Member Spotlight: Burning Tree Cellars

tasting-room-frontBurning Tree Cellars is a boutique winery located on Main St. in scenic Cottonwood. Burning Tree, which is run by Cottonwood residents Corey Turnball and Mitch Levy, produces and bottles their own wines using high quality fruit and oak.

Burning Tree Cellars prides themselves on their boutique atmosphere. They are focused on maintaining the small business mindset that makes places like this so special. With fifteen wines currently available for tasting, Burning Tree Cellars is committed to serving up only the finest, most authentic experience for their customers. Their tasting room is warm and comfortable, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy an evening.


The Burning Tree Cellars Facebook page, which you can find here, boasts many complimentary reviews. One reviewer gives the winery five stars for “fantastic wine, get atmosphere, and great people”, while another says that she is “looking forward to spending some lazy summer evenings sipping these wines on the street patio in Old Town Cottonwood.”

In addition to their dedicated customer service, Burning Tree Cellars has committed themselves to giving back to their community. Their website has a page set up here for donation requests. The business aims to support non-profit organizations which directly benefit children, especially organizations that work towards helping children to create a better future for themselves through education.



If you find yourself looking for an authentic wine experience in northern Arizona, Burning Tree Cellars is absolutely the place to be. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 12 PM to 7 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 12 PM to 10 PM. To receive exclusive offers and insider details, consider signing up for the Burning Tree Mailing List (available here).

You can also join them at their Sweets, Stems, and Sweethearts event from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. They will be offering two glasses of wine, chocolates, and a rose for your sweetheart at only $20.00. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP to 928-649-8733.

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Local Love is in the Air: Greater Phoenix Area

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are a number of local events happening all over Arizona for you and your sweetie to enjoy together. Visiting a locally owned restaurant, store, or having a ball at any of the upcoming Valentine’s events is a great way to have a unique experience AND keep your dollars in your community this holiday.

We’ve complied a list of some local happenings interested in providing romance, relaxation, or adventure for you and your loved one this year. These opportunities may fill up quickly so RSVP soon!

Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to Shift 10% to local business while being able to experience a one of a kind date. 

What are you looking for?
Restaurant Specials – Romantic Dates – Local Gift Ideas

Different Region?
Southern AZ – Northern AZ

Phoenix Metro Area


Becketts TableTwo Nights to Celebrate at Beckett’s Table
Phoenix, AZ
This Valentine’s Day (& the night before) Beckett’s Table will be serving three specials that can be ordered together as a pre-fixed menu or individually to compliment your dinner. You can view those items and make reservations on their website.


chompies logoChompie’s Five Course Meal Deal
Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and Scottsdale
Served from 11 a.m. – close, the four course Valentine’s Day meal includes a starter of choice of soup or salad, choice between three entrées with two sides, freshly baked bread basket and a free “Lovey’s Heartfelt” dessert.  The special Valentine’s Menu is only $18.99 per person and is available for dine in only.  All Chompie’s locations are participating. The regular menu will also be available. Click here to visit their website.

unnamed (5)Hula’s Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day
Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ
No schmaltzy paper hearts, no cheesy pri fixe menu. Just great food even better friends and killer cocktails. Come and burn a photo of your ex in our fire pit in Phoenix. See and be seen in Scottsdale (and maybe find new love). Either way, visit us this year write that great memory in your burn book. For more information visit online here.


Phoenix City Grille
Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix City Grille’s Executive Chef, Rory Hewitt, just announced his specials for Valentine’s Day wihch will be featured February 13 – 15. This year’s Valentine’s Day specials feature a variety of fresh, local ingredients that are sure to set the tone for a very romantic evening. The full menu and information can be seen here.


unnamedValentine’s Day with Arcadia Farms
Scottsdale, AZ
Arcadia Farms will be hosting a holiday dinner for you and your loved one on this very special day! With a delicious meal, delectable desserts and the wine flowing, all you’ll need is your sweetheart! We will be offering a Three Course Menu, which you can preview here! To make your reservations call 480.947.2596

Valentine’s Day Dinner
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, AZ

Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two at this retro-chic restaurant, featuring the regular menu along with several specials including Tempura Shrimp and Lobster with meyer lemon aioli and a Dessert Trio for Two with chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate gelato and mini red velvet cupcakes. There will also be romance themed drink specials.  Dinner is served Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Click here for more information.

qc olive millDinner at Queen Creek Olive Mill
Queen Creek, AZ
Join Queen Creek Olive Mill for a romantic candle light Valentine’s Day dinner under the stars on our heated outdoor patio while enjoying the smooth jazz by the band Soundscape. The full menu is posted here and you can make reservations before February 11th by calling 480.888.9290 Ext. 102.

