Eat, drink and shop local—a movement gaining popularity in America’s cities throughout the past few years. You don’t have to be a local to know where to explore the Valley’s artisanal products. Artistic-, entrepreneurial- and business-minded ventures are sold in locally owned shops like frances and Bunky Boutique in Phoenix, and the East Valley’s Here On the Corner and Sibley’s West. A dozen even have a home inside the Biltmore Fashion Park-adjacent UNION, a retail and restaurant corridor.
From glassware made of recycled wine bottles to body creams made of locally pressed extra-virgin olive oil, here are five Arizona-born ventures we love.
State Bicycle Co.
Top-notch, hand-selected parts make up the sleek, yet classic—sometimes retro—fixed bicycles at State Bicycle Co. Though the company sees many international orders, it remains grounded in its community with a brick-and-mortar retail location (2530 N. 7th St.) and partners with a local brewing company for its Four Peaks X State Bicycle Co. Deluxe cruiser model, complete with a growler and six-pack carrier (pictured above).
Testing the waters with a wine bottle and a DIY glass-making kit led the way to an entrepreneurial career for Ray DelMuro. Founded in 2008, Refresh Glass “rescues” empty wine bottles, recreating them into cocktail and water glasses, candle holders, self-watering planters and such. The glasses are found on tables at Central Bistro, La Bocca, Postino Winecafe and many other local and national restaurants—and can be purchased online.
Born from the need for moisture in the dry desert and the desire for natural ingredients, Brenda Rea, co-owner of Queen Creek Olive Mill, began experimenting in her kitchen with extra virgin olive oil from the mill, natural ingredients and essential oils. The Olivespa brand began with a body oil and lip balm, and has since expanded to include body butters, soaps, sea salt scrubs and more. The nutrient-rich products are found at Queen Creek Olive Mill and its two Valley marketplaces, Oils & Olives.
State Forty Eight
On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the union. Nearly a century later, three passionate Arizonans designed a creative, state-proud apparel line. State Forty Eight apparel is sold at local boutiques including Here on the Corner, frances and Sibley’s West, and at Explore Arizona inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s terminal 4.
The owner of a cleaning company and a doctor of ecology teamed up to bring Truce to the marketplace. The toxin-free, paraben-free, vegan cleaning formulas are created with natural ingredients and essential oils. The all-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner, scrubbing powder and laundry powder are found at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, Bunky Boutique and select Whole Foods locations.