Local First Arizona has now released the second edition of the Gilbert Small Wonders map, a pocket-sized guide featuring over 30 local restaurants, galleries, boutiques, venues, and experiences located in Gilbert. All of the businesses included in the guide are independently owned and operated.
“We created the Small Wonders map series to help Arizona residents and visitors find the unique local businesses in their neighborhoods,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “These maps also showcase the unique sense of place each of these communities offers, and the Gilbert Small Wonders Map demonstrates the town’s emphasis on agriculture, local foods, and the arts.”
The second edition of the Gilbert Small Wonders map features local businesses all over Gilbert from Pecos Road to Guadalupe Road, and from Country Club Drive to Recker Road. Some of the businesses featured in the second edition of the Gilbert Small Wonders map include diverse businesses such as Gilbert Farmers Market, Higley Center for Performing Arts, and the Farm at Agritopia, but also includes Gilbert classics like Joe’s Farm Grill, Flancer’s, and Art Intersection. This map also features information about a dozen public events regularly happening in the Gilbert area including the Gilbert Folk Festival, Gilbert Days, and the Gilbert Art Walk.
Participating local businesses were thrilled to participate in the second edition of the Gilbert Small Wonders map and highlight what their community has to offer. "Local First Arizona is an organization that does exactly what it's name says, puts small, hardworking, community based local businesses first," said Jonathan Buford, owner of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, one of the businesses featured in this edition of the map. “We are honored to be a part of the Small Wonders map, where it is clear the Valley if the Sun is an amazing destination!"
To commemorate the new Gilbert Small Wonders map, Local First Arizona will be hosting a launch party at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company (721 N Arizona Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233) on Wednesday, May 11, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Attendees will be the first to be able to sample the new Desert Lavender Saison with locally foraged lavender for a special tapping. Executive Chef Stacey Carson will also create a special small-bites menu that ties in with Wilderness’ “Local Wednesday” promotions, which usually features a main menu dish inspired by local ingredients. The event is free to attend although registration is requested at this link: https://goo.gl/4xXRyQ
Local First Arizona has also produced Small Wonders maps for Central Phoenix, Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood, Tucson, the Verde Valley, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa. The Gilbert Small Wonders map will be available digitally at the Local First Arizona website. Physical maps can be picked up at a variety of local businesses, hotels, apartments, and events in the Gilbert area. Business owners, realtors, property managers, hotels, event organizers, and individuals can request maps for distribution free of charge by contacting Local First Arizona at [email protected]. Fifty thousand copies of the Gilbert Small Wonders maps have been printed for distribution.