Exciting Dates

HeartBEAT_LogoHeartBEAT: Music, Dance and Romance
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix, AZ

Let rhythm get your heart pumping this Valentine’s Day at HeartBEAT! Celebrate at MIM with dancing, food, drinks and more. Visit MIM’s special exhibition “Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World,” pose for a custom caricature drawing, learn how to cha-cha and dance the night away! Music for the evening will be provided by the local Latin band Carmela y Más. Guests who are feeling shy about their dance moves can live vicariously through a screening of the classic film Dirty Dancing in the MIM Music Theater. Each $75 ticket includes two complimentary drinks and mouthwatering menu items inspired by culinary traditions from around the globe. Full information and ticket sales here!

Me The Artist2Me the Artist Special Event
Phoenix, AZ
The “Works of Heart” session caters specifically to Valentines and includes light appetizers & desserts, couple/group photo, a rose for the ladies and painting class for $45 per person or $80 per couple. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine to the studio and create a pair of complementary paintings to display in your home or office. You can register here, seats fill up fast.

Arizona Opera’s Big Date Night
Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, AZ
The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a plated 3-course dinner, live performances and dancing. Ms. Voigt will be performing a selection of arias and songs accompanied by Allen Perriello, Arizona Opera’s Head of Music Staff, with additional performances by the leading ladies of the 2015/16 Season. All attendees receive a signed copy of Ms. Voigt’s new book. For full information click here!

national comedy theatreValentines Day Comedy Shows at National Comedy Theatre
February 13th & 14th at 7:30 and 9:45pm
Mesa, AZ
Two teams of top notch comedians square off in a hilarious and totally spontaneous comedy showdown featuring Valentines themed games and scenes you’ll only see once a year at the Valentines Day Comedy Show, including the NCT Rose Ceremony & Audience Pick Up Lines! Get tickets online here!

ttPaint Your Bra! Valentine’s Event
February 11th and 14th
Mesa and Tucson, AZ
Come out to these heartfelt events and release your inner ‘bra-volous’ during the Brazaar Art Paint Your Bra Party! The creative and supportive staff at Wine and Design (Mesa) and Creative Juice Art Bar (Tuscon) will be on hand to guide both novice and experts on creating their own unique masterpiece. Since this is Valentine’s week, you could win a $50 gift certificate to purchase your favorite lingerie or sleepwear. To register for the Mesa event: click here or call 480-447-5446. To register for the Tuscon event: click here or call 520-271-5023.

VH Spa Romance PackageCouples Massage
Hotel Valley Ho
Scottsdale, AZ
Treat yourself and your sweetie to a 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage, followed by a glass of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on the spa deck. The package is offered Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15 at $150 per person including service charge. Click here to make a reservation.

City-of-Scottsdale-Logo-300dpi-150x1505th Ave Art Festival
February 13-15th
Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale’s famed 5th Ave and Artisan Markets have teamed up to bring you 5th Ave Art Festival.  With live music, some of Arizona’s most talented artisans, and unique shops and boutiques, this event is a fun and unquie way to spend your Valentine’s weekend. Click here for full information.

unnamedArcadia Farms Valentine’s Cooking Class
February 12th, 5:30pm
Scottsdale, AZ
Cooking Classes at Arcadia Farms are back! Join their team of culinary professional as they demonstrate how to prepare some of their most delightful, recipes., including sweets and savories. Their special Valentines Day class will take place in the evening making it perfect for a date night, or a a way to pick up some new ideas for your own special Valentines Day plans. Click here for full information!

Gift Shopping

bookmansHello, Cupid!
Febuary 14th, 3pm  to 4pm
Bookmans Phoenix, AZ (19th Ave & Northern)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Hello Kitty fashion! We’re seeing pink with crafts and activities fit for the stylish cat herself. Get creative with cute Valentine cards, enter to win fun prizes and enjoy free face painting.

