During Buy Local Month, we here at Local First Arizona like to provide fun and interactive events to engage individuals to shift their shopping and keep more money where their home is. This year, we organized our very first Holiday Shopping Road Trip where we took a shuttle full of Phoenicians to Tucson to spend the day visiting independently owned shops where attendees could find unique items for their holiday gift giving. Our group of twenty Phoenicians hit up the Sunshine Mile and 4th Avenue shops, where we made a combined economic impact of $3,635 – all at locally owned shops! We put together a recap of the great spots we visited below – be sure to check them out the next time you are in the Old Pueblo! Big thanks go to Local First Arizona’s Tucson Director Deanna Chevas and Councilwoman Karin Uhlich for welcoming us to Tucson, and to Dale DeNunzio with Retrotrek for donating his beautiful holiday cards and postcards to attendees!
SUNSHINE MILE: The Sunshine Mile runs along Broadway between Country Club and Campbell. It was “the place to shop” in the 50’s and is currently being revitalized with unique shops that show off the area’s Modernist architecture. A definite gem in Tucson!
Deco Boutique: neon pieces and gifts for all ages
La Sandia Pottery: Mexican pottery, paper flowers and functional art
Little Bird Nesting Company: Stuffed animals, mobiles made in Tucson and loads of kids clothing and accessories
Picante: Latin American folk art, home accessories, clothing and jewelry
4th Avenue Shops: The 4th Avenue area has something for everyone! Fantastic restaurants, fun bars, solar powered bookstores and fun shops abound. The area also hosts street fairs and fun events year round.
Chocolate Iguana:Coffee, sandwiches, salads, nostalgic candies and sweets and gifts
Caruso’s Italian Restaurant: Homemade, fine Italian food
Nowhere to Land: Modern collectibles and vintage items
Silver Sea Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings
The Book Stop: Fine used, rare and out-of-print books
Antigone Books: 100% solar powered bookstore that also carries gifts
Rustic Candle Company: Candles and candle adornments