Ring In 2018 In Downtown Flagstaff

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2017 has come to a close and we’re ready to ring in the New Year at these NYE celebrations in Downtown Flagstaff! So here’s to the best, last night of 2017!

  • New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Hops on Birch: On Sunday, Dec. 31st, from 7pm-2am join Hops for their First Annual NYE Ball featuring: a local tap takeover of Mother Road Beer, Wanderlust Brewing Company, and Historic Brewing Company, a best mask contest where you can win a Mug Club Membership and merchandise, champagne bottles will be $12, live music by Enormodome, and food from 3’s in the tree’s. This event is FREE for everyone, just wear a masquerade mask!! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/387370995024217/.
  • Majerle’s Sports Grill New Year’s Party: Kick off the 2018 New Year at Majerle’s Sports Grill on Dec. 31st from 9pm-2am! Grab a table so you can go out and enjoy the annual Pine Cone Drop then go right back in after midnight and party your way into the New Year!!! DJ RINZLER will be playing all of your favorite music all night long!! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/930137910467714/.
  • The McMillan NYE 2018 Celebration with DJ Bear Cole: Dance the night away to a mix of dance music from all genres and generations on Dec. 31st from 8pm-2am! Celebrate the coming of 2018 in style, drink some amazing cocktails, and play in the vintage arcade! The McMillan and DJ Bear Cole will bring you into 2018 with a touch of class, and a ton of fun! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1552822561450161/.
  • The Orpheum Presents NYE ft: Gravy, STIG, and Quinn & The Confluence: Join The Orpheum once again for their annual New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31st at 8pm! There will be family friendly activities until 10pm and re0entry all night so you don’t miss the Pinecone Drop! The first 50 people in the door will get their choice of NYE swag! More info and to purchase tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/511393579234075/.
  • State Bar New Year’s with Dub and Down with the Blues: On Dec. 31st, from 9pm-1am, celebrate the New Year with Dub and Down with the Blues, and drink specials! Because what’s New Year’s Eve without champagne?! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152969112142728/.
  • Lumberyard’s NYE Pre Resolution Bash – On Dec. 31st, from 10pm-2am, ring in the New Year with no cover, country DJ and dancing, $6.50 Yard Jars and champagne bottles, and a balloon drop filled with specials and prizes! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/107325776725364/.
  • Collins New Year’s Eve Celebration: From 10:30pm-1am on Dec. 31st, celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Flagstaff at Collins Irish Pub & Grill. Reserve your booth — includes champagne, noise makers & party supplies for your group. Starting at $150. Call (928) 214-7363 to reserve today! More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1924302014553980/.
  • Monsoon New Year’s Eve Celebration: Celebrate the New Year at Monsoon from 10:30pm-1am on Dec. 31st. With prime Pinecone Drop viewing from our patio reserve your booth today, including champagne, noise makers & party supplies to ring in 2018 in style with your family and friends! Call (928) 226-8844 to reserve now. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2201261400101142/.
  • The Great Pinecone Drop Presented by the Weatherford Hotel: Don’t miss the traditional countdown celebration in Downtown Flagstaff on Dec. 31st! The Weatherford Hotel’s giant pinecone drops at 10pm to coincide with New York’s Times Square celebration and again at midnight to mark the beginning of 2018 in Arizona!
  • Mountain Line Free Service & Extended NYE Hours: Mountain Line buses will be rolling through town past midnight to offer Flagstaff residents and visitors a safe and reliable New Year”s Eve transportation option. Service will also be free on all routes, all day long. Because New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, Mountain Line will operate on its regular weekend schedule until 5:45 p.m. At that time, buses will be added and frequency will be increased on most routes to accommodate those heading out to the annual Pine Cone Drop event and other celebrations throughout town. More info: https://mountainline.az.gov/news-events/mountain-line-to-offer-extended-new-years-eve-hours-free-service-all-day/.
  • Skating Rink at the Visitor Center: The first skating rink to come to Downtown Flagstaff for the holiday season will be open December  31st and January 1st from 10am-4pm. Skating and rentals are free for everyone!

