Celebrate your birthday with freebies around town

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Staff report
Want to know what local restaurants and shops will give you freebies on your birthday? There’s an app for that.
Birthday Comp is a free app that tells you what you can get for free on your birthday.
Co-founder Jan van der Baan said he came up with the idea after remembering the coupon for the free scoop of ice cream he received as a kid from Baskin Robbins on his birthday. He remembered the whole family would head over to get ice cream.
The idea grew after he said he celebrated his 30th birthday at a restaurant and saw that he was charged for the cake they brought out for dessert.
He said it made sense for the business to want to support the party he just brought in. So he combined the celebration with the concept of rewarding the customers to start Birthday Comp.
“I wanted to make it easy and free to find birthday promotions nearby,” he said.
The concept is also hassle free because you don’t have to remember to bring the coupon you received in the mail.
He said most people go out to celebrate birthdays, so he said he wanted to make it convenient for people to select a place that appreciates them in return.
It is free to sign up to receive the coupons and promotions online at birthdaycomp.com
Gifts include gift cards, free drinks, free desserts and perks. Some of the coupons require a minimum amount you spend to apply the coupon to the total.