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Support local Tempe merchants

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Tempe on November 26, 2022!

We’ve always known that local merchants are an important part of what makes Tempe unique. Small Business Saturday is on November 26, 2022. It is a day to celebrate and support the small businesses in our community, especially as we kick off the holiday season. But, of course, we encourage you to shop locally whenever possible.

Below, we’ve gathered information about locally owned Tempe merchants who sell everything from ASU gear and flowers to skateboards and treats, all of which will benefit from your patronage. And you’ll be able to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends, your family or just for you. If you can’t decide what to buy, gift cards are also a great option.

Why do we need to shop locally? According to Local First AZ, “For every $100 spent, $43 remains in AZ! $13 for every non-local business!”


Ash Avenue Comics
806 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 858-9447 
Ash Avenue Comics is open daily at 11 a.m. You can also follow along on their Facebook page for store updates and info about new arrivals. 

Brandon’s Comics
1833 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 838-0467
Calling all collectors: Brandon’s Comics offers a huge array of silver-modern keys, CGC books and autographed books.

Brick Road Coffee
4415 S. Rural Rd., Ste. 10, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 590-7246
This LGBTQ-owned business has built an incredible community in Tempe. They offer a great selection of artisanal coffee, pastries, pizza and unique gifts.

Cactus Sports  
514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 894-1278 
Buy everything that an ASU fan has to have at Cactus Sports. Fun fact: Cactus Sports is the longest-running and only independently owned and alumni-operated Arizona State University fan shop left in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Candy Addict Store
414 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-1155
Located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, this candy selection includes all-time favorites, nostalgic and retro sweets, international brands, gourmet chocolate bars, novelty/specialty candy, sugar-free, candy-themed novelty gifts and so much more.

Changing Hands Bookstore 
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 730-0205 
A Tempe favorite, Changing Hands Bookstore, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. They sell new and used books, fun little trinkets, coasters and more.

Cowtown Skateboards 
215 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 379-3605 
Shop for all the skateboard gear you’ve ever needed (and wanted), including a selection of more than 1,000 skateboards to choose from. Open at 11 a.m. daily.

Creations Boutique
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 448-1687 
Creations Boutique is a beautiful store in Tempe Marketplace. Shop for Boho-chic inspired clothing items, hats, jewelry and more.

Changing Hands Bookstore
Changing Hands Bookstore

Kettle Heroes
1705 W. Ruby Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (855) 538-4376
You’ll be a fan as soon as you try Kettle Heroes popcorn for the first time. Buy bags of popcorn at their Tempe shop or order gift tins with custom labels. Flavors include Hatch Green Chile Cheddar, Porcini Truffle Cheddar and Cinnamon Sugar Churros Kettle Corn.

Kettle Heroes Tempe
Kettle Heroes

Landis Cyclery
2180 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 839-9383 
1006 E. Warner Rd. #106, Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 730-1081 
Landis is the place for bicycle enthusiasts, whether you’re a casual rider or you take your two wheels very seriously. It’s a great place to get advice on which bike is just right for your style. They also offer bike repairs and sell all kinds of accessories.

Pop Hunt Thrills
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 343-3090
This local shop sells a large assortment of pop culture collectibles, toys and action figures. You can shop in person at their Arizona Mills location, near entrance 1 by LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

Sole Sports
1006 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 | (480) 522-2475 
This is a destination shop for runners. They sell clothing, shoes (sold with their expert advice) and all kinds of related items — from foam rollers to protein bars.

Woops! Macarons & Gifts
Arizona Mills, 5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (602) 330-3463
You’ll think you’re in Paris when you taste the delicious macarons from this Arizona Mills shop. Located between entrances 2 and 3, Woops! Macarons & Gifts has tons of flavors  to choose from, including honey lavender, dark chocolate, and blueberry cheesecake.

Zia Records
3201 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 829-1967
Stay entertained with the best music money can buy at Zia Records. They also sell new, vintage and collectible movies, vinyl records, turntables and gift items.


The Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts is right around the corner! There will be over 350 artist booths that will line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets, offering unique and handmade artwork. Visit in person December 2-4, 2022, to support local makers.

Downtown Tempe’s 2nd Sundays on Mill provides an opportunity to purchase food, art, clothing and other homemade goods every second Sunday of the month until March 2023.

Here are a few of our favorite Tempe-based artists:

Lace, Grace & Peonies — hand-stamped and painted marble coasters. 

Phoenix Supply Co. — art prints, greeting cards, stickers and home goods with an Arizona theme.

Paige Reesor — paintings and murals, including miniature-size scenes of Arizona and Tempe buildings and custom pet portraits. 

JayArrArt — prints and t-shirts with the “Soul of Arbor” and “You Are Amazing” slogan.

In addition, find artwork and gifts with a Tempe theme from these artists on Etsy.

Paige Reesor, local mural artist


Adventurous Stills 
2125 E. 5th St., Ste. 102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 292-8770 
This local distillery is known for spirits made right here in Tempe, including Peralta Bourbon and Papago Dark Rum. They are open for tours and cocktail service.  

Arizona Distilling Co. 
601 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-2487 
Visit this tasting room for cocktails, small bites and pizza. Tours are available on Saturdays and include three 0.5 oz. pours. Visit the website to schedule your tour at least 24 hours in advance.   

Wild Hare Distillery
5869 S. Kyrene Rd., Ste. 18, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (602) 402-2329
Wild Hare is known for DROVE, a premium spirits line made with agave nectar. Call or text for availability.

Adventurous Stills Tempe barrels credit Adventurous Stills
Adventurous Stills Tempe barrels credit Adventurous Stills


Flowers are sure to brighten anyone’s day, especially around the holidays! Order a bouquet online and have it delivered to your special someone. Here are a few local florists who would love your support. Order online or call with any questions. 

Campus Flowers 
1435 E. University Dr. #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-0389 

Bobbie’s Flowers 
5801 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 968-7961 

God’s Garden Treasures 
2219 S. 48th St., Ste. G, Tempe, AZ 85282 | (480) 603-7673 

Rowan Tree Flowers
107 E. Baseline Rd., Ste. A104, Tempe, AZ 85283 | (480) 686-8965

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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