Buy Local Month Shopping Guide – Tucson

It’s that time of year again! A common sight on Black Friday is hordes of people lined up in front of chain stores with wallets open wide, looking for terrific deals. Put on your “local economist” glasses and you may see it in a new light: the pipelines of chain store commerce pumping all of that money out of the communities made up of the hard-working people that earned it, right back to their corporate headquarters. But hey, cheap gadgets!

So what can we do? How about skipping the long lines and spending your money on unique items from local businesses! Not only will your gifts be fresh and original, you will be supporting the local businesses that in turn support their community.

Buy Local Month runs from November 23 through December 24, and serves as a reminder to shift the way you shop this holiday season. Even just a 10% shift in your holiday shopping can create a huge impact on your local economy and community!

Check out these great deals going on throughout Buy Local Month in the Tucson area. There are also some great gift ideas!

Gift ideas and events during Buy Local Month

For the home

Originate Natural Building Materials Showroom
526 N 9th Avenue | 792-4207
Open Tuesday – Friday 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 12 to 4 p.m.
Closed November 22-26 and December 22-25
Eco-minded books, wildflower cards, Sweep Dreams Brooms, recycled glassware and vases, locally hand-made mesquite cutting boards, baskets, Bambu kitchenware, recycled wrapping paper, vegetable parchment garlands.

Southwest Furniture & Design
212 S Park Avenue | 461-1341
Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hand-blown glass table ware, hand-made desert animals, picture frames, jewelry, pots, Southwest artifacts, lamps, art, sculptures, scarves, bags, Christmas ornaments, table textiles, furniture.
Offering 20% Off ALL accessories! Special Sales Events on November 24th and December 6th.


Many Hands Artist Cooperative
3054 N 1st Avenue | 624-7612
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The gallery has works by a dozen local artists including watercolor paintings, gallery wrapped photography, sun catchers, jeweled geckos, pottery, masks, bowls, cups, jewelry, gourd art, wine stoppers, frames, mirrors, and more.

422 N 4th Avenue | 622-3297
Open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Upcycled and handmade items from clothing to items for the home–all fun–and a great, friendly staff.

Tucson Clay Co-op
3326 N Dodge | 792-6263
Open for holiday shopping Monday and Wednesday 12 noon to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m.
We offer our famous “chickens,” affordably priced unique bowls and mugs made by our members priced from $5 to $10 – (100% of the proceeds go to improve our pottery). We also sell fine functional pottery as well as one of a kind art pieces made by our co-op members.

299 S Park Ave | 495-5920 (new number)
Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended Hours December 17 – 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Locally owned & operated boutique for men, women and children. Small designer lines of jewelry, leather bags, home goods, interior fixtures and furnishings. Ephemera, greeting cards and gifts can also be found at MAST.

Business services

Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Give your business the gift of increased sales, marketing, and service effectiveness while unlocking the power of your CRM (salesforce, infusion, etc.) investment. Free consultation, and no fees unless you make or save money.


Hacienda Del Sol
5501 N Hacienda del Sol Rd | 901-1401
Christmas Buffet, December 25 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
$55 per person, $25 children 7 to 17, free children 6 and under
New Year’s Eve, December 31 5:30 to 11 p.m.
Chef’s Five Course Tasting Menu
$95 per person, $55 wine pairings

Pastiche Modern Eatery
3025 N Campbell Ave | 325-3333
Open Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Christmas Eve, December 24 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Christmas Day, Dec 25 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Special on Pastiche gift cards through 12/31: purchase $50 gift card, get $10 gift card free. Wine makes a great gift — Pastiche’s Wine Shop has over 800 varieties!

Noble Hops
1335 W Lambert Lane, Oro Valley | 520-797-HOPS (4677)
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to Close
Closed Christmas Day
Noble Hops Gift Cards make great holiday gifts for the craft beer loving foodies on your list! Noble Hops is Tucson’s original gastropub with more than 175 beers from around the world including 28 on tap, plus keg wine, fine wine and a full bar. And enjoy delicious soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, hearty entrees, and more.