Changing Hands Bookstore Valentines Specials
Leading up to Valentine’s Day
Phoenix & Tempe, AZ

Now through Valentine’s Day,  brown Changing Hands‘ selection of Valentine’s themed gifts, such as wall art and plush toys! Stop by their Phoenix location on Camelback Rd to visit First Draft Book Bar and pick up a bottle of our Secco Italian Bubbles for $11 off! Each is packaged with red ribbon and hearts, plus a handmade card featuring a quote about love, to impress that special someone.

uptownSpecial Valentine’s Farmer’s Market
Phoenix, AZ
The Uptown Market invokes a lovely theme to inspire and start off your Valentine’s festivities happening from 9 am to 1 pm. As always there will be gourmet food, coffee, and fantastic vendors present to set you up with the perfect present.

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Local Love is in the Air: Northern Arizona

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are a number of local events happening all over Arizona for you and your sweetie to enjoy together. Visiting a locally owned restaurant, store, or having a ball at any of the upcoming Valentine’s events is a great way to have a unique experience AND keep your dollars in your community this holiday.

We’ve complied a list of some local happenings interested in providing romance, relaxation, or adventure for you and your loved one this year. These opportunities may fill up quickly so RSVP soon!

Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to Shift 10% to local business while being able to experience a one of a kind date!

Different Region?
Southern AZ – Phoenix Metro Area

Northern Arizona

Restaurants and Gifts

Champagne-toastCartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Dinner
Cave Creek, AZ
Cartwright’s will feature a special dinner menu Saturday, February 14, with seating offered every half hour from 4 to 10 p.m. This exceptional Valentine’s Day plated dinner features a trio of appetizers, your choice of entrée, and a spectacular dessert. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

unnamed (2)The Past as Presents: Vintage Native American Jewelry
Opens February 6
Sedona, AZ

Amid the Sedona’s Turquoise Tortoise Gallery’s extensive jewelry selection, this collection brings treasures of history into the present day, honoring styles that are timeless and offering the opportunity to wear vintage jewelry that has only grown better with age – or to give such pieces as gifts to a loved one. Dating from the 1940s to 1970s, these necklaces, cuffs, bolo ties, earrings, concho belts and more are primarily, though not exclusively, by Navajo artists. Stop in to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and breathe new life into these vintage jewelry pieces.

unnamed (3)Valentine Jewelers Showcased at Lanning Gallery
Opens February 6
Sedona, AZ
Sedona’s Lanning Gallery during Valentine’s month features a showcase for exquisite jewelry, providing ample gift-giving ideas. Their newest show, 

Date Ideas

20150113_Hearts-of-Peace-and-LoveHearts for Peace and Love
February 6th – 14th

Sedona, AZ
Starting more than a week before Valentine’s Day, artists Therese Black and Mary Helsaple are creating paper “Hearts for Peace and Love” to be sent to military and civilian personnel responding to the Ebola crisis. They are asking the public to participate by stopping by The Village Gallery of Local Artists to pick out, create or sign a “Heart of Peace and Love”, that will be sent to personnel involved in this crisis. Full information can be found here!

unnamed (4)We ? White Canyon
Febuary 15th
North Pinal, AZ
Arizona Wilderness Coalition launches its partnership with the Bureau of Land Management with a special restoration project in White Canyon Wilderness. Join us to help restore the beauty of the area by removing graffiti from rock walls. AWC will provide lunch and our stunning Wilderness 50th bandana to all participants in the clean-up. More information and registration details here.

Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300Verde Canyon Railroad‘s Chocolate Lovers’ Festival
February 13, 14, & 15th
Sedona, AZ
The confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For full information and to register click here.

Fort-Verde-Buffalo Solider Re-enactment
Fort Verde Historic State Park
Camp Verde, AZ
Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park on Valentine’s Day and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers re-enactors. Join in for living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park. Information here!

Vittles-Vines-N-Vallentines_2015Vittles, Vines, & Valentine’s Special at Blazin’ M Ranch
February 11th to 14th

Cottonwood, AZ
Enjoy the Western Town, Saloon, shops, and more for a fun-filled adventure at Blazin’ M Ranch. For Valentine’s you can enjoy half off selected bottles of wines and a chocolate tasting, supplied by The Sedona Fudge Company. Full information can be found here.

