Positive reviews help some, but shop owners say they can't compete with lower online pricing.
Highlighting charitable donations by Southern Arizona businesses.
Michael Sargent,owner and president of Sargent Research, invented the Flexy, a money clip made of carbon fiber that also opens beer bottles. It was funded through Kickstarter.
Jeans, brew pubs, food trucks, even an inflatable planetarium. Poke around Kickstarter, and you'll find some pretty unusual stuff - often someone's dream. Many right here in our own backyard.
Flexy was fully funded on Kickstarter. The money allowed the clips to be manufactured at a consumer-friendly price.
Kyle Bronsdon's vision is to convert his trailer into a studio/office and a mobile music venue with a piano, mini bar, bartender and bistro tables with room for 12 to 15 fans.
Jade Beall, right, directs Chris and Loren Aguilar during a photo shoot for Beall's book "A Beautiful Body," which will feature unretouched photos of mothers.
Jade Beall, whose Kickstarter project is a book of photographs intended to redefine what society considers beautiful, photographs Chris Aguilar and her daughter, Loren, 21.
Insulation lies on the floor inside the 1946 Spartan Manor trailer that Kyle Bronsdon is converting into a mobile piano bar.
The money clip and bottle opener invented by Michael Sargent is made from rolls of carbon fiber.
Michael Sargent opens a bottle with a Flexy.
Musician Kyle Bronsdon is converting his trailer into a mobile piano bar. He's sunk about $12,000 into the project.His effort to raise an additional $7,500 on Kickstarter fell short.
A Tucson maker of temporary tattoos and several other Southern Arizona businesses and leaders have been named economic "champions" by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Howard Tuller and his father, Morton, have been in their family-owned trophy-shop business since 1955. Here they stand in their East 22nd Street location. Howard runs the day-to-day operations at two stores while Mort, 91, comes in to help out with trophy assembly.
Three generations operate Don's Hot Rod Shop: Don Toia Sr., left, grandson Don III and son Don Jr. The Toias have been selling high-performance auto parts since the 1970s. They are next to a 392 Chrysler Hemi Engine.
Andy Herr and his dad, Wendell Herr, of Dental Prosthetics Inc., confer on a diagnostic model in a work area in the Tucson office. The company also has a Mesa location.