Brewing up big business this "Independents Week"

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Brewing up big business this "Independents Week"

CREATED Jul 1, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a daily struggle for small businesses in Tucson, but a helping hand is on the way. Sunday, kicks off "Independents Week," an effort to entice folks to shop at local businesses like Brewd. Caffeine concoctions are always brewing at Brewd, a mom and pop coffee shop in downtown Tucson.

"There's nothing wrong with going to Starbucks, but it would be better to support your neighbors," said Kate Preble, co-owner of Brewd Coffee Shop.

Brewd, like many other small businesses in Tucson needs a helping hand, so this week they're hoping Tucsonans shop local.

"These are our neighbors we all support each other," Preble said. "We know that if we come and shop downtown as opposed to some big box or someplace else, our money will stay in this local community."

Councilwoman Karin Uhlich helped bring "Local First Arizona" to Tucson. It's a group of local businesses teaming together to survive trying times.

"If we shift our money to local businesses, it has three times the local economic impact," Uhlich said. "Even if we shift 10% of our spending towards local businesses we can help them keep their doors open."

For a place like Brewd, a little help this Independents Week, can mean all the difference between a thriving coffee shop or another victim of a sluggish economy.

"I think this is a great opportunity to try a lot of independents and see what they have to offer," Preble said. 

For a list of complete participating businesses, click here.