Best of Flag 2017

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 1.39.00 PMThe Downtown Business Alliance would love to give a big congratulations to all the Best of Flag 2017 winners in Downtown Flagstaff! Many downtown businesses were recognized this year for their exceptional service, and their involvement in the community. Below is a list of the downtown business that won Best of Flag this year:

Catering: Bigfoot BBQ

Bookstore: Bright Side Bookshop

Clothing Boutique: Shoes and Such, Basement Marketplace

Florist: Sutcliffe Floral

Gift Shop: P.J. Chilcottage, Flagstaff General Store

Meat Department: Proper Meats + Provisions

Musical Instruments: Arizona Music Pro

Outdoors Store: Peace Surplus, Aspen Sports

Retail Wine Selection: FLG Terroir, Vino Loco

Bakery: Tourist Home, Biffs Bagels

Bar Food: Lumberyard Brewing Co. Annex Cocktail Lounge, Beaver Street Brewery

Bartending Staff: Rendezvous

Breakfast: MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace, Toasted Owl Café

Burgers: Diablo Burger

Candy Store: Sweet Shoppe, Flagstaff Nut House, Flagstaff Chocolate Company

Coffee House: Macy’s European Coffee House, Late for the Train

Deli Sandwich: Aspen Deli

Dessert: Shift

Dive Bar: Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Gopher Hole, Altitudes Bar & Grill

Sushi: Karma Sushi Bar Grill

Late Night Snack: Aloha Hawaiian BBQ, GringoDillas Food Truck

Salad: Mix

Sports Bar: Majerle’s Sports Grill

Tacos: Criollo Latin Kitchen, La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop

Thai: Pato Thai, Dara Thai, Swaddee Authentic Thai

Vegetarian Selection: Red Curry Kitchen

Again, congratulations to all the winners! Now it’s the perfect time to come downtown and show your love to the businesses that won Best of Flag this year!

Downtown For The Holidays

The holiday season has begun and there is something happening every day! Your favorite events are back for another great year of Downtown for the Holidays!

Download your December event calendar HERE: 2017 Holiday Calendar.

Winter MoviesEnjoy free holiday movies every Saturday from November 25th – December 16th at The Orpheum Theater. Doors open at 10:30am with crafts and treats available, and the movie begins at 11am. Schedule: Nov25th – The Grinch, Dec2nd-The Santa Clause, Dec9th – Polar Express, Dec16th – Elf. Click here for more info.

 

WinterWonderlandJoin us for Downtown’s annual tree lighting and free pictures with Santa! Winter Wonderland begins at 3pm in Heritage Square with Elsa, hot cocoa, s’mores, and cookie decorating and luminaria bag decorating! The Community band will perform from 4-5pm, followed by the Basis Choir, and then the tree will be lit at 5:30pm, followed by pictures with Santa from 6-8pm! Click here for more info.


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Jingle Bell Shop is on Tuesday, December 5th, from 4-7pm. Don’t leave your holiday shopping until the last minute this year! Enjoy local musicians in participating downtown businesses while you shop! Click here for more info.

 

 

BreakfastWithSantaBreakfast with Santa takes place at the Historic Weatherford Hotel on Saturday, December 9th and Saturday, December 16th, from 9-11am. Enjoy pictures with Santa, a warm buffet style breakfast, cookie decorating, and lasting memories! Tickets are $15 each. This event is already sold out for this season, but put it on your calendars for next year!

 

ParadeTake part in the annual Holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 9th, at 6pm! Get bundled up and get downtown early to make sure you have the best seat for watching the festive holiday floats go by!

 

 

LuminariaStrollContinue this new holiday tradition in Downtown Flagstaff. Last year was the first Luminaria Stroll through downtown and it continues this year on Tuesday, December 12th, beginning at 5pm. Stroll along glowing streets, find the bags that you may have decorated, and enjoy the sounds of carolers. Click here for more info.

