Posted By Visit Mesa Team
December 07, 2020
For the Love of Mesa IGTV Series
Visit Mesa kicked off an exciting new social media project, For the Love of Mesa video series.
The five-part program features local influencers as they journey through a day in the life here in Mesa, Arizona. Each influencer was chosen to highlight activities based on Mesa’s key lifestyles: Fresh Foodie, Adventure Explorer, Active Family, Sports Enthusiast and Culture Seeker. Visit Mesa’s film locations were all determined by a grassroots steering committee made up of residents, business owners, employees and local cheerleaders. They collectively shared their top hot spots in Mesa and voted on which ones were going to be highlighted in the series. Visit Mesa hopes the videos are popular and stay with viewers in the hopes to work on a second season of clips highlighting even more Mesa businesses. The entire project can be viewed on Visit Mesa’s Instagram Reels channel and will also be uploaded to the Visit Mesa YouTube channel.
Who will be featured in the 5-part series?
Diana Brandt (@azfoodie)
Episode 1: Fresh Foodie
Episode one will follow Diana Brandt aka AZ Foodie as she adventures around Mesa, discovering some of the most delicious spots. For a truly unique dining experience, Diana will make stops at Republica Empanada, Steadfast Farm, Handlebar diner, Creme and Chocolats at Village Square at Dana Park, H Mart and Cider Corps.
Lacy Cain (@wildjoyexperiences)
Episode 2: Adventure Explorer
In episode two, Lacy (Wildjoy) will explore the beauty of the Sonoran desert and share with us some of the best spots for hiking, horseback riding and water activities. The first stop will feature Saguaro Lake Ranch Stables followed by an afternoon hike at Usery Mountain Regional Park and Lost Dutchman State Park! There is so much to explore, and the views are breathtaking!
Kisha Gulley (@panamakish)
Episode 3: Active Family
Mesa has a variety of family-fun activities, and Kisha is here to discover them with you! The episode starts with plane watching at the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. The adventure continues at Mesa Riverview Park followed with educational fun at the i.d.e.a Museum and the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Dinner will be served at Organ Stop Pizza to end a full day of play. Did you know that Mesa was named one of the country’s most playful cities?
Kathy Cano-Murillo (@craftychica)
Episode 4: Culture Seeker
Kathy Cano-Murillo, better known as Crafty Chica, will showcase Mesa's incredible arts and cultural scene in episode four of our series. The Mesa Arts Center holds a variety of classes including painting, ceramics, pottery and more! Kathy will continue to venture through Downtown Mesa as she makes stops by Jarrod’s Tea & Coffee Gallery and other local businesses. We can't forget about the iconic murals and statues scattered though Main Street as well!
Jeremy Heath (@runner_blogger_az)
Episode 5: Sports Enthusiasts
Jeremy Heath, the athlete behind @runner_blogger_az and the host of the We Run the Desert Podcast, will share with everyone Mesa's insane sports scene, starting with Sloan Park – home of the Chicago Cubs Spring Training. The day will be filled with golfing at Las Sendas Golf Club, Archery at Usery Mountain Regional Park, Surfing on the Flowrider at Rhodes Aquatics Complex, and much more!
Watch all five episodes here!
Behind the scenes