Pocket-sized guide serves as resource to find local restaurants, shops, and more.
Local First Arizona has now released the third edition of the Tucson Small Wonders Map, a pocket-sized guide featuring fifty-five local restaurants, hotels, shops, and experiences located in the Tucson area. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated.
“Local First Arizona created the Small Wonders Maps to make it fun and easy for residents and visitors to find and support local businesses in our local communities, which keeps more dollars circulating in the local Arizona economy,” said Erika Mitnik-White, Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona. “The third edition of the Tucson map is more than twice as large as the second edition, featuring many more local businesses along with the new Sunlink Streetcar route. The success and growth of this map shows the desire for this kind of guide from locals and visitors alike.”
Some of the participating businesses featured in the 2014-2015 edition of the Tucson Small Wonders Map include newer restaurants such as Diablo Burger and Gio Taco, but also include old favorites like Che’s Lounge, Antigone Books, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, Children’s Museum Tucson, and many others.
"The true flavor of the Old Pueblo is in the amazingly unique one off shops and restaurants that shine above any national chain,” said Sam Alboy, President of Tucson Originals, Tucson's independent restaurant group, and owner of Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue. “Tucson's eclectic spirit and culinary diversity are thriving especially with the support of Local First Arizona and the Tucson Originals.”
Local First Arizona has partnered with the City of Tucson, Downtown Tucson Partnership, and Visit Tucson to bring the new Tucson Small Wonders Maps to visitors for the upcoming Gem Show. Maps will be distributed at the Tucson International Airport, welcome desks at the Tucson Convention Center, concierge desks at various hotels, and local businesses in the Tucson area. Local First Arizona staff will even be helping out as "downtown docents" while the gem show is in town, handing out the Tucson Small Wonders Maps and telling out-of-town visitors about the local spots that make Tucson special.
"When visitors come to Tucson, we want to make sure they’re exposed to what’s unique and interesting about our community, so having a resource like the Small Wonders map is a great cheat sheet to direct gem show attendees to those spots,” said Dan Gibson, Director of Corporate Communications for Visit Tucson.
Local First Arizona has also produced Small Wonders Maps for Central Phoenix, Phoenix Arcadia Area, The Verde Valley, Gilbert, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa. The Tucson Small Wonders Map can be downloaded digitally by clicking here. Business owners, realtors, property managers, hotels, event organizers, and individuals can request maps for distribution free of charge by contacting Southern Arizona Director Erika Mitnik-White at [email protected].