localist by local first arizona Local First Arizona, an organization whose purpose is to "strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona" has started a cool new program - Localist.  By becoming a "Localist" for $20 per year you will receive VIP access, exclusive event access, and discounts and freebies.

Some of my favorite local businesses?

North Mountain Brewing- Close to my neighborhood, North Mountain Brewing is truly a local spot.  Think communal tables, great beer, and elevated fresh & local pub food.

Yoga Pura - A yoga studio that is more than just the postures, they teach all eight limbs of yoga for a well-balanced practice.  Their motto is "Live Happy!" and you can't argue with that.

Taliesin West - There are some places in the world that impress an immediate sense of awe and this is one of those for me.  A must visit.

Uncommon Cargo - A globalphile's dream with beautiful art, furniture, and accessories from far-flung places on the globe.

Remember, you don't have to visit a big chain for your coffee (try Luci's) or a big box store for a gift (try Frances) and for help locating more local businesses Local First has a great directory online.

I'm dying to hear what your favorite local business is where you live.