Local First Arizona would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Indie Week kickoff Passport To Local Success event. Folks braved the heat to come down to the Fourth Avenue stage and hear Tucson firefighter Ryan Gaudioso, Local First founder Kimber Lanning and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild speak about how buying local keeps more money in our community and builds more jobs.
Passports and Golden Coupons in hand, folks toured up to 20 different local businesses in the 4th Avenue and downtown districts to get their passports stamped. We gave away many amazing prizes donated by Delectables, Pop Cycle, Antigone Books, Borderlands Brewing Company, Ordinary Bike Shop,
Ben's Bells, The Book Stop, Fluff It Up, Maynards Market, LaFleur Plantscapes, Good Oak Bar/Diablo Burger, Proper, Fox Theatre, Bookmans Sports Exchange and the Downtown Tucson Partnership. The Buffet Bar and Food Conspiracy donated water and coconut water to help cool folks off. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association (FAMA) arranged for live music for the event and brought staff to help set up and take down the event. “Thanks for such a fantastic event!” commented attendee, Colin, “Truly a blast to see fellow Tucsonans taking advantage of the great local businesses along 4th and Congress.”
“This is awesome!,” wrote event attendee, Christina Moodie. “ We're big supporters of local purchasing and especially 4th Ave. and Downtown businesses. We used to live near downtown but we moved and still can't stay away! We're always encouraging our foothills friends to go down to The Avenue."
The best part of all was seeing so many in Tucson come together to celebrate and support local. It reminds us all what a special community we have right here.