Walking Through the Streets of Radford

I was working one night shift at Coldstone Creamery when a lady walked in with her daughter whom I presume will be attending Radford University in the Fall. She asked me if most of the restaurants around campus accept RU Express, a Highlander’s official student identification card which can also serve as a method of payment both on and off campus.

I didn’t know, so, naturally, being a journalism major in her last year, I thought it was a piece worth writing about. There was no way I could allow this question to be left unanswered. That led me to the streets of Radford. 

Before I go ahead and list some of the major businesses around the university that do [or do not] accept RU Express and/or whether they offer student discounts, can we all just first take a moment to appreciate the industrialization of small towns? I don’t know if you’ve heard or if you find this to be as exciting news as I do, but a new shop’s opening up on Main Street for wig lovers! The place is called New Look 2 and they officially open TODAY! (Let me just say that you shall never be their first customer as that’s a title I’ve already taken.. sorry, not sorry)

Meet Shana Eaves, the lady running New Look 2! 

New Look 2, officially open!

#1 | Pollo Loco                                               

  • RU Express [ ]                                                        
  • Student Discount [✓]                                               

#2 | Macado’s

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#3 | Norwood Salon

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [✓]

#4 | State Farm 

  • RU Express [ ]  
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#5 | Davita Kidney Care 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#6 | Highlander Pizza 

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#7 | Cook’s Clean Center (& Formals/Rentals)

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

*relocating to 426 West Main St. as of June 23 

#8 | RU Theatre 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [✓] 

#9 | Black Diamond Tattoo Parlor 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#10 | MyOptics EyeWear

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [✓]

*faculty discount also available 

#11 | Wall’s Jeweler’s 

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#12 | Good Looks (Hair Salon)

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#13 | Game Quest Inc.

  • RU Express: [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#14 | Uptown Nails 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#15 | Christian Travel (Travel Agency)

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#16 | Lucie Monroe’s 

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [✓]

*10%-20% discount when school’s in session

#17 | Cut Nice (Hair Salon)

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#18 | Shear Mellegance (Hair Salon)

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#19 | Vivid Vapes 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [✓]

#20 | Souvlaki (Restaurant)

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [✓]

*along with other weekly offers

#21 | Sushi Chinese & Mongolian Grill 

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#22 | Tuxedo Rental 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#23 | Salon 1124 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#24 | Radford City Florist

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#25 | University BP Gas Station 

  • RU Express [ ]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#26 | Benny Nicola’s (Pizza)

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#27 | Jimmy John’s 

  • RU Express [✓] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#28 | Moe’s Southwest Grill

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#29 | Subway 

  • RU Express [✓] 
  • Student Discount [ ]

#30 | Coldstone Creamery 

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount: [ ] 

#31 | Computer Tyme 

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [ ]

#32 | Lamours 

  • RU Express [ ] 
  • Student Discount [ ] 

#33 | Sal’s Pizza 

  • RU Express [✓]
  • Student Discount [ ] 

 

For a concise list of on & off campus merchants who accept RU express, click here

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