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Nov 25, 2011

This year, the impact of small, locally owned and operated businesses reaches far and wide. Reflecting both an international and community-oriented awareness, New Orleans businesses like Baba Blankets and Gifts and the Community Book Center in Treme get some deserved recognition for their wide-ranging benefits and a lot of support from StayLocal! and The Urban Conservancy, who urges us to live local, love local, and StayLocal! during the holiday season. See the full story as reported by WGNO, and kindly re-gifted by Mideast and North Africa Financial News and Bayou Buzz.

WGNO: Campaign In New Orleans To “Stay Local” During Holiday Season

NEW ORLEANS—
While the Black Friday ads have lured in the masses for big sales, local merchants in New Orleans hope shoppers will consider buying some presents in the city.

There are many shops across the area, like Baba Blankets and Gifts in the Lower Garden District ready to provide unique gifts to people. It sells items hand crafted by women from across the globe.

“When you’re buying this gift you’re supporting women and girls in Ghana, you’re supporting women and girls in Uganda, you’re supporting women and girls in Guatemala and Ecuador and Indonesia, the Himalayas,” said Jarlyn Johnson.

The Urban Conservancy is promoting “Stay Local” in stores and businesses across Orleans Parish.

They would like to see more traffic in areas, like the busineses on Bayou Road in Treme.

Vera Warren-Williams runs the Community Book Center, and realizes she is competing with i-Pads and Kindles.

“It’s always good to have a gift that you can open again and again and a book is certainly that, and once the batteries have run down and the excitement of the bells and whistles have gone away, a good book is something you can not only learn from, but it’s also entertaining,” Warren-Williams said.

A new logo will soon be seen at stores that reads: “Give the gift that gives back to New Orleans.”

“You’re helping your small business owner grow, which in turn helps you grow. You’re helping your neighborhoods look better because when your neighborhoods look better, your city looks better,” said Christy Williams with the Urban Conservancy Board.

If you would like to learn more about shops in New Orleans just click staylocal.org

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