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Among the thrill of holiday shopping and the promise of sales galore, it’s important to acknowledge the powerful influence of small businesses on our local economy. In fact, one study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city compared to $43 when spent at a national chain.* In Louisiana, where 99.5 percent of all business are small businesses,** locals have the opportunity to make an impact by shopping small. 

Nestled between the long lines of Black Friday and the fleeting sales of Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a day to commemorate small businesses and entrepreneurs across the nation. In preparation for the big day, November 24, we asked a few Baton Rouge retailers what’s so special about owning a small business in Baton Rouge and what to expect in stores during the holidays.

Hannon Jewelers  

For Hannon Jewelers, the tightknit community is what’s special about owning a business in Baton Rouge. 

“Developing and building relationships with customers that span generations and encouraging growth not only in ourselves, but in Baton Rouge as a whole, is special. We are proud to be a part of our customers’ life journey and seeing their smiles every day is a constant reminder that we are doing the right thing.” 

A third-generation business that began almost 80 years ago in Nicaragua, Hannon Jewelers not only sells jewelry, but their in-house master jeweler and American Gem Society certified gemologists create amazing custom work. They are proud to be multicultural, multilingual, and to be a part of multiple non-profit organizations.  

“On Saturday, customers can expect to find a wide variety of unique holiday gift ideas—from affordable and fresh designs perfect for stocking stuffers, to exceptional diamonds ready for you to pop the question this season. Customers will find beautiful custom designs, unique gemstones with no enhancements, and a pleasant experience with no gimmicks.” 

Hannon Jewelers is located at 8430 Bluebonnet Blvd. and will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 24.

Monochrome—Everything Modern 

At Monochrome, you will find all ranges of modern furniture, accessories, and gifts. Whether you are searching for gifts for others or presents for yourself, the showroom has unique options to fit any lifestyle. 

Ellie Marcotte, Monochrome’s marketing coordinator, says, “The Baton Rouge community especially loves their homes, and helping to create their own unique space is always exciting. At Monochrome, our designers make it a priority to choose furnishings tailored specifically to you. We have searched the world to bring in modern design to Louisiana to pride ourselves in knowing that we can meet every budget and always capture the Monochrome look.” 

Be sure to visit the showroom, located at 1010 Nicholson Dr., for mimosas, muffins, and 20 percent off all accessories and giftware on the floor. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 24.

McLavy Ltd. 

Also ramping up for this Saturday is McLavy Ltd., Baton Rouge’s oldest locally-owned men’s clothier. McLavy Ltd. carries traditional clothing items for men and women as well as exclusive and custom-made pieces.  

“Owning a business is hard work and it takes a dedicated team along with a strong vision to be successful. We are very lucky to have these characteristics, but being located in a warm and family-oriented city like Baton Rouge really ties it all in together,” says McLavy Ltd. Operations Manager James Osborn. 

On Saturday, patrons can expect to find nice clothing coupled with great service. McLavy Ltd. will be offering 20 percent off any one in-stock Black Friday special—for both men and women’s clothing. In addition, one free custom shirt with any made-to-order sport coat or suit purchase will be offered. Check out the store at 7665 Jefferson Highway.  

Osborn concludes with, “We are all family and we truly care about every customer and helping one generation after another. This is extremely rare and unique due to online retail and ecommerce.”

Written by Madison Costanza 

As the economic research and policy intern, Madison is responsible for supporting a variety of projects and programs for the economic competitiveness team including monthly reports on economic trends.