Local First Charmed by Glendale's Cottage Garden II

IMG_5940Visiting downtown Glendale anytime soon? If you're in the market for charming and unique gifts for yourself or a friend, look no further than the Cottage Garden II! Located just off the main drag of historic Glendale, Cottage Garden II features beautiful jewelry, clothes and artful accessories. If there's one thing that Local First Arizona can recommend, it's to explore all that Glendale has to offer. Take yourself off the beaten path and wander down a side street where you'll find a plethora of charming boutiques and antique shops stacked full of great show pieces perfect for your home. Local First Arizona made our way to Cottage Garden II for our April Evening Mixer. Owner Carol Migray pulled out all the stops to showcase the best that Glendale has to offer. The Spicery provided delicious deli sandwiches on incredible rolls and Linda of Papa Ed's graciously gave generous ice cream and sorbet samples.

IMG_5944Local First Director Kimber Lanning warmed the room noting an exciting upcoming local banking event we're hosting on April 29th. Community banks and credit unions will be gathering at the Hotel Valley Ho to talk face-to-face with local business owners about how to easily shift their dollars back into the community. Here in Arizona, 96% of all our money is held in national banks with headquarters outside of our state. Local banks and credit unions are funding more infill projects and providing local business loans when the big guys don't.

"We attended the banking event last year and met James Christensen, president of Gateway Bank. James has personally come out to see our projects and is excited to lend us the funds for our next development. Community Banks understand the local climate and are much more likely to fund infill projects for local companies. We bank locally and have been very pleased with our relationships." - Lorenzo Perez  & Jon Kitchell, Venue Projects

Learn how you can shift your money into a local bank or credit union Wednesday, April 29th. Click here for more details and to RSVP for our free informational meet & greet!

IMG_5941Among the attendees were our newest members, Bob and Sarah of Spinning Wheel Antiques. After years of collecting antiques from estate sales, the two decided to open their very own shop. We're excited to welcome them as business owners and as Local First Arizona members!

Even after we packed up our registration table, members stayed late to continue networking. We're grateful to Carol at the Cottage Garden II, Linda with Papa Ed's Ice Cream and Matt from the Spicery for hosting another successful mixer. Join us next month as we head to Phoenix Ale Brewery! Click here to register for May.

Thank you to all attendees:

Affiliated Children's Dental Specialists Arizona Correctional Industries Blue House Boutique Cottage Garden II Danzeisen Dairy DePaul Creative Float Balloon Tours Glendale Women's Club Q-tsie Sole Sports Running Zone Spinning Wheel Antiques Surprise AZ Web Services The Tole Shop Papa Ed's Ice Cream The Country Maiden The Spicery