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Southern Gypsy Cottage, located at 4326 Parkway Drive in south Bossier.

Local businesses prepared for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, local businesses are inviting the public to skip the rush of retail by shopping local this year.

Small Business Saturday, a term originally coined by American Express, is the day to get those one-of-a-kind gifts at local shops and boutiques. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is about finding and buying gifts you won’t find in corporate stores while driving money back into the local economy.

Fortunately, Bossier’s growth over the years has welcomed new businesses to the retail market. One of those new shops is Southern Gypsy Cottage, located at 4326 Parkway Drive in south Bossier.

The Cottage, as business partners Tiffany Tully and Tracey Prator like to call it, has a variety of unique, hand-crafted merchandise, including jewelry, children’s attire, hair accessories, home décor, beauty products and much more. To enhance the shopping experience, they offer a free beverage and a relaxed shopping environment.

“We want you to come in and feel at home with us,” Tully said. “Stop by, look around and getaway from the rush of retail. We have a little bit of everything and there’s something for everybody at the Cottage.”

Merchandise ranges from $5 items to $125 for furniture pieces. Prator has introduced her Bee Hippie Bath & Body line to the Cottage. Bee Hippie is an all natural approach to wash, moisturize and protect skin. Each Bee Hippie product, excluding fragrance, contains Bossier-based Hummer and Son raw, unfiltered honey and/or beeswax. Other ingredients used are all natural and contain no chemicals or preservatives.

“We have foaming hand and body wash, body bombs, special holiday edition products and scents, lip balms,” Prator said. “We have customers of all ages for men and women. Our products are great for the skin and the essential oils I use to fragrance them with have beneficial properties of their own. I can’t claim any medical healing, but honey by itself is great for the skin and makes it soft.”

Southern Gypsy Cottage will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Prator said everything will be 10-percent off and Bee Hippie will be buy one, get one half off in honor of Small Business Saturday.

Ashley Carpenter, owner of Beautiful Bowtique in Bossier City, is also offering

Ashley Carpenter, owner of Beautiful Bowtique in Bossier City.
Ashley Carpenter, owner of Beautiful Bowtique in Bossier City.

great deals at her store. Beautiful Bowtique, located in the Heart of Bossier shopping center on Old Minden Road, provides a fun place to buy and sell gently used children’s clothing, toys, baby equipment, shoes, etc.

A Facebook event created for their sale says the store will have a restocked section of Melissa and Doug toys, Mudpie and Southern Grace apparel (women and children’s sizes) and tons of mark downs throughout the store. They will also be donating 10-percent of sales from Small Business Saturday to Roy’s Kids, a local non profit that helps provide Christmas presents for single mothers who are raising children with a limited income.

Carpenter said she likes to give back to the community, especially during the holiday season.

“Our business thrives because we are compassionate people,” she said. “We try to help out as much as we can. A lot of people come in to shop because of the good deals and to avoid the big crowds.”

She added that it’s important to support local businesses or else they become non-existent.

Rocky Rockett, Executive Director/President of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, said the Bossier market is ripe with opportunity to shop local and not just during the holiday season.

“For years and years, people have talked about how we had limited options and how they have to travel to get certain items they would like. You heard those stories over and over. Fast forward and look at the new developments we have today. Things are much different than they were 10 or 15 years ago. There’s a lot more bang for your buck and many more choices and a variety of choices. People have always wanted to shop locally, but we had to get to a point where we had those options and we are doing that.”

Rockett continued: “We are expanding, growing and increasing those options here in our community. It’s much better to put that money back so we can continue to grow the local economy.”