The Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie are barely finished off when the conversation turns to Black Friday. It's called that because it's the day that launches the retail season which means the difference between many stores being in the black (or profitable), or in the red (or unprofitable).
It would appear to have been a pretty good Black Friday in Southwest Louisiana, with lots of shoppers out. That bodes well for our local economy.
But some stores and restaurants have had a whammy thrown at them during this critical holiday shopping season. Those are the ones which have the misfortune of being located where roads have been closed for bridge or streetscape work. Ryan and Lake streets come to mind; there are several others through the region.
There's never a good time to have the street in front of your business closed off to customers. But the holiday season is the worst time.
As you go about your Christmas shopping, please make it a point to find the detours to these businesses and offer your patronage. They especially need your help right now so they can survive into next year when the roadwork is done.
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