Vero Amore Plaza Palomino
2990 N Swan Road | 325-4122
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Vero Amore Dove Mountain
12130 N Dove Mountain Blvd., Marana | 520-579-2292
Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Purchase a $100 Vero Amore Gift Card for $80. Offer good Friday, Nov. 23 thru Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
Vero Amore restaurants are known as the place for authentic wood fired Neapolitan pizzas, plus delicious pastas, panini, salads and more. Every flavorful dish is homemade, using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients available. Vero Amore also offers a full catering menu and mobile pizza truck for parties and events.

Café 54
54 E Pennington St | 622-1907
Cafe 54 is an award winning bistro and job training program. Enjoy daily specials and beloved classic dishes for lunch in a lovely art gallery/dining room.
Holiday Gift Certificate Advantage: Buy two $20 Café 54 gift certificates and receive a $10 Café 54 gift certificate for free! For dine in or take out orders only. One certificate redeemed per person per transaction.


3063 N Alvernon Way | 323-3063
Open Tuesday – Wednesday 11 a.m to 6 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tastings: every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 4 to 8 p.m.
Gift for wine lovers: gift certificates, gift baskets, wine,  and wine accessories. December’s themed tastings include “Wines that Pair with Holiday Feasts” and “Affordably Priced Party Wines”.

Ramona Farms
Hwy 87 between milepost 152 & 153, Sacaton | 602-322-5080
Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m.
We offer tepary beans and other wholesome American Indian grown traditional and non-traditional food products for personal use, wholesale and food services. Find recipes and shop our website.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network
1406 E Grant Road | 520-327-9833
Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Black Friday (Call during business hours to arrange for evening or weekend purchases)
Purchase local food products from gleaned produce (marmalades, syrups) as well as refugee-made crafts (baskets, purses, rugs). Support a local non-profit and refugees creating a home in Tucson.


Betty Blue’s Junk Shop
262 S Plumer Ave | 624-7147
Open everyday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10% Off When You Mention Buy Local Month
Vintage toys, clothes, records, depression glass, art, barware, jewelry, decor, furniture, curios, gift-able treasures galore.

Arte de la Vida
37 N Tucson Blvd | 398-6720
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Beginning December 6th extended Holiday Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Join us for  “The Sunshine Mile Boutique Crawl” on December 14th. Arte de la Vida will be offering 10% off everything in the store and serving homemade Mexican Hot Cocoa and Mexican Cookies on that evening. More information about participating stores, times, event available at the store. Find us on Facebook.


Bargains That Benefit
850-7261 | Open 24/7
Coupons make great stocking stuffers! Our coupons feature Tucson’s local products and services. Better than Groupon, Bargains That Benefit gives 20% to your choice of Tucson schools and non-profits.

Online: Auction

KXCI Online auction continues through December 11. A great local online alternative for unique gifts and great deals.

Online: Handmade

Shop online at Etsy:
Groovy gift ideas: Colorful and affordable art includes darling “Beware of Dog” signs, hilarious “Beware of Puking Cat” signs, custom cartoon portraits, Recovery Rocks, and more!


Tucson Symphony Orchestra
2175 N 6th Ave | 882-8585
Box Office Hours: November 23 – Closed, November 26 – December 21 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 24 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., December 25 – Closed
Tickets to the orchestra make a great gift. See the upcoming show listing online.

Personal Care

Desert Wind Healing Arts
7225 N Paseo del Norte, Ste 1 | (520) 360-7469 (Text Friendly)
Gift certificates for Massage, Reflexology & CranioSacral Therapy for your loved ones’ relaxation & restoration! Sessions are designed for each individual when scheduled. Order online today!

Lotus Massage & Wellness Center
2850 E Grant Rd | 326-7700
Open Tuesday – Saturday  9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday & Monday 12 noon to 8 p.m., December 24th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed December 25th
Special Holiday Offer: Set of six unique and colorful magnets included free with Gift Certificate purchases. Give real health benefits and a wonderful treat (plus these cool magnets) through the gift of massage!

