Become a Localist! Local First Membership Giveaway! | Bookmans
Since 2003 Local First Arizona has been leading the conversation on the impact of buying local. From their Good Food Finder that helps you find locally owned and operated restaurants in your area to the Local First Arizona Foundation, which helps to build communities through healthy local food initiatives, rural community development and education in business and entrepreneurship. Local First Arizona, or LFA, offers an array of programs and incentives for both the consumer and the local business owner to help shift dollars to the local economy. When you spend money locally, 52% stays in Arizona. That’s amazing compared to the menial 13% that stays when you spend at big box stores. The convenience of shopping at chain stores can be a hard habit to kick. With that in mind here are just a few ways to start buying local, courtesy of Local First Arizona!
Get an oil change with a local mechanic.
This is something that, if you’re a good little car owner, takes place every few months or so. An easy way to start shifting your spending locally is to get your oil changed with a mechanic in your neighborhood. Check out LFAs business directory for a list of mechanics in your area.
Get a haircut at your local salon or barber.
Luckily there are an astounding number of locally owned salons across the U.S. but for the fellas, having your hair cut by a local barber is not only supporting your communities’ economy but is also one of the most relaxing experiences you can have. For reals it’s like getting a facial. So rather then go to some chain with a name like Duper Cuts or Super Dos, #TreatYoSelf with a clean shave and cut at one of your local barbers.
Get a coffee!!!
How many of us give friends and loved ones Starbucks gift cards for holidays and birthdays? What about how often we meet our friends for coffee or grab one on our way to work? Now just imagine how huge your impact would be if instead of going through that drive through you grabbed a cup of Joe from a place like Raging Sage or the Bookmans Flag Café? If that café happens to all used locally sourced coffee, all the better! So get your caffeine fix locally.
Bookmans has always been a big supporter of the shop local movement, after all we are local ourselves. We’ve been selling used books and media for 40 years and that’s all thanks to the communities that support us. It benefits to shop local this holiday season! We once again kick off our Shop Local, Give Local campaign this November with fun free events like small business fairs and articles that highlight neighboring shops and restaurants, we’ve also decided to give away two Localist memberships from Local First Arizona.
As a Localist you receive discounts and incentives for shopping local. Localist receive $25 off Edible Excursions and 10% off Tucson Symphony Orchestra tickets. Not to mention the awesome Localist events like Build-a-Gin at Three Wells Distillery. LFA’s Localist program is a great way to support local business and show your pride for your community.
To enter to win simply state in the comments below your favorite local business. We will allow one week for commenting. Comments are monitored and may take some time to appear, one is plenty. Winners will be contacted on November 29th via email.
This article only gives a small sampling of the truly inspiring work Local First Arizona does. We encourage all of you to check out their website and learn all about how you can support your community by participating in LFA’s Buy Local Month!
Shop Local, Give Local with Bookmans this November!
Eleanore Leichtenberg November 22, 2016 at 10:24 am
My favorite local business has easily been Bookman’s! I’ve been going there for probably 10-15 years. I always used to hang out in those egg seats they had at Bookman’s Speedway and listen to jazz cd’s. It was always a great place if I wanted to get out of the house, listen to good music and rummage through interesting books and knick knacks!
Rachel Wright November 22, 2016 at 10:34 am
Retro Hair Studio on Sarnoff and Broadway is my favorite hair salon.
Maria DelliVeneri November 22, 2016 at 10:52 am
Catalina Brewing Company best new brewery with a great passion for biking and sharing that mission with the people of Tucson through their many events.
Robert November 22, 2016 at 11:29 am
Eileen November 23, 2016 at 11:24 am
Peixoto Coffee (AND Bookman Mesa)!
shelley richardson November 23, 2016 at 11:24 am
Bookman’s of mesa is amazing…..The staff is very helpful and friendly….There is always an amazing a varied amount of merchandise in their store. When I need a gift, I always think of shopping there first. I also love the fact that there special events for adults at this location….The crafts class is fantastic!
Cory Shapiro November 23, 2016 at 11:29 am
While I’d naturally say the Devour Phoenix event (so tasty!!!), I’ll get more specific and say FEZ. It’s a trendy restaurant, fun bar, great food, and good service!
Janice Plado Dalager November 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Fierce Hair by Sacha in Chandler is my favorite local business, because Sacha does amazing hair and hair color! I always feel my best when I leave her salon, because she makes me look awesome! Thank you, Sacha, Bookmans, and Local First AZ!
Lew November 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm
Birt’s Bistro in Surprise! Fantastic food @ great prices and their profits go to help a fantastic charity Benevilla that helps local families. So not only are you supporting a local business but you also are supporting a local charity!!
Debi Siegert November 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm
Oh so many great local places!! How to choose only one! Guess I’ll choose Frances, great shop for unique gifts and things for yourself! And while out shopping hit a local restaurant, so many fabulous ones to choose from! Happy shopping and eating!
Cathy Craigo November 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm
Well, obviously BOOKMANS. Not only local, but recycling as well. All those treasures in there just waiting to be found! And it’s also a great place trade. Our whole family loves Bookmans and have shopped there for years. Really miss those Bingo games!
Jan Robinson November 24, 2016 at 1:03 am
The Other Quilt Shop, 43rd ave and Thunderbird. Great little shop, friendly help, truthful advice, good classes, discounts sometimes. Quite a lot of good cotton fabric.
Jody Roberts November 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm
I like the charity the Clothes Cabin in Chandler AZ. They help the working homeless and take in any gently used items. I always donate there over Goodwill. This charity actually GIVES back now for those in need. If you ever need to donate please do there. Very friendly and professional family. Local owned and operated. They also have a boutique so you can buy to go to help keeping the business running. Thank You. Here is there location Clothes Cabin
1100 N. Alma School Road, Ste. 9
Chandler, AZ 85224
Christina Pedroza November 26, 2016 at 10:30 am
My favorite local is Bookmans Phoenix. Bookmans is a family friendly place where I have taken my kids to for many years. When we have been in hard times, Bookmans has been a godsend. I did all my Christmas Shopping there one year with trades. My kids got gift cards from the Birthday Club, and free books in the Summer Read Program. It has taught my kids the value of trading versus money and the value of giving back. We have enjoyed the events, craft projects and free music. Bookmans is a place where you don’t have to be rich or even buy anything to enjoy a day out with your family.
Laura Pennix November 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm
LOVE Bookmans in Tucson. Simply the best!
Beth Surdut, Visual Storyteller November 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm
Skye November 29, 2016 at 9:15 am
Yikes Toy Store in Tucson. Fun place!
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