In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Saturday, June 25, through Monday, July 4. The nation-wide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and also known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week leading up to Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses.
“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona home. Up to four times more money stays in the local economy when consumers choose an independent business over a national chain. Independents Week is our way of drawing attention to the important role independent businesses play in our daily lives.”
This year’s Independents Week, sponsored by Credit Union West, will feature the Independents Week pledge, the return of the Golden Coupons, and fun events with local businesses and across the state:
TAKE THE ‘BUY LOCAL’ PLEDGE
Arizonans are encouraged to take the pledge to ‘Buy Local’ and support Arizona’s independent businesses during Indie Week. Anyone can take the pledge by visiting https://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/ and filling out the simple form. Pledgers can choose to publicly have their names listed on the Local First Arizona website or remain anonymous. All pledgers will be entered in a raffle to win a grand prize Prescott staycation package that includes a one night stay for two at the historic Hassayampa Inn, two passes to the Phippen Art Museum, and more.
THE GOLDEN COUPON RETURNS
The popular Golden Coupon, printed this year by Think! Graphic and Printing Solutions, is the ticket to saving 20% off purchases from hundreds of locally owned establishments including auto repairs, home furnishing stores, boutiques, florists, restaurants, yoga studios, nurseries, and more. As of June 14, 2016, over 300 local businesses have signed up to accept the Golden Coupon during Independents Week. The full list of participating businesses is posted here.
Individuals can simply print out the Golden Coupon from the LFA website or download the coupon on their smartphone and use it at as many participating locations as they please throughout Independents Week. The Golden Coupons present the perfect opportunity for consumers to visit participating stores that they have wanted to try and to find new spots they may not have known about, all while spending locally and saving money. Golden Coupon users will need to ask participating businesses about specific restrictions for using the coupon.
INDEPENDENTS WEEK EVENTS
Independents Week is always accompanied by several events celebrating local businesses throughout the state.
Tucson-Area Events and Promotions
Pledge & A Pint Party: On Friday, June 24, head to Borderlands Brewing Company (119 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701) for a special Tucson Independents Week kickoff party. Attendees can take the pledge to shop locally during Independents Week, grab some Golden Coupons, and enjoy $1 off pints of beer. This event is free to attend. More information is posted here.
Passport to Local Success Shopping Crawl: During Independents Week, visit at least five stops on the Local First AZ Passport for free passport stamps and be entered to win the grand prize of $1,000 in local gift cards! At the conclusion of Independents Week, the grand prize winner will be randomly selected from completed passports that have been turned in. All passports must be turned in to Local First Arizona staff or headquarters by July 4. No purchase necessary to participate in this promotion. Participants can download their passport and find a list of participating businesses here.
Summer Safari Nights: Enjoy the Reid Park Zoo (3400 E Zoo Ct, Tucson, AZ 85716) each Friday during cooler evening temperatures with the added benefits of live music, family-friendly animal features, special dining options, and even gift shop discounts. On Friday, July 1, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, drop off a completed passport for the Passport to Local Success Shopping Crawl at the Local First Arizona booth to receive a second entry to win the $1,000 gift card grand prize.
Phoenix-Area Events and Promotions
Food Crawl at the Food Hall: Kick of Independents Week in Phoenix on Saturday, June 25, at DeSoto Central Market (915 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) with this new event. From 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, attendees will sample special bites from some of the valley’s top chefs. By completing a tasting of the DeSoto restaurant concepts, attendees will receive free tickets to a local show, and other prizes throughout the night. Attendees can register for the event in advance by clicking here, those who register in advance will be entered to win more prizes.
The event is free to attend, attendees will be responsible for any food or beverages they consume. Participating restaurants and their specials ($2-$5) include:
DeSoto Burger Joint: PB&J Sliders
Walrus & The Pearl: Blue Point Oysters
Adobo Dragon: Oaxacan rice croquette with roasted corn sambal
Radish: Mini tostada salad bite with mixed greens, adobo chicken, queso fresco, and watermelon radish on a mini tostada
Tea and Toast: 8oz specialty tea
DeSoto Bar: DeSoto Smash OR Motor Mule sample cocktail
The larder + the delta: Pig Ears
Independents Week Pub Crawl: Local First Arizona is taking over downtown Phoenix on Sunday, July 3, for our annual Independents Week Pub Crawl. Attendees can hit the streets with Local First Arizona to visit multiple bars and restaurants in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Festivities will start at Desoto Central Market at 6:00 PM. Subsequent stops include Cafe at Phoenix Public Market, FilmBar Phoenix, Carly’s Bistro, and The Nash. Each local stop along the way will feature one $4 drink special exclusively for attendees. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the evening for the chance to win prizes. Free to attend, guests are responsible for purchasing their own beverages. More details are here.
Find more details on Independents Week at https://www.localfirstaz.com/independents-week/
Official Independents Week hashtag: #IndieWeekAZ