MMK-TrioMusic and Art at the Old Town Center for the Arts
Cottonwood, AZ
Slip into a romantic night of arts and music at the Old Town Center for the Arts, with an opening art reception for Jack Durrwachter and live rocking and bluesy music from Susannah Martin, Patrick Ki, Robin Miller & William Eaton.  Complete information is here.

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Local Love is in the Air: Tucson & Southern Arizona

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and there are a number of local events happening all over Arizona for you and your sweetie to enjoy together. Visiting a locally owned restaurant, store, or having a ball at any of the upcoming Valentine’s events is a great way to have a unique experience AND keep your dollars in your community this holiday.

We’ve complied a list of some local happenings interested in providing romance, relaxation, or adventure for you and your loved one this year. These opportunities may fill up quickly so RSVP soon!

Valentine’s Day provides a great opportunity to Shift 10% to local business while being able to experience a one of a kind date. 

Different Region?
Phoenix Metro Area – Northern AZ

Tuscon & Southern Arizona


Valentine’s Dinner at Maynard’s Kitchen
Tuscon, AZ
Maynard’s Kitchen welcomes you to enjoy a romantic evening with this Valentine’s. Besides their regular full menu, they will also be serving a special menu just for the night. For more information, visit their website.

circle-hearts-180x180Hotel Congress- Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Tuscon, AZ
Make Hotel Congress your romantic getaway this Valentine’s Day with  an array of food and drink specials, as well as live music in the heart of downtown Tucson. More information found here!

pastiche logoValentine’s Day at Pastiche
Tuscon, AZ
Pastiche is hosting a painting party luncheon so grab your sweetheart and join them at to paint two lovebirds from 12:00 pm2:30 pm. The painting lunch is limited space and you can register online here. For dinner, Pastiche will be serving their full  menu as well as a special Lover’s Day menu.

10357253_701874186544369_7091387515712478038_nValentine’s Day Prix Frie
The Coronet, Tuscon AZ
Please join The Coronet for a wonderful, romantic evening with Naim Amor Sean Peter Rogers and Ben Degain are playing on the patio from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. You can view the menu here.

Date Ideas

Run for the Love of it!
Saturday February 8th at 8:30am
Tuscon, AZ
Be a part of the LOVE-liest run of the year! Celebrate your Valentine’s Day this year with a morning of running, mimosas, costume contests, p.d.a. exchange zone, awesome prizes and more! True loves, best buds and solo runners are welcome to join the fun! Full information can be found here!

The loft cinema signValentine’s Day Screening! Casablanca
The Loft Cinema, Tuscon AZ
Celebrate your Valentine’s Day at The Loft Cinema with Bogart and Bergman in one of the most romantic films of all-time, the one-and-only Casablanca! Enter our free prize raffle for Valentine goodies, and take the stage for our pre-show Casablanca costume contest (fedoras and trench coats encouraged, or course), where you could win a special prize. PLUS: Join us in a swoon-inducing sing-a-long of “As Time Goes By” to kick the movie off! Full info here!

10481378_815586861842962_8606609861987086661_nLove on 4th Ave
Tuscon, AZ
On February 14th, spend Valentines with 4th Ave merchants! Special events, guest artists, Live music, the best keepsakes and gifts, a grand prize package to be won, romantic candle lit dinners, art installation, pastries and desserts, cocktails! From the gift, to dinner, to a beautiful expression of love- 4th ave is the best place to come with your love! More information here.

10305952_10153078571893453_471151852269030882_nValentine’s Kids’ Dance
February 13th
Mercado San Agustin, Tuscon
Bring the kids on over for 3 hours of non stop pop music and disco balls. This event located at Mercado San Agustin is perfect for elementary aged kids and parents will need to stay onsite at the MSA but can enjoy grown up time in any of their wonderful restaurants: Seis Kitchen and Catering, Agustin Kitchen, and Blu – A Wine & Cheese Stop.

