If you are wondering about the best place to get gifts for your aunt, your cousin, and yourself this holiday season, look no further! Local First Arizona and the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance are partnering up to present our annual Local Shopping Passport which makes it easy for you to plan your holiday shopping and support locally-owned businesses at the same time. Money spent at locally-owned businesses recirculates in the economy at a greater rate than money spent in chain stores. This in turn creates a more sustainable and resilient economy that provides quality jobs for the community.
How The Passport Works
We ask that you join our Holiday initiative to consciously spend your holiday money at locally-owned business in the Flagstaff community. It is free to play! Just pick up a passport at any of your favorite local downtown businesses. With every stop at one of our 21 participating businesses, you’ll receive a sticker with the total dollar amount of your purchase. To complete your passport, you must make purchases at your choice of 8 of the 21 participating businesses, OR spend a total of $250. Fill it out to enter to win one of 19 fabulous gift card packages.
Passports will be available at any of the participating businesses on Thanksgiving and are yours to shop with until the end of the holiday season. When your passport is complete, return it to one of the participating businesses. Winners will be contacted in the first week of January.
The Impact Of Your Holiday Dollar
Holiday shopping also has big impacts on the local economy - according to the National Retail Federation, "consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season." In 2015 Flagstaff Holiday Shopping Passport participants spent nearly $30,000 in local Flagstaff stores. Can we beat that this season?
The Institute for Local Self Reliance conducted a survey which found “that independent businesses located in cities with Local First campaigns are outperforming those in cities without such a campaign. This is consistent with our findings across all eight annual surveys conducted since 2008. Businesses in places with a Local First initiative reported an average sales increase of 9.3% in 2014, compared to 4.9% for those elsewhere. Among the independent retailers surveyed, those in cities with an active Local First initiative reported higher average holiday sales gains (5.7%) than those in cities without such a campaign (4.2%).”
Share Your Support With #GiftLocalAZ
Love taking selfies? Be sure to snap a photo of your downtown shopping adventures and tag your favorite locally-owned shop! Each businesses’ Instagram handle is listed on the back of the passport. Snap, tag, and post to share the love!
A Little Help On Where To Shop
For the Sporty Someone:
- A bike upgrade at Absolute Bikes
- A new longboard at Aspen Sports, or
- New boots at Peace Surplus
- A sleeping bag from Flagstaff Sport Exchange
For the Laid-back Someone:
- A cool new t shirt from Black Hound Gallerie
- New sun glasses and shoes at Babbit's Backcountry Outfitters
- A funny/irreverent card from Zani Gifts
- A guitar or ukulele from AZ Music Pro
For the Refined Someone:
- A local photograph to hang in the study from Shane Knight Gallery
- Blown glass or a painting from AZ Handmade Gallery
- One of a kind jewelry or a wall hanging from No Basis in Reality
For the Cozy Someone:
- Neat t-shirts from 22 Leroux
- A cool tree or pinecone candle from Golden Hive
- Sweets after a long day of shopping from The Sweet Shoppe
For the Fashionista:
- Locally designed clothes from Gypsy Jenny’s
- Patagonia jackets, jeans and underwear from Mountain Sports
- New boots or a cute skirt from Rainbow’s End
For the Pamperer:
- Bath fizzies and store-made lotion from Fizzy Bella Bath Boutique
- A beautiful sweater or scarf from Sage Brush Traders
- Soap from Flagstaff Soap Company
- Olive the Best’s high quality olive oils and vinegar