 

WindowContest23 of our downtown businesses have joined in on a friendly competition! Beginning December 6th through December 20th, you can vote on your favorite decorated windows! Pictures of each window will be posted on Downtown Flagstaff’s Instagram and Facebook. Just get on and give your favorites a like! The 1st and 2nd place winners will receive prizes for the staff! Click here for more info.

 

Skating RinkBeginning December 9th through January 1st, there will be a free skating rink at the Visitor Center! The hours vary during weekdays and weekends, but everything is completely free! Be one of the first to skate in Downtown Flagstaff at this never before seen skating rink!

 

 

Pinecone DropRing in the New Year with the famous Pinecone Drop presented by the Weatherford Hotel! Be a part of the magic as the downtown streets fill with locals and visitors to watch the Pinecone Drop at 10pm and again at 12am!

 

 

Slack Friday

Enjoy SlackFriday_Ada relaxed shopping experience downtown on Friday, November 24. Skip the long lines at 3am, sleep in, have a mimosa, and still get all the best deals downtown all day Friday! With over 35 businesses offering great deals on unique items, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping! Some of these businesses are also participating in the Holiday Shopping Passport, so you can earn the chance to win prizes at the same time! And don’t forget that over 30 businesses will also pay for your parking: parkflag.org/parkingangels.

Participating Businesses:

SHOPPING
Aspen Sports Flagstaff – 15% off all day.
Rainbow’s End – cookies, hot cocoa, special sales, and open late.
Mountain Sports Flagstaff – free mimosas, hot cider, and cookies.
Bright Side Bookshop – free “blind date with a book” with any purchase.
The Garden Thrift – Spin the wheel to win free gifts and discounts.
The Hoot Mart – 50% off coffee, hot cocoa, and bagels.
Basement Marketplace – giant sale, $15 coats, vests, and sweaters.
p.j. chilcottage – Buy one get one 50% off custom Flagstaff T’s.
Black Hound Gallerie – 2 for $5 stickers.
Sage Brush Trading Co. – buy one get one 50% off cozy socks.
The R2 Studio – 50% off gift certificate for R2 photo experience.
Babbitt’s Backcountry – Refreshments in store.
Fool’s Gold. – 20% off one regular priced item.
ZANI cards & gifts – 15% off.
Shoes & Such – Buy 2 get 2 free leggings, scarves, socks, mittens, and pouches.
Starrlight Books – 10% off.
Peace Surplus – 20% off any non-sale item (excludes Garmin and Thule).
Flagstaff Sports Exchange – 20% off any store owned item + refreshments.
Flagstaff General Store – 10% off total purchase.
Zombies Smoke Shop – 10% off.
Salt + Peak Boutique – $10 gift card for every $50 spent.
The Golden Hive – 15% off all beeswax candles.

FOOD AND DRINKS
Late for The Train – 50% off all black coffee all day.
Majerle’s Sports Grill – 15% off entire bill and drink specials.
Lumberyard Brewing Company – $6.50 Bloody Mary and Mimosa 32oz Yard Jars.
Criollo Flagstaff – Happy hour pricing on traditional and seasonal mason jar margaritas.
Sweet Shoppe Candy Store – Place holiday gift basket order and get 10% off.
The Toasted Owl Cafe – 5 cent mimosas and 50% off one pastry.
Aspen Deli – buy one sandwich get one 50% off.
Altitudes Bar and Grill – 20% off food when you mention Slack Friday.
Mix Flagstaff – $2 mimosas and Bloody Mary’s all day.

Download a flyer with all the deals here: SlackFridayDeals

It’s Easy To Shop Local This Holiday Season

The holiday season is right around the corner, but don’t worry, we’re here to help with your shopping plans. The 2017 Flagstaff Holiday Shopping Passport is here! Shop in your favorite downtown businesses from Black Friday until New Years Day, and enter to win great prizes! Last year the Holiday Shopping Passport brought nearly $30,000 to the downtown businesses in Flagstaff, and we have even higher hopes for this season.

