It’s November in Louisiana, and usually that means stopping into your local po-boy shop or restaurant, seeing your neighbors and friends, and enjoying many of the culinary delicacies our state has to offer. It’s that sense of community and a sense of place we pride ourselves on in Louisiana.
As the holiday season is now upon us, I wanted to remind you of the importance of supporting small businesses in Louisiana during the holiday season, now more than ever. It’s our small towns, historic districts, and local business owners that keep our economy and our way of life in motion.
What small business in your community means the most to you, provided you and your family with special moments that only a local proprietor could offer? For me it was always visiting the hardware store with my dad. It didn’t matter what town we were in, I was always fascinated by all of the unique and special things you could find. An endless treasure hunt when you’re a kid leaves a vivid memory that only when you become an adult you realize were the special moments that you hold onto for the rest of your life.
“Shop small is an opportunity to show up and support your community. Every dollar spent is an investment in your town and in your neighbor’s lives. That starts with each and every individual making the choice to shop local this year. It’s more important than ever due to these uncertain times,” said Tammy Eaton, Owner of Bobbies Hobbies in Minden.
And she is correct. Now, more than at any other point in our state’s existence, has it been so important to support our neighbors and friends that make up our small business community throughout Louisiana. So what can you do to help? I, myself, have made a commitment that instead of rising in the early hours for that one can’t miss black Friday special, my family would spend every bit of our holiday budget with Louisiana small businesses. So instead of waiting in line or waiting on a package from out of state, think about some other options for gifts for friends and family this holiday season. You can purchase gift cards from local retailers and restaurants, buy music from Louisiana artists, even find some new Louisiana art for someone’s home. Or get creative and buy your brother-in-law a gift card from some of the breweries on Louisiana’s Brewery Trail.
As 2020 comes to a close, I think we can all agree that it’s been a test all too familiar for Louisianans. With the loss and complications associated with the pandemic, to the numerous storms our state experienced, even our level of resilience has been tested. But make no mistake about it, we will get through this and we will do it together because we are #LouisianaStrong. I hope you join me this holiday season and commit to spending in our historic districts, small towns, and cultural corridors because shopping small means big things for our Louisiana-owned businesses.
Billy Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana