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Louisiana Tourism office encouraging community to shop locally

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - This holiday season, Louisiana's Tourism Department wants you to remember to support local business. Four main street communities right here in the Ark-La-Miss are being promoted as part of the effort.

Sitting on a corner of downtown Ruston is cupcake shop Social Bites of Ruston. Brightly painted and filled with treats, the store is owned by 24 year old entrepreneur Heather Bailey. "I pretty much just said it's my dream. I'm going to live it". And because of the shops downtown location, it could see an increase in foot traffic soon. Thanks to an advertising effort encouraging people to shop local by the state tourism office called "Remember November, the Month of Main Street" .

The month long event is designed not only to spur local economies but also highlight the 34 main street communities participating in this event. Four North East Louisiana communities are part of the effort: Columbia, Winnsboro, Bastrop and Ruston. "It's important to support the homegrown" said Kristi Lumpkin is Ruston's main street manager. She says the city is proud to be a part of the program. "It's an opportunity to bring the citizens of Ruston and hopefully the outside community to our downtown and our main street areas to see the unique things we have" said Lumpkin.

Bailey's cupcake shop has enjoyed some sweet success since opening in June. But the store owner hopes the month long event will allow more people to discover her store. "It's something that will help everybody, helping their community and us providing a service to everyone" she said.

The month-long event ends on November 30. For a list of Main Street events click here.


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