LogoHeart-260x260Woo at the Zoo Valentine’s Event
Reid Park Zoo, Tuscon AZ
“Woo” your loved one or have an enjoyable evening with friends at Reid Park Zoo on Valentine’s Day.  Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, an open wine and beer bar, live music from Ronstadt Generations, and encounters with some of our demonstration animals. Make this night unforgettable and add an “Adopt an Animal” for your date! You may select which animal at the Zoo to sponsor and gift includes plush animal, adoption certificate, fact sheet on the animal and name on the web page for sponsored animal. Complete information can be found here!

image1-180x300Valentine’s Date Night at Creative Juice
Tucson, AZ
These classes, held throughout Valentine’s week, will include special romantic treats for the couples! Creative Juice is celebrating Valentines all week with great events!

tucson botanical gardens weddingFall Back in Love at the Tuscon Desert Botanical Garden
February 14th, all day
Tucson, AZ

Two ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Gardens! Admission & delicious lunch for two, or celebrate your special day by getting married or renewing your vows in the Gardens! Full information.

December63-Feature-300x300December ’63 Performing Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Tuscon, AZ
Make plans today for a very special Valentine’s evening of Timeless Music! The music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons comes to life in this re-creation of a Frankie Valli concert experience. DECEMBER ’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the one of a kind classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades and their most popular singles from the musical The Jersey Boys. Buy tickets online here!

catavinos_wine_shop_400_cut_borderedCataVinos Valentine Wine Tasting
Feb 12nd through 14th
Tuscon, AZ
Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a fine wine. CataVinos has a huge selection of Valentine appropriate wines that get the message across “you’re special to me”. This week offers six wines beginning with a sparklie then move through the wonderful range of sweetheart wines. You can enjoy this romantic evening for only $10! Surely you’ll find something to love and impress that someone special with in this stellar line up. For full information and tickets click here.

Local Gifts

unnamed (1)Ben’s Bells Heart Inspired Gifts
Leading up to Valentine’s Day
Tucson, AZ
Ben’s Bells have special, limited edition pink heart ornaments and necklaces as well as our heart tokens in pink, purple and red. They’re the perfect way to show all the people in your life you care and are only available through Valentine’s Day. Share your love and kindness and get these one of a kind pieces while they last! Shop online here.

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You Might Get Sued. Now What?

AFL Full Logo 031813This piece of legal advice for local businesses is brought to you by Arizona’s Finest Lawyers. Learn more about their organization at

Photo Credit: shawncalhoun via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: shawncalhoun via Compfight cc

Nobody wants to think about being involved in a lawsuit, but it can happen. A customer slips on some wet floor. A vendor delivers faulty product but demands payment. A customer says the product she bought in your store injured her. What do you do now?

Here are five steps to dealing with a current or potential lawsuit:

Step One: Consider paying the demand.

Unfortunately, owning a business sometimes means incurring unwanted expenses, and fending off a lawsuit by paying the claim—regardless of whether you think it is justified—can be cheaper than litigation. For example, Dr. B., a local dentist, sometimes has to return patient’s money even if the problem is not caused by the dentistry, because giving back the money is cheaper than paying a lawyer. An angry customer or client can also make trouble with your licenses or any governing boards. Sometimes it is just less stressful to let the customer be right that to go through the stress and expense of litigation.

Step Two: Look for insurance.

If you can’t soothe the other side, or if it is just too expensive, consider whether you have insurance. For example, you likely have coverage for a slip-and-fall on your premises, and the insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you. You always want to alert your carrier if you have an incident to ensure you have coverage down the road.

Step Three: Look for indemnification.

Let’s say you sell camping products. You might have an indemnification agreement with the manufacturer that the manufacturer will indemnify you for your losses (including legal costs) for an injury caused by the manufacturer’s product. So if the gas stove you sold blew up when the customer tried to light it, it could be that the gas stove manufacturer will handle the litigation for you. If nothing else, you’ll want the manufacturer to be a party to the litigation because the defect probably was the manufacturer’s fault, not yours.

Step Four: Keep everything.

This is not the time to call the shredding company to take care of your overflowing recycle bin or to really do a good job cleaning out your inbox. Until litigation is resolved, you have an obligation to keep documents and items that could later be admissible evidence, and a lawyer’s view of what is discoverable could well differ from yours. So just hang on things for now.

Step Five: Keep calm and call your lawyer.

