Every month 14+ local businesses, farmers, chefs, artists, and makers put their products in our local food and loot boxes – we assemble the local boxes and then they go out to be opened and enjoyed by our amazing customers. Our monthly local box subscriptions not only positively impacts the amazing makers INSIDE the box but also local businesses OUTSIDE of the box like our hub partners and also our local delivery partner Onda Güey. Our vendors can easily create and drop off their food or loot products at our Hubs, powered by the innovative Humanity Hub Network. Our hubs are unique because we’ve partnered with La Suprema CoWorking & Events as our Loot Hub and Cook Tucson Community Commercial Kitchen as our Food Hub. This means we are also paying two more amazing local businesses for our space (did I mention we like to support local?).
When we did our two-week pilot program for the local boxes in October we did a raffle so locals could win the chance to try it our local boxes while we were testing out the products and all the moving pieces. We had so many amazing locals buy raffle tickets and so many amazing local vendors and partners come together to create the first boxes. La Suprema was onboard as the loot hub from the beginning! We used the Pivot Produce warehouse (thanks, Erik!) as our pilot food hub (before settling into our home at Cook Tucson), and Onda Güey for delivery of course! The food box was a big hit with fresh produce from Pivot Produce, fresh sourdough loaf from Beyond Bread, fresh pasta and sauce from Pasta Rea, tamales from Antojo Poblano, Prickly Pear BBQ Chicken with Escabeche from Gallery of Food, Garlic Ginger Chicken by StayNaked Kitchen and dessert (cheesecake and cookies) from Nosh Catering. The loot box was full of local goodies like handmade upcycled candle from Bottle Rocket Co, mystery art sticker pouch by artist ErixaArt, notebook with Tucson Map cover and a pin by Why I Love Where I Live, a photo greeting card with envelope and postcard by photographer, Martha Retallick of Western Sky Communications, and a sampling of soothing tea blends by Created Power 4 U.
From our pilot program to our launch in December 2020 and beyond, our network has continued to grow in collaboration with community partners like BLAXFRIDAY, Vib’n, Talent Store, Essentage, Ben’s Bells, and Tucson Food Project to name a few. Plus new local food vendors like Sky Island Spice Co, AZ Fit Kitchen, Baked, and new loot vendors like Cero Tucson, Desert Mystic Goods, Jamille Textiles, Artemesia, ScareCares, Tu Kaets, Casa Kira, Aall Forms of Life, and Wise Owl Wellness! The list keeps growing! With our monthly local box subscription it becomes possible to support many wonderful local businesses, non-profits, and makers on a monthly basis (while enjoying delicious local food and loot that is both practical and fun, every month)!
We love seeing the positive impact of our boxes for our customers and the results of our network helping connect local entrepreneurs to local resources! For example, connections through our hub network has resulted in our vendors using our hub partners to rent a work space for themselves! This is perfect! It helps support our hub partners AND it makes it that much easier to drop off their products because they are already working at the hub! One of our vendors, Nardia Graham of Created Power 4 You, has already joined both hubs at La Suprema and Cook Tucson, to create her wide variety of loose-leaf tea blends and other powerful products! As we grow, we can see more outcomes like this by offering more and more support services to our vendor network like local business resource guides, consultations, and roundtable Q&A’s on relevant topics so we can communicate and contribute to a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem! We should all be thriving, not just surviving! That’s why we do it.
Check out some examples of What’s In The Box from previous boxes