (excludes alcohol and tip)

    Bootleggers Whiskey Bar & Grill 
    10% discount for food and non-alcoholic beverages for students, faculty, and staff

    Café Gouda
    10% off all the time
    20% Monday - Friday 3-5pm

    Charlie Graingers
    Free drink and chips with purchase for students, faculty, and staff

    Coach’s Neighborhood Grill
    10% discount for students and staff with LR ID

    Cornerstone Bakery 
    15% off total

    Dante’s Pizza and Subs
    10% off entire menu

    Dickey's Barbeque Pit
    Monday Special – Big BBQ sandwich, any side, and a 32oz drink for $4.92

    East Coast Wings & Grill
    10% off food and non-alcoholic drinks
    10% off catering orders

    Fatz (Morganton) 
    20% off for students, faculty, and staff

    Fourk 
    $5 Mondays (starters, wines, cocktails)

    Grouchos Deli
    15% discount for all students, faculty, and staff (excludes alcohol and tip)

    Hatch
    10% discount for students, faculty, and staff 

    Hickory Healthy Hub 
    Free tea with purchase of a smoothie

    J. McCroskey's Irish Pub and Grill
    10% off food, drinks, and apparel (excludes alcoholic beverages)

    Liazzo's Catering
    15% off every Friday for students, faculty and staff

    Let Them Eat Cake by Flavia
    15% off every Friday for students, faculty and staff

    Lowes Foods 
    10% discount Sundays on all grocery purchases at the Lowes Foods in Viewmont

    PDQ 
    $5 meal, all day every day for students, faculty, and staff

    Salsarita's Fresh Cantina 
    $5 nachos on Saturday and Sunday

    Smoothie King 
    10% off order for faculty, staff, and students

    Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse
    10% discount for students, faculty and staff (excludes merchandise and art)

    Tutti Frutti
    10% discount for all students, faculty and staff

    WOOD Restaurant
    10% discount for food and non-alcoholic beverages for students, faculty and staff

    Zaxby's (Springs Road & LR Blvd. locations)
    10% off all in store purchases at the Springs Road & LR Blvd. locations for students, faculty and staff

    Health, Wellness, Beauty 

    Custom Therapy Massage
    30% off for all students, faculty, and staff

    Everyone Yoga
    Students pay $5 per class Power yoga is offered for $40 for 10 classes

    Grafin Blau Spa
    15% off all services for students, faculty, and staff

    Hickory Family Pharmacy
    Free delivery to customers who live within 15 miles of the pharmacy for OTC and prescription medications
    10% discount on all OTC's including vitamins
    10% discount on all generic prescriptions
    15% discount on all compounded medications
    50% off discount on the initial fee of weight loss and lifestyle management program

    Natis Nail Spa
    $5 off total price on Thursdays

    OsteoStrong
    Special monthly membership rate of $79/month with free enrollment for students, faculty and staff

    Pampered Nails Hair Skin
    20% off student hair services and hair products

    Solutions of Hickory
    $50 credit for all new clients with LR ID

    Studio Sublime
    20% off any salon service

    WAXmd
    Ongoing 10% discount for students Faculty and staff receive a free eyebrow or lip wax when booking a service during the month of September

    Vitality Anti-Aging Center
    10% discount on regularly priced services or products for all students, faculty and staff

    1-800-Pet Meds
    15% discount for students. faculty, and staff when using the Pet Meds discount page

    Retail 

    Adrienne's
    10% off for students, faculty, and staff

    Artisan Soapery
    15% off for students, faculty, and staff on all Artisan Soapery products (excluding consignment vendor items)

    Ashley HomeStore
    20% discount for students, faculty, and staff with an additional 5% off for opening up an Ashley account

    Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery
    12% off to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff (some restrictions apply)

    Carolina Pedal Works
    10% discounts to all students, faculty, and staff every day

    Carolina West Wireless
    15% discount for students, faculty, and staff *Discount applies to monthly service charge (certain restrictions apply)

    CleanWave Laundry Hickory
    Students and faculty who download and load money to the Speed Queen app earn reward dollars for future use.
    Receive a 10% discount with a minimum of 10 lbs. of wash, dry, fold service.

    Guitar Center
    One free lesson and 10% off checklist for students, faculty, staff

    Habitat for Humanity ReStore Catawba Valley
    20% off for all students, faculty, and staff

    Hickory Foot Solutions
    10% off discount for LR students, faculty, and staff

    Hospice Resale Shop
    20% discount to students and staff with LR ID

    Journeys
    Students receive $10 off orders over $75 at Journeys in-store and online 

    Maggie Mae's Consignment Boutique
    10% discount on all items purchased for students, faculty and staff

    Outdoor Supply Company
    10% discount for all students, faculty and staff (excludes Yeti and other select products)

    OZ's Jewelers
    10% off any new purchase for faculty, staff and students

    Redfox Gaming
    5% off for all students

    Sam's Xpress Car Wash
    $5 off the unlimited club plan for staff and faculty

    Take 5 Oil Change
    25% off for all students, faculty and staff

    The Natural Dog      
    10% discount with ID

    Thistle Dew Nicely
    15% discount for all students, faculty and staff

    U-Haul  
    First month of storage free with truck/trailer rental and 10% off one way rentals for students, faculty and staff

    Unique World Gifts
    10% off purchases for all students, faculty, and staff (excludes food and beverage items and clearance merchandise)

    The Untamed Daisy Soap Co. 
    10% of all purchases

    Business, Education, Housing 

    Argyle Place Apartments
    $200 off first month's rent for faculty, staff, and graduate students

    Campbell and Associates
    Free professional consultation for students, faculty, and staff and a reduced rate on expert legal services

    Children's Academy #1
    5% off tuition

    Hickory Day School
    Waived application fee for all students, faculty, and staff – typically a $75 charge

    Hickory Trace Village Apartments
    5% off for LR employees

    Holiday Inn Express
    Discounted room rates offered for any LR student, faculty, or staff member. This discount is also available for anyone visiting the university. Mention LR at check-in to receive the discount. 

