This post was written by Adriana Castillo.
What better way to start off the year than with our monthly business mixer, promoting the new Chandler Small Wonders Map, and discovering ways to spend Valentine's Day in the local area.
LAUNCHING THE VERY FIRST CHANDLER SMALL WONDERS MAP
This month, Local First Arizona & the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership hit the downtown scene for a four stop tour celebrating our local businesses and the brand new Downtown Chandler Small Wonders Map. The city shined as attendees took a stroll to four local stops featured in the map: Peixoto Coffee, Bourbon Jacks, Sibley’s West, and The Ostrich. Each location offered a variety of exceptional foods, drinks, and musical performances that made for a memorable night. Special thanks to SanTan Brewing Company, Vintage 95, and Crust for contributing beer samples, delicious bruschetta and small bites, as well pizza slices for our attendees.
In addition, we were so fortunate to have a members from the Chandler City Council on the tour with us: Vice-Mayor Kevin Hartke, Sam Huang, Rene Lopez, and Mark Stewart. We truly appreciate the support!
There was an abundance of laughter, shared stories, and new friendships made that evening. Again, thank you to all who attended and made this night possible.
Hey Local First AZ Business Members: Be sure to join us at our next mixer at Helio Basin Brewing Company Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN CHANDLER
Wherever you plan on celebrating this special day, note that there are several ways to spend it locally!
LOVE GIVES YOU BUTTERFLIES
Are you wanting to spend the evening doing something creative and memorable? Surprise your significant other with an artistic night and visit Burst of Butterflies Create & Paint Studio. Here you can choose from a variety of activities such as canvas painting, bisque pottery painting, glass painting, design templates, and glass fusing.
Check out this tap house for their special Valentine’s Day menu from 12:00pm - 10:00pm. Set the date and enjoy one of their entrees: green chile pork pot pie, chipotle bacon wrapped filet, almond crusted grouper, and a brownie dessert. Also, don’t forget to try one of their year round local craft beers with your meal: Mr. Pineapple, MoonJuice IPA, Gordo Stout, Devil’s Ale, and many more.
THE BEST IN THE WEST GIFTS
This unique shop offers gifts from more than 200 Arizona artists and businesses. Sibley’s West can happily customize gift baskets with pampering items, delicious treats, and more for that special someone. Throughout the store, you may also choose from an assortment of candles, apparel, books, and more.
Consider strolling around and admiring artist’s work at this gallery in Downtown Chandler. This gallery is a non-profit ran by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, where exhibits are rotated frequently. In addition, a portion of all art sales are used to fund the VISION KIDZ Program, which is a series of art education workshops offered to the community for free. Express your love on Valentine’s Day by visiting and supporting this incredible art community.
Aloha! If you’re thinking about starting off the day just right, visit Yoli’s Cafe to enjoy a heavenly and loving meal. Breakfast and lunch favorites include hot and cold sandwiches, burritos, omelettes, skillets, waffles, Hawaiian french toast, and much more.
Thanks to the businesses who joined us for the map launch in Chandler!
Gateway Commercial Bank - Sustaining Member