Download your passport here: FLGHolidayPassport-2017

How It Works:

Shop at five of the participating businesses OR spend a total of $250 to enter to win any of the great prizes. A sticker will be added to your passport with each purchase to document each business you shop at along with how much you’ve spent. Once you’ve reached the goal of 5 businesses or $250, you can leave your completed passport at any of the participating businesses.

The Flagstaff Holiday Shopping Passport runs from Black Friday, November 24th to New Year’s Day, January 1st. Passports will be available at any of the participating businesses listed below. 

Participating Businesses:

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Happy Shopping!

Meet the Clean Team Ambassadors

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 8.47.20 AMIf you’ve been wondering who the people are wearing the bright blue shirts while vigorously cleaning the streets of Downtown Flagstaff, well, they’re the wonderful Clean Team Ambassadors of the Downtown Business Alliance.

Their job is to keep Downtown Flagstaff looking beautiful at all times, which entails removing any sort of litter, graffiti and even overflowing trashcans off the streets. The Clean Team Ambassadors also assist patrons, employees, residents, and visitors with excellent customer service, while providing them information about Downtown Flagstaff.

Whether it’s places to eat, different activities to do, where to shop, or places to stay, the Clean Team Ambassadors are your go-to resources.

There are currently two employees working as a Clean Team Ambassador, their names are Ashley Kritzstein, and Macie Guard.

Kritzstein is a freshman at Northern Arizona University and is brand new to Flagstaff.

“My major is business management with a minor in merchandising. I am originally from Phoenix, but I am excited to be more involved in the Flagstaff community” Ashley says, “That is the main reason why I am a member of the Clean Team because I get to learn more about where I live while at the same time being outside and helping people.”

On the other hand, Guard has lived, worked and gone to school in Flagstaff for 24 years.

I have a Bachelors Degree in History from NAU and a great interest in the Southwest and Environmental histories. I have spent the last two years working for the Arizona Conservation Corps, tracking rare species of plants, as well as running a chainsaw to remove invasive tree species.” Macie said. “I have volunteered at the Hart Prairie Nature Conservancy leading nature walks, and can point you to any beautiful place you want to go in the Coconino National Forest. I am currently working part-time jobs to get more experience in the local Flagstaff work industry to better understand the dynamics of our city.”

For the month of October, Ashley and Macie:

  • Cleaned 46 alleys
  • Swept 229 blocks
  • Helped 192 people with the new parking system
  • Assisted a total of 133 visitors, and 117 residents with any questions that had about Downtown Flagstaff

In addition, Tequila Sunrise happened this past weekend on Oct. 28th. The Clean Team was up at 6 am to make sure the streets of downtown were clean at all times. They picked up an immense amount of trash throughout the day, a total of 116 pounds.

The Clean Team Ambassadors even work winter hours, making sure to remove snow from sidewalks so people can walk around Downtown Flagstaff without any issue.

Furthermore, if you’re ever in Downtown Flagstaff and have questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of the members of the Clean Team. If you have any other concerns about the Clean Team Ambassadors, please contact the program supervisor JB Dewitt at jb@flagdba.com.

Halloween Harvest & Second Locals’ Night

 

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October is sure to be a special month for Flagstaff residents as a SECOND Locals’ Night is being added and combined with the annual Halloween Harvest to deliver an all-in-one exciting event, that will include trick-or-treat trails and the usual Locals’ Night red carpet treatment.

The event is free to all and will take place in Heritage Square and throughout Downtown Flagstaff from 4-7pm on Tuesday, October 31st.

If you think you’re too old to be trick-or-treating, don’t fret because you’ll have a great opportunity to grab dinner and a drink from your favorite eatery and sit back, relax and enjoy the multitude of festivities provided by Halloween Harvest.