Building Health: Energy Medicine and the Arts
1720 N Dodge Blvd (by appt.) | 881-BLDG (2534)
Gifts include: Handmade Desert Heals Bath Salts, $3, or 6 for $16; Space Clearing Kits, $16; Flower essences, $9; gift certificates for consultations
Events at retail stores carrying these products: Open House at Desert Rose Homeopathics & Herbals, 3065 N Campbell Ave. Saturday, Dec 1, 5 – 8 p.m. Free demonstration and samples at Aqua Vita, 2801 N Country Club Rd. Sunday, Dec 9, 2  to 4 p.m.

Book lovers

Antigone Books
411 N 4th Ave | 792-3715
Open Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We have loads of new and fabulous gifts as well as an amazing array of books. We’ll also be selling the Kobo e-reader.
Small Business Saturday, 11/24: say the MAGIC WORD (“LocalLocalLocal”) and get double stamps on your Antigone Bucks stamp card.
All Season: Free gift wrapping.
Also… Special coupons for people on the mailing list. Extended hours the week before Christmas.

Music lovers

KXCI 91.3FM Community Radio
220 S 4th Ave | 623-1000 x13
Open for shopping Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended holiday hours: Saturdays December 15th and 22nd, 9 a.m. to noon.
Support Community Radio and the arts! Buy KXCI gift memberships, CDs, t-shirts and more. And bid on great items in our online holiday auction.


Deco: Art for Living
2612 E Broadway Blvd | 319-0888
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gift buying ideas include handmade items: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, scarves, purses, wallets, magnets, wall art, lamps, neon signs, candles, decorative fans, antiques, beads, glass, artist tops and hoodies, laser pegs and toys.

CRIZMAC Art & Cultural Marketplace & Gallery
1642 N Alvernon Way | 323-8555
Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open on Small Business Saturday, Nov 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Opening Event Friday, Nov. 30th from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Great gifts include hand-crafted ornaments, folk art, jewelry, wearable art, soaps, purses, shawls, and puzzles and books for children.

La Pilita Museum
420 S Main Ave | 882-7454
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed December 24 – January 7
La Pilita Museum gift shop features local handcrafted beeswax candles, unique ornaments, pottery, posters, cards, and t-shirts all making for one of a kind special gifts. Find us on Facebook.

RetroTrek, LLC
RetroTrek’s holiday cards are available with four different local Tucson designs. Sets of ten postcards, both standard (4 X 6) and large (5 X 7), as well as sets of our brand new holiday cards with envelopes are available. Our luggage tags make great stocking stuffers. All products will be for sale at our booth at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, December 7 – 9, 2012.

Ben’s Bells Project
816 E University Blvd | 628-2829
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Second location
40 W Broadway Blvd | 622-1379
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Nov 24 and December 25th – January 1st
Change the world with your holiday shopping at Ben’s Bells! Our handmade wind chimes, ornaments and jewelry are the perfect gift. All proceeds support our nationally recognized kindness education programs.


Yikes Toys & Gift-O-rama
2930 E Broadway Blvd | 320-5669
Open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Yikes Toys is a cornucopia for the curious-minded, specializing in Eclectica, Pop Culture & Quirky Fun! Toys for All Ages. Located on Tucson’s Sunshine Mile.


Teacher Parent Connection
101 S Pantano Rd | 298-1612
Open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Great gift choices ranging from Alpha-Bug Soup to Zelda our 3ft Zebra. Check out Zoomy microscopes for junior scientists, tarantula puppets for budding zoologists or Camelot building blocks for the aspiring architect. Personalized service, free gift wrapping and easy in and out parking!
Special Grand Re-opening Party and Holiday Gift Event on Saturday, Dec 1st. Gifts for everyone who comes, plus a prize wheel for some extra special gifts too!

Farmer’s Market

Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market
12500 E Old Spanish Trail | 591-BARN (2276)
Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 24th – Community SALE behind Barn
Dec. 1st – Semi Annual Book SALE in the Book Nook stall #3
Dec. 8th – 2nd Annual Tamale Festival
Dec. 15th – Pet Day & Community SALE, Pet Shots 9 a.m. to noon
We have local produce, delicious handmade artisan bread, food, handmade soap, handmade jewelry, fine art, furniture, crafts, honey and much more!

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