Don’t know any local litigators? If you already have a lawyer for any reason—for example, maybe you had someone help incorporate your business—that lawyer may not be a litigator, but chances are that lawyer knows some good litigators. Or you can visit the Arizona State Bar website to search for litigators, or check out the Maricopa County Bar Association lawyer referral service. If you are not experienced in choosing counsel, be sure to ask about the lawyer’s experience doing your kind of case, and feel free to interview more than one attorney. A lawyer can also help you navigate steps one through four, above.

It can be scary and stressful to be threatened with a lawsuit, but if you keep your cool, you will get the claim resolved successfully. Then you can go back to doing what you do best: running your local business!

AmysquareAmy Wilkins is a solo practitioner at The Wilkins Law Firm, where she focuses on business litigation and appeals. She is a Sustaining Member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.

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Guest Blog: Sourcing Our Seeds

“Sourcing Our Seeds” originally appeared in the 2015 Education Issue of Colorado

belle.bill.montereyThis article comes from two of the speakers at our recent Arizona Food & Farm Finance Forum in Clarkdale, AZ. Bill McDorman and Belle Starr are cofounders and codirectors of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance (, and Seed School. They also serve on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Arizona. Bill and Belle are dedicated to educating communities about the value of local seed saving as the foundation for local, and sustainable agricultural programs.  Reach them at:

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A Good Time & A Great Cause

Hula cocktailHula’s Modern Tiki is a modern, urban twist on the classic tiki bars and restaurants from the 1950s and 60s. The restaurant has gained a Valley reputation for offering an awesome happy hour, a bustling lounge scene, tasty libations, and great food at both locations in Scottsdale and central Phoenix. The restaurant’s charitable giving program, Mahalo Mondays, is nearing its five year anniversary at the end of February, and they’re making a final push during the months of January and February to make a significant impact. Ten percent of gross proceeds from every Monday are donated to local nonprofits through the program. The goal from its inception was to donate $100,000 to local charities, and the team at Hula’s is going to make it happen with a little help from you and your friends. Swing by on Monday’s for a tropical cocktail or gather a gang of pals for dinner for a fusion of island and American flavors that are sure to have you hooked, all while supporting a wonderful local cause.

4700 N. Central Ave, PhoenixMahalo Mondays
602.265.TIKI (8454)

7213 E. First Ave,Scottsdale
480.970.HULA (4852)

This member spotlight is written by Somlynn Rorie.

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What’s Brewing with the Arizona Beer Bill?

Craft beer lovers are abuzz about the Arizona Beer Bill in support of the growing local brew industry.

Drafted by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona, the AZ Beer Bill’s objective is to “ensure that our breweries and distributors are able to maximize production and profits without compromising the quality of their craft products – something that can only be done through the adoption of new legislation at the state level.” [ref: AZBeerBill]az craft brewers

40,000 barrels is the golden number here. Currently, if a craft brewer produces beyond this amount in a year, their legal classification changes from microbrewery to producer. As producers, brewers cannot own and operate off-site restaurants or pubs, which, with consumer demand increasing, renders a question mark on the future status for many of our burgeoning brewery restaurant faves who are quickly approaching the limit.

imageWithout the AZ Beer Bill, it may be farewell to local digs like SanTan Brewing Co and Four Peaks Brewing Co who could be required to forfeit their retail licenses and let go of employees. Radiating the success of the industry, SanTan Brewing Co represents the emerging Arizona brewing scene at large with its remarkable ranking as 14th fastest growing brewery in the country between 2011 and 2012.

san tan beerThere’s no doubt about it, Arizonans are peachy (ale) keen on their craft brews. With a gross revenue over $77 million in 2011, craft breweries demonstrate a significant economic impact with local dollars that circulate through Arizona’s economy. Between craft brewing and distribution, 3,486 jobs were created across the state in 2012- significant numbers for our recovering economy. Another fact to raise your glass to: a recent study by the Beer Institute found that for every one brewery job, 45 additional jobs are supported.

“From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work.”

[ref: Beer Institute]

imageOpposition to the bill comes primarily from alcohol distributors at the national and local level. Their concerns are on grounds that the AZ Beer Bill will affect the integrity of the three-tier system, the nationally mandated laws regarding designation of brewers, distributors, and retailers. Conversely, the Guild emphasizes the bill will strengthen the three-tier system to benefit both consumers and brewers by encouraging competition and allowing partnerships with independent distributors. In other words, more plentiful beer options for every palate.