This year’s festivities include carnival games, arts and crafts, a BOOgie dance party, a freaky fashion show including pets, and an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile! There will also be a trick-or-treat trail with over 20 stops including:

  • Certa Pro Painters
  • Karma Sushi
  • Tangled Lilac Photography
  • Sweet Shoppe
  • Mountain Sports
  • Bright Side Bookshop
  • Hoot Mart
  • Shift
  • Earth Bound Trading
  • Flagstaff Soap Company
  • Shoes and Such
  • Fire Creek
  • Rainbow’s End
  • Shane Knight Gallery
  • Babbitt’s Backcountry
  • 22 Leroux
  • The Golden Hive
  • Aloha BBQ
  • Supernova Froyo
  • Aspen Deli
  • Mozelle’s Bakery
  • Peace Surplus
  • Flagstaff Sports Exchange
  • Flagstaff Chocolate Company
  • Crystal Magic
  • Majerle’s Sports Gril
  • Orpheum Theater
  • Sage Brush Trading Co
  • PJ Chilcottage
  • Black Hound Gallerie
  • Basement Marketplace
  • Mix Flagstaff
  • Bigfoot BBQ
  • Whyld Ass
  • Late for the Train
  • Criollo
  • Cornish Pasty
  • Headlines 2000 Hair Studio

Download map here: Halloween Harvest Map

In addition, this second October Locals’ Night will feature many special offers from new businesses that are participating for the first time. The businesses with Locals’ Night specials are:

  • Altitudes Bar and Grill – One free dessert with a $10 purchase of non-discounted food
  • Tangled Lilac Photography – 25% off any services purchased that night
  • Shift – Free Halloween dessert with costume and food purchase
  • Zombies – 10% off any item except for cigarettes
  • Bright Side Bookshop – Free Magic Butterfly w/ any book purchase
  • Mountain Sports Flagstaff – 25% off one full price item
  • Sweet Shoppe – Buy 1lb of fudge receive a 1/2lb any flavor free
  • Hoot Mart – Buy 1 bottle of wine get a second 1/2 off (equal or lesser value)
  • Rainbow’s End – 40% off one item
  • Shoes and Such – Come by to pick up a 50% off coupon
  • Salt and Peak – Free wax melt with the purchase of a 16oz candle
  • INCAHOOTS – 25%-50%-75% off entire store
  • The Golden Hive – 15% off candles
  • Peace Surplus – Free carabiner and 15% off any non-sale item
  • Flagstaff Sports Exchange – 20% off store owned items
  • Whyld Ass – Half off any one-menu item per person
  • Late for the Train – 50% off all drinks
  • Winter Sun – 20% off
  • Aspen Sports – 20% off one non-sale item
  • Bigfoot BBQ – BOGO drafts
  • Criollo – Mason Jar Margaritas and happy hour pricing
  • Majerle’s Sports Grill – Free root beer float w/ purchase of meal

Download list of offers here: Locals’ Night Flyer

 

Don’t miss this exciting event and your chance to take in the finest that Flagstaff has to offer. Come out and support your local businesses!

 

 

Get to Know Your Downtown Business Owners – Alley Cats

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There is no doubt about it, there is definitely something special about Downtown Flagstaff. Maybe it’s the people, the businesses, or the history behind all of it! We decided it was time to really get to know our business owners and hear their downtown stories.

Janice (left) is the current owner of Alley Cats Haircutting Salon. Her business has been located in the same spot in Downtown Flagstaff for 25 years! The doors to Alley Cats opened in 1992 and remain open to their regulars and newcomers. And just like many places downtown, there is a story behind Alley Cats and how it got the name. When the salon first opened it was called Floyd’s and a cutout of the profile of Floyd Lawson (from The Andy Griffith Show) was on the front window. Well, the family of the character Floyd was traveling through Flagstaff on their way to the Grand Canyon and said that the name “Floyd” could not be used. So the nameless haircutting salon hosted a contest, the public submitted names, and the name Alley Cats came out on top!

