Wait... They're Local?

As local, independently-owned businesses grow, expand, and become more competitive, sometimes it's difficult to determine if they are local or a big corporate chain.  Arizona is full of strong, independent businesses with cutting-edge, competitive brands. Some even have multiple locations across the state. Get to know Arizona's big brands so you can support the businesses who reduce economic leakage, create jobs, and keep money circulating locally on a larger scale!  

They might seem corporate...
but this list of big brands are certified local!

1. Bashas' 


Bashas' Family of Stores is the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJs Fine Foods, Sportsmans Fine Wine & Spirits, Eddies Country Store, and both Bashas' and Bashas' Dine supermarkets. Bashas' was founded in Arizona 79 years ago by brothers Ike and Eddie Basha, Sr. Since then, it has become the largest family-owned grocer in Arizona, the 8th largest employer in the state and a Best Place to Work. Bashas owns and operates more than 130 grocery stores in Arizona. View all Bashas' locations here.


2. Harkins Theatres


Harkins Theatres is a family-owned and operated business, founded and based in Arizona since 1933.  With 34 locations in 5 states, Harkins Theatres is the 5th largest theatre chain in North America.  With more than 80 years of colorful history, Harkins Theatres remains the Southwest’s premier entertainment company. Find a theatre near you!


3. Wildflower Bread Company


Wildflower Bread Company makes sure the food they serve is fresh, the ingredients are real, and the taste is memorable. To them, bread-making is an art form, which is why they allow their handcrafted bread to rise slowly, taking 16-24 hours. They never use additives or preservatives and all of their bread is baked at each Wildflower location daily. In addition to bread, the full Wildflower menu includes an array of fresh salads, sandwiches and baked goods. Visit one of their 15 locations state-wide!


4. BoSa Donuts

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Some of the best donuts in town with an apple fritter that will change your life. The classic glazed is as good as they come. The éclair is worth every wonderful calorie. We’re talking, of course, about a little donut shop that now operates 16 locations, with 2 (and probably more) on the way. BoSa Donuts is everything you want in a classic donut shop – affordable, fluffy donuts served in a no-frills atmosphere by friendly staff. There’s also coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and hot cocoa for the kids on the menu. View all locations here.


5. Bookmans Entertainment Exchange


Bookmans Entertainment Exchange built their reputation on the concept that "used" is not a dirty word. Bookmans relies on their customers for what they sell, including books, music, movies, video games and systems, magazines, comics, electronics, tchotchkes and musical instruments, to list a few. They regularly host in-store events ranging from art exhibits, musical performances and anime festivals to reptile adoptions, yoga classes and yo-yo workshops. Stepping into Bookmans alters your view of what buying used is and should be. Our philosophy of DIY creativity, integrity, and community involvement has made them one of Arizona's most loved stores. View all Bookmans locations here.


6. Majerle's (pronounced Mar - lees) Sports Grill


Majerle's is a family-style Sports Grill with great food, friendly service, HD TV's and every sports package available (including the Pac12 Network). Since 1992, Marjerle's has been recognized with many awards and honors including one of the “25 Best Sports Bars in America” by Sports Illustrated and the "Best Sports Bar in Arizona” by the Arizona Republic. Check out their locations in Phoenix, Chandler, Goodyear, Flagstaff, & Desert Ridge.


7. Oregano's Pizza Bistro


Oregano's Pizza Bistro is your neighborhood pizza joint, serving great food with ice cold specialty drinks and a side of good laughs. Whether you’re bringing the whole family for dinner, your co-workers for a business lunch or out on a first date, they "treat every meal like it’s a big deal." Find all Oregano's Locations here.