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Local store sees success on Small Business Saturday

Posted at 10:21 PM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 23:35:36-05

Many stores in Downtown Lafayette saw success during the annual Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 28, including a new bookstore.

The annual shopping day is celebrated nationwide and encourages buyers to support locally owned and operated businesses. This year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Small Business Saturday may have looked a bit different, but the owner of a Lafayette bookstore tells us customers are still shopping local.

Beausoleil Books recently opened its doors in Downtown Lafayette, and owner Bryan Dupree says the community has been "really awesome and supportive" of the store, including on their first Small Business Saturday.

He adds that, even though some customers aren't physically coming into the store due to COVID-19 safety measures, many are finding different ways to purchase books and other products.

"People have been ordering online to pick up, those who don't want to come into the store, which has been great," Dupree explained. "But we had a good amount of traffic in the store. People are coming in and buying unique books and gifts. We're very excited about it. It has been awesome."

Many Acadiana small businesses participated in the annual day, which is an initiative created by American Express, including in St. Martin and Acadia Parishes.

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