Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Glendale


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Downtown Glendale has been a long term holiday staple for those living in and around Phoenix because of Glendale Glitters and it has many great independently owned shops to spoil everyone on your list. This city is under an hour from Phoenix depending on where you live, 2 hours from Flagstaff, and 2 hours from Tucson.

Historic Downtown Glendale has been named by USA Today & Sunset Magazine as one of the country’s ten best places for shopping. Historic Downtown Glendale is actually two neighborhoods – Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and mature shade trees welcoming visitors to the bungalows-turned-specialty shops, Old Towne boasting brick-trimmed sidewalks and glowing gaslights leading the way to the famous antique stores and ethnic eateries and hometown festivals.

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Glendale Glitters

What is more synonymous with the magic of holiday lights in the Valley of the Sun than Glendale Glitters? Glendale’s award-winning holiday festival has become a family tradition across the Valley and state, and this year the 22nd annual celebration kicks off Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28, from 5-10 p.m. each evening. Glendale Glitters holiday light display concludes with a rockin’ block party, Glendale Glitter and Glow, on Jan. 9, from 4-10 p.m. The dazzling scene of vibrant glowing colors and twinkling lights, combined with more than 20 glowing hot air balloons, musical performances and delicious food and beverages, will be a feast for the senses!

A great way to explore Historic Downtown Glendale is with a personalized tour with Arizona Ron. Ron Brewster grew up in Glendale and has called Glendale home for 60 years. His childhood home is now the famous Spicery Tearoom! Take a trip back in time to the early beginnings of Glendale, with someone who can tell you the stories! Call the Glendale Visitor Center for tour times.

With so much to see and do this time of year in Glendale, you may need some help. That’s what we’re here for! Reach out to Visit Glendale and let us help you with itineraries, directions and much more. INFO: www.visitglendale.com or 623-930-4500.

Local Glendale Shopping Options

Bears & More

7146 N. 58th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301
For the most beary special shop in town, check out Bears & More , a charming shop full of teddy bears and friends from Steiff, Artists, Boyds, Bund, Breyer and more.

3 Pound Assorted Chocolate Gift Box Christmas from Cerreta

3 Pound Assorted Chocolate Gift Box Christmas from Cerreta

Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
The sweetest stop in Glendale – Cerreta’s, a hometown candy factory and retail store – the largest in Arizona! For more than 40 years, the Cerreta family has prepared their candy the old fashioned way–by hand.

Lovely treasures from The

Lovely treasures from The Cottage Garden

The Cottage Garden I & II
7142 N. 58th Ave. / 623-847-3232
7162 N. 58th Ave. / 623-847-5262
Glendale, AZ 85301
The Cottage Garden I & II features a wonderful mix of unique and eclectic wears for you and your home. Jewelry and unique accessories, with your style in mind.

The Country Maiden
7146 N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
The Country Maiden is a primitive country store nestled in the heart of downtown Glendale. Maple flooring and cozy room settings add to the charm of our country store. Featured products include unique one-of-a-kinds from American Folk artists.

A selection of jewelry from The Open Door.

A selection of jewelry from The Open Door.

The Open Door
5836 W. Palmaire Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
The Open Door features One-of-a-Kind Jewelry, Wood Art, Hand-Made Glass Art, Hand-Made Soaps, Wearable Art Clothing, Wickless Candles and much more.

Pink House Boutique
7009 N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Pink House Boutique has become a preferred shopping destination for fashionista’s around the valley who define their own style. It’s not just a boutique; it’s also a co-op that features local female designers & artists.

The Talented Tortoise
5890 W. Palmaire
Glendale, AZ 85301
The Talented Tortoise is a gift boutique located in Historic Downtown Glendale. Specializing in high-quality, unique, handmade gifts created by local artisans – you are sure to find the perfect gift for every woman in your life.

Bitz-ee Mama’s
7023 N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Bitz-ee Mama’s, located in historic downtown Glendale, is a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Mexican food since 1972. The friendly staff, great food, and awesome prices are one of the best kept secrets in Glendale.


The classic style storefront of Papa Eds Ice Cream

Papa Ed’s Ice Cream
Old Fashioned Family Fun
7146-B N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Papa Ed’s serves premium ice cream served in a variety of 16 flavors.

