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‘Shop Small’ growing in Crowley

The City of Crowley continues to rally around its small businesses as Small Business Saturday proved to be a successful venture once more for the Rice Capital as it continues to grow.

The day, filled with incentives for shoppers also saw plenty of fun for children, too.

It also has become especially popular for Crowley Main Street and its merchants.

Crowley Main Street has become a huge proponent of the national event and continues to urge Crowley businesses to join in.

As for the shops themselves, it wasn’t just those down Crowley’s historic main drive that took part and whenever a customer strolled in, places like Louisiana Church Interiors and Gifts, it was a chance to visit with customers.

“We enjoyed seeing and talking with our local customers who came in Saturday,” said Maria Fontenot of Louisiana Church Interiors and Gifts.

Now, businesses and area residents can turn their attention this weekend’s Ribbons and Rice event. The annual Crowley event offers specials in store and a chance to win a gift certificate and more. For more information on the annual Ribbons and Rice event, contact the Crowley Chamber of Commerce at 788-0177.

And while some businesses experienced better luck than others Saturday, it does seem like the event may be growing, slowly but surely, throughout the city.

The results appear to be universal across the country as American Express – Small Business Saturday’s founding entity – reported more businesses than ever participating.

According to a press release, more than 6,700 small businesses and organizations signed up to be “Neighborhood Champions”, which is a 63 percent increase from last year’s 4,100. Another 480 organizations joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition, the release continues, which is a 13 percent increase from last year. 

“It’s exciting for us to see the record number of consumers who came out in support of independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, EVP of Global Advertising and Media at American Express. “People across the country are aware of the benefits that small businesses can bring to the community, and the momentum that was started seven years ago with the first Small Business Saturday continues to build.”

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