Three hundred local businesses offering 20 percent off this week

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Local businesses here in Arizona hope you give them a try this Fourth of July weekend.    

To get people in the door, Local First Arizona is offering a special deal: For the next few days, one of their ‘Golden Tickets’ is worth 20 percent off your purchase at 300 small businesses around the state.

They're calling it "Independents Week."

 “Everything from record stores, to boutiques, to restaurants, and all the cool stuff that we have in our area,“ said Thomas Barr with Local First Arizona.

Last year the event brought in 100 thousand dollars to local businesses.

“So we know that for every 100 dollars spent at a locally owned business, 45 of those dollars stay right here in Arizona, for that same 100 dollars you spend at a national chain, only 13 dollars stays here,” said Barr.  

“It’s just amazing that you network and with a group like local first, there’s no dollar signs you can put on that,” said Ryan Jerrell, co-owner of Dig It Gardens in Phoenix, and a participator in the Independents Week special. 

These 20 percent off coupons are available in many of the participating shops, at the four Local First Arizona offices around the state, and in digital form, on the organization's website.

Click here for a full list of participating local businesses.  

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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