You want to see locally owned restaurants thrive? Put your money where your mouth is.
The folks at Local First Arizona would be happy to help. Once again, they've organized dozens of local businesses for the annual Independents Week -- going on now through July 5. Visit the website, and you can print out a special coupon that'll get you a 20 percent discount at all sorts of places.
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There's a considerable food component, including retail spots like Urban Cookies and Pop the Soda Shop, as well as favorite indie eateries such as Uncorked - The Unpretentious Wine Bar, and Duck & Decanter.