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‘Enter a customer – exit a friend’ - Carrie Crowson explains Lou Nell’s motto and success

A number of large boxes are crowded into the back room of Lou Nell's Fashions. Owner Carrie Crowson looks on as two of her employees pull out a number of Vera Bradley lunchboxes and backpacks in preparation for the upcoming tax-free weekend. The smile on the proud owner's face is inexhaustible. This is what she loves to do.


The importance of shopping local - Party Gear+ owners share their philosophy

When you first walk into Party Gear +, the family-owned business which replaced the Paper Factory on June 23, 2012, an almost overwhelming number of balloons greets you.


SweetFrog: ‘A happy place’ - Owners create positive experience for guests and employees

When customers first walk into sweetFrog, the new yogurt shop in town, the first thing they might notice is the spotless interior. The light bounces off of the white tables and each delicious topping is in its proper place. Or maybe they notice the welcoming smiles on the faces of employees and owner Kristin Potts, who seem more like extended family than perfect strangers. The cheery pink and green décor so add to the homey atmosphere that it might be hard for some customers to leave.

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