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Reject the Recession: "Shop Petal first

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PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal Mayor Hal Marx says the "shop Petal first" campaign is a simple philosophy. The idea is to keep the money flow in the city by buying from local merchants.

‘We have a lot of variety of stores and restaurants here and you don't have to drive anywhere else," said Marx.

Marx said sales tax revenues were up $26,000 from July to October compared to the same time last year.  He said the campaign has become a habit for Petal citizens.

"Our numbers are going up as opposed to some of the other cities that are going down and I think that the whole shop Petal first attitude has stayed with people even when we are not actively promoting it," said Marx.

Gayle Warwick with Rimrock Studios said there are not many customize shops in the Pinebelt that can do their type of work. She said she hopes the "shop Petal first" campaign will remind people of that.

"We can keep our money inside the city in this area and it helps the local small businesses which is the back bone of our country or the small businesses," said Warwick.

Kim Turner with Furniture World said the campaign has brought her family's business a lot of success.

"Every year it has grown," said Turner. "It just brings a lot of people in that normally don't come to Petal and it's just a really good time for us to boost the sales during a time that maybe people aren't ready to buy yet."

Marx said the program has worked so well that more and more businesses are coming to open up shop in petal.

"We're going to see more commercial development along the Evelyn Gandy and eventually it will be where we will have the same choices that you have over in the west side of Hattiesburg and hopefully there will be no reason to drive there."

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