Local business owners joined Local First Arizona and and other local folks for the Local First Arizona Mixer on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm. The event was held at Indian Gardens Café & Market in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, just north of Sedona. Indian Gardens was originally built in 1948 as a gas station and general store to serve the developing community of "Indian Gardens" in Oak Creek Canyon and the greater Sedona area. Owned by the Garland family since 1984, the historic building is made from local rock and timber.
In 2011, the family completed a remodel to restore the historic building and, according to Daniel Garland “refocused the market on community, regionalism, and local food, and beverage.” Indian Gardens serves breakfast and lunch daily with seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. They offer a full-service coffee bar with self-sourced, single-origin green beans, custom-roasted to our specifications by local roaster, Firecreek, featuring all organic milks and syrups. The also offer a great selection of craft and local beer and wine, locally-made chocolates and baked goods. Garland is also excited to announce that they recently acquired an irrigated agricultural property in Sedona, which will bring even a more local focus - providing produce for the market’s menu and for the store.
This event was an exciting opportunity for folks in Sedona and the Verde Valley, and throughout Northern Arizona to connect with existing members, as well as to build a stronger network of local, independent businesses in the region. Local business owners throughout northern Arizona mingled, networked, and learned more about what Local First Arizona is doing to build the local economy throughout northern Arizona.
Founder and director, Kimber Lanning, joined the group and talked about the organization's direction in 2015. The organization also distributed its new Verde Valley Small Wonders Maps and also talked about the new local Benefit Corporation quick assessment program, and other programs happening statewide.
In addition to Local First Arizona staff, Sedona City Councilman, Jon Thompson, and Sedona Chamber of Commerce CEO, Jennifer Wesselhoff, joined the group and discussed the many exciting strategies Sedona is working on to promote local businesses. Ms. Wesselhoff discussed the exciting sustainable tourism and marketing campaign that the Sedona-Verde Valley Tourism Council is working on with National Geographic. The project kicks off in April of 2014 and will be a new way to attract tourists to the Verde River Valley and Sedona's Red Rock Country.
The next northern Arizona mixer will be held on Thursday, 3/26 at Watters Garden Center in Prescott - RSVP today!
Look who joined us in Sedona!
Indian Gardens Cafe & Market Arizona Offroad Tours Sedona Monthly Magazine West Side Deli Source One Supply Logicom Lanning Gallery Turquoise Tortoise Gallery Local Juicery Sedona Chamber of Commerce Second Chance Center for Animals Sedona City Schools Verde Digital Works Mingus Union High School Sedona City Councilman Jon Thompson City of Flagstaff Sustainability Office Green Papillon Dr. Marta Adelsman Deep Harmony Robert Wooten Productions Verde Valley Rangers Sedona Community Center