We recently had the opportunity to speak with Howard and Pat Fleischmann of Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair and long-time supporters and sustaining members of Local First Arizona to discuss their participation in the newly-launched Devour Phoenix eGift Card Corporate Buyer Program and the importance of supporting the local movement. Here’s what they had to say:
What interested you about getting involved in the Devour Phoenix Corporate Buyer Program as a business and how do you plan to use the eGift Cards?
We like to reward our employees with things that are different and support the local community. Every Thanksgiving we provide each family on our team with a gift certificate to Basha’s, a local grocery store, with a letter with that says: “You’re part of our family. While we can’t all be physically together, we want to share your Thanksgiving table with you.”
We also send all of our employees’ significant others gift cards on their birthdays. With the Devour Phoenix eGift Card, I like the fact that I can now send them to any one of more than 25 great independent restaurants throughout the Valley. I also ask them to share their experiences and feedback directly with me. By participating in the Devour Phoenix Corporate Buyer Program, we are sending another message to our employees encouraging them to think and support local more often.
Why do you feel it’s important for local businesses to support other local businesses?
It’s just common sense. Our community survives on local. When you’re supporting another local business you’re supporting a neighbor. You’re supporting a friend. As local business owners ourselves, we support other local businesses any way we can!
What are some of your own favorite local restaurants that you hope to introduce to your employees?
Every year we host our company Christmas party at Sierra Bonita Grill and we will be doing it again this year. Some of our other favorite restaurants include: Barrio Café, Federal Pizza, Fez, Hula’s Modern Tiki, The Parlor, Switch, The Vig and The Windsor.
By sending them to local restaurants they’re going to see the unique ambience of Phoenix. They’re not going to get a generic corporate menu or environment. It’s a different experience being in a local place where the owner is there to serve you and be attentive to you. They survive because of the support of other local people.
The Devour eGift card, redeemable at over 25 of Phoenix’s best local restaurants, is a quick, easy, and affordable solution for any business looking for a unique gift idea. The cards can be ordered online in $10, $25, $50, or $100 denominations and can be printed or emailed as gifts.
For more information about the Corporate Buyer Program: Click here to view the PDF brochure for more information or contact [email protected].
About Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair: “Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair has been a part of the Phoenix Community since 1991. Over the last twenty-three years, our-family owned company has grown from one location to six! We have five locations around Phoenix and one in Glendale allowing us to serve you better.” For more information, visit: http://www.communitytirepros.com/