TEXARKANA – Local Texarkana businesses continue to grow and prosper as they come to the end of the year and prepare for holiday shopping. Texarkana Businesses present not only a mix of long-standing and new ventures, but also a variety of services and expertise that Texarkana buyers can find just down the street.
Texarkana city center has always been the cultural and historical heart of the city. At one time, it was the beating heart of the city’s commerce and that heart began to beat again. Hart’s on Broad is one of those outlets that answered the call when the new downtown beat began. The three women, veterans of their craft, have found prosperity in their new combined downtown location.
“Things are going well for us,” said Debbie Liles, owner of Let There Be Design Gifts. “I did better in this place than any other place I have run. Coming downtown was awesome, from my perspective.”
Chelley Pickett operated her clothing store, Bones & Arrows, for a while online. But his physical location at Hart’s on Broad took his business to another level. Not only that, but interacting with clients face to face takes the relationship to a whole new level.
“Customers become good friends,” she said. “There is no substitute for doing business with your customers this way. Knowing yourself is the essence of a small local business.”
Natalie Liles, daughter of Debbie, operates the NaTally salon. She brought in some of the hair technicians from her old workplace and found that she loves owning her own home.
“We love it here,” she said. “Downtown Texarkana is a great environment, a great place to do business and to feel at home.”
Down State Line, Excalibur Comics & Games has been serving fans of comics, games and sports cards for almost 35 years. A local institution at this point, they also established a store in Shreveport. With shelves filled with adventure comics, maps and books, old and new sets and components, fans keep asking for more.
Chase Fairless, Head of Retail, recognizes that in the age of online retailing things are more difficult, but supporting your local hobby store is worth it for customers and the business.
“It would be great if everyone bought local,” he said. “These days, it has become easy to click and shop for things around the house in your underwear. If you want, almost anything can be purchased this way and delivered. This improves the overall quality of life. In addition, in our company it is worth going to the store, getting your hands on the merchandise, seeing what you are actually buying. You might not know this item is what you want until you see it. Also, with our customers, we talk about fans, not just customers. It’s a community, which just isn’t the same online. “
As they make their way to Texas Boulevard, where a small cluster of businesses, established and new, line the street, patrons find a range of interests. At the Merchant House, a newer business on the boulevard, one can find unique furniture, local art and more recently, a greenhouse with live plants.
“We have been here for three years,” said Leah Alfaro, store manager. “Things went really well for us. We have a lot of business and at the same time new customers find us all the time. store. People found us through word of mouth, social media, and spotted us while driving. The greenhouse, very visible from the street, attracted even more customers. your community. This is who we are.
Exiting Arkansas Boulevard on Jefferson is Lagniappe Specialty Meats, a store selling meats and other items made with Louisiana spices and flair. Co-owner Bobby Duhon points out that local buyers are essential in helping local small business owners compete with larger companies.
“It’s very important, our customers in this competition,” he said. “They are the key to allowing us to do business successfully. In our business, some of our meats may be a bit more expensive, comparing us to the meats and deli section of some of the big corporate retailers. However, our meats are fresh and prepared right here in the shop. At the big box, it was probably shipped, pre-prepared. Ours, we have prepared it here, this is what we do all day, do it for you. “
Bobby calls the customers a blessing from God.
“He brings them to us to let us meet their needs,” he said. “And it’s good to get to know them, and them to know us. We’re happy to do that.”
Bobby Duhon showcases some of the freshly prepared meats available at his shop, Lagniappe Specialty Meats. He acknowledges that compared to large retail stores, some of his meats can be a bit more expensive. But everything is made locally, prepared locally and, especially compared to the big box deli counter, fresh.
Chase Fairless, Retail Manager at Excalibur Comics & Games, organizes the Magic The Gathering cards while chatting with customers. As a local business that has served Texarkana for almost 35 years, Excalibur and the fans who shop there form an established community that loves what they do.
The Ladies of Hart & # x27; s on Broad, three businesses in one, welcome their visiting customers to the downtown shopping district. Debbie Liles, right, owns Let There Be Design Gifts, Natalie Liles runs the NaTally salon, and Chelley Pickett owns Bones & Arrow.