‘Neighbors’ encourage local shopping

Many Crowley residents seem to believe that when it comes time to go Christmas shopping they need to head to Lafayette and wade through the crowds at the Acadiana Mall. 

However, most, if not all, of the items on people’s shopping lists can be purchased for the same price (much cheaper in some instances) while driving a much shorter distance.

“We really want people to go out and support Crowley’s local merchants,” said Hank Capel, president of Crowley Main Street. “These aren’t only your local merchants, they’re your neighbors.” 

Jay Antis, whose business Brandt’s Jewelry has been serving Crowley for 59 years, said that he didn’t understand why people travel to Lafayette or other areas to do their Christmas shopping “when we have anything you want here.” 

“The service you get in our businesses is usually on a more personal level,” said Antis. “And, like my dad always said, ‘We should try to offer our customers the lowest prices.’ I can’t think of any jewelry stores in other towns with prices lower than ours.” 

Hannah Fulgium, who is the co-owner of Shabby to Chic Salon and Boutique, said that those who shop locally are giving back to the community. 

Crowley has a lot to offer and you get a personable experience when you shop here,” said Fulgium. “The money goes back to the local economy and many businesses, like us, donate to area charities.” 

Last week, Crowley Main Street and the Crowley Chamber of Commerce honored longtime downtown business owners, as well as law firms, during their annual Taste of Crowley celebration. They include Bier’s Pharmacy, Brandt’s, Edwards, Stefanski and Zaunbrecher, First National Bank, Gremillion’s Drug Store, KSIG, Landry, Landry and Landry, Modern Music/Master Track, Ruddock’s Bakery, Teacher’s Pet and Williams Insurance Agency. 

However, if the trend of people leaving town to do their shopping during the busiest time of the year continues, the people who own the businesses along Parkerson Avenue will suffer. 

“It’s nice that we have some of the businesses that have been here for so many years,” said Antis. “I hope to see more people supporting Crowley’s economy during this holiday season.”  

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