If that’s something you can hop on board with, show you support by signing the petition.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

brixlogoThis is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar in Flagstaff

Part of SLO (Sustainable Local Organic) Restaurant Concepts, Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar opened in Flagstaff’s historic Carriage House during the spring of 2006 under the leadership of Paul and Laura Moir. Local, regional, national and worldwide acclaim soon followed. Brix serves seasonal, farm focused and contemporary cuisine.

brixoutsideIt was the frontrunner in leading the local food movement ahead in Flagstaff’s restaurant scene. Named to many “best of” lists, Brix has been featured in Conde Naste Traveler, Phoenix Magazine, and in Sunset Magazine as Flagstaff’s “best restaurant.” Brix prepares fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers in northern Arizona and in the Four Corners region.

Seasonally, the menu changes at Brix. During the winter you can find winter greens and roasted winter veggies, paired with local wines and locally brewed beers. Throughout the year, Brix also hosts different events that focus on bringing attention to the region and the season’s fruits and vegetables, local meats and food heritage. You can find the current menu online here:

Follow Brix and it’s sister companies, Criollo Latin Kitchen, Proper Meats and Proper (in Tucson) to find out what the entire SLO family is doing on Facebook!

Brix, as a SLO concept, is also committed to sustainability and conservation in all that it does. Here are just a few of their regular practices, and a map of its foodshed (or, where it sources much of what they prepare for the menu):brixfoodshed

  • Locally farmed, sustainable, local and organic food sourced from partners throughout Arizona and the Four Corners region.
  • Reverse osmosis water used for drinking water.
  • Recycling. All of their glass and paper waste is recycled. They also purchase recycled packaging materials.
  • Compost. All of their organic waste is fed into local composting operations.
  • Frying Oil. They use 100% rice bran oil for all of our frying.


Brix is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 5pm. 413 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff; (928) 213-1021; Dinner main dishes, $23-$34.

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Super Bowl Fans: Experience Phoenix Like a Localist


With Phoenix hosting the Super Bowl, many new and returning visitors will descend on the Valley of the Sun come February 1. We’re happy to welcome Seattle and New England football fans to enjoy our warm, sunny winter weather and experience the metro Phoenix area like a true Localist!

SEE ALSO: Local First Arizona’s Super Bowl Visitor’s Guide
SEE ALSO: Phoenix Small Wonders Map, your guide to local in Phoenix

While you’re here, don’t miss some of these fun events that will really showcase all that Phoenix has to offer! See below for details.

Phoenix Public Market Super Bowl Plans
January 24 from 8am to 10pm, January 28 from 3pm to 10pm, January 31st from 8am to 10pm, and February 1st All Day
721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
Mid-week, on Jan 28th, stock up on local snacks at the Open Air Market for extended hours from 3pm to 10pm, accompanied by A.J. ODneal and Sister Lip and the Oksar Blues Beer Garden.
On both Saturdays Jan 24th and Jan 31st, join in the Phoenix Public Market Bowl Events with an open air market showcasing 100+ of Downtown Phoenix’s best local vendors, BBQ, and food + drink specials from 8am-10pm. Starting at 3pm, you can cruise through the Oksar Blues Beer Garden while Kalliope Stage (January 24th) or Lee Perreira and Haymarket Squares (January 31st) take the stage to celebrate our city’s Superbowl. During the game, on Feb 1st, rally in the Public Market Café to watch the game with food specials and all day happy hour.

roosevelt rowRoosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale
January 23-25 & January 30 – Feb 1 from 10AM – 5PM
Roosevelt Row, Phoenix
Sample Roosevelt businesses with a outside sidewalk sale, along 1st streets – 6th streets and on Roosevelt focusing on unique gifts, art pieces, vintage wear and more during the weekends of Probowl and Superbowl this month! Explore the walk-able areas of the Roosevelt Row arts district and stop for a bit at any participating Roosevelt Row restaurant for a $5 taste of signature food or drink from their menu.

slide-rock-arizonaYou’re Invited to Arizona’s Outdoor Recreation Headquarters
Now through February 1st
Downtown Phoenix
Arizona State Parks‘ offices at 1300 W. Washington St. in Phoenix are your “Outdoor Headquarters” during the big week. Visitors to Arizona and family members are encouraged to stop by and pick up a bag of brochures, maps and information about all the facilities where you can go for hiking, biking, sightseeing, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking or boating while you are in Arizona. State Parks have more than 1,000 campsites so whether you are a tent camper, RV camper or need a nice cozy camping cabin, our customer service representatives will help visitors find the best place to hike or camp and give visitors all kinds of maps and materials.

