For the second year in a row, Phoenicians traveled to Tucson with Local First Arizona to visit locally owned businesses on our Holiday Shopping Road Trip. A shuttle from locally owned Dunn Transportation transported our group of twenty in style and comfort to spend the day shopping for unique holiday gifts in the Old Pueblo. Our group made a combined impact of $3,445 with independently owned businesses! Our first stop was at the Tucson Museum of Art’s Holiday Artisan Market and provided a great opportunity to meet local artisans and shop their wares. The Market was an impressive collection of Arizona artists with over 100 vendors from jewelry makers, painters, furniture makers, leather workers and stunning ceramic pieces from artists with the Tucson Clay Co-Op. We got a warm welcome from Tucson Mayor Rothschild and had a fun day perusing the vendors inside and outside the Museum.
Next stop was the Old Town Artisans Center, a collection of indie shops on the site of El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson, a fort built by the Spanish in 1775. The Center is also home to La Cocina which serves delicious meals in an idyllic patio setting which made for the perfect chance to relax, recharge and get ready for more shopping.
Our last stop was the Sunshine Mile, a historic area in Tucson with a collection of eclectic shops. Among the shops we visited were the following LFA members:
Arte de la Vida: Vintage Mexican art, textiles, home accessories and jewelry Deco Boutique: neon pieces and gifts for all ages Little Bird Nesting Company: Stuffed animals, mobiles made in Tucson and loads of kids clothing and accessories Yikes Toys & Gift-o-Rama: Toys, books, crafts and offbeat items for all ages including a wall of amazing stocking stuffers. Picante: Latin American folk art, home accessories, clothing and jewelry
Local First Arizona is proud to introduce new people to these amazing local shops and artisans. We love seeing the happy faces of shoppers who found great gifts (some for themselves!) as much as we love seeing the happy faces of the business owners who provide jobs, create a unique community and keep more dollars in the local economy. A huge thanks to all that attended and we look forward to shopping locally with you in the future!