Local First AZ Offers Colorful Guide to Local Businesses
By Teya Vitu
The first Tucson edition of Local First Arizona’s Small Wonders guide hit the streets at Tucson Meet Yourself, and guides now are slowly becoming available at Downtown businesses.
Small Wonders is a foldable, CD-sized brochure map with 2½ -by-2½-inch photos and a description for 60 locally based businesses in Downtown, on 4th Avenue, at Main Gate Square and other nearby areas.
“This is the same size as the downtown Phoenix map,” said Deanna Chevas, Local First’s Arizona’s membership coordinator for the Tucson region. “We didn’t expect to have that size of map. I thought it would be one panel smaller.”
The color map is printed on sturdy paper stock and matches Small Wonders guides in Scottsdale, Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Glendale and Verde Valley.
“It’s meant to stay in your car,” Chevas said. “We designed and printed it to last a year to 18 months.”
Maps are available at the offices of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, 110 E. Pennington St., 4th Avenue Merchants Association, 434 E. 9th St, and Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Boulevard, and various business and resorts.
“The purpose is to help tourists and locals find local places to eat and shop and do fun things, Chevas said.
The map includes: Argentina Polo & Leather, Originate Natural Building Materials, Ozma Atelier, Santa Theresa Tile Works, EXO Roast Co., Benjamin Plumbing, BLX Skate Shop, Borderlands Brewing, La Cocina Cantina, Arizona Bagel & Deli, Mercado San Agustin, Agustin Brasserie, La Pilita Museum, Ben’s Bells, A Perfect Pantry, Perri Jewelers, Desert Bloom, June’s Corner Store, Little Café Poca Cosa, Ike’s Coffee & Tea, Café 54, Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, Brewd, Flanagan’s Celtic Corner, Sparkroot, Zoom Juice, Hotel Congress, Obsidian Gallery, Maynards Kitchen, Revolutio, Children’s Museum, Dragonfly Gallery, The Book Stop, Barb’s Frame of Mind, Tucson Thrift Shop, Rustic Candle Co., Café Marcel, Che’s Lounge, Sea of Green Tucson, Tucson Herb Store, Antigone Books, Café Passé, Pop-Cycle, Razorz Edge, Caruso’s Italian Restaurant, Delectables, Brooklyn Pizza Co, Sky Bar, Pasco Kitchen & Lounge, Frog & Firkin, Grand Central Clothing, Caffe Lucé, The Fix, A-Store, University Pedicabs, DeadWood Framing, V Modern Thai, The Buffet Bar & Crock Pot, Food Conspiracy Co-op, Chocolate Iguana Café and ZT Boutique.