This post guest written by LFA Intern, Celeste Colmenares.
The Tucson 4th Avenue street fair comes to town this March 24-26th. There will be over 400 arts and crafts booths, food and drink vendors, street entertainers, and tons of other family fun activities. Best of all there are great local businesses all along 4th avenue to visit and check out! These businesses are so very important. Why, you ask? Because local business are the backbone of our economy. For every 100$ spent at a local business 43$ remains in our economy, in comparison to only 13$ when spent at any non-local business. These extra dollars circulate within our community and are invested in our community. When we spend our dollars locally we are contributing to a self reliant, local healthy, economy. The 4th avenue community event brings together 600,000 fair goers each year, so don’t miss out. The abundance of locally owned spaces down 4th has made this street the heart of Tucson. Because this space is unique in its sense of place, it has fostered a sense of community pride. Be sure to visit these great local businesses down 4th and have fun. Here is an A to Z guide to some local favorites.
Need more great tips on where to go? Be sure to pick up the latest Small Wonders map at Tucson Thrift Shop or Pop Cycle for the best guide to local spots at Main Gate, 4th Avenue, Downtown and the Mercado.
Antigone Books is a solar powered bookstore that carries excellent books and gift items for all ages. This thriving community bookstore hosts local author readings and diverse book groups.
Barb's Frame of Mind is a full service, custom picture framing and poster shop with hundreds of frame samples to choose from; ranging from simple metals to ornate gold leaf. Found a great work of art at the street fair? Bring it by Barb’s for the perfect framing.
Caruso’s Restaurant has been the cornerstone for Italian cuisine for over 40 years. Since 1938, the Zagona family has been offering fine homemade Italian specialties like ravioli, lasagna, manicotti, and cannelloni.
Che’s Lounge an upbeat hangout delivering live music, libations & local art exhibits in an easygoing atmosphere.
Chocolate Iguana on 4th a charming espresso bar, candy shop, and cafe. Stop by for gourmet sandwiches and made from scratch desserts. Be sure to check out the selection of nostalgic candy, unique cards and gifts
Delectables Restaurant & Catering is a vibrant part of the 4th Avenue shopping and entertainment district. With a wide variety of fresh and delicious foods that you can enjoy on the beautiful patio or in the dining room surrounded by local art. Delectables offers vegan, vegetarian, children's, and gluten free. Grab a homemade treat from their case of delicious desserts.
Ermanos will delight you with rare brews and seasonal gems for their rotating tap list. The eclectic and expansive wine menu delivers favorite varietals and adventurous grapes. The food is scratch made, hand crafted, house-fermented, beer-infused, cured, smoked, and brined with love.
Flower Shop on 4th avenue lets flowers say it for you with beautiful hand selected arrangements and distinctive gifts.
Food Conspiracy Co-Op is a favorite stop for local foods, organic produce and Arizona beers and wines to go. Visit the new sandwich deli for a tasty and healthy lunch.
Mabel's on 4th is Arizona's cutest kitchen boutique with custom designed dishtowels and other eclectic items sure to make your kitchen smile.
Razorz Edge whether its goth, rockabilly or pinup - find stylish men and women’s apparel at this boutique.
The Book Stop this local book hideaway has been selling fine used, rare and out-of-print titles since 1967
The Coronet a European style street cafe right in the heart of the city with old-world rustic cuisine, full bar, quiet music and outstanding coffee.
Tucson Thrift Shop the most fun fashion with vintage 50s through 80s clothing, body jewelry, the wackiest collection of hats, new and used costumes and props and wigs. An eclectic marketplace for creative shoppers seeking their own personal style. An emporium for Tucson's streetwear and theme party needs.
Ordinary Bikes voted Tucson’s number one bike shop 13 years in a row.
Pop-Cycle find fun goods made from recycled materials. Decorator items featuring vintage imagery of the southwest and beyond, Monster Booty bags and apparel embellished with cute monsters and recycled goods from all over the U.S. and the world. One of a kind jewelry and amazing art items.
Wooden Tooth Records new and used vinyl at competitive prices, turntables, vinyl accessories, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, shirts and a huge selection of local music.