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.