Three Local First Arizona Members Win Vantage West Video Contest
Earlier this month, in celebration of Community Banking Month, Vantage West Credit Union announced an exciting contest for local business owners. The prize? The chance to appear on Thrive Tucson––Vantage West Credit Union’s video series that highlights unique local businesses in Tucson. The selection committee received over 40 applications from a variety of wonderful locally owned businesses and, after much deliberation, announced the winners of the contest at a special event hosted at Roadhouse Cinemas on April 24.
The winners are not only three unique local businesses, but three Local First Arizona members: Borderlands Brewing, QMULATIVE, and the Rialto Theater Foundation. Each winner was awarded their own episode of Thrive Tucson to share their stories far and wide. Through contests like this, along with unique business banking incentives, locally owned and operated Vantage West Credit Union empowers local business owners to succeed in the Tucson community. While you wait to see the new episodes of Thrive Tucson featuring Borderlands Brewing, EMULATIVE, and the Rialto Theater Foundation, find out more about the winners of the Vantage West video contest.
Borderlands Brewing, located on the outskirts of downtown Tucson, is more than just a brewery––it’s a community gathering place that celebrates and supports our desert environment by conserving water and energy, reducing and recycling materials, and producing the highest quality beer made from all natural ingredients. Borderlands Brewing also hosts educational community events, opens their space to local musicians, and produces delicious and socially conscious beers, like the aptly named “Beer Without Borders,” a collaboration with Buqui Bichi Brewing in Hermosillo, Mexico. Whether you’re stopping by to enjoy a cold one, support your friend’s funky band, or learn more about the Sonoran Desert, Borderlands Brewing will make you feel right at home.
QMULATIVE founder Quinlan Wilhite only learned to sew five years ago, after seeking lessons from his grandmother. Then, he went on to start his own Arizona-inspired clothing company, winning the title of Phoenix Fashion Week’s 2018 Lifestyle Designer of the Year and showcasing his designs throughout Tucson and beyond. His signature t-shirt, which features a printed pocket in the shape of Arizona, is sold at various local retail shops, including Pop Cycle and the gift shops at Banner Medical Center. Wilhite doesn’t stop at the sewing machine; he continually gives back to the community by participating in local artisan markets and events, mentoring fashion club students at Salpoint Catholic High School, and raising money for disaster relief efforts. Local businesses like QMULATIVE can successfully help to foster inspiration and change.
The Rialto Theater Foundation
If you’ve enjoyed a show at the Rialto Theater, you can thank the Rialto Theater Foundation. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is responsible for the stewardship and preservation of the Rialto Theater--which, by the way, originally opened in 1920 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the Rialto’s restoration and reopening in 2002, it has been a major catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Tucson. By bringing the community together to enjoy over 250 shows each year, the historic theater serves as both “an economic engine and a cultural powerhouse.” Currently, the Rialto Theater Foundation is in the midst of “I Rock The Rialto,” a huge capital campaign aimed at raising $1 million for much-needed improvements to the Theater (it is almost 100-years-old, after all). With the money raised during “I Rock The Rialto,” the Rialto Theater will be able to bring the community together for another 100 years.