Local First Arizona partners with Flagstaff Organizations for Flagstaff Shopping Crawl during Buy Local Month

Flagstaff’s Shop Indie Coalition promotes Holiday Shopping CrawlWin prizes, have fun and support local businesses.

AD_Flag Holiday Shopping Crawl 2014Shopping locally this holiday season will not only fill your sleigh with perfect gifts, you’ll be helping the Flagstaff economy and could win a huge shopping spree. Thirteen independent businesses are promoting a “Shop Indie This Christmas” challenge aimed at boosting foot traffic and the festive spirit of local shopping.

The challenge is a “shopping crawl” where businesses invite you to stop by and get to know them and possibly win a shopping spree. No purchase is necessary. Pick up a sticker ornament from each shop and decorate a Christmas tree map. When your tree map is decorated with an ornament from each business, you become eligible for a chance to win one of three shopping sprees from participating stores valued at $1,300, $650 and $325. The “Shop Indie This Christmas” challenge is from Friday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 24.


“Our efforts are focused on generating awareness and interest in the diversity of our downtown retail area. This is an opportunity to increase exposure of local businesses and make a positive economic impact in Flagstaff during the holiday season,” said Meg Williams Jamison, Northern Arizona Director of Local First Arizona.

The “Shop Indie This Christmas” campaign is organized through the partnership and collaborative efforts of Local First Arizona, Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance and Friends of Flagstaff's Future. These organizations aim to promote the importance of investing in the local community to sustain the Flagstaff economy. The campaign is also part of Support for Independent Retail, an international organization that focuses on encouraging families to visit more of their local shops in the holiday season.

“When you buy from a mom and pop business, you are not helping an out of state executive go on vacation. You are helping a local family put food on the table, child pay for college and a local business owner expand their business to better serve its local customers,” said Katy Peterson, owner of Flagstaff Sports Exchange and member of Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance and Local First Arizona. “Our customers are the key to our success and they are the ones we strive to make happy.”

The 13 participating Flagstaff retailers include (contact information below): Aspen Sports, Arizona Handmade Gallery, Fizzy Bella, Flag Sports Exchange, Mountain Sports, Peace Surplus, PJ Chilcottage, Rainbow’s End, Ski Haus, The Lite Company, Urban Nest, West of the Moon Gallery, Zani Gifts.

Local First Arizona and Friends of Flagstaff's Future will be distributing maps the week of Thanksgiving. Participants can begin filling out their trees on Black Friday and may pick up a map at any participating business.

For information, contact Meg Williams Jamison at 602-956-0909, ext. 4 or email [email protected].

Flagstaff Shop Indie this Christmas Participant List:

Aspen Sports

15 N. San Francisco St.

928.779.1935, aspensportsflagstaff.com

Arizona Handmade Gallery

13 N. San Francisco St. #100

928.779.3790, azhandmade.com

Fizzy Bella Bath Boutique

113 E. Birch Avenue

928.774.1717, fizzybella.com

Flagstaff Sports Exchange

19 W. Aspen Ave.

928.213.3404, flagstaffusedsports.com

Mountain Sports

24 N. San Francisco St.

928.226.2885, mountainsportsflagstaff.com

Peace Surplus

14 W. Route 66

928.779.4521, peacesurplus.com

PJ Chilcottage

120 N. Leroux, In the Old Town Shops

928.774.0009, pjchilcottage.com

Rainbow’s End

12 E. Route 66 Suite 101

928.774.5535, rainbowsendflagstaff.com

Ski Haus

801 N. Humphreys

928.774.7671, skihausflagstaff.com

The Lite Company

2109 N. 4th St.

928.774.6257, thelitecompany.com

Urban Nest

111 E. Aspen Avenue #2

928.600.2113, urbannest.org

West of the Moon Gallery

14 N. San Francisco St.

928.774.0465, westofthemoongallery.com

Zani Gifts

107 W. Phoenix Ave

928.774.9409, zanigifts.com