This post guest written by LFA Interns by Lorena Contreras and Jessica Estrada. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card is becoming part of the downtown Tucson revitalization movement and more than 70 businesses are on board. This week we are taking you to five shops that sell very different products, but have very similar goals: to provide the customer with the best experience and most unique products. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card is now available for anyone that wants to explore and experience these downtown establishments.
Downtown has been expanding beyond Congress and Broadway, and just south of these streets is a special corner where South 6th St. and Stone Ave. meet. This street corner is filled with great little wonders like the 5 Points Market & Restaurant. 5 Points was started by two friends that were inspired by good food, and kept saying, “If we had a restaurant, this would be on the menu.” The restaurant serves Brunch and Lunch daily. Their inspiration comes from local farmers, ranchers, and artisans to create a distinguished menu from Smoked Salmon Benedict, Huevos Rancheros to sandwiches and tortas. 5 Points has a relaxed environment where you can seat yourself inside or now that the weather is starting cool down, you can enjoy your lunch on the outside patio. Their service is fast and does not disappoint customers. While you are there, shop for some local and organic home essential groceries from their market place. 5 Points is a great neighborhood market, restaurant, and cafe.
In the need of groceries? Head over to the new Johnny Gibson’s Downton Market. Johnny Gibson’s is a unique shopping experience to the Downtown area. You can enjoy a cold beer or a nice glass of wine while you do your weekly grocery shopping at Johnny Gibson. They offer a great selection of Arizona's best beers and wines on tap. They offer a great variety of fresh deli meats, seafood, produce, a bakery and so much more. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card can be used to buy local food sold at the market, such as Santa Cruz Chili and Spice or Isabella’s Ice Cream. If you are a busy college student or a hardworking Tucsonan, Johnny Gibson is open until midnight, so stop on by and use your Downtown Tucson Gift Card for dinner or groceries.
While exploring the downtown area, a cup of coffee never hurts as the weather begins to cool down. Stop by Exo Roast Co in the Historic Warehouse District and use your Downtown Tucson Gift Card to grab a cup of the best coffee around the area. The owners of Exo Roast like to incorporate regional foods as a staple of the roasts, including mesquite and chiltepins, to offer traditional coffee beverages with great diversity. With the Downtown Tucson Gift Card, you can buy yourself, or friends, a unique cup of coffee. Or if you're a regular coffee connoisseur, you can use your Gift Card to buy a coffee subscription to receive your choice of roast on a regular basis, to your doorstep! The incredible diversity of coffee from around the world is roasted by hand on a cast iron, gas-fired, vintage German roaster and all their baristas are trained “to tell a coffee’s story.” Stop by Exo Roast and experience the taste of delicious fresh coffee.
After grabbing a bite to eat, stop next door at Carly Quinn Designs. Carly Quinn Designs started about five years ago when the owner decided to pursue her passion for art. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card is accepted in this beautiful studio and it can used to buy unique, custom, hand glazed tiles that embody Tucson and the Southwest. The owner of Carly Quinn Designs is inspired by her Southwestern surroundings, old Arabic tile motifs, and Art Nouveau designs to name a few. The tiles sold in Carly Quinn Designs can be used to decorate any surface of your house and they make great gifts that will be appreciated by anyone thanks to Carly Quinn's unique and beautiful talent. Stop by and support Carly Quinn Designs and contribute to the local shopping movement this holiday season!
The Downtown Tucson Gift Card can also be used to shop at EcoGro. Unusual plants and gardening education is a great gift for friends and family, and the owners are proud to offer their products to the Tucson community. EcoGro provides education to anyone looking to expand their knowledge on aquaponics, gardening supplies, and sustainable growing. So stop on by if you're looking to cultivate you're knowledge of healthy cultivation. EcoGro also sells pots and anything you might need to create the most successful garden, and for more tips follow check out their blog!
We hope by now that you can see that the Downtown Tucson Gift Card is not simply for restaurants or bars, but for many other unique shops! This holiday season, make your life easier and give the gift of localism and let the unique shops in the heart of Tucson impress your loved ones.