    Master Financial Coach - Trey Bridgeman
    75% off financial services for students; contact Trey to set up a meeting at 828.244.1354 or tbridgemancoaching@gmail.com

    Saint Stephens Lutheran School
    25% off tuition for K-8th grade

    Entertainment and Recreation

    CrossFit Hickory
    25% off monthly membership rate for students, faculty, and staff & complementary beginners “on-ramp” course 50% off for students in a health sciences related program

    Defy Hickory
    $4 off ticket price for students on College Night (Thursdays from 6-9 pm)
    Defy Hickory allows fundraisers and will donate 20% of revenues from flight tickets sold back to the hosting student organization.

    Foot Candle Film Society
    $3 admission on Thursday nights

    Hickory Community Theatre
    $10 tickets for LR students

    Hickory Crawdads
    Two free tickets every Thursday with school ID. (Additional tickets are $5)
    Every other day, student, faculty, and staff can purchase up to four tickets at a discounted rate of $5.

    Hickory Foundation YMCA
    $25 per month membership fee for students

    Hickory Museum of Art
    $10 membership discount. Membership includes offers for free admission at nearly 200 museums throughout the Southeast. 

    Nailed IT DIY Studio
    10% off any project or retail purchase for all students, faculty and staff

    Patriot Brew Thru and Axe Throwing
    Wednesday College Special: $10 an hour per person axe throwing
    Weekly drink specials ($5 off axe throwing)
    Also offer discounted group rates for team building events, tailored to group needs

    Planet Fitness
    $22.99/month black card membership:
    No annual fee, no enrollment fee and no commitment fee with code: LRUBC $10.00 /month classic card membership: $39 annual fee, no enrollment fee and no commitment fee with code: LRU10

    Southside Power & Fitness
    $19.99/month membership for students, faculty, and staff or $149 flat price for entire year

    Treetop Adventures Lake Hickory
    10% off for students, faculty and staff

    Warehouse18
    15% discount on event fees for all students, faculty and staff (one discount per event)

    Western Piedmont Symphony
    Free concerts for students, faculty and staff

    Wine and Design
    $10 off regular classes for students, faculty, and staff Online booking codes | staff/faculty: 10LRUEMP22; student: 10LRUSTUDENT22

    9Round Kickbox Fitness - Viewmont
    Special student monthly rate of $59 instead of the standard $89.This includes unlimited workouts with no class times.
    Workouts change every day and a trainer is always included.

  • Asheville Campus

    Beverages & Dining

    Arby's    
    10% off for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Discount only applies on regular price items, not happy hour or with another coupon or discount.

    Baba Nahm    
    10% off meals for students, faculty, and staff

    Ben & Jerry's    
    10% off all purchases for students, faculty, staff, and alumni

    The Hop Ice Cream Cafe    
    10% off all ice cream and coffee orders for students, faculty, and staff

    Kathmandu Kitchen    
    Free hot/cold chai with lunch buffet for students, faculty, and staff 20% off dinner for students, faculty, and staff

    Local 604    
    10% off all beer and wine for students, faculty, and staff. *Above 21 only

    West End Bakery    
    10% off all purchases for students, faculty, and staff

    Retail 

    Affordable Bedding, Inc.    
    10% off entire purchase. See store for details.

    Frugal Backpacker    
    Extra 10% off entire purchase (including sales items) for students, faculty, and staff

    Instant Karma    
    10% off all purchases for students, faculty, and staff

    Reciprocity Resale Boutique    
    10% off total purchase for students, faculty, and staff

    Spiritex    
    10% off for students, faculty, and staff

    Services

    Asheville Shutters and Blinds    
    10% off all window treatments for students, faculty, staff, and alumni

    Go Store It LLC
    20% off all storage units at any Go Store It location for staff, faculty, and students

    Nesting Dolls Realty-Coldwell Banker King    
    $500 rebate to Real Estate buyers and sellers for LR students, faculty, and staff. Lender approval is required. Rebate is made from commissions actually received.

    Health 

    Acupuncture Integrative Medicine
    20% discount for all services for full year from start date of acupuncture/acu-massage appointments.

    Carolina Holistic Health    
    10% off initial appointment for new clients for students, faculty, and staff

    Positive Transformations    
    10% off a therapy session for Lenoir-Rhyne students, faculty, and staff

    Still Point Wellness    
    10% off first visit for Lenoir-Rhyne students, faculty, and staff

    Weaverville Chiropractic    
    $99 initial visit and consultation (25% off regular price) and $50 for subsequent visits (17% discount) for students, faculty, staff, and alumni

    Entertainment and Recreation

    Lakeview Putt and Play, LLC    
    One adult round of mini golf for $7. Buy one session, get one free virtual reality game.

    Shaolin Kung Fu    
    25% off tuition for students, faculty, and staff

  • Columbia Campus

    Empire Barbell    
    20% off for faculty, staff and students

    Gamble Chiropractic Clinic    
    10% off for faculty, staff and students

    Papa John's    
    10% discount for students on personal orders.
    30-50% off for faculty and staff on orders over 5. 
    *Students, faculty and staff must show valid LR ID*