Local First Arizona will be launching their individual membership program, the Localist program, in Flagstaff on August 7, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at an inaugural event called Party in the Pines. This event, hosted at Criollo Latin Kitchen, will give Flagstaffians a taste of what they can expect by becoming a Localist.
Starting at $20 per year, individuals can officially become a member of Local First Arizona and own a piece of the “Buy Local” movement by joining a group of like-minded individuals who care about supporting local businesses in their community. Localists receive a Localist membership card that they can present at various local businesses for rotating offers and discounts, and are invited to exclusively curated events across the state.
“The Localist program isn't your typical loyalty program,” said Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona. “As a Localist, you're part of a bigger movement that and drives economic prosperity and creates thriving communities through supporting local businesses, all while having fun along the way. We created this program to reward individuals for choosing to think 'Local First,' direct even more dollars into the local economy, and introduce Arizonans to local businesses and unique experiences that they might not otherwise have known about.”
Since launching in November, 2013, the Localist program has grown to nearly 1,000 active members across the state. In 2014, Localists directed over $36,000 into the local economy through Localist branded activities and specials. Examples of past Localist experiences include first taste at local restaurant openings, a behind the scenes tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens, a Tucson brewery tour at Borderlands Brewing Company, a farm to table dinner at Bink's Midtown in Phoenix, a private holiday shopping and champagne event at Fed By Threads in Tucson, a rooftop party at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, and much more.
The Party in the Pines will feature a welcome by Chef Flip of Criollo Latin Kitchen, live original music by local band Heartwood, a raffle with prizes from local businesses, and an opening of an exhibit by local artist Tanner Jensen. Attendees can purchase street tacos made with locally sourced ingredients for $3 each or $6 for three tacos, and a cash bar will be available where attendees can purchase $3 margaritas or $4 seasonal margaritas.
“Criollo Latin Kitchen is the perfect location to launch the Localist program in Flagstaff,” said Jenny Strickland, Localist Program Coordinator for Local First Arizona. “Criollo strives to source as many ingredients as possible from local and regional farmers, ranchers, and producers, such as wine from Page Springs Cellars, flour and grains from Hayden Flour Mills in Tempe, olive oils from Queen Creek Olive Mill, tortillas from the Tortilla Lady in Flagstaff, and many others. Criollo sets a great example for what it means to be a Localist.”
"We are excited to host the launch of the Localist program," said Heather Malloy, owner of SLO Restaurant Concepts. "It unites community to locally owned businesses in a way that cultivates awareness and connection."
The Party in the Pines is free to attend but registration is required at http://bit.ly/