The Spicery in our 1895 Home
7141 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
This unique and charming restaurant is located in one of the oldest homes in the Historic Catlin Court area of Downtown Glendale. The chefs prepare the flavors of yesteryear, just like our mothers and grandmothers made.

A Touch of European Café
7146 N. 57th Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301
Experience a taste a Poland at A Touch of European Café, where the self-made chef Waldemar Okula (Owner), uses his taste buds, imagination, touch of love to create home cooked meals.

 This gift guide was written by Lorraine Zomok, Manager of Visit Glendale.
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Blanketed In Love

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As cool desert nights settle in, why not give the gift of a luxuriously soft and beautiful rosette blanket, which is perfect for any season and state of mind. Bunny Blanky blankets were born as an act of love: a handmade gift from one sister to another, and then carried on by a mother’s handiwork.  Each one-of-a- kind blanket is hand-sewn in Arizona in five beautiful colors and three different sizes. Branding, production, operations, and sales are all in the family. Aleks, Nikole, Kandy, and Tamara are the passionate team behind Bunny Blanky blankets and are committed to the quality and consistency of each handmade piece of woven art.

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At the foot of your bed or draped over your favorite armchair, this blanket will add comfort and sophistication to any space. But what makes Bunky Blanky blankets so special is the warmth and comfort they provide – a perfect accessory for any evening of the week, at the end of every day. Visit Bunny Blanky’s website to learn more.

Written by Somlynn Rorie

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Work with Your Hands, Enrich Your Life at Bisbee Craft School

Guest Written by by LFA Intern, Jessica Estrada.

Historic Bisbee makes for great creative and visual inspiration.

Arizona offers many adventures to residents and visitors – hiking, ghost towns, art and local cuisines, and more. The historic mining town of Bisbee is a hidden Southern Arizona treasure. There are many cultural adventures awaiting in Bisbee. The newly opened Bisbee Craft School shares many of the great qualities and experiences that makes Bisbee unique.

Bisbee Craft School offers craft workshops in Old Bisbee for locals and tourists looking to enhance their artistic abilities. Workshops vary from 1-3 days in mediums such as drawing, metalwork and jewelry. Some classes include Fundamentals of Classical Drawing, Drawing Made Easy, and Beginner Pastel. Can’t draw a stick figure to save your life? No worries! The Bisbee Craft School also offers Willow Basketry, Natural Methods of Making Leather, and Introduction to Metalworking.

Bisbee Craft SchoolClasses, starting January of 2016, take students on a tour of Old Bisbee as they take place in different locations throughout the town. The courses are taught by local artists and craftspeople wanting to help people gain enriching experiences.  Take a look at the full list of workshops and sign up for an experience you will never forget with incredible and talented professors.

Owner Karen Schumacher believes that “the act of making things can enrich anyone’s life.” Schumacher knew that a town filled with so many creative, talented people, and beautiful hills providing visual inspiration, was the perfect place to start a craft school. Bisbee is a tight knit community with artistic flair and localism is a part of everyone’s daily routine. Schumacher understands and celebrates the importance of buying local as she loves to buy original, handmade creations. She also encourages localism by putting together a list of working artists in Cochise County, making it easy for anyone looking for a handmade piece of art. Check out the list of local artists and buy a loved one a handmade creation by a local artisan this Holiday season.

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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Bisbee


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Enjoy a handmade holiday – made in Bisbee by Bisbee locals.

Bisbee is a historic mining town in Southern Arizona that has a lot of personality! It is about 5 hours from Flagstaff, 3 hours from Phoenix, and only 2 hours from Tucson. Here are some local options for a shopping day-trip down south. Our Local Business Directory – Bisbee Area has a number of other independent businesses near by.

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Photo from Chocoláte


Experience rare, spirited chocolate made in Bisbee, Arizona in small batches. At Chocoláte (pronounced choc-o-LA-tay), Alison and Stan invite you to experience their handcrafted exotic truffles and confections on site just for you.

Gift idea: Assorted box of chocolates.
Phone: 520-432-3011
Web: http://www.spiritedchocolate.com/

Agave Art

Agave is a retail and gallery space for original art, and studio for acrylic painting and screen printing, carrying a variety of visual & wearable art.

