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Cathy Jett is the business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene. You can email her at

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Celebrate National Flip Flop Day

Friday is National Flip Flop Day, and Tropical Smoothie Café is celebrating.

Any customer wearing the summertime footwear who stops by a participating Tropical Smoothie between 2 and 7 p.m. Friday will receive a free 24-ounce Jetty Punch Smoothie.

They can also make a donation to Camp Sunshine, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, by donating $1 and putting their name on a paper flip flop that will be displayed in the café.

Other options include purchasing a flip flop key fob for $5 that will give them a 10 percent discount off future purchases for the rest of the year, or donating any amount they chose to the camp at

This is the eighth year that Tropical Smoothie has raised funds for Camp Sunshine, which is located on the shores Lake Sebago in Maine. Last year it raised $515,000. This year’s goal is $600,000, which would cover the costs of sending 300 families to the camp.