We had the good fortune of connecting with Clare, Ryan & Tom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clare, Ryan & Tom, how does your business help the community?
Suncliffe is a woman and LGBTQ-owned and operated Arizona business and we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to connect with local communities across Arizona. One of our co-founder’s mothers worked as an early childhood vision specialist on the Navajo Nation and made us aware of the work of the Navajo Water Project, one of the regional programs of DigDeep, a national nonprofit organization working to ensure every American has running water inside their homes. It is Indigenous-led and locally staffed and is the first project of its kind in the United States.
We decided to launch our online store in support of the incredible work DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project is doing. We collaborate with local artisans to create unique pieces; leather coasters hand-crafted in Tucson, Suncliffe & Tonic kits highlighting John’s Premium Tonic made with Cinchona bark in Phoenix, native plant species are used to develop incense sticks in Skull Valley as well as a botanical soap by Artemesia. 100% of proceeds generated by these sales are donated to DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project, going directly toward funding water access to families who need it most on the Navajo Nation.
We are planning a number of events and tastings in the fall, which will kick off in November during Phoenix Pride; the work they do to unite, educate and engage people to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community is incredibly inspiring to us and we can’t wait to be involved. Stay tuned!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although we are lucky enough to travel all over Arizona for work – Tucson is really home for us.
The perfect weekend would start with a late brunch at Hotel Congress. They are featuring Suncliffe on their cocktail menu in a Tucson Mule which is a great way to kick off a saturday! After that we would go to some estate sales. So many treasures to be found – especially at the Carchedi events. In the afternoon a little bike riding downtown – pop in to some of our favorite local stores including Desert Vintage and Tucson Herb Store. Catch sunset at Gates Pass, a local must. After that head down to The Annex for drinks at Westbound and dinner at Kukai, we love the laid back atmosphere and outdoor space there for easy group hang outs.
On Sunday we would get up early and go hiking. Our favorite spot hike is Reddington Pass. It’s a hidden oasis in the desert with running water (coming from Mt Lemmon) and lots of twisted bays and beaches to explore and take a dip. After that we always stop at B&B Cactus store to marvel at all the plants and pick up something for the garden, before grabbing lunch at Tumerico, a great local vegan mexican spot. At the end of the day we would go up to the foothills and grab a Gin & Tonic at Contigo Latin Kitchen to catch the sunset on the terrace and then head down to Tito & Peps for dinner to enjoy some local Sonoran cuisine. Finally a nightcap at Side Car to round off the day!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We’d love to shoutout the team at Action Wine & Sprits, our distributor, who have supported us in launching Suncliffe.