Celebrate All Things ‘Local’ at Arizona Fall Fest


Local First Arizona will once again celebrate everything local at its Arizona Fall Fest. The free, family-friendly celebration features food from many of Arizona’s finest restaurants, a beer and wine garden, booths for local merchants and live entertainment. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, the Arizona Fall Fest will have even more Arizona […]

Celebration, Connection, Discovery: Fall Fest Celebrates All Things Arizona


The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Saturday, November 4, from 10am–4pm. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona. While the name of this local […]

Taste All That Arizona Has To Offer


Arizona Fall Fest is November 4 The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Saturday, November 4, from 10am–4pm. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona. […]

Celebrating Arizona’s ‘Independents’


Independents Week is Arizona’s only weeklong celebration of local businesses that also lets residents save money while shopping local. Pick up a Golden Coupon from Local First Arizona and use it July 1–9 to receive a 20 percent discount at hundreds of independent Arizona businesses. Learn more at http://www.localfirstaz.com.

My Foodie Valentine:


Valley festivals abound By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s February, and love is in the air. However, it’s not cupid’s arrow that is hitting its mark, but rather purveyors of all things food and drink who are sending a delectable love letter to Valley foodies – so get ready to celebrate the delicious diversity that […]

Save The Date & Get Ready To Go Local!


The  (LFA) Certified Local Fall Festival is right around the corner, and Valley residents are invited to celebrate “local” community. The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 vendors with […]

Connecting Arizonans To Local Businesses


New studies show that when Arizonans support local and independently owned businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy to support local job creation, strong schools and local services and vibrant and diverse communities. In addition, a thriving local business scene contributes to a community’s strong sense of place, […]

BALLE 2015 Injects New Energy Into Localist Movement


– By Kathryn M. Miller An enthusiastic crowd officially kicked off the BALLE 2015 Conference the evening of June 10 at the majestic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix, led by the Valley’s own localist rock star, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz.com). Although the conference was well underway with local tours and an opening […]

What’s Working Locally


Innovative, independent entrepreneurship in the Valley By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Over the past few years, Arizona has risen as one of the best states in the country for companies to start, expand or relocate a business. Named a “Top 10 Best State for Starting a Business” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013, […]

Go Small – Go Local


Giving support to locally-owned businesses By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It is about creating “connection to place,” prosperity and home-town pride. When Arizonans support local and independently owned businesses, more money stays and circulates in the local economy to support job creation, strong schools, services and vibrant and diverse communities, according to Local First Arizona. […]