Local First: Stories from Arizona’s Small Business Community
Meet Seanloui Dumas, Black Renaissance

Meet Seanloui Dumas, Black Renaissance

July 19, 2021

Seanloui Dumas is a man of many talents. From performing music and building a studio in his home to organizing cultural events showcasing the talent of Arizona's Black community, he seldom takes a break. Learn about his passions and the launch of Black Renaissance, a unique Arizona experience originating in Tucson elevating the culture of Black artists.

Meet Kevin Lebron, Pachamama

Meet Kevin Lebron, Pachamama

July 12, 2021

Kevin Lebron has been cooking food in some of Phoenix's most well known restaurants for years. Ever been to the Windsor? You've likely eaten from Kevin's talent. Getting their start through Local First's Community Kitchen in Mesa, Arizona, hear about Kevin and his wife Maria's journey bringing Pachamama to farmers markets and a brick and mortar location showcasing their vegan cuisine.

Meet Todd Hanley, Hotel Congress

Meet Todd Hanley, Hotel Congress

July 5, 2021

Located in the heart of downtown Tucson on Congress Street, Hotel Congress is a staple to the community and an Arizona landmark. While things have changed over the years, the art, entertainment, food and beverage, and culture hasn't faded at all. Not only that, but Hotel Congress is tackling environmental opportunities through electric vehicle adoption in Local First's Scale Up program. Hear Todd Hanley share how the company has offered a place to stay, eat and enjoy music to tourists and residents alike while innovating along the way.

Meet Christy Johnson Moore, Social Spin Laundromat

Meet Christy Johnson Moore, Social Spin Laundromat

June 28, 2021

What do you picture when entering a laundromat? Christy Johnson Moore knew that most laundormats don't create a welcoming environment that benefits those using the services, and she set out to change that. Hear Christy's story as a social worker and entrepreneur committed to solving a problem through launching a social impact business.

Meet Jason Marino, Imagine Photography

Meet Jason Marino, Imagine Photography

June 21, 2021

Jason Marino has traveled the world capturing moments from weddings to corporate events through his photography business. Before settling in Kingman, Arizona he was flown to Guyana and other parts of the world. Hear about his passion for delivering high-quality experiences and products to everyone he works with.

Meet David Tyda, Food Festival Producer

Meet David Tyda, Food Festival Producer

June 14, 2021

"Millions still unemployed, the aid's not enough." In March 2020, you'd be more likely to expect David Tyda to be sharing about the great weather we'd be seeing before his upcoming pizza festival in Gilbert than reporting on congressional legislation. But a global pandemic will change that. As a long-time festival organizer in The Valley, David is more well known for bringing us together with tacos, french fries, and donuts. Hear about his own pivot (he said it, not us), and what the future of events may look like for Arizona.

Meet Ginger Flaherty, Vino Zona

Meet Ginger Flaherty, Vino Zona

June 7, 2021

Ginger Flaherty has been involved in the wine industry for years, but didn't know her love for it would bring her to the mountain town of Jerome, Arizona. From views of the landscapes of Sedona, to the unique experience of spending a day or two in town, VinoZona gives visitors and residents of Arizona a true taste of why our state has a lot to be proud of.

Meet Alex Macias, Del Sol Furniture

Meet Alex Macias, Del Sol Furniture

May 31, 2021

When visualizing a "family-owned" business, what comes to mind? Add Del Sol Furniture to your list moving forward. The Macias family has been committed to community for years, including contributing to the launch of Fuerza Local, Local First Arizona's initiative providing education and assistance to Latino entrepreneurs. Hear from Alex Macias on how his family's business grew to be a Valley-wide staple and an ideal option when looking to furnish your home.

Meet Bruce Brown, Bruce Brown Catering

Meet Bruce Brown, Bruce Brown Catering

May 24, 2021

For a catering business that has relied on special events and in-person dining, there's no guessing that the Covid19 pandemic took a hit to Bruce Brown. But giving in would not be an option. Participating in unique community programs including "Feed Phoenix", hear firsthand from a business that has battled the ongoing challenges of the economic crisis and forced his company to adapt and persevere.

Meet Julie Bonner, Julie Originals

Meet Julie Bonner, Julie Originals

May 17, 2021

Tucson, Arizona is arguably the city full of the most pride in our state. From quirky businesses in funky buildings to international recognition as a City of Gastronomy, it's no wonder why those transplanting or growing up in Tucson love their home. When Julie Bonner moved to Tucson she immediately felt that connection and launched her business, Julie Originals. Get to know an artist and business based in the "Old Pubelo" and how her surroundings and love for her community drive her inspiration.

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