Independents Week is coming, and on Saturday, June 28, we’re taking it to the streets to get to know our local businesses. What better way to start off a week geared toward supporting locally-owned businesses than a downtown shopping crawl with Mayor Rothschild, Ryan Guadioso of the Tucson Firefighters Association and Local First Arizona Founder Kimber Lanning? At 4pm we’ll be gathering at the Haggerty Plaza Stage at 316 N. 4th Avenue to hear them talk about how we can grow Tucson by supporting local business. The first 50 folks to arrive at the stage will receive free “Summer in the City Discount” cards good for discounts at over 100 local businesses in the downtown Tucson area. The fun doesn't stop there. All event attendees will receive a free shopping passport listing 20 nearby stops to visit where you can get your passports stamped. Get five stamps, and turn your passport back in to Local First Arizona to enter the LFA raffle drawing for a $100 gift card to Proper, 4 - $25 gift cards to Bookmans Sports Exchange, a pair of tickets Happy Together, the musical tour featuring members of The Turtles, Grand Funk Railroad and Three Dog Night at the Fox Theater and tickets to Tombstone, a handmade mini bell ornament and kindness coins from Ben's Bells, a Fed By Threads t-shirt, certificate for Beer School at Borderlands Brewing Company, thirty “fluff dollars” good for organic cotton candy in flavors like Basil and Ghost Pepper from Fluff It Up LLC, as well as many other great prizes from Antigone Books, Atelier laFleur, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange,Ben's Bells, Ordinary Bike Shop, Chocolate Iguana On 4th, Maynards Market, Delectables Restaurant & Catering, The Book Stop and more.
Attendees will also receive Local First Arizona Golden Coupon, good for 20% off your purchase at participating businesses. Check out the cool recycled goods at Pop-Cycle and the great books at Antigone. Other stops on the passport include Rustic Candle, Che’s Lounge, Hotel Congress, Good Oak Bar, Diablo Burger, Proper and many more. You can also drop by Tap & Bottle to try the special Borderlands Brewing Indie Week Ale, a Horchata Cream Ale with locally sourced vanilla and cinnamon from the Food Conspiracy Co-op (yum!).
Other activities for the big event include live music performances at several stops along 4th Avenue and an icy dunk tank for prizes provided by the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and kids activities with Bens Bells. We will also be selling the limited edition Fed By Threads Local First Arizona Localist T-Shirts, available exclusively at Independents Week events. Created by local designer, Chrisal Valencia, the T-shirts are a 50/50 blend of organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. For every shirt sold, 12 meals are donated to the Community Food Bank. Local First is excited to partner with Fed By Threads to help get the word out about sustainable clothing.
This is going to be big! Bring your family and friends because it will be an amazing event that will help to reshape how Tucson shops and does business. For more information on the event, please visit Tucson's Passport to Local Success on Facebook!