Gift idea: Art print coasters.
Phone: 520-255-6569
Web: http://agavescreenprint.com/

Va Voom

We invite you to inspect the multifarious world of Vampie Oodles! From our handcrafted elegant novelty raiment to artifacts from bygone eras, we have provisions for all and sundry. Specializing in leather accoutrements for steampunk & tribal habiliments. Our collection comprises a myriad of treasures ranging from recreated apparatus to unearthed relics!

Gift idea: Primitive Oiled Brown Leather Peaked Spats
Phone: 520-432-1540
Web: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VampieOodles

Wildflower Jewelry and Art

Sustainable, earth-loving jewelry made of stone, metal, and recycled or upcycled materials such as aluminum cans, gift cards and roofing material. I love to update old and antique jewelry to your unique taste, and I love special orders, so please don’t hesitate to bring me your questions and suggestions.

Gift idea: Repurposed Arizona green tea can earrings
Phoenix: 520-234-5528
Web: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lorikovash

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Bisbee Soap and Sundry

Bisbee Soap & Sundry is Bisbee’s local bath shop, featuring hand crafted, small batch goods. Delectable soaps, lotions, beard oils and more.

Gift idea: Gift set that includes a Rosemary Mint candle, Mojito Lip Balm and a bar of Lavender soap
Phone: 520-775-2290
Web: http://bisbeesoapandsundry.com/

Steele Creek Glass

Steele Creek Glass blowing studio/and shop carries a variety of hand-blown glass. Rich Creek has 14 years of glass blowing experience, come on into to the studio and watch him work.

Gift idea: Handblown oil and vinegar bottles
Phone: 520-508-8485
Web: https://www.facebook.com/steelcreekglass

Teeny Tiny Toy Store

Mark Logan is a self taught plush artist. He began making stuffed animals as presents for his niece and nephew in 2001, but ever since he expanded the use of his talents to produce unique toys for everyone. To this day Mark created close to 7,000 stuff animals and soft sculptures, including the doll of the US President Barack Obama

Gift idea: Stitches handmade stuffed Buddha doll
Web: http://www.teenytinytoystore.com/

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Black Sheep Imports

A truly unique boutique for gifts, home-goods, and fashion. A Fancy shop, we carry whatever we fancy.

Gift idea: “I got weird in Bisbee” or “Nowhere else I’d rather Bisbee” shirts and pillows
Phone: 520-559-1801
Web: Click here for their facebook!

Killer Bee Honey

Killer bee authority, removal expert and master killer bee keeper Reed Booth is recognized around the country from his appearances on Fox, National Geographic, Discovery and the Food Network. Reed’s award winning honey products have caused a stir in kitchens around the country… and around the world.

Gift idea: 3 oz jars of Honey Mustard, Honey Butter, Wild Desert Honey and an autographed copy of “Confessions of the Killer Bee Guy”
Phone: 520-227-5429
Web: http://www.killerbeeguy.com

Metallum Creations

Metallum Creations is a metal art company based in Southern Arizona. Our artwork styles range from southwest to abstract and contemporary. Decorative switch plates, sconce light covers, garden art, wall art, magnets, bookmarks, candle holders, suns, Native American art, and much more! Custom work available!

Gift idea: adorable desert animal yard sculptures that include jackrabbits and quail
Phone: 800-693-5519
Web: http://metallumcreations.com/

Mixed Stone Bracelet from Designs by Owen

Mixed Stone Bracelet from Designs by Owen

Jewelry Designs by Owen

Specializing in non-traditional art jewelry of sterling silver and gold. A variety of gemstones are used – both the common ones and unusual & rare varieties from throughout the world. Each piece is individually constructed from sheet and wire using a variety of techniques and styles, allowing each piece to be truly unique. Jewelry line includes earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and pins.

Gift idea: a beautiful set of earrings or a bracelet made from mixed stones
Phone: 520-432-4400
Web: http://www.jewelrydesignsbyowen.com

Optimo Custom Hatworks

Fine hand-woven Panama straws from Ecuador, custom hand-formed and finished by Optimo. Custom-blended beaver, cashmere, hare and rabbit felt hats. Renovating and hand finishing or straw and fur-felt.

