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8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival This Saturday in PHX

Courtesy of Local First Arizona

It’s that time of year and Local First Arizona is hosting its 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival… no doubt, this fest will be better than ever. With plenty to see, do, eat and drink at this family-friendly event, don’t forget to get a jump start on your holiday shopping (you’ll be supporting a grateful local community).

Besides a new venue — on Portland Street between Third and Central Avenues — the following local businesses will be on-hand, waiting for you to stop by and say hello: Hubbard Family Swim School, Community Tire, Salvador Calvano Hair Salon, Practical Art, Greener House Today, Strawberry Hedgehog, Scottsdale Cat Clinic, Furniture Affair, Desert Song Yoga and Massage Center, The Pool Tile King, Del Sol Furniture.

As for food, think: Souvia Tea, Postino, Windsor/Churn, Urban Cookies, Luncha Libre food truck and Pizza People food truck. Yum. Good stuff. You should definitely GO… Oh, did we mention: it’s FREE.

The dets: http://www.localfirstaz.com; 602.956.0909

Below, Local First Director Kimber Lanning talks about why you should hang out with the Local First crew this Saturday:

This is your 8th year… how have things evolved over the past several years?
We have grown, grown, Grown! We’re so much more now: We have more food, more shops, more fun stuff for kids! We have always had something for everyone, but now it’s just amazing. From Frances Boutique, Samurai Comics and Noble Beast pet store to Kidstop Toystore and restaurants, including Postino, Parlor, St Francis and more.

What can visitors to the festival expect?
They can expect green grass, sunshine, live music from the Valley’s best musicians, a large beer and wine garden, 12 of the Valley’s best restaurants and lots of kids activities like a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, craft booth and face painting, plus the Diamondbacks are going to have a T-Ball cage out there. Food tickets are just $1, and admission to the beer and wine garden, where you can sample dozens of Arizona-made beverages are just $10!

This event is very community-oriented. Talk to me about the importance of nurturing our community — after all, we live in a city that is pretty spread out.
Yes, the heart of this festival is in the messaging: This is a day to celebrate Arizona! When you see how many AMAZING stores and restaurants we really have, it’s impressive.

Let’s talk buying local. Why is it so important to our local economy?
Choosing to support locally-owned businesses keeps more money right here at home, recirculating and creating additional revenue for things like parks, libraries and fire departments. In addition, people who choose to buy goods from Arizona-based companies feel like they’re part of the community and are more apt to create a place that everyone feels proud to call home.

What are you excited about this year?
I am excited about the new location! There are so many trees and a wide open green space. We’re also anxious to see how many people choose to ride the light rail down — it’s literally a few feet away from the festival. Also, our expanded beer and wine garden will really WOW people, and we have great new kids activities lined up, too. We were voted “Best Free Festival” last year and I think this year is really going to be something to see! You won’t want to miss this event.

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Why Going Local First is Good

This weekend, come out to the Duck and Decanter in PHX and celebrate locally owned businesses at the 7th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival presented by Local First Arizona. This is a fantastic opportunity to support those local businesses (think Zia Records, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Pet Boutique, Bookmans, Smeeks Candy Shop and a WHOLE lot more) that help boost the state’s economy.

Local First Arizona is the largest dues-paying alliance of independent businesses in the country, working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining and celebrating locally owned business throughout the state.

Now, you might think buying local costs more or maybe it doesn’t really impact our economy very much… Well, think again. We spoke with Kimber Lanning, the Founder and Executive Director of Local First Arizona, about this weekend’s event and why buying local is a very good thing.

Why should Arizonans care about purchasing local?
Dollars spent locally circulate up to three times more in the local economy. When someone chooses to buy locally, that local business owner in turn hires a local attorney, accountant, graphic designer, PR company and/or sign maker to help support their business. This keeps money re-circulating locally and helps creates jobs.

How did this festival get started?
Seven years ago, we decided we needed a “day to celebrate Arizona,” and so we called some of our members and the festival was born.

How can buying local make a difference within the community?
Buying locally keeps more dollars at home and creates more tax revenues for things like libraries, schools and fire departments. In addition, jobs and opportunities are created when local businesses thrive.

What are some local brands that people may already be familiar with?
Hickman’s Eggs, Harkins’ Theaters, Bashas’ and Food City, Shamrock Dairy products, China Mist Tea, Community Tire, are just a few you may have heard of.

What can folks expect from the festival?
Over 60 local vendors including Bookman’s, Frances, Practical Art, Kidstop Toys, Mountainside Fitness and more will be on hand; 15 of the best restaurants in town will be giving out free food samples, including Postino, Spinato’s, America’s Taco, Green, St Francis, and more; there will be live music, a beer and wine garden serving up Arizona wine and beer; and fun stuff for kids of all ages, including a craft booth, rock climbing wall and a bounce house.

Some people may think local costs more to buy… Is this true?
It’s definitely not always more expensive to buy locally. Harkins’ Theaters, for example, is the exact same price as their national competitor. Local tireshops, pharmacies, services of all kinds and, of course, things like Hickman’s Eggs are not more expensive. There are also lots of local second hand businesses like Bookman’s, Changing Hands, Buffalo Exchange and more.

Where: Duck and Decanter, 1651 E Camelback, Phoenix
When: Saturday, Nov 12
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: FREE


>>Photo by Rick D’Elia of D’Elia Photographic © 2010

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Happy Hump Day… How About Some Free Music?

It’s hump day and sometimes you just need a little somethin’ to get you through the day. Well, I think I’ve got your somethin’ right here… First, let me say, I like free music downloads. I also like it when bands kick off their tours in my state. The Milk Carton Kids — think folk, but good folk, like Simon and Garfunkel, with a modern spin — will begin their 46 show tour in support of their latest album, Prologue, tonight at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix.

Because sometimes it’s just nice to listen to something mellow. Download Prologue for free or better yet, catch their show tonight.


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