Socializing in Historical Settings

IMG_20150624_175622_662Local First Arizona had a great time at the June mixer on Wednesday June 24th  in Flagstaff at the Tourist Home Urban Market on S. San Francisco St. We were welcomed to the Tourist Home by owners Kevin and Scott Heinonen and manager Genie Kuester. They delighted us with stories about the renovations on their beautiful building, which was originally built in 1926 but sat vacant for almost 40 years until the Heinonen cousins took over. IMG_20150624_185151_439Currently the Tourist home is part storefront, part restaurant and part local hub. They provide counter service offering chef-driven foods, pre-packaged or made-to-order. Menu items include hot breakfast items and pastries, gourmet packaged foods, house charcuterie, chef-butchered steaks and chops, domestic cheeses, prepared-to-order sandwiches, plus an assortment of soups and salads. Chef Scott prepared an amazing array of tasty bites for all of us to try including charcuterie, olives, spreads, crackers and breads.

IMG_20150624_185134_856Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours as well as Deputy City Manager Josh Copley were in attendance to show their support for the locally owned businesses of Flagstaff. We had the opportunity to go around the room and have each business share a little bit about their work and connection to the local economy. Thomas IMG_20150624_185126_093Barr of Local First Arizona shared information with the crowd about the importance of shopping locally as well as upcoming events like the 2015 Arizona Rural Policy Forum being held this August in Clarkdale. It was a fun evening to celebrate locally owned businesses and the beautiful downtown Flagstaff area.

Thank you to all who came!