Ruston shopping campaign seeks to support local business

The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Ruston have announced “Shop Early, Shop Local,” a campaign to encourage the support of local businesses. This campaign will kick-off on Monday, Nov. 1 and end on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the City of Ruston’s Kickoff to Christmas celebration in Railroad Park at 6 p.m. 

As shoppers make purchases of $20 or more at participating businesses, they will be offered a ticket to write their name and phone number on. On Fridays (November 5, 12, 19, & 26), one ticket will be drawn for five $20 gift cards from five local stores for a total of $100. At the Kickoff to Christmas event on Nov. 27, more names will be drawn for addition gift card give-a-ways. The final ticket drawn will award a shopper with $1,000 cash, sponsored by Jim Taylor Auto Group and RocketFast Car Wash.

Thirty-nine local retailers are participating in this campaign. 

The Chamber of Commerce reported that the effects of shopping local are extensive. The money received by local businesses for their goods or services goes right back into our community in various ways. For example, local business owners employ local residents, purchase locally-produced products and inventory, and give back directly to the community.  

For more information, please contact Ivana Flowers at, 318-255-2031 or Amy Stegall at, 318-251-8647.  

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