Janice started out as a hairdresser at Alley Cats and then bought the business from the original owner and promised to keep it the same, and that’s exactly what she has done. She wants people to feel at home in the salon, and at one point was doing three generations of hair. Although that family is no longer located in Flagstaff, they will stop in to say hi when they are in town. “Downtown has a different feeling than any other part of Flagstaff. People are kind, business owners are serious about their business, and Downtown just has a sense of family and love”, says Janice. Lunch breaks are at Mountain Oasis and down time is spent on the hidden Pasto patio. Over the years neighboring business owners have become like brothers and sisters to Janice. Clients have been going to Alley Cats for 25 years and many business owners and their families support the downtown haircutting salon.

“I could never go to another city and create what I have here in Downtown Flagstaff. Come join our family at Alley Cats!” – Janice

Alley Cats is located 19 N. San Francisco and you can visit their Facebook page for more information.

4th of July

Fourth of July weekend is almost here, and it’s one of the best days of the year to be downtown!

Weekend Events

Local First Arizona has set up a 20% off discount that runs from July 1st through the 9th at select local businesses! Take your free “Golden Coupon” to downtown businesses including Toasted Owl, Bright Side Bookshop, Mountain Sports, Olive the Best, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Peace Surplus, Mother Road Brewing, Aspen Deli, Aspen Sports, Alpine Pedaler, The Golden Hive, and Zani Gifts and Cards to get 20% off different items depending on the business! Download your Golden Ticket HERE.

With different events and musicians each day, Art in the Park runs July 1st through the 3rd, with beautiful artwork, live music and creative goods on display at Wheeler Park from 9am to 6pm daily.

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July 1st

Yoga on the Lawn is at 9am on the courthouse lawn, it’s just $5 to drop in and it’s in the shade! We are giving away a Prana yoga mat provided by Peace Surplus, so come out and get your weekend off to a great start!

Moana is playing as our weekly movie on the square, and Princess Moana herself will be there to meet everyone! Giant games start at 4, music by the Flagstaff Community Band at 5 and the movie begins at sundown.

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July 2nd

The Flagstaff Community Market is bustling from 8am to 12pm by the city hall with all kinds of fresh produce and goodies for the whole family.

There are a ton of diverse brunch places and beautiful outdoor patios to enjoy downtown, it’s the perfect place to spend a quiet Sunday morning!

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July 4th

The Downtown Mile kicks off Independence Day at 7am on Heritage Square, put on by Run Flagstaff and the city. Some local restaurants will be opening early at 6am, including MixPay and Take, Downtown Diner, and Grand Canyon Cafe, and Bigfoot BBQ will be open at 8am!

The Parade starts at 9am and will follow the same downtown route it has for over 20 years! This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring” and patriotic attire is encouraged!

The Hotel Weatherford will be having a burrito bar from 8am to 11am, enjoy the view of the parade from the balcony and celebrate! Tickets are $20 if you call ahead and $25 at the door.

Dad’s Day Downtown

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and shopping can be difficult for the man who seems to have everything. Luckily there are all sorts of unique gifts and local spots downtown to take Dad for a great meal, a beer, a sweet treat or a bit of each!

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There are so many great things to find for the dad who loves the outdoors at all of these local outfitters:

Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters

Peace Surplus

Aspen Sports

Mountain Sports Flagstaff

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We all know dad is the master of the grill, but these restaurants can hold their own for dad’s day off:

Bigfoot Bar-B-Q

Diablo Burger

Collins Irish Pub and Grill

Altitudes Bar and Grill

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Downtown Flagstaff is home to some amazing local breweries and casual pub fare your dad is sure to appreciate:

Lumberyard Brewing Co

Flagstaff Brewing Co

Hops on Birch

Dark Sky Brewing Co

Mother Road Brewing Co

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For your dad’s sweet tooth, check out some of these great spots to pick up some nuts, chocolate, gelato, ice cream and more!

Flagstaff Nut House

The Sweet Shoppe

Flagstaff Chocolate Co

Supernova Froyo

Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day and enjoy all Flagstaff has to offer!