LINDALE — Like many of their peers across the nation, small-business owners in Lindale are providing discounts for community residents and visitors alike for both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
To promote shopping locally, the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting a contest in which people could win prizes for buying merchandise at a Lindale restaurant or retail business.
Shoppers can bring original receipts dated between Nov. 1 to Dec. 18 to contest entry locations to possibly win a cash prize.
Zion Gear Co. owner Adam Thurmon said local shopping has a great value to the town.
“It’s revenue that goes back into your community. With a small business, you have more ownership of what you put out,” he said.
He said his store is a blend of outdoor and camping equipment as well as emergency preparedness items. He runs the family business alongside his aunt, Judy Thurmon.
In addition to buying merchandise, customers can also schedule appointments and ask questions to become more familiar with various equipment.
“You wouldn’t get that at a chain store,” he said.
Zion Gear opened in Lindale in 2016, but the business began in 2014 in Whitehouse. Adam Thurmon and the owner became friends and he later bought the place and brought it to Lindale.
A little way down the road, Main Street Market in downtown provides residents with vintage and repurposed items, home decor and furniture goods. It also teaches classes on painting and other subjects.
Pam Burnett, co-owner, said shopping locally helps support the community.
She and Melanie Park became owners of the shop in October 2018. Burnett said they’ve both been small-business owners since their 20s.
“I enjoy being able to have a place for people to shop and find things that mean something to them,” Burnett said.
The store scheduled several sales for both Friday and Saturday. She said she’s seen a lot of people from out of town.
Burnett said the chamber’s event helps bring new customers.
“It does bring a lot of people that hadn’t been in (the shop) before,” she said.
Victory Gun and Guitar Works LLC in Lindale has had a Black Friday week of sales. The shop features a variety of guns and guitars alongside various accessories and repair services.
Les Paul, a Victory Gun and Guitar Works employee, said the shop has been open for about three or four years. The owner, Trey Tenery, started the business in 2011 in Richardson and later came to Lindale.
He noted the benefits of going to a local shop rather than the big-name stores.
“It’s going to help with the local economy,” Paul said. “We try to stay on track with the big box stores.”
Paul said Victory Gun and Guitar Works is a family-owned business that also provides a ministry, where customers often receive prayers from shop employees.
Kathy’s Boutique in Lindale features boutique clothing, Brighton jewelry and unique gifts. Kathy Hobbs has been the shop owner for four years.
Hobbs, who is retired from a previous career, said she loves being able to meet new people and seeing her regular customers as a small-business owner.
Her sales continue through Saturday. She enjoys the giveaway hosted by Lindale’s chamber to boost local businesses.
“It’s a good way for people to shop local and the chamber to give back to the community,” Hobbs said.
The first drawing will be at the Hideaway Lake Clubhouse during the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at noon Thursday. The second drawing will be at the city of Lindale open house event at noon Dec. 13. The final drawing will be at Picker’s Pavilion at 5 p.m. Dec. 19.
The entry locations in Lindale are Austin Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Southside Bank, Mineola Community Bank and Texas Bank and Trust. Winners can claim their prize at the chamber office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours after the drawing.