More than gifts, create experiences and build memories in the Verde Valley this holiday season

What was once just Buy Local Week has now become BUY LOCAL MONTH and we’re excited to have BLM-Bannerindependent businesses across Arizona participating in this celebration of shopping local. Nowhere has there been greater enthusiasm than in the Verde Valley, where independent businesses are truly what have shaped the culture and community of the troupe of towns that make up the Verde Valley. From Sedona to Jerome, Clarkdale to Cottonwood, Cornville to Camp Verde, there are plenty of unique locally owned businesses to support this holiday season and throughout the year. A big thanks to these Local First Arizona members from the Verde Valley that are a part of Buy Local Month 2013! Not only have they offered great deals, they’ve also helped us spread the message statewide about Buy Local Month. Be sure to check out their special Buy Local Month deals – and even if one or two have already expired, there are likely still great deals to be found in-house with each business!

Page Springs Cellars Blazin M Ranch Arizona Stronghold The Tavern Hotel Crema Café – Coffee & Creamery Old Town Center for the Arts White Hills Gallery Caduceus Cellars

Other ways to shop local!

'Tis the season to GO LOCAL! As Santa can probably tell you from years of experience, one of the best parts about finishing off your gift list at an Arizona-owned business is finding unique gifts for friends, family, and maybe even a treat for yourself! After all, you’ve been busy preparing for the holidays…you deserve it! And remember, by spending your money locally, your holiday cheer spreads throughout the local community and helps keep your hometown economy going strong!

Shopping locally in Sedona is made easy thanks to Shop Sedona. If you live or work in Sedona, you could be eligible for the Loyal Sedona Shopper Card, which helps to identify you as a local shopper and grants you access to amazing deals at many Sedona businesses. But if you’re not a Sedona resident, don’t even worry about it! You can also find great ways to buy local and still save by printing coupons through the Shop Sedona ‘Discounts & Specials’ section.

Verde Valley Member Events, Promos, & Deals: MORE THAN GIFTS, CREATE AN EXPERIENCE!

VerdeCanyonRRlogo-hotelAnd you don’t just have to shop for gifts this holiday season in order to support local. You can make your holidays extra special with moments and memories, and who better to help you create those memories than businesses that are homegrown? Two Local First Arizona members, The Tavern Hotel and Verde Canyon Railroad, have collaborated to offer a new package. Grab that ‘special someone’ and plan a trip to the Verde Valley or plan a staycation that includes a deluxe one-night stay in a king room at The Tavern Hotel with all standard amenities and get two first class tickets on the Verde Canyon Railroad for just $299. Or maybe you’d like to take the whole family? You can also book the Tavern's Cottage and get four first class tickets for just $499. To book a package, call the Tavern Hotel's receptionist directly at (928) 639-1669.

holidayshowMaybe you’re interested in something a little more ‘down home?’ The Blazin’ M Ranch is currently featuring a holiday show through December 28th that’s meant for cowpokes of all ages and can accommodate parties of 2 to 280! Guests will enjoy the famous holiday cheer and western hospitality they’ve come to expect from the Blazin’ M Ranch with festive beverages, infamous BBQ fare, and great blend of holiday music classics like “Silver Bells” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and some newly customize favorites like “Ghost Reindeer in the Sky." To find out more or to book your reservation, call (928) 634-0334, or book online at

8089For the more culturally attuned, a night at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood might be just the way to spark that holiday spirit. World-renowned musicians R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, and Will Clipman will come together as a trio for Winter Solstice – Winter Dreams Friday, December 20th at 7:30 pm or Saturday, December 21st at 7:00 pm. This concert featuring new arrangements to some Christmas favorites like What Child Is This?, Angels We Have Heard on High, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, along with new material from this unique and wonderful collaboration of artists. Advanced tickets are $20 per ticket or $25 for priority. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $22 ticket. To purchase tickets or find more information, call (928) 634-0940, or go online to

4775Arizona Stronghold Vineyards knows how to make shopping enjoyable and easy! This Saturday, December 21st join them in their Tasting Room at 1023 N. Main Street in Cottonwood for a jewelry show featuring local artists, including Cole Lahti and Jessica Laurel Reese, and live music from William Schwab. Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy this 'all local' event. The show will take place from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, December 21st, and admission is free. For more information, please call (928) 639-2789 or go online to

Finally, if you need a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle, why not check out the seasonal specials at your local brewery or winery! You could even snag some seasonal bottles of wine or beer for stocking stuffers! Check out our Local Business Directory to find all the great breweries and wineries in the area, and also check out our past post: Northern Arizona Holiday Brew News!