Tucson Holiday Shopping Road Trip Recap

Localist street signDuring 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! shopping tour

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!

Arte de la Vida: Vintage Mexican art, textiles, home accessories and jewelry Website: www.artedelavidatucson.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/artedelavidatucson Twitter: @recicladogringo

Deco Boutique: neon pieces and gifts for all ages Website: www.decoarttucson.com

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 Website: www.littlebirdnestingco.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/LittleBirdNestingCompany

Yikes Toys & Gift-o-Rama: Toys, books, crafts and offbeat items for all ages including a wall of amazing stocking stuffers. Website: www.yikestoys.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/YikesToys

Picante: Latin American folk art, home accessories, clothing and jewelry Website: www.picantetucson.com

None Such Home & Gifts: Furnishings, home accessories and jewelry Website: www.nonesuchhome.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonesuch.home

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 Website: www.chocolateiguanaon4th.com

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant: Homemade, fine Italian food Website: www.carusositalian.com

Food Conspiracy Co-op: Natural foods market Website: www.foodconspiracy.coop Facebook: www.facebook.com/foodconspiracy Twitter: @FoodConspiracy

Food for Ascension Café: Good and unadulterated food using local in-season produce Website: http://foodforascension.org/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/FoodForAscensionCafe

Café Passe: Coffee, breakfast, sandwiches and salads Website: www.cafepasse.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Passe/132334650127733

Delectables: Variety of fresh and delicious foods from cold Gazpacho soup and Tucson's Best Chef Salad to Italian pasta, Mexican dinners. Website: www.delectables.com Twitter: @Delectables4th

Fed by Threads: Made in America, organic clothing Website: http://fedbythreads.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/FedByThreads Twitter: @FedByThreads

Nowhere to Land: Modern collectibles and vintage items Website: http://nowheretoland.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Nowhere-to-Land/356273147795589 Twitter:@NWTLTucson

Silver Sea Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings Facebook: www.facebook.com/SilverSeaJewelry

The Book Stop: Fine used, rare and out-of-print books Website: www.bookstoptucson.com/

Antigone Books: 100% solar powered bookstore that also carries gifts Website: www.antigonebooks.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Antigone-Books/148710080861?ref=br_tf Twitter: @AntigoneBooks

Pop-Cycle: Art pieces, jewelry, clothing and tons of gifts Website:www.popcycleshop.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Pop-Cycle/278447625525066 Twitter: @PopCycleShop1

Rustic Candle Company: Candles and candle adornments Website: www.RusticCandle.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Rustic-Candle-Company/93009859796

Barb’s Frame of Mind: Full service frame shop with posters and artwork Website: www.barbsframeofmind.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/BarbsFrameOfMind

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