Gift idea: the classic Panama Fedora Mac
Phone: 520-432-4544
Web: http://www.optimohatworks.com


Magnetic Threads

Bisbees’ only clothing store that offers one of a kind unique clothing designed and made by the owner, as well as art, accessories, and gifts only made locally.  Owner/Designer Meggen Connolley has participated in Fashion Weeks around the country while also winning a prestigious design award from internationally renowned designer Betsey Johnson for her work at Tucson Fashion Week.  She offers custom made unique and artistic clothing for men and women.

Gift idea: Winter Tortoise Dress
Phone: 917-660-4681
Web: http://www.magnetic-threads.com/

Old Bisbee Roasters

Roasting specialty coffees produced by small farms and co-operatives using sustainable agricultural practices. Since 1998.

Gift idea:  4 different varieties of ½ pound beans in a sampler pack
Phone: 866-432-5063
Web: http://www.oldbisbeeroasters.com/

K.G. Potters Shop

10 years of making white stoneware functional pottery pieces. Every piece is unique; there are no two pieces exactly alike. Have you ever used handmade dishes? They have a special feel to them. Items in the gallery include small, large and huge mugs, honey pots, garlic keepers, apple bakers, garlic roasters, serving bowls, batter bowls, tea bag holders, and sponge holders.

Gift idea: honey pot and tea bag holders. The egg separators are also cute as they look like a grumpy face
Phone: 520-432-2196
Web: http://www.kgpottersshop.com

Photo from Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter

Photo from Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter

Friends of Bisbee Animal Shelter

An organization that raises money to fund shelter improvements, and help to find adoptive homes for local animals.

Gift idea: Donation made to help the animals.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/BisbeeAnimalShelter

Bisbee Books and Music

We have good books! We’re a general bookstore, but with an emphasis on the Southwest:  history, gardening, nature, birding, political and environmental issues. We also have a good selection of poetry, DIY, children’s books, Spanish language and bi-lingual, and fiction. Both new and used books, and we are adding to the collection every week. We also have some very nice gifts: toys, games, puzzles, bath salts and soaps, stationary, musical instruments, vinyl records and hand-crafted items by local artists.

Gift idea: A book from a local Bisbee author.
Phone: 520-353-4009
Web: http://www.bisbeebam.com/

Beast Brewing Company

Beast Brewing Company offers a unique line of craft beer focusing on robust flavors for the adventurous palate. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint by incorporating locally sourced ingredients into our products when possible, utilizing refurbished equipment, harvesting rain water and capturing waste water from our brewing process, encouraging the use of reusable growlers and by donating spent grain to farmers.  We also source items like our tap handles, tasting trays and some artwork from local artists.

Gift idea: fill up a growler of Sexy Beast Coffee Stout or Sandman Pecan Porter and match it with a set of Beast Pint Glasses
Phone: (520) 284-5251
Web: http://beastbrewingcompany.com/

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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Ajo

2015-bannerLocal First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Ajo is in Southern Arizona and is only 2 hours from Phoenix, 2 and a half hours from Tucson, and just under four hours from Flagstaff. Check out these independnet gift options in this and consider a daytrip down. The Local First Business Directory – Ajo has a few more local businesses.

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The Sonoran Desert Conference Center

Give the gift of leisure with a certificate for a weekend getaway to the SDCC on the historic Curley School Campus. With a full menu of authentic cultural, artistic and outdoor experiences, whoever you send our way will have a restorative and memorable experience.

Phone: (520) 775-2565
Web: sonorandesertconferencecenter.com

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Karen Sucharski (Curley School Artist)

Unique Sonoran Desert Javelina baby pillows and/or boxed set of three mini worry javelinas. Prices are $15.00 for baby pillows and $10.00 for boxed set.

Phone:  (719) 201-1707

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aVita boutique in the Raven’s Nest

This fun boutique has lots of great gifts lining the walls including clothing, Holistic products, and original art such as Day of the Dead Dolls by local artist April Stewart.

Phone: (520) 387-4948
Facebook: aVita boutique

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100 Estrella Restaurant

Get your beer loving loved one a beer tasting and tutorial with local beer guru and certified beer server Tom. Includes 7 tasters and a glass of beer. $20 for 1 or $35 for 2 (tax, gratuity not included)

Phone: (520) 387-3110
Facebook: 100 Estrella Restaurant

Oasis Café

What better place to enjoy a steaming hot peppermint hot chocolate or cappuccino than under the Spanish colonial arcades of the historic Ajo Town Plaza? With the open green space skirted by palm trees, there really is no more picturesque place to have your morning coffee or a light lunch than the Oasis Café. Gift certificates available in various denominations.

