Treat yourself and share the love with the Downtown Tucson Gift Card

This post was guest written by LFA interns Lorena Contreras and Jessica Estrada DTGC-print-rounded

Downtown Tucson is filled with local wonders for everyone to explore.  As the gift giving season approaches the perfect gift for friends and loved ones is just a click away. This gift is the Downtown Tucson Gift Card. Downtown Tucson Partnership and Local First Arizona have created the Downtown Tucson Gift Card.  Buy one for a friend, or even treat yourself by buying yours online here. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card gives everyone the opportunity of whole cultural experience rather than a one-shop experience like most corporate gift cards do. The Downtown Tucson Gift Card is completely digital and gives people the opportunity to visit their favorite local businesses without having to worry whether they have the card with them or not because, let’s be honest, nobody forgets their cell phone! More than 70 local businesses are participating in this downtown revolution and we have highlighted just a few of them here.

12041949_10206321170002643_660348199_nOne of the businesses participating with the Downtown Tucson Gift Card is Ben’s Bells Store. Ben’s Bells is an amazing organization whose mission is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness.” It is a great way to empower the community and strengthen bonds all in order to make Tucson a kinder and better community. People will be able to use their Downtown Gift Card to purchase apparel, the famous “KIND” stickers, or handcrafted and hand-selected Ben’s Bells pieces like necklaces, mini Ben’s Bells  and more. The funds from all  purchases at the Ben’s Bells store go directly to the organization. It helps sustain the foundation, their education program and to spread the mission of “intentional kindness.” Ben’s Bells has three locations around Tucson, volunteers are always welcome. So stop by the Ben’s Bells Store or grab a sit in the studio to help craft ben’s bells while you are filled with enjoyable conversations with the rest of the volunteers. To learn more about Ben’s Bells visit their website.

12033570_10206310687860596_2077227718_nIf you are still feeling a colorful and creative vibe from Ben’s Bells. Head over to Tap and Bottle in  Arts District. Tap & Bottle is among the great businesses that accepts the Downtown Tucson Gift Card! Now people can give the gift of a wonderful craft beer or two because Tap & Bottle has a diverse collection with over 500 craft beers in stock. Their tap beers rotate on a weekly basis, therefore, there is always something new to try and beer experts are always there to help. Tap & Bottle offers beer and wine tasting on Tuesdays and there is live music on Wednesdays. October is here that means Halloween season and  Tap and Bottle features different pumpkin beers you can try. So Come to Tap and Bottle for a relaxed home-like feeling, perfect for having a conversation over a beer. Visit their website to see their beers on tap and find out more about their events.

12048647_10206321171402678_1993772546_nGetting Hungry? Enter the magical Old Town Artisans and head over to La Cocina Cantina. La Cocina offers al fresco dining, a rustic Cantina and live music for everyone to enjoy. Their dining menu that is an ‘eclectic mix of Mexican food, sandwiches, salads and globally inspired items.’ The food varies from chimichanga, quinoa bowl, veggie burger, hummus plate and the delicious tacos. La Cantina also offers beer and red or white wine, plus a full bar. The best thing about La Cocina (other than the food, of course) is the live music the restaurant and variety it hosts for its customers. The shows vary from Hank Topless to Harpist Verna Zulsky. La Cocina has added a European style pub, The Dusty Monk Pub, which features a wide-ranging list of Belgian beer, whiskey list, and pub fare. Use The Downtown Tucson eGift Card to invite a friend to enjoy a  delicious meal and drinks at La Cocina Cantina beautiful outside patio. Take a look at their full menu  and upcoming events .

12028971_10206300421243937_801972380_nIf you are planning on going to a show at the Rialto or The Fox Theater. R Bar is a hot spot to visit before or after events. They are also accepting the Downtown Tucson Gift Card. R Bar has been “Tucson’s best alley bar since 2014” Adorned in red walls and red furniture, visitors are immediately captivated by the twilight of their three-dimensional Southern Arizona Desert style steel mural. A good place for those who enjoy a sociable lifestyle. R Bar offers an all natural collection of different wines, cocktails and craft beers. You can attend their monthly tasting event called Bon Vivant Club. Bon Vivant first began with organic and biodynamic wines. However, they are in the process of expanding the event to include cocktails and spirits. The luxurious desert glam of R Bar cheers for a good night downtown. For more information on their Bar menu and their Bon Vivant Blog visit their website.

12048934_10206321191763187_774924374_nThe Downtown Tucson Gift Card can also help give a little hint to that special someone from Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery. Krikawa is a family run business.  As a world class jewelry studio, Krikawa strives for nothing but excellent client satisfaction in everything that they do. Krikawa offers custom made engagement and wedding rings. Krikawa is one-of-kind offering a diverse and beautiful collection of motifs and price ranges from jewelry to artwork. Kirkawa also supports the local artist community that works from home by offering space to showcase and sell their work. As a one-of-kind Krikawa sells work from local artisans who handcraft every piece and custom made jewelry. Whether you wander into the gallery or are there to for a custom made fine jewelry.  The  dedicated staff and the masterpieces showcased make Krikawa Jewlery Art Gallery exceptionally unique.  See many of their creations here.

The Downtown Tucson Gift Cardis not limited to one mall or one restaurant, it offers everyone a great variety of  Tucson’s downtown culture to enjoy. It ranges from restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, bars and much more. Give the best gift of all this year by celebrating Tucson's unique culture!