Chamber tries to spur sales

Published 12:22 am Friday, July 20, 2007

Ferriday — Local business leaders gathered at Jeffery’s Flower Shop on Louisiana Avenue Thursday night to celebrate Ferriday business.

The event, an open house to highlight Jeffrey’s, was hosted by the Ferriday Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber plans to have more open houses in the future, President Liz Brooking said.

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“We were looking for a way to repay chamber businesses,” Brooking said.

The goal of the open houses was so community business leaders and members could come, meet and get to know the owners of businesses, Brooking said.

Future events will likely take place between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. — Thursday’s took place between 5 and 6 p.m. — so people will stroll over to the business after they get off work, Brooking said.

“If people go home, they’re not coming back,” she said.

Jeffery Goodman, who owns the shop with his wife Ann, said he was glad to be the first business highlighted by the Chamber.

“We have the opinion you just do the best you can and you go for it,” he said.

The flower shop was started in 1983, and was formerly located on the north end of E.E. Wallace Boulevard.

The business relocated to downtown Ferriday in April, Goodman said.

The couple owned a nursery and garden center, and Goodman always wanted to do floral arrangements, and so the shop evolved into what it is now, he said.

Ferriday resident Gwen Robin said she came out to Thursday’s event to support local business.

“I am a supporter of Ferriday and a friend of Jeffrey,” she said.