Phone: 520-387-4455
Facebook: Ajo Oasis Cafe

bloom Wellness Center

Gift Certificates are available for all services at bloom Wellness Center. Each gift certificate comes with a holiday bag and card to personalize your gift with a message.  bloom will also have a variety of retail products available to customize a gift basket for that special someone in your life.  An expert will be on location to help guide you in finding the perfect gift.  Give the gift of relaxation, stress relief and pampering all while supporting a local Ajo business that was built on love for Ajo and the belief in community enrichment.

Phone: (312)-730-3902, call Susan
Facebook: bloom

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The International Sonoran Desert Alliance

For that person who has everything, sponsor a local youth in getting their GED or taking the first steps toward a new career through a vocational internship or apprenticeship. By supporting ISDA’s continuum of support you can give the gift of opportunity to some well-deserving young people looking to expand the possibilities of their future.

Phone: 520-387-6823
Web: isdanet.org

Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture Membership

For just $5 a year you can give that special someone seasonal seeds, seedlings and bags of compost as well as a bi-weekly newsletter full of recipes and best practices. If that special someone on your list has a green thumb, a membership to the Ajo CSA might be just the thing.

Web: ajocsa.com
Email: ajocsa@hotmail.com

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MikeY’s (Curley School Artist)

Memories of grandmother’s fresh baked bread – but updated for the Sonoran Desert SW lifestyle – Jalapeno Bread! $5.00 per French style 1 lb. round Boule. Ajo is the only place you can get it.

E-mail: mikeh3k@yahoo.com
Phone: 480.427.1619

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Ajo Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center Gift Shop

Show you’ve been somewhere unique with stocking stuffers and gifts from the Heart of the Sonoran Desert. Need a gift for foodie? How about a locally made etched glass cutting board?

Phone: 520-387-7742
Web: ajochamber.com

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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Wickenburg


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


 Bring Christmas home from Wickenburg!

This traditional town, just 50 miles northwest of Phoenix, is a great place for authentic Arizona made gifts such as leather crafts, goodies from the antique and specialty shops, and fine art from Wickenburg Art Club House. Wickenburg is 1 hour from Phoenix, 2 and a half hours from Flagstaff, and about 3 hours from Tucson.

Shopping Options

Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Arizona’s Most Western Museum
No visit to Wickenburg would be complete without a tour of “Arizona’s Most Western Museum”, home to more than 400 works of Western art, including famous Remington’s and Russell’s. Visitors call it a jewel and a gem and invariably say they are amazed to find it so full of unexpected treasurers. This visitor shop promises to have a fantastic gift.
Phone: 928-684-2272

Unique Stores of Western Distinction – Browsing Wickenburg you will find a variety of stores offering items such as antiques, western collectibles, furniture, bedding, boutique gifts, southwest artwork, jewelry, clothing and much more. From one end of the town to the other, and in between which is the historic district of Wickenburg, will bring you pleasant shopping!

The Hassayampa River Preserve is a lovely oasis in the desert, and set along the Hassayampa River. The preserve is home to the rare willow flycathcher and many other species of birds. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, activities and programs are scheduled each month for adults and children. Give the gift of giving back to nature this season with a donation. For information call 928-684-2772.

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Holiday Events

Wickenburg invites you to make a day out of it and come into town for one of their MANY festivals in December! Any day or weekend in Wickenburg will result in a fun time and a bountiful shopping trip for your loved ones.

Gem & Art Fair “Way Out Wickenburg Way” – Nov. 26-27. This 10th annual gem and art fair brings vendors from all over the southwest with beautiful gems and unique stones for sale, along with a variety of unique artwork in this media. Held at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street, 9am – 5pm – Free admission


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 26. Sponsored by Cops Who Care. Bask in the glow of Wickenburg’s annual lighting of the community Christmas Tree at 6:30 pm, in the park next to the Public Library in historic downtown.

Community Advent Christmas – December 1, 6:30 p.m. -Mt. Hope Assembly of God Church, sponsored by area churches.

Remember When Classic Car Show & Toys for Tots Run – December 4 – Over 600 classic cars come to historic downtown Wickenburg on Sunday, to show off their beautiful automobiles. While here they bring new toys for the Cops Who Care Christmas Gift Program. The location is the Wickenburg Community Center, located in the historic district – 160 N. Valentine Street.