Fair Trade Café Superbowl Celebration
January 28 to January 31st from 7pm to 11pm and Febuary 1st starting at 10am
Fair Trade Café and Community Kitchen, Phoenix
Hosted by It’s All About Love and starting Wednesday night, Jan 28th, there will be live DJs, bands, dancers, artists, food trucks and vendors from all over Phoenix entertaining at The Fair Trade Community Kitchen. The line up includes Wednesday with Real Radio Mix Show & Intoxicated Art on the patio, Thursday with Kim E Fresh and exclusive menu & drink specials, Friday is a cocktail party featuring live music from Jon White and DJ TooFine!, and Saturday features DjOne Period & DJ DN³ on the patio with football inspired signature drinks.

On game day, grab coffee and a bite at The Fair Trade Café starting at 10am for the Pre-Game Brunch.

Super Bowl Super Meal
Sunday, February 1st starting at 4pm.
Pizza People Pub
1326 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
Starting at 4pm on gameday, pull up a seat at Pizza People Pub to enjoy a cheese pizza, large mac’n’cheese, hot wings, and a 32 oz. pitcher of beer or soda or a house wine carafe all for $30.00! To make it even tastier, if you bring in two canned or boxed food items to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank you will be entered in their halftime raffle. For full info click here!

Gertrudes LogoGertrude’s and San Tan Brewery Local Craft Beer Dinner
Wednesday, January 28 at 6 p.m.
Gerturude’s at The Phoenix Botanical Garden
1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Gertrude’s and San Tan Brewing Company have teamed up to celebrate the Big Game Week with a local craft beer dinner. Enjoy six courses paired with a specialty San Tan brew. Reservations required, with full information here.

The Superb Owl Shuffle 5k
Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 9:00am
Kiwanis Park
5500 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Before kickoff at 4:30pm MST, get moving with the The Superb Owl Shuffle 5k run/walk, 100 Yard Kids’ Blitz, and Fun Run in Kiwanis Park put on by The Night Run Inc DBA Superb Owl Productions
. The course is mostly lake-side and the event is kid friendly! Full registration information available here!

Four Peaks Kegerator Raffle Drawing
Febuary 1st
Four Peaks Brewery, Tempe or Scottsdale
If you stop by either Four Peaks location before January 31st to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a Four Peaks Kegerator. They will be watching the game and drawing the winning ticket on Super Bowl Sunday! All ticket proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Windsor Superbowl Catering  (2)Upward Restaurants Catering
Phoenix Metro Area for Superbowl Week
The Upward Restaurant group is offering catering specials for your Superbowl party. The restaurants include Windsor, ChurnPostino Winecafe, Joyride Taco House, and Federal Pizza. Contact any specific restaurant for more information!


Big Game Programs at Pueblo Grande Museum
January 29-Feb 1
Buff up on your historical game knowledge in preparation for the Big Game by visiting the Pueblo Grande Museum on Thursday Jan 29 at 10am for a Prehistoric Games Drop-in Program to learn about some of the ancient games of the Southwest. Even get a first-hand experience of playing them! On Jan 30th at noon join David R. Wilcox for his Brown Bad Ball-court Lecture about various Native American southwestern games.

10290173_583897365069071_8053297415039606189_nThe BIG GAME ArtWalk at On The Edge
January 31st
Scottsdale, AZ
Game on at On the Edge Gallery!  One of the most exciting events of 2015 is in town, and On The Edge Gallery is part of the lineup with The BIG GAME ArtWalk at On The Edge.  The afternoon’s game plan includes demonstrating artists, exciting artwork, BIG GAME refreshments, and a $50 gift certificate raffle!  On The Edge’s playbook for that day also includes a tailgate sidewalk sale special promotion — with a $30 gallery purchase, you can rush down the field with a license plate frame uniquely created by On The Edge Artists! More information on their website here.

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