The American dream has long been an integral part of our national character; building yourself up from the dirt, pulling yourself up by the bootstraps and making something out of nothing. However, in recent times, it isn’t so grand – or as easy as it used to be. The thought of climbing the socioeconomic ladder is daunting to many. Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) is leading a charge to change this with a number of its programs, but specifically through Dollars for Dreams. This program allows for small businesses to get the loans they need to succeed, as 45% of small businesses fail because they don’t receive the financing necessary to their business.
Not sure where to find the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Well, we have some great ideas submitted from local businesses in Northern Arizona. Our local businesses are sure to put you in the giving mood. Save time searching for the right gift and keep your money circulating locally with this creative list of must-haves that includes something for everyone on your list.
Armadilla Wax Works is a locally owned candle factory located in Prescott Valley. With the meticulous attention and care that goes into creating each of their candles, a stop at the factory will surely tempt you to fill your basket with beautiful gifts for the holiday season.
Wanting to reduce your waste and support a local business at the same time? Look no further than Natural Linens, a Scottsdale based company dedicated to providing high quality and organic products that can be reused. Natural Linens opened five years ago by Carmen Vidal to promote a sustainable livelihood. Today, she has a wide variety of products to help people be more sustainable
Local First Arizona is a proud to sponsor Phoestivus held on December 8 and 15 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Phoenix Public Market. Inspired by the famous Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas markets in Germany) and Seinfeld's Festivus, a parody and secular holiday celebrated in an episode of the show, Phoestivus was born to be the perfect all-inclusive December celebration.
Have you ever wanted to create your own holiday ornament? Have you searched for a way to create a meaningful holiday tradition with your family? A local Flagstaff artist has a solution! George Averbeck has been blowing glass for more than three decades. His expertise is apparent when you step into the AZ Handmade Gallery on San Francisco St. in downtown Flagstaff. There are beautiful, hand blown ornaments, goblets, and more. You can select something just right for yourself or a loved one. Or, if you want to get even more involved, you can sign up for a class with George and go home with an ornament of your own color choice and design!
The Holidays are just around the corner and what better gift is there than original art? First Saturday Jerome Art Walk is the perfect night to start the season’s shopping for the perfect present. Twenty-one galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments.
As we recover from our post-Thanksgiving Day shopping sprees, we approach Giving Tuesday - a day dedicated to community involvement and support. Within Arizona, there are a number of organizations advocating for meaningful causes that always need more help and support. By banding together and supporting the organizations that help build our communities, we can keep building a better Arizona.
As the holidays swing into full gear, don’t forget a little bit of self love as you fight the holiday traffic and shopping rush. If you’re thinking of a brand new look to kick off the new year, a fancy style for a holiday party or gathering, or just a fine tune to your regular hair style, swing by Mane Attraction Salon at the Biltmore Plaza.