Christmas Chili Cookoff – December 4 – Take time to taste delicious chili made from contestants entered in the certified program. Sponsored by Rancher Bar, enjoy the day with music, vendors and good food. All proceeds go toward programs for Cops Who Care.



Christmas Parade of Lights – December 10 – Gather on historic Frontier Street at 6:30 pm to watch the lighted wagons, automobiles, horse & riders, and floats in this 14th annual Christmas Parade of Lights, where each entry is decorated for the holiday season. A fun evening to celebrate the season with family and friends. Afterwards, cocoa and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus are happening at the Garcia “Little Red School House”.

Santa Fest – December 11- Members of Cops Who Care provided an opportunity for children to visit with Santa Claus and have their photo’s taken at the same time. Location is Town Hall, 155 N. Tegner Street, from 9am-11am.

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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Tempe


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.



Tempe is nestled near Phoenix and can be reached within an hour depending on where you live in Phoenix, is about 2 hours from Tucson, and just over 2 hours from Flagstaff. This lively college downtown center offers a shopping and dining experience as you whittle down your Holiday Shopping List.

Mill Ave bricks from the Downtown Tempe Authority

Mill Ave bricks from the Downtown Tempe Authority

“The local businesses in Downtown Tempe add a character that differentiates us from anyplace else in the world. These businesses are passionate about our community and they show it by getting involved and playing a deeper role than just owning and operating a business. From donations to local charities to hours of volunteer time, they repeatedly show up. That passion coupled with their individuality deserves our support all year long. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect pair of shoes to keep your stride right, ASU gear for your next game day or alumni function, or a piece of handmade jewelry from a local artist, you’re sure to be inspired by Downtown Tempe’s eclectic selection of retailers. With local retail shops that offer both every day and specialty items, Downtown Tempe offers a truly unique and urban shopping experience that you will find nowhere else.”  ~ Kate Borders, Executive Director, Downtown Tempe Authority

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December 4 – 6, 2015.
The Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 100 Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist magazine and has received the prestigious Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.  As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

Local Businesses Downtown Tempe Recommended for Holiday Shopping:

Click each business name to be directed to their website!

  1. The Shoe Mill
  2. NCounter
  3. Hackett House
  4. Candy Addict
  5. Brand X/Icon
  6. Cactus Sports
  7. Churchill’s Fine Cigars
  8. The Henna Shop
  9. Critical Threat Comics
  10. Pedal Haus
  11. Divaz Boutique
  12. Here on the Corner
  13. Delice Bistro
  14. Yucatecan
  15. Desert Roots Kitchen
  16. ASU Ceramics Museum Gift Shop
  17. Nush
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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Pinetop


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Pinetop-Lakeside is in Northern Arizona and these lovely mountain cities welcome shoppers this holiday season. Here are some examples of local business options to check loved ones off your shopping list. Pinetop is only 4 hours from Tucson, about 3 hours from Phoenix, and just over 2 hours from Flagstaff. Besides these great businesses, check out our Local Business Directory for Pinetop/Showlow Area.


All Occasion Florals

All Occasion Florals has some great original ideas for you this holiday season such as bringing a holiday centerpiece as a hostess gift or sending a Christmas Arrangement to help spread some Christmas Cheer. Those who receive your thoughtful floral arrangement will enjoy it as part of their home and celebration. Another way to spread holiday cheer would be All Occasion Florals’ Holiday wreaths which last all season long. (They can even ship nationwide!) This store is always “always friendly and helpful” and another customer guaranteed, “they have beautiful craftsmanship and the flowers were delivered before the estimated time given to me.”

Phone: (928)-368-2014
Web: www.alloccasionflorals.com


Amazing Quilts 

 Gift ideas from Amazing Quilts are perfect for a DIY-er of every experience level! Amazing Quilts stocks everything you could want for a creator in your life including sewing and embroidery machines, quilt kits (ready to sew!), boxes of notions, accu-cutters and quilting classes. There are endless possibilities to treat your loved one with so much fabric and tools. If you are interested in giving the gift of warmth this winter Amazing Quilts also carries ready-made quilts.

