St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Shop Local, Shop St. John Campaign Kicks off for 2013 Holiday Season

Shop Local, Shop St. John Campaign Kicks off for 2013 Holiday Season

uesday, November 26, 2013

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development Department recently launched the Shop Local, Shop St. John campaign for the 2013 holiday season in an effort to promote locally-owned and operated businesses. Shop Local works to educate consumers, business owners and the St. John Community through media outlets about the many benefits of spending locally. Residents are encouraged to make their holiday purchases in St. John. Businesses can register for the campaign at There is no cost for membership.

In support of this effort, residents will receive a Shop Local trivia game with clues to local businesses by mail. If the correct answers are selected and returned, residents will be entered in a drawing to win gift cards and other prizes from local retailers. The trivia game will take place November 30th through December 28th and winners will be announced on December 29th. Residents can mail in completed trivia games to 1801 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace 70068, or drop them off in the Shop Local collection boxes located at the Percy Hebert Building - Parish President’s Reception Desk (1801 W. Airline Hwy., LaPlace) or in the St. John Courthouse foyer (2393 Highway 18, Edgard).

In addition to the trivia game, a Shop Local contest will be running on the St. John Parish Facebook page during the month of December. Residents can visit the pageon Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of December for more chances to win. Please visit the St. John Parish website for an online, searchable directory of local businesses, as well as a wealth of information on the economic, environmental and “feel-good” benefits of buying local.

Small Business Saturday will be held this year on November 30 and community members are encouraged to start their holiday shopping in St. John. Small Business Saturday signage will be displayed throughout the Parish and small business owners are encouraged to contact the Economic Development Department at 985-652-9569 or ecodev@sjbparish.comto request a sign to display in front of their business from November 25 through December 2. Temporary banner permits and fees are not required to display the Small Business Saturday signage.

“We are asking residents to remember that for every $100 spent in St. John, $68 stays in the Parish,” said St. John Economic Development Director Torri Buckles. “Please shop locally this holiday season and support the merchants who help preserve St. John Parish.”