Local First Arizona to launch Shop Arizona Marketplace online on Monday

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PHOENIX – A lot of in-person activities have been put online amid the coronavirus pandemic, and now local shopping for the holidays will be too.

Local First Arizona in a press release on Wednesday announced the Arizona Marketplace Store, a one-of-a-kind e-commerce website showcasing the products of local businesses and entrepreneurs in the state, will launch on Monday.

People will be able to browse more than 50 vendors across the state, with items such as holiday gift boxes, rural Arizona-grown wine, and handmade mugs for sale.

“With our work to revive small businesses this year, one thing is clear: Small businesses will have to compete with big box retailers and Amazon to pass the New Year,” said Thomas Barr, executive director of Local First Arizona, stated in the output.

“The Marketplace brings together local favorites like Changing Hands to start-ups like My Little Mascara Club – all in one place for consumers to find – and makes it easier than ever to shop locally and keep dollars. in our house. “

Buyers can prepare for the virtual vacation rush by creating a personalized room wish list or a gift list and share it with your friends and family.

The organization is partnering with full-service marketing firm Ideas Collide to launch the market.

“Small businesses aren’t just the backbone of our economy, it’s our heart and soul,” said Matthew Clyde, president and co-founder of Ideas Collide, in the release.

“We hope this is the start of many great things to come for the local Arizona state business community during such a difficult time.”

Local First Arizona said creating an online marketplace to support its local online activities has been a long-standing goal. phone book more than 3,000 local businesses.

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