Phone: (928)-368-5567
Web: www.amazingquiltsaz.com


Mail Copy plus

Mail Copy Plus is more than just a copy store. This local shop also carries a variety of items from local artists and authors. One example would be the offbeat gift idea Women In Need Of Sanity (W.I.N.O.S.). In addition to gift shopping, Mail Copy can pack your items so that they get to their destination safely. With options like UPS, FedEx, Freight and Post Office, we can give you options from Overnight to Lowest Cost.

“I shop at Mail Copy plus all the time! Every time I come in, they greet me by name! Today they printed my last-minute job the moment I walked in the door. They are great to work with and have great Customer Service!” – Anne Groebner of Get Your Mountain On AZ

Phone: (928)-367-6245
Web: mailcopyplusaz.com


Pinetop Olive Oil

Looking to gift a special experience? Book a Free Tasting Party with Family and Friends Bring a Salad we supply any of our 70 Plus Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegars. There are also 3 pack gift sets of Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic, Beautiful Alpaca Clothing, Lotions, Handmade Olive Oil Soap, Lotions, Shampoo, Gift Certificates, Gift Baskets full of Gourmet Foods, and more.

Phone: (928)-367-6544
Web: pinetopoliveoil.com/

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Local First AZ Gift Giving Guide: Superior


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


This gift guide is written by the Superior Chamber of CommerceThis list highlights the extensive amount of gifts available for everyone on your list. Unlike other gift guides this year, this guide is separated by the type of gift you are seeking.unnamed

Are you looking for unique gifts from local businesses?  Mayor Valenzuela and the Superior Chamber of Commerce invite you to come and visit Superior and encourage you to shop local in Superior to find something for everyone on your gift list.


For Your Foodie:

Make a foodie gift basket with local flavor add some famous chorizo from Leo’s Grocery Store, fresh tortillas from Los Hermanos.  Add some sweet treats from Superior Sweets, Le Cookie, Juan’s Central Bakery or Brick House Bakers along with some “Superior Blend” coffee  and an apron from SunFlour Market.  A bottle of wine or craft beers can be added to a food basket from Farmers Market.  Use a creative container and put all these ingredients in a traditional tamale pot from Save Money Market.

Unique clothing, jewelry and home accessories:

You wont find a more unique shirt than a hand made  Hawaiian style shirt from Something Fishing Shirts.  Don’t miss Random Boutique, you will find an assortment of ladies wear, blouses, handbags and accessories. If you are looking unique jewelry with a global flair stop in Global Encounters inside Smoky’s Mercantile. For Home Accessories check out the Funky Junk, The Copper Gecko or Rolling Rock Gallery.  Custom floral designs can be made by local florists from Rose’s Roses and Gloria’s Silk Flowers.

Art Lovers:

Superior is home to many artists who sell their art work in local shops and galleries.  The Wild Cow Gallery and Keaton Fine Art are the newest galleries in Superior and features many new and upcoming artists. Consider buying art lessons or individual lessons from both the Wild Cow Gallery and Day Star Studios, from painting to mosaic tiles these studios each have something to offer the budding or experienced artist. Mynds Eye Art has several rustic art pieces available for sale.



Nature lovers & day trippers:

How about passes or a year long membership to the world renowned Boyce Thompson Arboretum? Looking for a little more adventure?  A gift certificate for a four-wheel jeep ride to explore the desert surrounding Superior with Old West Desert Tours, top it off with gift certificates for some of Superior’s finest restaurants Jade Grill, Edwardo’s Pizza, Los Hermanos, De Marcos, Porters Cafe, Buckboard Restaurant, La Serna, Felicia’s Ice Cream Shop or Casa Denogean.  

Gift of Wellness and Healthy Living:

Try a membership to Superior Fitness and Personal Training.  Yoga classes, reflexology and Himalayan Salt Rock lamps can be found at Sole to Soul for those seeking a more relaxing approach to wellness.

DIY Lovers:

Anyone that likes to work with their hands will enjoy an assortment of tools from Superior Lumber or a classfrom The Salvage Company on how to repurpose an item or paint it with a vintage flair.

Lots of options for stuffing your stockings!

Lots of options for stuffing your stockings!

