Easy Steps to Support Local Businesses All Year Long

Wondering how to help local businesses this summer (and all year long)? Here are a few tips and tricks to help your local business community.

1).  Vote! There are many Local First Arizona businesses nominated for the 2019 Tucson Weekly Best of Tucson. Vote Here!0

2).  Post! Share stories about your favorite local businesses on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, including reposting and creating your own post about that business to get more engagement. These posts create more interest in local businesses!

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3).  Review! Write a review online through Facebook, Yelp, or other platforms about a positive experience that you have had with your favorite local businesses!

4). Share with your friends! Taking your friends, family, and others to new local spots increases the visibility of businesses within our communities and others!

5). Tag them! Are you a social media lover, an Instagram afficianado, a Twitter traverser? Make sure to tag local businesses when you post pictures, or check in when you are there.

Here is the list of current Local First Arizona members nominated:

Best Gallery

Etherton Gallery

Best Farmers' Market

Rillito Park Heirloom Farmers Market

Best Hotel

Hotel Congress

Best Alternative Health Center

Cloud Nine Flotation

Best Gallery

Etherton Gallery

Best Farmers' Market

Rillito Park Heirloom Farmers Market

Best Hotel

Hotel Congress

Best Summer Camp

Reid Park Zoo

 Best Place for a Children's Party

Unscrewed Theater

Reid Park Zoo

Best Children's Entertainer

Unscrewed Theater

Best Diner

Welcome Diner

Best Fresh-Baked Bread

Barrio Bread

Best Barbecue

Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

Best Wings

Rocco’s Little Chicago

Best Coffee

Cartel Coffee Lab

Best Place to Get a Glass of Wine

Arizona Wine Collective

Sand Reckoner Tasting Room

Best Gay Bar

Surly Wench

Best Comedian

Chris Seidman

Best Comedy Night

Comedy at the Wench

Unscrewed Theater

Tucson Improv Movement

Best Bar Menu

Surly Wench Pub


Best Happy Hour


Best Pool Hall

Surly Wench

Best Nightclub

Club Congress

Cobra Arcade Bar

Best Cafe Hangout

Cartel Cartel Coffee Lab

Best French

Ghini's French Caffe

Best Italian

Mama Louisa's

Best Seafood


Best Thai

Senae Thai Bistro

Best Upscale Restaurant


Best Central Restaurant


Best Eastside Restaurant

Eclectic Café

Best Salsa

Guadalajara Grill

Best Michelada

Che’s Lounge

Best Old Fashioned


Best Bloody Mary

Hotel Congress

Che's Lounge

Best Shot

Harry Potter Shot (Congress)

Green Tea Shot (Congress)

Watermelon Shot (Che's Lounge)

Best Wine Bar

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

Best Locally Brewed Beer (the specific beer)

Barrio Blonde (Barrio Brewing Company)

Citrana (Borderlands Brewing)

Noche Dulce (Borderlands Brewing Company)

Best Dive Bar

Surly Wench

Best Venue for Live Music

Club Congress

Best Burlesque

Surly Wench First Fridays Burlesque

Best Jukebox

Che’s Lounge

Surly Wench Pub

Best Neighborhood Bar:


Best Beer Selection

Tap& Bottle

Best Brewery

Barrio Brewing Co

Borderlands Brewing Co