Black Friday: when regular folks become cattle, trampling each other for the newest, best marketed, glowing object at their nearest warehouse of cheap-goods-made-elsewhere. We at Local First Arizona ask: is it worth it? Let me suggest an alternative: unique gifts bought at locally owned businesses. The benefits are numerous; the top reasons being originality, economy (more money stays in your community when you patronize local businesses!), and experience.
Many local businesses are offering terrific holiday deals for Buy Local Week, which runs from November 26 – December 5 (note that this is longer than Black Friday, because locals love you!). Before making your list and checking it twice, think about this: when you shop at a locally owned business, 45% of your dollars recirculate in your community. Only 13% stay in the community when you choose a national chain. Now think about how much money is spent statewide over the holidays… if everyone were to shop locally, three times the amount of money would stay here in our state. That’s pretty astounding, especially since everyone seems to be looking around, wondering where all of the money is going.
So taking that into account, check out some of these great deals you can find at local Tucson businesses during Buy Local Week!
All offers are valid November 26 – December 5th unless otherwise noted
All images are linked to the business’ websites for information on store locations.
Not only is Buffalo Exchange offering Buy Local Week Discounts, but they’re also giving you a chance to improve the holidays for those who might not have the means. Choose any of the options below for participating locations and all the info!
One-Day Gift Certificate Sale! SAVE 20% on Buy Local Day, Friday, November 26. Massage has many health benefits AND is a real treat– an awesome combination for a special gift! Offer valid for 60, 90, or 120 minute massages. Mention “Buy Local Day” when you call or come in for your purchase. 2850 E. Grant Rd., Tucson – 520.326.7700 – www.lotustucson.com
Black Friday at Deco (November 26): Enjoy a glass of punch and nibble cookies while you shop Deco’s 20% off sale on aprons and clothing. Bring the kids along. They can make a beaded ornament for just $ 2.00 while you shop!
Go buoyant with a breathtaking hot air balloon ride!
Buy a gift certificate for 30% off the face value during Buy Local Week to be used by January 30, 2011.
A $229 value for only $160!
Call 520-235-5355 or email Tammy@TucsonBalloonRides.com
See www.TucsonBalloonRides.com for more information
Antigone Books is offering a 20% discount on up to three items all day, Friday, November 26, 10 am–9 pm.
411 N 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle’s Toys will be celebrating Buying Local this holiday with free refreshments for shoppers the day after Thanksgiving (Buy Local Day) as well as by offering a 10% discount on Gift Certificates! These special certificates are good December 26, 2010 thru all of 2011 but are only being sold during Buy Local Week!
4811 E Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
International Marketplace Boutique is offering 35% off everything in the boutique on “BLACK FRIDAY” 2010! We carry very unique gift items from around the world and one-of-a-kind-jewerly. Offer excludes soap products and some music instruments.
738 N.5th Ave. Suite 111, located inside the Historic Y. Friday hours 12 noon to 5pm
Buy one, get one free on all hair & nail services for new clients (services must be booked together with the same stylist). $20 off any facial or massage for new clients. 20% off our SOHO Designer Hair Care (natural and locally developed) hair product line!
Maynards Market will have 20% off all local products (and they have lots!) and in-store sweets for guests on Black Friday (November 26th only).
400 N Toole Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Perri Jewelers will have free jewelry inspections and cleaning all week long as well as 20% off select items. Also preview the new line of watches made from reclaimed hardwoods.
13 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Save $300 on Semester Two enrollment in PK / K (ages 3 – 6) French or German immersion programs. Mention “LOCAL FIRST” to qualify. Open the World to Your Child! www.InternationalSchoolofTucson.org