For the community minded person on your list consider purchasing an annual membership or make a donation to a local organizations such as:

  • Superior Optimist Club
  • Rotary Club
  • Superior Historical Society
  • VFW Auxiliary
  • Superior Chamber of Commerce
  • Red Bear Outfitters
  • Legends of Superior Trails Inc.
  • Friends of the Superior Library
  • Superior Little League
  • Superior Food Bank

Give the gift of a needed service:

Such as hair cuts from Be My Guest Salon or His and Her’s Hair Company. How about oil changes or tire rotations from Southwest Towing.

Make sure everyone on your gift list knows about all things Superior with a gift subscription to the Superior Sun!

It is quite possible that we may have forgotten a few places for you to shop for your holiday gift giving needs, there is surely something for everyone on your list right here in Superior.Many of the home bakers and local artists may require advanced notice to accommodate your order.

For more information for most of these local businesses and organizations check out the Superior Chamber of Commerce directory at www.superiorarizonachamber.org.

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Local First Az Gift Giving Guide: Sonoita & Elgin


Local First Arizona recruited help from a number of cities in Arizona to compile a list of gift giving ideas to inspire you to think outside the (big) box this holiday season and shop locally statewide. Each gift guide is separated by city and a complete list of the cities that have a gift giving guide can be viewed here.


Many Horses Trading Co.

Many horses has cultivated a wide variety of authentic Native American jewelry & Navajo Rugs.  They have a basket at the check out counter filled with the perfect gift earrings at affordable prices.

Phone: 520-604-0094
Web: manyhorsestrading.com

Cowgirl Flair

Add a little flair to your wardrobe with a lace boot sock.  The floral pattern and lace accent adds a fun detail that looks great with dresses, over skinny jeans or a pair of printed shorts.  Find these and other stylish gems at Cowgirl Flair located at the crossroads in downtown Sonoita.

Phone: 520-609-1483
Website: www.cowgirlflair.com

Vineyard Cafe

Vineyard Cafe serves breakfast & lunch with local flavor.  Everything is homemade down to the fresh biscuits with jelly sourced from local wine grapes.  A delicious way to start the day, or make it a lunch stop on in between wine tastings.

Phone: 520-455-4779
Website: www.vineyardcafesonoita.com

Next Door at Dos Cabezas

A great weekend getaway in the heart of Sonoita.  Within walking distance to restaurants, shops and Dos Cabezas WineWorks.  A comfortable home to share with a group of friends, or if you are looking for a romantic weekend, check out the casita behind the main house.  All listings on AirBnb.

Website: Search airbnb.com and search “Next Door at Dos Cabezas”
Phone: 520-455-5141

Dos Cabezas WineWorks

Introduce a friend to Arizona wines with the gift of one year wine club membership subscription. We are also offering a holiday host gift with a sample of 3 wines that will please any crowd & enhance your holiday meals.  Order online at doscabezas.com

Phone: 520-455-5141
Website: doscabezas.com/

Callaghan Vineyards

website:  callaghanvineyards.com phone: gift idea:  Order up a holiday dinner pairing!  All you have to do is the cooking.  Let Callaghan make your next holiday extra special with these 3 selections:  Welcome your guests with 2013 Lisa’s, for the main course, 2013 Buena Suerte, and for dessert, the 2012 Graciano, a red dessert wine.

Phone: 520-455-5322
Website: callaghanvineyards.com/

Rune Wines

Enjoy these unique wines in a unique setting.  Located in Elgin off highway 82, Rune makes award winning wines in a distinctive style.  His tasting space will allow you to fully appreciate the beauty of the outdoors in this wine country setting.  Rune is offering a holiday 3 pack for your celebratory needs… contact james@runewines.com

Phone: 520-338-8823
Website: http://runewines.com/

Lightning Ridge Cellars

Lightning Ridge focuses on Italian varietals in their Tuscan style winery.  Play a game of bocce ball in the vineyard while you enjoy a little Italy in Arizona.

Phone: 520-455-5383
Website: http://lightningridgecellars.com/

The Steak Out

A quintessential Steak House in the middle of cattle country with live music on the weekends.  Great steaks, BBQ and local wines.

Phone:  520-455-5205
Website: http://azsteakout.com/


Sonoita Inn

A charming, western country lodge in the heart of the scenic grasslands of Sonoita.  Walking distance from local restaurants, shops & a winery.

Phone: 520-455-5935
Website: http://sonoitainn.com/

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