Autumn has arrived in Arizona! Aspen leaves up north change from green to fiery golds and oranges. The saguaro and agave enjoy chilly temperatures (of 85 degrees) in southern climes of the state. Though our diversity shines from Ponderosa Pine country to the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona’s awesome local businesses are a common thread. This November, Bookmans celebrates homegrown Arizona commerce and community. Statewide non-profit organization, Local First AZ shows that just a 10% shift from corporate chains to locally-owned businesses creates millions in economic activity, adds hundreds of new jobs and provides higher wages for workers in our communities. Even better, don’t miss this opportunity to sharpen your local-vore knowledge while you shop! Join Bookmans this month for a veritable cornucopia of fun and local events. Each store hosts free activities to inspire awareness of Arizona non-profits, shops, restaurants and other businesses. Stop by every location for local-themed events that help make our neighborhood better. From the Certified Local Fall Festival to local business fairs, discover what treasures exist in our Grand Canyon State.


Bookmans Speedway gathers the best of Tucson at the Local Small Business Fair and the Local Author Fair. Also at Speedway, get down to local tunes with a performance by Tucson Open Band.

Bookmans Grant puts a local spin on healing energy with the Dowsing and Divining with a Pendulum seminar. Also at Grant, live local music from Cinder Bridge.

Bookmans Ina welcomes local musician Mark Williams to play an in-store set. Also at Ina, a smorgasbord of imagination at the Local Author Fair. Don’t miss a special engagement of Story Tunes featuring the one and only Mr. Nature!

Bookmans Phoenix goes local with their booth at the Local First Certified Local Fall Festival. Don’t forget to call the Doctor at the annual Holiday for Whovians celebration.

Bookmans Mesa celebrates local talent with the East Valley Children’s Theater “On the Spot Improv” and throws an autumn bash at Fall Leaves storytime. Look out for weekly Freebie Friday giveaways from local East Valley businesses on our website!

Bookmans Flagstaff hosts live local music performances from favorites, Ed Kabotie and Matt H. Hall. Enjoy the cut-ups of Tiny Punches Improv Group at Flag’s Improv Comedy Night.

All year long, Bookmans works with our friends at Local First Arizona to support the awesomeness of Arizona-owned businesses. Bookmans also highlights ways that organizations, including local schools, animal rescues, literary groups, musicians and artists, make Arizona great. Together, we support and strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state. Working for a common goal, we showcase unique ways to shop local and give local. Be sure to visit our Events Calendar to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood.