Local businesses giving away eclipse glasses with package deals

- It’s getting harder and harder to find a pair of solar eclipse glasses but there are hundreds getting ready to go on sale in Charlotte.

Some businesses are offering a pair of the glasses with a little twist and in some cases a pour.

In the Queen City, 98 percent totality is on the way but nearly 100 percent of the glasses needed to see it are gone.

“We got a hundred yesterday and we sold out in about six seconds,” said Sean Potter, Director of Eat and Drink, Marriott City Center. “Yes, they are officially sold out,” said Laura Guacci of Sycamore Brewing.

Some businesses are getting in on the excitement. “Why not get involved in the buzz that the city’s kind of getting caught up in. It’s like when the Panther’s won 15-1, why not get involved in that you know,” said Potter.

“It’s going to be crazy. Everyone’s kind of battened down the hatches and getting ready for the crowd that we’re going to expect. We really can’t believe it, it’s really fun and like I said we’re really excited that the community wants to spend this once in a lifetime event here at Sycamore with us,” said Guacci.

Some customers are planning to camp out beginning Saturday morning for a chance at deals on the NASA approved shades.

“Free solar eclipse glasses come with the purchase of beer, wine, cider, and a King of Pops popsicle,” said Guacci while holding several pairs of the glasses. The brewery ordered 400 pairs in preparation for Monday’s eclipse.

Sycamore Brewing is also offering a special Lunar See Blonde Stout just for the event. In Uptown Charlotte, Coco and the Director is offering a real pick-me-up deal.

“So, you get one latte and the glasses for $10 or you get the glasses for $7,” said Potter.

Offers to buy glasses ahead of the deals are pouring in. “It’s crazy out here, the phone has not stopped ringing, calls have been coming in, emails, social media, I mean people are excited,” said Guacci.

However, customers are being told they’ll have to wait. For a list of more Charlotte businesses offering eclipse glasses, click here

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